Updated: May 25, 2016

Ellie Greenwood of Great Britain will not defend her title at the Comrades Marathon this weekend due to a hip injury.
“It is a big disappointment for me that I won’t be able to run on Sunday, but at the moment I am barely able to run 20, maybe 30 minutes, at a time,” Greenwood, a member of the Nedbank Running Club team, said on Wednesday.
“Until three weeks ago my training was going perfectly, but then I started to feel a pain in my left hip which continued down to the left side of my knee.
“I had hoped that taking a break from running and doing some cross training instead would help to solve the problem, but as soon I resumed running I started to feel the pain again.
“I had a comprehensive scan done on Saturday and the result showed that it would be foolhardy for me to try to run the Comrades.”
Greenwood, who won the 2014 ultra-distance race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in 6:18:15, became the second women’s contender to withdraw from the prestigious event, joining injured American Camille Herron on the sidelines.
With Russian athletes banned due to a blanket sanction placed on their national federation, local women are expected to dominate the 89km race on Sunday, with last year’s ‘up’ run winner Caroline Wostmann lining up as the clear favourite.