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Comrades 2014

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:29

Just catching up and good to see this is now picking up.

Carmen - the sizes of the vests were kind of generous. I tried on a small (me a size 10 / 12) but it was too flappy under the arms. It was one David Marsh had at the hotel - last one - so as I had not packed my sewing machine I gave it a miss.

Will get one for this year tho as the vest wearers were getting loads of shout outs.

The T was fine for a small and nice and long.  I wore the T on the flight out and also for the park run on the saturday, as did quite a few others.

I am going for my B2B and therefore have not done the down...so come on...all you 'Downers' - can you please give us some Down Newbies some juicy info ?? How does it feel to do 2 miles extra ?? When does it start to go down as still a fair old amount of Ups from what i can see !! Lots of detail / info please. 

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 13:31

Zoe - I've done the Southdowns marathon relay. Usually do the marathon but last year (2013) did it as a team. Brilliant event and so much fun...either the full or as a team.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:22

...oh and good to see you again Douglas at Portsmouth.

Seems so long ago now...the days are speeding along now with that count down to 1st June !!!!

Comrades 2014

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:19

Well done everyone at Portsmouth, especially Muzza on your 100th. I was there at mile 8 dressed as Mrs Claus to try to help by cheering at anyone who looked like they needed a big old shout out.....there were LOADS of folk who did and got lots of smiles....so....well done again. 

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:17

Just popped on here to say well done all of you....better late than never ! I have done all previous 3 Portsmouths but couldn't take part this year...I did however put on my Mrs Claus costume and come to cheer at some pals at mile 8 and anyone else who looked like they needed a "Well done!".......was very worthwhile as I got lots of smiles from lots of you. 

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:58

Just been reading your posts. This is a great run and I've done the last 3. Am having to give it a swerve this year for reasons I won't bore you with. I am however, hoping to go along to cheer as know quite a few folk doing it.

Been interested with the chat about hydration packs. You won't need them for water that's for sure, clearly if you are using them for clothing changes etc etc and if you are not bothered by the carrying of them, then fine.

There was rum on offer at a station last year....very VERY clear to see due to it's colour and the marshalls told you what it was....so....any quaffing of it in error is not likely to happen and anyone who does, well, clearly the running brain jiggles have got to them.

Road shoes for sure. Part of the track can be muddy with puddles, but easy enough to skirt around. One part of the path alongside Langstone Harbour is very narrow and will be squidgy this Sunday. There is a sea wall next to it which I and lots of others, ran along in previous years. Just watch your balance obviously.

The Billy Line can also be very puddly and muddy but the puddles are shallow, so, if you don't want to risk a groin strain skirting along the side of them, then I'd say just go straight through.

The beach part had some vile smelling mud oozing along it last year so watch out for stuff like that. The beach is also made up of very squidgy mud as well, so again, watch your footing.

As you head down past a sailing club, you run abit over wooden planking and over a wooden bridge - if it is icy, watch out there, but there were marshalls there last year to alert you.

There was a bag drop.

There is loads of parking nearby and one car park right next to it. I didn't have enough cash the first year I was there and put in what I had - I was about an hour short. Stuck a note in my car to any jobsworth wardens just to say what I was doing and no ticket.

There are loos at the centre but just along the prom abit - heading East, is a public loo block. I never had to queue too long at the centre though. If you are really caught short, as you get to the end of the prom on the out and again on the back, there is a very clearly marked public loo block - lots of runners dart in there. You also run past a big old pub on the side of the harbour where there is a water station (Mile 4 I think) - you can dart in there to use the facilities. There was also a portaloo at the swtch around. Also as you go over the road bruidge to Hayling Island, there is an Esso garage on the left hand side which has loos. I sound like the Loo Queen now !!

There are a couple of squeeze points as you get down onto first beach bit so if you are Mr/Ms Speedy, just be aware that you could get caught up.

It is a great event and as it is by the sea, you can pretty much guarantee you'll get wind blowing at one way or the other.....usually as you are slogging your guts out on the long trek back along the prom....but hey, at that point you are nearly home.   Good luck everyone and ENJOY !!

Comrades 2014

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 15:18

Rodent - this year was my first Comrades. My mara Pb was 3.51 pre Comrades and at the end of 2012 before the training kicked in I had done 40 marathons and a smattering of ultras, since 2008.

I stuck to the plan with a few exceptions and I did do one weekend of back to back marathons - Bewl Water then 3 Forts - as was told that running on very tired legs was a good thing to do....slowly mind, so as not to get injured..

One of my 'training' runs was Crawly track - 6 hours worth of flat, oh so flat running - and clocked 35 miles. I did that purely as a mind game as F2D is quite right, it is a massive mind game.  

I was after a sub 11 - bronze medal - but alas missed it by 12 mins but was very pleased due to conditions. I did have a story to tell, I was lucid, I was emotional and I was full of beans and very happy with life....NOT taken out on a stretcher. I ran / walked from the beginning.

I have my flights booked and paid for and hotel all sorted so I plan on doing pretty much the same for 2014. Am nursing a few niggles and am not doing anything crazy as I know that what I did this year saw me through in one of the toughest conditionwise to date.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 11:16

Well done those who did the track marathon. I did Crawley Track last year and managed to scrape 35 miles in the 6 hour time, which was my goal...it was deffo a mind game but a pretty good one. Most exciting thing about it was at 3 hours in we changed direction. I'm smiling as I type that as it was strangely good fun. I did think about it for next year but I've done the mind thing now and will do the South Down marathon the same weekend instead.....gotta get them hills in !!

Comrades 2014

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:40

I won't be doing any 'official' marathons between now and Brighton as Brighton is planned to be my 50th on my 50th birthday - I do apologise if I have said that elsewhere and keep repeating it  - and am now up to 49 so have had to put the brakes on.......not a bad thing really as have had a few niggles re Achilles and bursitis on the heels, but after Brighton I am looking to do Crawley Track (flat as a pancake but just to get miles in and a marathon notch on my bedpost), Enigma Good Friday and make it an ultra, Southdown, 3 Forts and Bewl Water.....well, that's the plan.  

Comrades 2014

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:33

Hi GDixon61 - met you at Comrades this year - nice to see you are still out there doing your thing. 

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