Possum hopper

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Comrades 2013

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 12:20

Once again - thanks for all that and Fido2Dogs - just saw your post with all the great info re woman travelling alone. Many thanks for that...great stuff.

I have started loooking at flights.....mad really but I just know that once something like this has even entered my brain, I am going to go all out to do it. My other half said the same at the weekend and he has even offered to 'sub' me the money to get out there and do it - even offered to pack !! Hmm, wonder if he is trying to tell me something.

Apart from on here, it will not be something I will tell anyone about until next April....that will be a right big old challenge in itself !! I was accused yesterday of just 'tripping' out the marathons like it was no bother and should do something else instead such as an Ironman or tri. What a sauce....running marathons is BLOODY hard !!  However, I refrained from blurting out my new crazy idea so all good so far.

I am going to keep plodding and racking up marathons - leggies and bits allowing - but will now be using them as training runs.

I am doing Thames Meander in two weeks, New Forest, Abingdon, Beachy Head, possibly A20 Track, maybe Bacchaus and then to round off the year - all being well - Portsmouth Coastal which I have done for the past two years....but hey...all training runs now so have taken on a whole new dimension.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 21:16

Hi there...I'm back again with more silly questions ! Did my 32nd marathon yesterday - Salisbury Have been carrying an injury - when aren't we ?? - and wanted to get it done to get back out there. Managed a sub 5 which was pleased with....so...am moving ever more towards C next year.

Have been sussing out finances etc and looking at flight costs. BA is my preferred choice but am sure there must be a cheaper way. So guys, what airlines are out there that fly on Weds before and get you there as quickly as possible and as cheaply as poss....thx for now. 

Comrades 2013

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 16:33

Wow...thanks guys...brilliant stuff there and lots to think about. I will be a woman travelling alone - possibly - so also have that to factor in. My other half is a non runner but he is just the most fantastic support person ever....he does however draw the line at an 11 hour flight to SA to wait hours for me to finish a run....lol. 


Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 15:14

Forget the question re where does it start....even I managed to find that on website.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 14:58

I might have an o.k. marathon time but I am in awe of you lot having done Comrades. Whilst I have a few ultras under my belt, they were only 30 miles and I always said "No more!". How many of us runners say stuff like that to only then go back on what we had said at the end of a tough run. 

I would be happy to get through the 56 miles under 12 hours........that'll do me very nicely.  I tried to access the results for this year just to get an idea of what 'times 'normal' people get....I count myself as normal as not uber fast, but could not get on to it. 

O.K..stupid question number 2 and onwards - on an 'up' year, where does the run start ?

Do you get bussed back to the beginning....pre supposing you make it !!

I have read that there are 'pacer' buses that go alongside you. Is that right ?

At the water / fuel stops, what is provided and what is 'normal' to take on board for a run like this ??

Thanks guys....you were warned.   


Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 09:29

Thanks for that.

Was looking on Youtube last night at some of the spine tingling footage of past events....one in particular of the mass start (I didn't realise 20,000 runners took part) all singing the SA national anthem. Fantastic.

I'll be back with some more daft questions when I've had another trawl through the website and have a few more sleeps and contemplations on what all this will entail.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 13:25

Hi there,

Phew, just been reading some of your posts and am amazed. I can't believe I am contemplating this and the idea was sown in my brain only last Friday. I have so many questions I don't know where to start but won't bore you all too much just yet.

Am a Comrades virgin and have only started reading about it today. Didn't know there was an 'Up' and 'Down' event. Daft question number one - which one is tougher ?

I have done 31 marathons / ultras since 2008. My mara PB is 3.51done at Boddington a few weeks ago but I know all that pales into insignificance compared to Comrades stuff. I currently have a boring injury / Achilles / hamstring which is a big old pain as I have 7 more marathons already entered this year - next one Salisbury on 12th Aug but I think I'll have to opt out of that. My aim is to get to 50 by April 2014 when I will be 50.

Right, that's me.

So many questions but first one as above - Up or Down......which one to do as first Comrades. Thanks.


Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Trail Marathon

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:24

I'm doing the 26.2 miles.........did it in 2010 and kind of liked it although found it tough as very hot. Almost got lost a few times but as already mentioned, there are plenty of others around to shout at you and keep you on route. Bit weird having to wend your way through the tourists oggling the cathedral near the end, and running through a busy shopping centre but it all just added to the quirkiness. Great views to be had and I think it's good to revist some runs as first time around you're just getting to know the lay of the land. Am looking forward to it.

Boddington Marathon

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 13:05

I will be busting a gut to get 3.50 GFA and looking at the posts on here I hope I'm not last in !!

Good thing about multi laps is you don;t know what the person in front or behind you has done, which will be a good thing in my case. .

Kent Roadrunner Marathon

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 11:22

Loved Cycletrack......3.53 for me and met some lovely people. Was slightly annoyed for a day after as I did cock up my lap counting and missed out on a GFA. The annoyance was short lived and it was all my own fault. Great run and lots of opportunities to wave over at others. I like a good wave I do. Have entered again for next year and big thanks to Ian for the early bird offering.

My next one is tomorrow funnily enough - South Downs. I think it is going to be mighty windy up on them thar hills !

Have also entered Boddington as I see someone else has. My folks live that way to easy peasy for accommodation. I looked at this in 2010 but was put off by the multi laps - after Monday's experience I am a lap convert. 

Great event and thx again to the orgainsers......helpful and friendly from the off.....am glad Shakespeare was cancelled now or I would never have seen this gem of a run and been offered half price. Thx guys.

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