Durban – Ultra-distance
runner Caroline Wostmann will not defend her Comrades Marathon ‘Up-Run’ title
on June 4 after losing a race against time to recover from a hamstring injury.
made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2017 Comrades Marathon on
advice from her medical team.
Suffering a hamstring injury at last month’s Two Oceans Marathon, Wostmann undertook an intensive rehabilitation
regime with the hopes of defending her ‘Up-Run’ title.
aggressive recovery treatments and rehab to the injury, it hasn’t healed
sufficiently to allow me to safely compete at Comrades this year,” Wostmann
“I won’t be running the Comrades Marathon but I will be one
of the supporters.
“Even though everything in me wants to go and run Comrades,
I have made the heart-breaking decision to listen to my medical team and
withdraw from the race.”
initially positive about the prognosis and looked set to line up for the race
in just over a week’s time.
Oceans I picked up a hamstring niggle where it was later diagnosed as a neural
injury which was far more serious than originally presumed,” Wostmann
“I want to
thank all my sponsors, my team, and my friends for their incredible support.”
34-year-old Wostmann made history in 2015 when she became the first South
African woman to win the Comrades Marathon in 14 years.
captured the imagination in 2016 when she battled through cramps and injury to
finish second behind Charne Bosman. Even though Wostmann will not be racing
this year, she has vowed to show her support to the thousands of athletes that
will take on the grueling race.
received so much energy and motivation from the Comrades supporters cheering me
on in past years and I hope I can give that back to my fellow Comrades as they
complete their journey this year,” Wostmann said.
“I wish every
one of my Comrades a life-changing adventure from Durban up to Pietermaritzburg