So, you're all gathering, and I bet it's getting exciting . Good luck to all of you running the greatest race in the world. Lots of more experienced people than me will be offering you advice, but I have one genuinely useful piece of information. There's a petrol station on the right hand side of the road at Hillcrest. It has clean, flush toilets. This may be important .
Take it easy for the next few days, you're all going to be grand,
Good luck Dannir - I am horribly jealous of your trip to Comrades this year, to the point where I might have to exercise my signing-up finger again in September. I'm sure if I sit down for a while the feeling will go away. Although I haven't been missing the waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night feeling, round about March, when the whole thing feels impossible. You've done all the hard work, just coast downhill to Durban
Your doctor has prescribed antibiotics for a chest infection. Not taking them will make you feel worse on Sunday, not better. Take the antibiotics and assess how how you feel on Friday. Exercise with an infection is not a good idea, especially marathon distance, so you should be seriously considering your options for pulling out - can you defer?
PG3 - good work with the nails . I did zebra print last year, it may not have made me any faster but it did keep me occupied on the Saturday afternoon.
I'd recommend Dogtag. They're not particularly cheap (the annual policy is much better value than single trip though) but they have specific policies that cover ultra runners - very few ordinary travel policies will cover you for races of more than marathon distance (and many won't even cover that). Also, they paid up very promptly when I lost my running watch last year.