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Comrades 2015

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:00

Nice to see a few Comrades folk at the Dymchurch marathons this weekend.  Saturday and Sunday for me.  Not really days for fast times but on the Saturday I thought I might sneak under 4:20, to improve my pen from G to F.  I just missed out on that but I was well under on the Sunday.

It would be nice to get back into Pen C with a sub 3:40, as I have been for the last two years.  I am a little way off that sort of form at the moment, having had 5 weeks off in September/October but I might give a faster marathon a go in February or March, if there is a suitable opportunity, or wait until London.  Currently looking at the Spring Shakespeare.  I don't think that start pen matters so much, especially not on the "up" run, but it would be more of a confidence boost than anything.

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Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:25

The aid stations have chocolate, biscuits, fruit energy drink and coca cola.  The fruit, chocs and biscuits are not at every aid station.  There are no gels.  The potatoes start to appear relatively early on the course but I didn't see any after Polly Shortts (a sore point as I REALLY wanted a potato by that time and they didn't have any - around Pietermaritzburg it seemed to be mostly drinks that were available).  Folks by the road side will give you pretty much whatever you ask for.  I mostly relied on the cola and energy drinks, together with my own gels.

I don't know why but if I post on this thread from my phone the answer goes missing.  The forum seems to be a bit wonky as it doesn't go to the first unread post any mor either.

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Posted: 26/11/2014 at 06:25
Sorry to hear that Stig. Fingers crossed for you.

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Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:53

Jacquie, I hadn't realised that your injury was so serious.  Fingers crossed you will make it for those races.  Stay positive.  You are made of tough stuff.  There can't be many people who have finished both Comrades and Berlin with undiagnosed broken bones.

Good to hear that you are getting back in to it Garth.  

Welcome aboard W0W0.

Well done on Valencia marty, nice running and it's great that you should have a good starting pen for Comrades.  

At the weekend I did my first double marathon - one on Saturday consisting of 7 laps of a caravan park in Cleethorpes, followed by the same again on Sunday. Surprisingly good fun, great goody bag and medal.

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Posted: 19/11/2014 at 09:35

Brilliant, well done Stephen.


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Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:22

Impressive Warren.  Hard to judge these things if we race that distance infrequently.  Sounds like you need to do another. 

Tickets for the fun bus back to Durban can be bought at the Expo from Maharajah's.  

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Posted: 07/11/2014 at 10:24

Forgot to say well done to Lorenzo and RR on the qualifiers.  It's annoying that they are not allowing Comrades 2014 times as qualifiers as that would have put me in a good starting pen.  Loads and loads of time left to qualify or upgrade!

Danni, no idea about whether a car would be easier.  The main problem with the journey back (at least the main problem that led to it taking so long....) as far as I could see it was that traffic was gridlocked getting out of the car park.  A car might still encounter that but would at least not be as smelly.

Interesting that the earlier buses don't take as long but it is nice to stay to the end and cheer on the runners in the last few minutes.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 23:07

Thanks McHilly.  I did a lot of cross training - a fair bit of walking plus I have an exercise bike at home that only ever gets used if I can't run and that got a lot of usage.  

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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 13:53

I pulled a muscle, my hip flexor, in September and couldn't run a step for about 5 weeks.  Only started running again on the 24th October. I was supposed to do Thames Meander but thought that was too  much a risk so I tested out my legs and did 10 miles that day instead. All OK so I ran Stevenage Marathon on Sunday, 4:20:47, my first sub 10 minute miles of the week, so I have a qualifier.  Looks like Pen G but I can hopefully improve upon that and it is just nice to be able to run again.

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Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:00

2013 - got the bus back and I can't remember much after that (probably the falling asleep and being awoken by my own stink as suggested above) but it certainly didn't involve a trip to the Hilton.

2014- easier because there was no bus but getting vegan food from the City Lodge required quite some negotiation (even though what I wanted was an item on their menu) and then it took ages to arrive.  Too knackered after that to make it anywhere.

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