Updated: May 19, 2015

The halfway cut-off has been extended for next week’s Comrades Marathon, organisers confirmed on Tuesday.
While the Comrades Marathon Association had announced six cut-off times earlier this month, race director Rowyn James said an additional time allowance of 15 minutes had been added at Drummond.
The official race distance of 87.72km was 877m longer than the 2013 ‘up’ run due to a route deviation in the first half.
“The previously advertised halfway cut-off of six hours has been extended to 6 hours, 15 minutes so as to factor in the additional distance,” James said.
“The cut-offs are an important facet of the race and are there for the well-being of the runner.
“Should a runner not make any one of the cut-offs within the allotted time, they will not be able to complete the race within the overall 12-hour cut-off time.
“It is a sad reality for quite a few runners every year but it is all for the runner’s good.”

Cut-off times for the 90th edition of the Comrades Marathon, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, on May 31:

Cowies Hill (17km, 2:40:00)
Winston Park (30.7km, 4:30:00)
Drummond (43.7km, 6:15:00)
Cato Ridge (57.7km, 8:00:00)
Umlaas Road (67.7km, 9:30:00)
Polly Shortts (80.2km, 11:10:00)
Finish (87.72km, 12:00:00)