Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 165 February 2024 | Page 30

After finishing his 48th Comrades in 2022 , bruised and bloody from a mid-race fall , Barry was still up for a live finishline TV interview with SuperSport presenter Toks van der Linde

49 and Counting

It takes a special type of athlete to line up year after year for the Comrades Marathon and finish this ultra-marathon challenge 40 times or more , and that ’ s why just 18 runners have done so in the 102 years since the Comrades was first run . Leading that list is Barry Holland , who will be aiming to become the first athlete to achieve 50 Comrades medals in June this year , and a chat with this South African ultrarunning legend is guaranteed to inspire . – BY SULETTE FERREIRA with SEAN FALCONER
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