You guys will win the race for seats on Ryan(nocustomerservice)air as we fly out Sun, our flight has been put back to 2:30 pm so it a mad dash to the Expo to get our Race Numbers. We are staying at the Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet Street. Which hotel are you guys in.
Just a quick line to let you know that 20 or so are running the Dublin Marathon from the Valley Sriders running club Leeds. Our party is made up of 7 non runners and 20 runners. We have all been training to varrious degrees over the wet summer and I know that we are all expecting a cracking couple of days.
Please say hello to any of us our club kit is balck shorts white vest with Valey Striders in black.
Good luck to everybody and enjoy a great race on a Monday which is a normal working day in the UK, that makes it sound even better to me.
Two Oceans was a story of two halves. I was a minute up at 28km on last year, got to the top of Chapman's Peak and then cramped in both feet, both calf's and both lower arms. This experience lasted for 17 km and not only did the race test my physical strength but also my mental strength.
At 48 km I was struggling to walk and running was a distant memory, a local runner went past me and thrust a tablet into mt hand (Myprodol). Within 2 km I was running again and did the last 6 km in 30 minutes with a finishing time of 5hrs 56 mins (29 mins slower than 2008). The race was totally draining and if I had not been English I would have cried. I had trained specifcally for 5 months for this race and was undone by cramp, but, you learn. What had cost me and caused the cramp was a conversation in the early stages of the race which lasted for over an hour with a fellow runner. In training I had done all my long runs on my own and so by engaging in conversation for such a long period of time I had drank for too much water in the firts 90 minutes of the race as my attention had been distracted. I was also 40 minutes late with my first gel. I basically flushed out all my salts and paid a heavy price not only in time taken to complete the race but in elevated pain levels.
I am, given health and finances going to compete in 2010, it remans a brilliant event and I would encourage as many people as possible to participate.
On a different note the Mr Price running team stayd in the same hotel as us, at 4:45am 3 mini buses left the hotel with their runners on board. At 4:55 a confussed Mr Mambo arrived at the hotel door way with no lift available, he eventually got to the race via our taxi and was called en route by the team manger who enquired as to his wereabouts 'In the Casino' came the response from one of the other passengers. Poor Marco Mambo was caught by the the race winner just over 1km from the finish and ended up finishing second failing to win his fourth consequetiive race. The message is that even the best need to stick to a race plan if they want to achieve their goals and get up on time.
Well done to all competitors and finishers and hopefully God willing see you in the Mother City for the 2010 race. Did any see Oasis?
Just found the Two Oceans thread and wanted to sy best of luck and enjoy the event.
Myself and a fellow runner from my running club did it last year and we enjoyed it so much we are doing it again in 5 days time.
We fly to Cape Town on Wednesday with KLM and intend to go to the Expo on Thursday.
My advice would be to not be phased by the race and break the race down into bite size pieces, so for example phase one from Newlands to the coast, phase two along the coast to we turn inland, phase three the run in land and so. Each phase is a small 10 to 12 km race and that way it don't seem at all bad.
The runners tent at the end of the race is great with free wine, beer, cakes, sandwisches etc.
The support along the route is fantastic and you won't lack for verbal encouragement and your fellow runners will help and support you all the way.
Running at dawn on Easter Saturday in Cape Town is without doubt a priveledge and joy. Last year when running the race I recognise that I was unbelievably lucky to be able to run 56km and to have the good fortune to take part in a truely fanatstic event.