Comrades 2014

As one journey ends, a new one begins...

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04/07/2013 at 21:05

Fit-Running-Cat - the Comrades site is showing old info: "

Any IAAF accredited road race of 42.2 kilometres or longer (refer to qualifying table) during the period 3 June 2012 to 6 May 2013 be used as a Comrades Marathon qualifying event."

A sub-3 will near kill me, so I'd rather try that this year and leave next year for the specific training required. Ultras are not really my thing, but Comrades is so wonderful and special.

05/07/2013 at 18:58

Booo about not being able to use 3:15 VLM time.

Ran Shrewsbury June 23rd pacing someone, so at least have a 3:44 time which is valid. 

Slow duck is this the table you meant?

Thought the estimates & calculators were very ambitious! 7:40-8? Bonkers.

BR would be lovely but even sub 9 not going to be easy at all. Just Finishing would be fine.

05/07/2013 at 21:52

F-R-C - it's similar to Norrie's table but slightly different...

06/07/2013 at 06:03

is this the table?

sorri about the res.





Edited: 06/07/2013 at 06:16
07/07/2013 at 08:25

Alan - yes, that's the one!

08/07/2013 at 08:12
Alan Peacock wrote (see)

Ultras are not really my thing

Edited: 08/07/2013 at 08:14
08/07/2013 at 08:15

So this from the keyboard of the man who is mentioned by Tim Noakes in Lore of Running for once running 207km in 24 hours!

Well done on the marathon yesterday Alan. Great effort to run a good time so soon after Comrades.

09/07/2013 at 11:00

FRC your mad mate's conversion doesn't sound too bad particularly on the day. (SD's best is a bit under 10h and that was for a cool down run, and his mara PB is... ... 3:23 ). But is he... how can I put this... young?



10/07/2013 at 07:31

First pain free run this morning since Comrades. Now we can start training towards Chester Marathon. Injuries suck! Swimmimg and walking not quite the same.

Jacquie and Bike it, have you both recovered?

Anyone else back from 'The Dark Place'?

10/07/2013 at 12:10

Dark Place sounds interesting Hans. Whereabouts are you if doing Chester? I'm on the Wirral.

Fido, my friend hmmm he is youngish, early 30s, very fit as a gym instructor/ PT but only did 10-15 miles running for his first (and only!) marathon before Comrades, plus strength work.. a 1:22 half to a 3:14 is poor conversion even for a full marathon to me. Then he did no training for comrades, sure he could improve 9:45 if he did a little.

I know sub 9 would be tough for me off 3:15 but not impossible, hence taking this training seriously, sub 10 even.. Just finishing would be fine as a Comrades virgin .

Sadly power of 10 doesn't work when you put "Slow Duck" in.

10/07/2013 at 14:45

Alan - I agree with Warren - you managed a great sub 3:20 (with 13 generous seconds to spare  ) post Comrades marathon result on Sunday... Can't believe you secured your Pen B slot so soon, and now target a Pen A qualifier in October... in the Oz summer too! I still have feet that haven't fully recovered from Comrades. My first race outing is on August 3 (48 miles around Jersey: Round the Rock) and reading the various posts jit seems like most of us are only just now getting back into post Comrade race training


10/07/2013 at 20:42



11/07/2013 at 06:39

Hey FRC, I am coming from Leeds, but had a great run at Chester last year. Looking forward to going back and getting under 3.30

All these amazing times from runners so soon after Comrades? I am just running pain free now and lost a toenail last weekend, with two more to go. What am I doing wrong?

11/07/2013 at 07:26

The day that matters is nearly a year away mate, and it will be a hilly road to get there, so who knows...


11/07/2013 at 07:31

Hilly road to the hilly race........

13/07/2013 at 17:18

Hans C - I'll be at Chester too.

Also, if anyone is at the Surrey Badger half tomorrow, it looks like I've been persuaded to go along now.  

14/07/2013 at 01:35

Emily, good luck with the thunder run. Be great to catch up in Chester.

Anyone else doing Chester as an early qualifier?

15/07/2013 at 22:18

I'm running Bournemouth on the first weekend in October - too early to be a qualifier for me...

16/07/2013 at 13:03

I'm doing Bad Pyrmont on July 27th, but I don't need a qualifier so no pressure at all... What a relief. I hadn't realised Germany was so well served with marathons though - far more than the UK, so if anyone wants a long weekend -

I probably better stop lurking here soon just in case I get tempted back.

16/07/2013 at 16:23

I'm in Chester.  Looking forward to reminiscing with Emily and Hans up there.  I'm going up on the Friday and staying near the racecourse and plan to visit Liverpool too.  Are you both making day trips or staying longer?  

Do all of us veterans need qualifiers? I thought we could get away with using this year's time for seeding...

Edited: 16/07/2013 at 16:26
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