Comrades, noun

Origin:
Elliptical for Comrades Marathon; the ‘League of Comrades’ granted permission for this name to be used for a race commemorating soldiers who had died in World War I.
The Comrades: An ultra-marathon run annually between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Also attributive.
Note:
First run in 1921, this race is usually run in May.
[1921 Natal Mercury 18 May 12Comrades’ Marathon. Empire Day attraction. Race from City to Durban. The race will be started by the Mayor of Maritzburg at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21 from the Town Hall.]
1955 Rand Daily Mail 1 June 18Gerald Walsh..won the 54 mile Comrades Marathon from Maritzburg to Durban today...Walsh gave credit to his helper, Allan Boyce, winner of the 1940 Comrades, who coached him all the way down.
1979 Daily Dispatch 1 June 20Vorster..threaded his way through hundreds of applauding spectators to notch his first Comrades win.
1987 M. Tindall in Style Feb. 45With eleven thousand people taking part, the Comrades has lost a lot of its comradeship.
1989 Personality 29 May 67The 80-year-old Wally Hayward has just run into the stadium, well within Comrades qualifying time.
1990 A. Kenny in Frontline Dec. 13It is said that we remember the joy and forget the pain. This might be true of mothers looking back on childbirth or runners looking back on the Comrades.
An ultra-marathon run annually between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Also attributive.
Entry Navigation

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

19211990