2019 GREEN NUMBER RUNNERS

More than 500 athletes from South Africa and around the world will aspire to be inducted into the Comrades Marathon Green Number Club. Since 1921, a total of 12,839 runners have completed the epic ultramarathon more than ten times each, thus earning their place on the coveted Comrades Green Number Roll of Honour.

Traditionally runners retain their race numbers from year to year, while after completing 10 Comrades Marathons, the runner is awarded his/her Green Number in perpetuity, meaning that it is henceforth reserved for its owner. It is also possible to earn a Green Number with either 3 Comrades wins or 5 Comrades gold medals.

The record for the most Comrades Marathon finishes is jointly held by Louis Massyn and Barry Holland who have completed 46; and Kleintjie Van Schalkwyk who has completed 34, considering that women were not allowed to participate prior to 1975.

Going for Green (Running Their 10th Comrades)

Gender

Finishes

Number

South Africa

Male

9

411

South Africa

Female

9

84

International

Male

9

9

International

Female

9

1

Rest of Africa

Male

9

4

Rest of Africa

Female

9

1

 

Going for Double Green (Running Their 20th Comrades)

 

Gender

Finishes

Number

Name

Country

Rest of Africa

Male

19

1

Joe Absai

Namibia

International

Male

19

1

Andrea Brunold

Switzerland

South Africa

Male

19

101

South Africa

Female

19

13

 

Going for Triple Green (Running Their 30th Comrades)

Males

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Finishes

Bradley

Oakley-Brown

Male

29

Dirk

Brink

Male

29

Edmund

Mngadi

Male

29

Faizel

Shaikjee

Male

29

Floors

Welthagen

Male

29

Fred

Macdougall

Male

29

Hilton

Galleid

Male

29

Isaac

Mabula

Male

29

Jan

Coetzee

Male

29

John

Grobbelaar

Male

29

Koos

Coetzee

Male

29

Leon

Van Moerkerken

Male

29

Magavishnu

Nair

Male

29

Moses

Mapaila

Male

29

Naresh

Devnund

Male

29

Paul

Mokwena

Male

29

Roger

Buck

Male

29

Ronald

Dribbin

Male

29

Shane

Hinchliffe

Male

29

Shaun

Meiklejohn

Male

29

Video

Murray

Male

29

Vitalis

Poli

Male

29

Zakiel

Masha

Male

29

Zwelakhe Richard

Nxumalo

Male

29

 

Going for Triple Green (Running Their 30th Comrades)

Females

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Finishes

Kim

Pain

Female

29

Pat

Freeman

Female

29

 

2019 Quadruple Green Number Runners

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Finishes

Barry

Holland

Male

46

Louis

Massyn

Male

46

Alan

Robb

Male

42

Vic

Boston

Male

42

David

Williams

Male

41

Mike

Cowling

Male

41

Wietsche

Van Der Westhuizen

Male

41

Zwelitsha

Gono

Male

41

 

There are only 17 Comrades Quadruple Green Number Holders in the history of the Comrades Marathon:

First Name

Last Name

Race Number

Finishes

Barry

Holland

916

46

Louis

Massyn

403

46

Dave

Rogers

183

45

Alan

Robb

1704

42

Clive

Crawley

1

42

Dave

Lowe

1702

42

Vic

Boston

3111

42

David

Williams

5178

41

Mike

Cowling

7296

41

Tommy

Neitski

1689

41

Wietsche

Van Der Westhuizen

4192

41

Zwelitsha

Gono

1180

41

Kenny

Craig

145

40

Riel

Hugo

1221

40

Shaun

Wood

4286

40

Johann

Van Eeden

1691

40

Boysie

Van Staden

2516

40


Note:
The 2019 Comrades Marathon will be held on Sunday, 9 June 2019, starting at the Durban City Hall at 5h30 and finishing 12 hours later at the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg. This will be the 48th Up Run.