Comrades (South Africa) 56 miles

29th May 2011

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13/06/2010 at 21:53

Hi Folks. I am the UK respresentative for the fantastic Comrades 56 ultra marathon, in South Africa. If you have not done it, there are around 15,000 people from across the globe (the UK has the highest representation after the South Africans), a 56 mile course that starts in the dark at 05:30 to the sound of a cockerel & Chariots of Fire, some massive hills to get over & around 90 degrees of heat to get through. There are 5 cut off points that you need to get through in the allotted time and must finish the race within 12 hours to receive a medal. There are different medals dependant on finishing time...but the most impressive thing is the is fantastic, with routes back to the 1st World War. This is also the most friendly event there is and the spectators will get you round. Finishing 10 runs (they alternate from uphill to downhill each year) will earn you a green number, which becomes yours for life

If you have already completed a Comrades or would like to...drop me an email /forum/smilies/big_smile_smiley.gif[/img]] ...would love to hear from you

Best wishes


14/06/2010 at 09:20
Is this the 2011 thread then?

I am in for number four.
14/06/2010 at 10:17
Just popped in to say hello (and to remember the thread). Will decide in September if number two is on the cards.
14/06/2010 at 11:56
Hi Keith. Well done on getting around the half yesterday (which one was it) after the Comrades. The Comrades uphill is a whole 2k shorter than the downhill & a back to back medal is something to savour!
14/06/2010 at 12:01
This is something I would love to do in the future (am not fast enough at present), so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread in order to gain some tips!
JPenno    pirate
14/06/2010 at 12:07
I would love to do this one day, Not likely to be 2011 as both kids have exams in May and June.
14/06/2010 at 13:00
Your link doesn't work, David!
14/06/2010 at 14:04

Hi Folks. Here is my email address for anyone wanting to get in touch about the Comrades 2011. /forum/smilies/big_smile_smiley.gif[/img]] Many thanks

 David - UK representative for The Comrades

14/06/2010 at 14:12

Hi Folks...trying again as a smiley face link seems to get added. My email address is /forum/smilies/big_smile_smiley.gif[/img]] for anyone wanting to get in touch about Comrades 2011. It the link fails again the email address in long hand is david.marsh @ (without any spaces)

Best wishes

David - UK representative for The Comrades

14/06/2010 at 16:05

I'm hoping to go back next year... got some unfinished business

14/06/2010 at 16:41

Ok. Count me in. Will aim towards this. Should know around september whether I am within capacity for it, in time for the registration.

Are you just representing UK people?

14/06/2010 at 17:08
Planning to run in 2011 again...
14/06/2010 at 17:27
I want
14/06/2010 at 17:56
I want to be there as well. Loving South Africa having done Two Oceans this year. I know its only the baby version but at least its a start
14/06/2010 at 18:51
Well I am definitely in for next year to get my back-to-back medal. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Did it as bit of a package. Was met at the airport by Rob (done 20 Comrades) and Gail (run 1 Comrades) and they looked after us until after the run. They took us to their local (Hillcrest) running clubs Comrades pasta party and also we had a meal out with a friend of theirs who had achieved 7 Gold medals (has to be in top 10 to get Gold). They drove us to the start, met me on route and picked me up at the end. Was fantastic. They also took us to the Aches and Pains party the following day. Then we then flew up to Nelspruit and spent 5 days at the Kruger National park staying in a lodge that is owned by a guy who has also run Comrades many times.
Edited: 14/06/2010 at 19:08
14/06/2010 at 19:34

Hi Fizziofinn. Yes...I'm here to help the UK Comrades runners & lobby for anything that makes your life more straightforward for the run. We have ambassadors throughout the world & want to encourage more people to take part

Hi Marty74 - anyone who has made it up that last hill in the Two Oceans will get around the Comrades. Hats off to you

Cannot believe what a fantastic buzz there is already for next year

14/06/2010 at 19:46

STFC - thanks ran the Southend Half yesterday and apparently looked worst at the end of it than I did at the end of Comrades two weeks before! Speed will take a little while to come back I guess

 Met a couple of the other Ambassadors while I was out there - Bruce was a real character and held together a lot of the international events.

14/06/2010 at 22:39
Fizziofinn wrote (see)

Are you just representing UK people?

This is what I want to know .  Even though we hang out here , not all of us are UK people
14/06/2010 at 23:31

Hey...we are the Comrades family. Although based in the UK, happy to represent everyone. Just get in touch if you need anything

Best wishes


15/06/2010 at 05:57

Where are you from Fizzio?

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