July 14, 2024

#Comrades2023 Green Number Club

On 11 June over 400 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 13,626 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 held by Barry Holland who has completed 48; and Kleintjie Van Schalkwyk who has completed 34, considering that women were not allowed to participate prior to 1975.

Whilst 2081 athletes will be running in their Comrades Green Number, 406 will be aiming for Green Number status, 91 will be going for their Double Green Number, 18 will be heading towards their Triple Green Number and 1 very special Comrades athlete will be going for his Quadruple Green Number status.

Upcoming Green Number Milestones:

FinishesMaleFemaleTotal
932977406
19791291
2916218
39101

Triple Green Number Runners:

First nameLast nameRace NumberFinishes
Hercules DanielHOFMEYR677939
KovalanMOODLEY841238
KomalanMOODLEY218236
IanBENSON429636
WayneSCOTT469736
EricWRIGHT505836
KennyWILLIAMS936936
GarethGRIFFITHS174735
BarryREED485935
ChrisMORTIMER660435
KobusVAN DER WALT329534
ManuelALVES513734
BasilKOK790934
KleintjieVAN SCHALKWYK791934
AndreVAN ROOYEN1004734
PieterNEL1059534
BarlanGOVENDER1578434
JanVAN VREDEN1674834
WernerWEIDEMANN436133
TheoRAFIRI697133
KeithREYNOLDS1152333
JohanGRANT1935233
PatriciaFISHER101132
JackMORTASSAGNE374532
AndriesVENTER458732
NareshNANA582932
VitalisPOLI1385132
ChristoBRINK1511832
SelwynLOSPER1726632
DanielJORDAAN1767832
Moferefere MartinMOCHATSI1997332
WernerKRIEL2202732
ShaneHINCHLIFFE247231
MosesMAPAILA635731
ShaunMEIKLEJOHN684531
RogerBUCK945331
VideoMURRAY1414731
BradleyOAKLEY-BROWN1474131
LeonVAN MOERKERKEN1594931
EdmundMNGADI2077631
JacobKARELSE2144131
NareshDEVNUND2252531
VernonANLEY222530
JohanVAN STADEN281530
DavidJACOBS449330
PaulMOKWENA574330
ToniHESP597430
FloorsWELTHAGEN874330
MagavishnuNAIR1135430
RichardHAMMILL1510330
NickSISSING1575330
GarryMANN1908830
PhutiTLABELA2407030
JohnnyVAN DER WALT2476330
NkekeRANAMANE2609030
DanieJACOBS2678430
SimonCHILIZA2748930
ThembaDUBE2750030

Going for Quadruple Green (Running their 40th Comrades):

First nameLast nameRace numberFinishes
Hercules DanielHOFMEYR677939

Quadruple Green Number Runners in #Comrades2023:

First nameLast nameRace numberFinishes
BarryHOLLAND91648
LouisMASSYN40347
VictorBOSTON311144
WietscheVAN DER WESTHUIZEN419243
DavidWILLIAMS155042
MikeCOWLING729642
ColinGOOSEN14440

The 96th Comrades Marathon will be a Down Run on Sunday, 11 June 2023, starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 and ending 12 hours later at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.The route distance is 87.701km. This will be the 48th Comrades Down Run.

Media Release: #Comrades2023 Green Number Runners

In 18 days, over 400 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 13,626 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 held by Barry Holland who has completed 48; and Kleintjie Van Schalkwyk who has completed 34, considering that women were not allowed to participate prior to 1975.

Whilst 2081 athletes will be running in their Comrades Green Number, 406 will be aiming for Green Number status, 91 will be going for their Double Green Number, 18 will be heading towards their Triple Green Number and 1 very special Comrades athlete will be going for his Quadruple Green Number status.

Upcoming Green Number Milestones:

FinishesMaleFemaleTotal
932977406
19791291
2916218
39101

Triple Green Number Runners:

First nameLast nameRace NumberFinishes
Hercules DanielHOFMEYR677939
KovalanMOODLEY841238
KomalanMOODLEY218236
IanBENSON429636
WayneSCOTT469736
EricWRIGHT505836
KennyWILLIAMS936936
GarethGRIFFITHS174735
BarryREED485935
ChrisMORTIMER660435
KobusVAN DER WALT329534
ManuelALVES513734
BasilKOK790934
KleintjieVAN SCHALKWYK791934
AndreVAN ROOYEN1004734
PieterNEL1059534
BarlanGOVENDER1578434
JanVAN VREDEN1674834
WernerWEIDEMANN436133
TheoRAFIRI697133
KeithREYNOLDS1152333
JohanGRANT1935233
PatriciaFISHER101132
JackMORTASSAGNE374532
AndriesVENTER458732
NareshNANA582932
VitalisPOLI1385132
ChristoBRINK1511832
SelwynLOSPER1726632
DanielJORDAAN1767832
Moferefere MartinMOCHATSI1997332
WernerKRIEL2202732
ShaneHINCHLIFFE247231
MosesMAPAILA635731
ShaunMEIKLEJOHN684531
RogerBUCK945331
VideoMURRAY1414731
BradleyOAKLEY-BROWN1474131
LeonVAN MOERKERKEN1594931
EdmundMNGADI2077631
JacobKARELSE2144131
NareshDEVNUND2252531
VernonANLEY222530
JohanVAN STADEN281530
DavidJACOBS449330
PaulMOKWENA574330
ToniHESP597430
FloorsWELTHAGEN874330
MagavishnuNAIR1135430
RichardHAMMILL1510330
NickSISSING1575330
GarryMANN1908830
PhutiTLABELA2407030
JohnnyVAN DER WALT2476330
NkekeRANAMANE2609030
DanieJACOBS2678430
SimonCHILIZA2748930
ThembaDUBE2750030

Going for Quadruple Green (Running their 40th Comrades):

First nameLast nameRace numberFinishes
Hercules DanielHOFMEYR677939

Quadruple Green Number Runners in #Comrades2023:

First nameLast nameRace numberFinishes
BarryHOLLAND91648
LouisMASSYN40347
VictorBOSTON311144
WietscheVAN DER WESTHUIZEN419243
DavidWILLIAMS155042
MikeCOWLING729642
ColinGOOSEN14440

The 96th Comrades Marathon will be a Down Run on Sunday, 11 June 2023, starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 and ending 12 hours later at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.The route distance is 87.701km. This will be the 48th Comrades Down Run.

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