Thanks WarrenK78 - I must pay better attention - those 30 seconds after crossing the start before I started my watch must have been more like 2 or 3 minutes! Amongst other lapses of concentration I also appear to have omitted to put sun screen on the front of my neck - have a wonderful deep purple (she makes you burn with a wave of her hand) necklace. I never intended to take it so close to the wire; was expecting 4:30ish; surprising at 3:30 when the 5 hour pace group passed me, but seemingly no pressure as I tagged along with them planning to burn them once I felt a bit better. Then at 5k to go I was in disbelief as they trotted into the distance and I started to crash. Thats when the ice cream man came to the rescue and I managed to string the saving finish effort together.
I have read up on several instances where Comrades runners thought they had minutes of chip time to spare only to sink to their knees at the realisation of "gun to gun". Nice to have this initial qualifier in the bag now. Must pay better attention to detail going forward!
McHilly; temperature has always tended to slow me down; possibly some of that in Cape Town, although I too feel like I've got better at running through it this English summer.
Ooo - I hope that scale is in feet! Dannirr - do you still have feet or just stumps where they used to be?
Mc Hilly - thanks! I didn't mean to go so close - stopped for that ice cream at one point - Mr Softee took ages finding the last grape flavour ice block - nicely cooled my core though - any longer and I might have missed the cut. Speaking of ice - what are you doing in your profile pic?
Warrenk78 - sparkling time! Can you help me understand CTM a bit more - I think my time was "from the gun" - I started well back possibly taking 2 minutes to cross the start - I don't recall running over a timing mat (but I am a space head) - me and another runner switched on our watches another good minute into the run (we'd been waiting to cross a timing mat) - so I knew I had to add that on to be safe. Thought went through my head that they were possibly using some new fangled non-mat technology. At the end it was amazing running in to a count-down to the 5 hour "gun mark", so I knew I had it in the bag, but I though by at least another few minutes. Getting home and checking the official time, there is only one, clearly gun time, no chip time. My jaw hit the deck when I realised how close I'd been to a miss. Despite mucho searching I can't find anything declaring "timing rules".
Wow! Those are amazing marathon times. Wish I hadn't had such a lazy summer, seem to have lost so much capability after my 3:52 in Liverpool. Can't believe the close shave I had in Cape Town yesterday: 4:59:44 - but that is a Comrades qualifier - Yeehaa! Pen.Z here I come. Hams survived too!
Come on F2D, you gotta join the party! Oh Canada! It brings back memories of long runs in Halifax and Sydney on holiday training for...which marathon was that? My better half never allows me to book a flight involving Air France when we travel together "they'll be on strike". So what do I do with my kitchen pass to Cape Town...arrgh! Agent says I am now travelling half a day earlier at a ridiculously early kick-off with KLM. Just booked the extra night in CT now required. Was going to run tonight but spent so long re-arranging the schedule I just want a kip. My hams are very happy at the lack of disturbance and are yearning to be ravaged by my physio tomorrow. Looking forward to reading up on the banter on my return; I hope to regale you with tales of a sub 5 hours snatched from the jaws of 5 hour plusdom.