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.