Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:55
Wow, very impressive everybody. Feeling very nostalgic reading these posts (and funnily enough Chariots of Fire just came up on my Spotify ;-p) I've been having a fight over on another forum about VLM changing the Good for Age qualifiers this morning when I noticed this thread.
I have run all my adult life, grew up in Pinetown on the course and know it well. Can't believe how many 'Richmond Parkers' there are (I live 2 mins from Kingston Gate and RP is my training place of choice.) Focussing on marathons this year (ran Manchester yesterday) but all with Comrades in mind for 2015.
I ran a silver in 2003 and have not been back since. Now I'm an old ballie (40 this year) I want to see if I can silver again, and it's good to know there are Comrades runners in the area so i will keep an eye out for these threads in the future. I found it REALLY hard training for Comrades in the UK 10 years ago. Begging club mates to accompany me for stretches of my 60km runs
I also found RP a little too flat and really suffered on the hills on the day. My advice (too late I know) would have been to get to Box Hill and similar hills / races around the country to seek out Comrades-like hills. Brecon Beacons in Wales is close.
Good luck to everybody on here. It's an epic achievement even to complete. 56 miles of hills (ok 5km flat) should not be taken lightly. Hope to meet some of you when I start Comrades training next year!