PG3 - I completed my first this year off the back of a 4:59 qualifier in September, after which I rattled around in the doldrums trying to figure out why I'd crashed from sub4 to feeling very old indeed. Was shaken out of my malaise in January by a very good physio who nursed me through underlying injury to an 11:52. Welcome aboard, you will do fine!
John - Suddenly realised that my comment above might not seem very endearing...I picked up at the expo talks that veteran runners might pull one's leg on Little v Shortts - the way to tell that pull is that the k markers on Shortts are in single figures, they are not on the Littlles. Mind you, by then I'd forgotten how to read hence my equal bewilderment on climbing over the Shortts, the big clue for me were the cameras and the very welcome drink station at the top.
Becca - yes I high fived a whole heap of the Kearsney boys - very smart they were. I recall having become reticent on doing fives after realising the less fortunate kids were expecting me to hand over the water sachets I "needed" to keep cool, very surprised at that first "snatch". If I hadn't slept in and missed the route tour on the Saturday I might have been better oriented!
justanothrrnr - well done on duping John! Another fine Comrades tradition . I was so braced for this eventuality that despite no one speaking to me whilst we climbed Polly Shortts I was convinced it was Little Pollys - I didn't even notice Little Pollys had gone by. Wonderful feeling realising we were at the top and that the "worse to come" would not materialise.
Dubai - It seems a crazy notion reflecting on the day now but in one sense it really did fly by in no time at all, possibly one of those side effects of being so focused on the ultimate goal. I find myself asking why didn't I see Arthur's seat - there is a tradition of placing a flower there. I was going to high five all the kids from Ethembeni School - missed them completely. I must have run past he wall of honour? Didn't spot it. etc