Posted: 05/11/2013 at 12:46
Hello everyone. A bit to catch up on as I've not posted for a while so I'll try to be brief.
Thank you everyone who gave me the CT recommendations. I've booked myself on flights there via Doha with a local flight onward to DBN on the Thursday prior to the race. Leaving DBN on the Tues, I get 2 days at the Cape before and then 4 after as a nod to seeing the hill and island in the changeable weather. It'll be nice to do a (slow) parkrun in both cities. Other suggestions have been noted. I'll also see Doha (although not Dubai as intended) but it should be more genteel than Cairo.
I'd also vote for Hluhluwe which was great this year. I had to stop the car as a scraggly lion nonchalantly crossed the road in front. Left me shaking like a leaf as he looked very hungry. Lots of Rhino and elephant, a giraffe here and there, plenty of zebra and antelope. The Vervet monkeys were my favourite. I didn't know about these brilliant guys before the summer and would suggest googling them if you don't (probably not at work, though). I'll try and find a game park somewhere on the Cape.
Congratulations Hans. Good effort!
Condolences WindsorAndy, Jacquie, BikeIt and especially Debra on the injuries. A speedy recovery to you all.
Fido - Useful summary for a wider audience than just newbies. Thanks.
SD - Helpful to know that the hotels on the beachfront have coaches available to them. I think it'll be a walk of a mile or so for those at Belaire.
I saw the white Comrades cap out in Dublin where I got another pb (2.51.35), edging tantalisingly closer to 2.50. At some point I am going to massively blow up during a race and will wait until mid-Dec and Pisa for the next go. Really sad news that someone died shortly after he finished over there.
Lastly, I've ordered a book about Arthur Newton called Run For Their Lives by way of build-up during the Spring. I hope for stories of cigars, roses and rocky seats. Anyone read it?