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Comrades 2017

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 21:06

Hi ZO. It's usually September sometime, but it doesn't sell out straightaway, there's plenty of time. Also, you don't have to have done your qualifier before you enter, you can do that later.

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:45
Nels - on my way back, via Trondheim. Very strange, running a race at night, in daylight! I'd love to go back again sometime and have a proper holiday in that part of the world. Beautiful scenery, lots of outdoorsy things to do, and fewer mosquitoes than I expected. Lovely to see many familiar faces from this thread, and to see a few friends up at the pointy end of the race. That was the last of my 'training run' races - next one will be Race to the Stones next month, which is my big race for spring/summer 2016.

Paris Marathon 2017

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 09:59

Another one in Tromso for Midnight Sun (although Midnight Rain might be more appropriate). It's weird here - it does feel like the top of the world. And how do you prepare for a race starting at 8:30pm? Good luck to anyone racing this weekend (and anyone snorkelling at Glastonbury....)

Dizziness and near 'blackouts'... Newbie!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:22

Agree with others, go and see your doctor. Blacking out at the end of any run, let alone a relatively-easy paced one, is not normal, and not just a sign of unfitness. Might just be something to do with heat, might not, but your doctor would rather you went to see them now with your concerns than push yourself when you shouldn't.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:42

Lowrez - I was in the same situation as you this year. I'd done the back to back, and I felt like I'd achieved what I wanted from Comrades. There are so many interesting races, and I wanted to focus on something new and different. I also had vague ideas of clocking up some UTMB points, until I discovered that even if you manage to get the points, there's very little chance that you'll get in on the ballot.

But this year I found I really missed it - the excitement of travelling, meeting old friends and new people, the very special Comrades atmosphere. I'm also very fond of South Africa. I'm glad I took a year off, but I think I'm ready to come back next year.

And also, I quite enjoy poncing about Heathrow Airport in a t-shirt that says 'UK International Runner' .

Race to the stones 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 07:53
Ignore post - just saw my question was answered further up the page. Nothing to see here!

Race to the stones 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 17:37
I'm from East London. I looked at the Oxford Tube, but reckoned to be on the safe side I'd have to get up about 4am, so I'm staying overnight in Oxford and getting a lift in the morning. If you live further west it might be doable.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 10:37
Gentle lolloping round a desert?

I'm pondering whether instead of City Lodge it might be nicer to stay in one of the hotels on the sea front. Does anyone have any recommendations, or comments on the difference in price/convenience/atmosphere? City Lodge is all about Comrades over the weekend, but is that the same for the bigger hotels?

Marathon training in extreme heat

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 23:03
Chris - I think you can. More so in bright sunlight, there's not such a difference when it's overcast. I know on a hot sunny day if I'm wearing black shorts and a white t-shirt I can feel the black soaks up the heat but the white feels cooler.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 22:25

Agree with Becca - once you've 'enjoyed' the bus trip back you probably won't get much further than your hotel bar.  I do remember sitting in the bar at City Lodge last year, after rolling off the bus, wearing pink fluffy socks, sandals, and all my race kit, caked in salt. Some kind person bought me a beer - can't remember who, but it was most welcome .  I suspect Debra's photos were taken the next morning/lunchtime.

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