Gul - I ran the Eden marathon which is close by Dartmoor. I concluded that 'flat' when spoken by a person from Devon or Cornwall just means 'not mountainous'. Nothing wrong with that if you are going for the scenery and holiday, just it may not offer the best potential for getting a good time.
I learnt that achilles heal slowly due to the low blood flow MsE. You probably know better than anyone though so smart decision to take a bit of time off.
Nice to see VTR and KR going fast.
Is the photo of the 'good' leg Poacher or the 'bad'? Sorry to hear that. Are we meeting up for a coffee prior to the 31st with Lorenzo in Durban?
That headache turned into something more serious and I was very ill last night and slept in clothes suitable for -10C. Thankfully it was short and I'm feeling a lot better now and should be over it in a day or two.
BTW - in SA we are experiencing planned power cuts as demand exceeds supply capability. For power cut planning, Durban area is broken into small areas and so I can't give a general statement on whether or not you would yourself experience it. Generally cuts would last 2.5 hours.
It is probably worth adding a torch to your packing list if you have one and keeping your essential battery powered devices top-up (particularly your Garmin).
I already took my kids (aged 3 and 5) to rugby (England-Wales) and I'll be waiting a few years before I take them again.
I'll be driving down to Durban on Friday morning with my family so won't put myself on the list.
Training has suffered this year due to my right leg. It's been so bad I've abandoned my training diary so I can't tell you how little I've done. I'll be going for a sub-10 hour finish this year if I can get over Inchanga and still feel OK.
I hope everyone is aware of the extra 887m this year (after Cowies) due to roadworks on the regular route. There has been controversy over the cut-offs and now CMA has relaxed it at HW, but still the final cutoff is 12h. If anyone 'forgot' to enter their qualifier, the CMA opened a golden window until sometime tomorrow for those people to enter their details.
Basically CMA is yielding to the voiceful runners and probably hope the WR for largest number of finishers in an ultra-marathon will fall (current WR is 14343 finishers in 2010)