Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
25 Sep 2021
8:24 am

Xolani Luvuno – the Comrades non-finisher who left a legacy

Wesley Botton

Few who watched the race in 2018 will forget seeing Luvuno as he moved steadily through the notoriously challenging course.

Xolani Luvuno and his mentor, Hein Venter, finishing the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa triathlon in Buffalo City in January 2019

Since it was launched in 1921, the Comrades Marathon has provided a platform for countless people to showcase the power of the human spirit. Already a gruelling battle, the 89km journey in KwaZulu-Natal is enough of a battle in itself, but some individuals have gone a whole lot further, tackling their own unique challenges on top of the ultra-distance race. After winning the event in 1931, at the age of 19, Phil Masterton-Smith was eager to compete again in 1933. He couldn't afford the train fare to get to Pietermaritzburg, however, so he cycled from Cape Town. Despite arriving exhausted...