- Former Comrades Marathon champion Nick Bester was attacked by three people while out on a run near his home in South Africa.
- Bester was beaten with rocks and had his hands bound together behind his back. He reportedly underwent surgery in Pretoria, South Africa.
Former Comrades Marathons champion Nick Bester is recovering in the hospital after being attacked while running on a trail near his home in Magaliesberg, South Africa, on Sunday, August 30.
According to local media, three men on the trail snuck up behind Bester and beat him with rocks. They then stripped off his clothes and bound his hands together behind his back. Bester suffered three broken ribs, a broken cheek bone, trauma to his head, and cuts all over his body.
Bester’s son, Shaun-Nick Bester, posted a picture on Instagram of the injuries. 'They took off his clothes and tied him up and left him in the mountain. He managed to escape down the mountain by sliding on his back until he was right against someone’s fence.'
Bester reportedly had surgery in Pretoria, South Africa, after the attack. He has since been discharged from the ICU at the Eugene Marais Hospital, though he remains in the high-care cardiac unit in the hospital.
The running community is sharing messages of support for the 1991 Comrades winner.
Bester, who won the Comrades Marathon on an up-run year, also came in second twice on a down-run year. He also holds the eighth-fastest time among all men for an up run, which he set in 1996; he came in second behind Dmitri Grishin, who won the race that year.
Bester is currently the manager of the South Africa-based team, Nedbank Running Club, which produced the 2019 Comrades champion and women’s record holder Gerda Steyn.
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