Frith van der Merwe

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Frith van der Merwe (born 26 May 1964) is a South African long-distance athlete.

Running career[edit]

She competed several times in the South African ultramarathon, the Comrades Marathon, in the late 1980s and early 1990s with success, setting female records for both up and down runs. Her 1989 record time of 5:54:43 in the down run still stands. Her 1989 record time of 3:30:36 in the 56 km Two Oceans Marathon also still stands. Her best times in shorter distances were:[1]

8 km 26:42

10 km 33:18 Germany, 1993

15 km 49:54 Belville, 1989

21.1 km 71:11 Voet of Africa, 1990

42.2 km 2:27 SA Champs, 1990

50 km 3:08 City to City, 1989

Personal life[edit]

She married Michael Ivan Agliotti (b. 2 January 1957, d 25 May 1997) on 22 April 1995. She started studying at University of the Witwatersrand. She is a teacher. She is currently teaching in Benoni, Gauteng


In 2012 she was honoured as Benoni Northerns Sports Club's best ever sportsperson.

In 2013 she was inducted into the Gsport Hall of Fame.[2]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  South Africa
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 2:35:56


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