Roadrunner legend dies at 57

Mogan Segadavan
VERNON Prins, 57, who was a legend in roadrunning for almost 40 years, died last month.
Prins, who lived in Fember Street, Extension 21, started his running career when he joined the Port Elizabeth Amateur Athletic Club in the ‘70s.
He left the club in 1984 and was a founder member of the Western Striders Athletic club. When the club folded ten years later Prins took a break before joining Harmony Athletic Club in 2006. Two years later Harmony became Nedbank Roadrunning Club.
In a remarkable athletic career Prins ran ten consecutive Comrades Marathons from 1980 to 1990 to earn his permanent number. His best time was 7:20:37. He continued running the Comrades until 1994 and then took a break before returning in 2006 and has competed in every Comrades since then. He had planned to run his 19th Comrades this year.
Besides being a runner Prins was also actively involved in the administration of the sport both at club and provincial level. In addition to organising road races Prins managed several Eastern Province roadrunning teams in the ‘90s.
Prins leaves his wife, Veronica and children, Melanie and Theo.

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