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Comrades 2013

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:58

Jacquie.....please share the knowledge of How To Get To The Start Pen !! Thanks.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:12

Thanks Jellybean - I will do that.

Fido - yes...I managed to trawl right back through most of the posts on here and saw your original posting re shuttle bus. Thx.

Sportaloo - yes - I have experience of SA as go to Cape Town a lot so just didn't want to get ripped off. Thx.

Have a chest infection for which I am now on anti biotics.......timing could have been worse I guess so will just make full use of the taper.


Comrades 2013

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:38

And thanks for the heads-up on the info posted on FB....will check it out laters......see......can't even string together a decent post on here without forgetting stuff !!

Comrades 2013

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:37

Oh and I was a late comer to the T shirt but luckily David Ross sorted it for me...what a fine fellow he is....he put me onto to the other 'Dave' who now has my order for a lovely T which I cannot wait to get as you lot have been raving on about them.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:34

Hello everyone,

So much information on here my already turned-to-mush brain is going to explode !

SD - made me chuckle to read your post about you getting confused as well...there's hope for a terrified newbie like me then.

I had planned on doing my last long run yesterday - 3.3 hours along South Downs way but sadly I have picked up a horrid chest infection which is making me cough like a geriatric old man ! I am looking on the bright side tho in that thank GOD it didn't happen a few weeks ago before I had done the Crawley Track, Bewl and 3 Forts or I would be majorly panicking now.

It really is all encompassing this Comrades thing isn't it ??

I really am losing it I think - leaving taps running at home, forgetting the names of my daughters etc etc......it's at times like this you really are very grateful for the love and support of your long suffering family members and work colleagues...and boy oh boy...mine are suffering !!

I never booked on to the bus tour. My original thoughts were it would just be too scary to see what the hell I'd got ahead of me. As per usual for me tho, I am now changing my mind. I see that the Friday one is full and I have not booked on as yet, but would it still be possible to book on to the Sat one at Expo on the Friday ??

I arrive on Thursday - the SA Heathrow shuffle. Plan to go to Expo Friday, RW pasta party on Friday - really just so I won't have to stress about where to eat - and then chill in the hotel on Saturday....hopefully by the pool with a book altho I think I will just spend the day gazing off into the distance trying to keep it together !!

On the subject of places to eat - I'm guessing there are stacks of eateries by the beach area ??

...and taxis....from the airport. Are we likely to get ripped off or are there quite tight controls over the pricing etc etc.......

I will be back later with more daft questions........i am on drugs now you know, just to compound the whole craziness !!

Comrades 2013

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 15:02

Carmen - we we are on the same flight on 29th. I met SD at Crawley Track and he is the slightly later one. It will be fun to try and spot the crazy running folk at Heathrow !!

I have decided to not do the bus tour......it would just freak me out !

I have been running marathons since 2008 and loads of people ask me for advice about how to prepare etc etc......Comrades is such a leap of faith to run so far and in a different country that it is a weird and quite disconcering feeling to be almost right back at square one ! It has made me even more understanding of any of our club runners who are venturing out to do their first marathon and train for it.

Becca - I do remember you at 3 Forts with your Fertch T shirt and your cheery wave. Didn't know it was you at the time but good to get a wave. Some of the very front runners ignored us slowbies.......I felt like shouting at them "I ran a marathon yesterday!!".....but just smiled and wished them well instead. 

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Posted: 08/05/2013 at 13:07

Wow...so much to catch up on here and I don't get access to post on it whilst at work...ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!

I also did 3 Forts. Did a very slow and sedate 5.34 which is almost an hour slower than when last did it. I had done Bewl Water mara the day before tho so that's my excuse and sticking to it !!

I did look out for some of you but alas I was so disorganised on Saturday after getting home from Bewl, I didn't post on here. At 3 Forts I was the woman in bright pink compression socks and  Bewl T shirt.

I love 3 Forts but Jeez, it was tough this year !! First and probably last time I will do a Double Bubble.....I quite literally only decided to do it on Sunday morning and upgraded from the half to the full.

Just wanted to say hello again and that I am lurking during the day then try to get posting in the evening......ama now trying to get with it and save some of this brilliant information into my opea brain now it is almost upon us. 3 weeks today I will be on my way the heathrow !! God that's just so scary !!

Shady Ady - we have a mutual pal BTW. Mel from Paris 26.2 crew. I am her running buddy who is hoping to do Comrades. Well done at Paris.

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Posted: 29/04/2013 at 12:12

Hey there,

Wow...busy busy on here !

SD - great to meet you on Saturday and thanks very much for the vote of confidence. Also thanks for some brilliant advice - very interesting and extremely useful. Was very pleased with my efforts and got to 35 miles in the 6 hours but it was made so much better by the good chats to be had around the track.

Can't get on here much during the day so am always playing catch up.

Doing Bewl Water this weekend and 3 Forts half on Sunday which I might just upgrade t a full. Jurry is out on that at present as have been told yes by some, and no by others. My head says just do the half and maybe tag some extra miles on after if I feel like it.

Off out now to get myself some compression calf things...anyone else use them ?? What is the opinion on them ??

Well done everyone and not long now.

Oh, before I go.....I know it was mentione don here but didn;t make a note of it....insurance whilst out there....anyone care to pass on some info ??

Many thanks. xx





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Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:43

Well done everyone. Just catching up as not been on here for a while. Did Brighton in 3.56 and went to shout at the London Lot yesterday, so, a great two weekends. Had my work nickname 'Smudger' on my Brighton vest which was pretty cool to run around with. Lots of shout outs so I did the same yesterday and shouted out as many names as poss, with the result that I have lost my voice !!

My longest run to date has been 30 miles and am doing Crawley track this Saturday where I hope to get to 35 miles.

Anyone else going to be there ??

Bewl Water the weekend after with 3 Forts half the day after. Have been under some pressure to run back to backs but am holding firm and saying NOOOOO!! What does anyone else out there think of back to backs on same weekend so close to Comrades ?? I ask that but I sort of know the answer.

Oh and am a complete numpty as did not make a note of the insurance company reciommended on here aaaaages ago. Can some kind person please point me in the right direction ??

Thanks and keep running.


Entry date for London marathon 2014 to get into ballot?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:17

Me too.........can't be right surely ?? London will never be on 20th as Easter Sunday.....

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