Herman’s Mokgadi, the first South African athlete home in last years Comrades Marathon is in top shape and he is currently doing his final preparations at a Comrades training camp that is managed by experienced Comrades couch, John Hamlet and Comrades champion Andrew Kelehe, as Nick Bester, National Manager of the Nedbank Running Clubs released in a statement.
“We have decided to have our Comrades training camp this year in the south West of Johannesburg because the altitude is high enough, the facilities like gymnasiums and physiotherapists is close on hand as well as the weather is not as bad and cold as when the camp is at higher altitudes like Dullstroom or Lesotho, especially now with the winter approaching.
Herman’s is in a training group with fellow Nedbank athletes like Andrew Kelehe`s younger brother, Gift Kelehe, White Modinsinyane and Peter Molapo.
The fact that Herman’s only raced one road race of 42km. this year when he won the Ottosdal night race in February this year, makes him a main contender for top honors at the 2009 Comrades Marathon. Allthough he is covering mean distances of up to 200km. per week in training at the moment his legs will be rested because of the fact that he is not over raced.”