Comrades 2013

For all Comrades, south Africa 2013 runners & those wanting to know more

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13/06/2012 at 22:23

The minimum I would recommend is to arrive on Thursday in Durban (leave the UK on Wednesday night on an overnight flight). This allows you to go on the bus tour of the route on Friday morning, chill out on Saturday and run on Sunday. I've been doing the arrive Thursday - leave Tuesday trip for the last few years...

13/06/2012 at 23:44

They did a Saturday bus tour this year. The issues are mainly

a) you want a bit of leeway in case the flights go all Pete Tong
b) the flights are all overnight and you need to recover (SA is just an hour ahead so time difference is OK luckily) (you can take an Emirates afternoon flight to Dubai, spend the night in the hotel *in* the airport and then fly down to Durban, but then you're possibly even MORE tired out from the long journey than you would be from losing sleep on the overnight LON->JNB flight)

I reckon I could have flown out on Thu and back on Mon (i.e. arriving Fri/Tues) if I'd wanted to cut it down, but it is nice to have a bit of slack especially if it's your first time out. 

14/06/2012 at 08:19
I flew out Wednesday night and back Monday due to a baby. Note earlier post which I think was advising birth control once you decide to enter ? Lol. Most people would of course stay longer for a holiday - my only truly pressure free meal to enjoy great SA steak and wine (sorry Fido) was on the Sunday night. It was great but I was knackered and couldn't even finish a fantastic bottle of red. That sits almost as badly with me as failing to finish a race. Must train harder !
14/06/2012 at 15:13

I agree Fly weds back Monday. I went a day later this year for obvious reasons and it is a lot to cope with as you lny really get one night's sleep. I didn't do tour either as I wanted a chilled Saturday.

Great couple of final reports on 2012 thread. Really enjoyed reading them.

KP- I couldn't finish my tin of beer on the Sunday evening with dinner!

Although I won't be racing next year I'll certainly join in on the thread and follow everyones journey. Think 2016 for me as next one, although I did check Kayak earlier

14/06/2012 at 20:14

Catching up on podcasts - nice mention on rate your run in Marathon talk SD!

14/06/2012 at 21:56

Yes, I was really chuffed to get a mention!

Kevin, Ode - agree that flying back on Monday works fine.  It still allows you to spend a nice morning/lunchtime on the beach drinking with fellow Comrades... Staying until Tuesday, however, allows you to continue into the afternoon followed by a night out...

Edited: 14/06/2012 at 21:57
15/06/2012 at 09:12

Not for 2013 - thinking about Lakeland 50 for 2013 if NDW50 goes okay this August, but I'm thinking if those two go okay then I should be able to train for & run Comrades maybe 2014 or 2015?

15/06/2012 at 14:36

Heh, from what I hear Lakeland 50 is way harder than Comrades! Remember Comrades is a road race!

15/06/2012 at 15:47

I would have to go for two weeks

15/06/2012 at 19:43

i want to go too-shall we have a holiday spen?

16/06/2012 at 17:23

Hi all,

I am currently considering 2013/14 entry and have been somewhat baffled by the qualifying races...

What are the rules? I am planning run the Thames Trott 50 next Feb but this is off road and VLM is a bit close for comfort for next year. Does it have to be a roadrace?

I thought I ask those who know best!






16/06/2012 at 18:55

Nina, qualifying is basically any marathon under 5 hours. I don't think it matters if it is not on the official Comrades list since you simply email Comrades with your time and they sort your seeding out for you. I think they are more lenient with the overseas runners with the qualifying races. Many of us simply run a marathon as a training run during either february or march and then use that time. So VLM would be fine to use as a time. Not sure about the rules for offroad races but i am sure someone else on here will be able to give you an answer on that one.

16/06/2012 at 19:07

SD is the expert but agree, unless you run a sub 3.20 mara and want pen B they just believe you.


16/06/2012 at 19:33

HI All. I am planning to run in 2013 so have decided to join this thread. This will be my first Comrades attempt. I lived in Durban for over 25 years and grew up with the race so I know whats coming. Can't wait to get the training under my belt.

I am running BErlin in September as my qualifying race and wnat to get under 4 hours to get a good seeding. PB is currnetly 3:45.

Looking forward to some good chat on here!

16/06/2012 at 20:29

Nina - as Marty and Martin have said, any marathon under 5 hours is usually ok for qualifying.  If you're running a 50 mile race (more or less 80km?), the qualifying time would be 10:40.

With regard to how long to stay after the race, I think I travelled around SA for 2 weeks after my first Comrades and a week after the second. But as Mrs SD has not come out for Comrades since then, I make a reasonably swift return on the Tuesday!

18/06/2012 at 19:59

Slow Duck and Marty74 - thank you very much for the advice - my mild panic at finding a IAAF race has vanished! I am entered for Portsmouth Coastal in December and failing this the Thames Trott (which I finished in 10h 17 last year so 10 40h should be doable).

Hope to see you guys next year!


19/06/2012 at 07:54
Nina, I have done the Portsmouth Coastal marathon for the past 2 years and used it as my Comrades qualifier ... No issues at all. Will do the same this year for 2013 Comrades (my 5th).
20/06/2012 at 14:05

Hi everyone,

Having lurked on the 2012 thread, and (nearly) wiped away a tear or two reading some of the race reports, I am inching towards committing to the 2013 race (finances and logistics of taking a young family along permitting).

Thought a post would go someway towards making the committment as I kind of think, if not now, when ?

Have had a bit of an achilles problem (which is slow to go away) so buiding up towards a (3rd) marathon (Abingdon) in October and thinking of Compton Downland 40 next year as a longer preparation ru. Daunted a bit by the number of marathons / ultras some posters seem to enter each year.

Does anyone know if there is any expectation of the numbers of entrants due in 2013 and when you can leave entering until (I seem to remember they were still taking entries right up until the Nov closing date this year ?)

Anyway, happy running everyone and looking foward to lots of training tips on the thread !



20/06/2012 at 17:25

I don't think there's any reason it will fill up faster this year, but they allow you to transfer entries anyway so there is always the chance to flog an entry now.

Blimey Abo is going to be Comrades Old Home Week!

Compton is almost more of a challenge than Comrades and was certainly a sobering experience for all of us! Don't regret not doing it this year but then I do not fare well in trail races.

20/06/2012 at 20:49

Fido You thinking of going back again??????

SD Site not showing at the moment but when do qualifiers start to count. have a 30 miler in 2 weeks and would be good to get D pen sorted (keep it QT Fido) Then can give it everything in Mablethorpe for a 3.40 C pen?

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