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Comrades 2016

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:37

I read Tea with Mr Newton a couple of years ago.  How did a miss a SD quote?

I don't think I will do the bus tour this year, although I don't remember much of the bus tour from when I did the Down Run before as I fell asleep.

I was pretty pleased with how the Cakeathon/Chocathon double went.  I would normally do about 30 miles at these 6 hour events but, not having run a marathon since October, I didn't want to push my luck.  I stuck to marathon (or should that be Snickers?) distance each day.  My little legs remembered what to do and they were quit happy with 10 to 10:15 minute mile pace.  The course is undulating, with 3 main climbs on each lap and I was happy to run the whole way on both days.  Apart from an unfortunate faceplant at mile 22 on the second day.  The good thing about mud is that it provides a soft landing and the brim of my Comrades cap protected my face, so I was pretty unscathed.  

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Posted: 28/01/2016 at 21:59

I've done this as a lone female, as have several others, travelling independently.  There tend to be plenty of folks around doing Comrades on flights, in the airport shuttle, in the hotels etc.  It's best to be sensible of course but no particular cause for concern.

Both runs are hard but the down run is pretty brutal and the recovery period is longer.  There are shuttle buses to take you to the start of the Down run and to get you back after the up run (although they take aaagggeees), so neither is particularly better logistically.

If you are tempted, do it, by the way.  No better race than this one.

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Posted: 28/01/2016 at 10:49

Country and Coastal Touring were very good when I used them, lambkin.  

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Posted: 27/01/2016 at 17:25

Not sure about jelly babies/gummies but I wouldn't have looked for them at the aid stations.  They have chocolate and biscuits.  Different aid stations have different things, so don't plan too precisely.  Try out whatever you plan to use in training runs.

I carry a few gels, I think maybe 7, and rely on cola and energy drinks from the aid stations for the rest.  You can also get pretty much anything from the folks by the side of the road if you ask.

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Posted: 25/01/2016 at 10:05

SD is best placed to answer this.  I have only done the down run once before. I think I got a token couple of hours sleep and then topped this up on the coach.  Can't remember what time we got the bus but it was very early.  We took breakfast to eat in PMB.  There is a McDonalds that is open for civilised loos.  There are also loos by the start pens, of course, and, if you go through the pen and out the other side, those ones are quieter.  That year the overnight temperature was relatively mild but it's best to plan for the worst and I had a few layers and perhaps a bit of cardboard to sit on.  

Start pen D is fine.  I didn't notice any real difference between that and Pen C.  In either you will be across the start line fairly soon.  You will get people pens F and G and others coming flying past in the first km, lots seem to overdo the early pace.

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Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:45

Well done Debra.  The Sunny that ran this race did Comrades last year and I think she's going back this year.

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Posted: 24/01/2016 at 19:11

Same double coming up for me, too, Warren.

I was contemplating North Dorset but it's a bit too far and complicated as a non driver. That weekend I'm aiming at Oxon 20 on the Saturday, Greenway Challenge 13 miles on Sunday, then Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday.  Similar to the races I have done in that weekend in previous years.

A 6 mile Leicestershire road league race for me today, a bit slower than last year but that was to be expected after three interrupted months.  It feels like things are getting back on track, though, so it's all positive. 

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Posted: 22/01/2016 at 16:58

Thanks Terry, there's a Leicestershire league road race on Sunday, otherwise that would have been good.

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Posted: 22/01/2016 at 16:04

Yes, well done SBA, see you in Pen C, should be a few of us in there.

Good luck Debra.

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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 17:04

Hi Terry, we are both Wigston Phoenix and will probably have our green and white vests or long sleeved tops.  My vest has my 2013 and 2014 Comrades patches on the back.  Even if I don't wear that I will probably have one of my Comrades caps on.  Will watch out for you.

Mac - I think that the mud made up for the lack of big climbs.  I can recall other years where the ground has been drier and it has been difficult to find a suitable puddle to wash my shoes in afterwards.  The main difficulty in a year where Box Hill is in is avoiding the many people out for a stroll.

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