A regular campaigner in London, Ramaala is the region’s most consistent international marathon runner in recent years.
Hendrik Ramaala (born 2 February 1972 in GaMalepo, Pietersburg) is a South African long-distance runner, the winner of the 2004 New York City Marathon and 2004 Mumbai Marathon. He also has two silver medals from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2006 he also won the men’s Great North Run. He is a two-time national champion in the 5.000 metres.
Ramaala, a law graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, holds the South African 10 000m record of 27:29.94 which he set in Port Elizabeth on 22 February 1999.
He won the Lisbon Half Marathon in 2001 and Portugal Half Marathon in 2003.