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Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:11

I'm at the Hilton as well Patricia.  There should be a few others staying there from this thread.  It is a convenient location.

Well done on those three Lakeland 50s.  Not a race I have done myself as I don't fare very well on technical courses.  

For the heat as Fido has suggested it can help to use a sauna to acclimatise. I have gone to Bikram yoga classes as there is a studio in my city.  Plus I wear warm clothing for long runs.  

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Posted: 18/09/2014 at 10:37

Depends on the model but some Garmins have long battery life, especially if you switch off the backlight.  My Garmin 310xt had plenty of charge left both times I ran Comrades.  I had used this battery life to justify its purchase in the first place as my old Garmin would have conked out before half way.

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Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:16
Lowrez the stations have water, Gatorade, cola and some have food - chocolate, biscuits and salty potatoes. Folks on the course will give out stuff. I wear a spibelt and carry only gels as fuel. You don't get given those on the course but there is so much else you don't need to weigh yourself down.

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Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:18

zuluboy the Hilton is a good location - opposite the Expo and it is where the tour buses go from.  The international reception on Thursday evening is also there.  

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Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:51
Thanks Lorenzo - but thankfully I'm injury free at the moment.

To answer your earlier question, I have stayed at City Lodge twice. It is not as high class as the Hilton but cheaper, well located and I have no complaints. I am at the Hilton next year as there was a good deal. There are quite a few other places where folks have stayed. There were offers on flights the lady time I looked. Emirates is two quite long flights but goes to Durban direct from Dubai, otherwise it is a very long flight to Joburg and a short flight to Durbs. There is plenty to do if you are able to stay longer than just for Comrades.

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Posted: 02/09/2014 at 08:43
I'm at Thames Meander as well. Hoping to qualify before that. Hope the calf will be OK RR.

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Posted: 01/09/2014 at 10:15

I'm in.  Arriving Thursday afternoon and leaving Tuesday evening, travelling with Emirates again.  Hilton rather than City Lodge for me this year.

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Posted: 30/08/2014 at 16:26
Yes, I was glad that the bus dropped me off outside the City Lodge, which it was going past already.

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Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:50

Hi Patricia.  You enter and then update your entry with your qualifying time when you get it.  London would be fine as the qualifying window seems to be up to 4 May.   It is not hard to get in to the race - it does not fill up right away and there is no ballot.  There is a decent range of accommodation in the area that is most convenient for Comrades.  I don't think that it is essential to book right away but if you are sure that you are going to do the race it is worth seizing a bargain if you see one.

I'm back for the third year.  I have everything but the race entry and qualifying time - I am hoping to get that out of the way at Leicester.  I just got my flights - Emirates again from Gatwick. The price was about what I have paid in previous years.  I noticed that there are some offers from Virgin and I think BA for flights to Johannesburg but Emirates is cheaper.  Two long flights instead of one really long one and a short one.

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Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:43

Sounds fine Danni.  There are only so many races of 26 miles or more that you can do as a hard effort.  I don't think that you are short changing these other races as you should still have a good experience at them.  I didn't race London last year or Boston this year as hard as I could because of Comrades and I had a great time at both, enjoying the crowds and the sights.

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