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Comrades 2016

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:18
Just checked my mail and it appears that Comrades have sent me both the warning and apology!

Marty is quite right, internationals have never needed a licence.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:31
Debra - so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If you're sufficiently mobile and come over, perhaps you could walk the parkrun?

Comrades 2016

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:48

Debra - I hope things aren't as bad as feared.

Dannirr - I think the Thursday afternoon Ambassadors run and the Thursday evening Ambassadors reception are both going ahead. Not sure about the pasta party - there have been two rival ones to choose from recently (Runner's World and Modern Athlete)...

Justanothrrnr - nice running!

I did the Shakespeare marathon on Sunday - it was a very pleasant two lap course. However, it was somewhat spoilt by the fact that I noticed at mile 6 that my timing chip had broken off! I seriously contemplated giving up at the end of the first lap and calling it a day but then I thought I might be able to find it in the second lap - cue some very weird running where I was looking for any white bits of plastic on the road and occasionally stopping to pick things up (people must have thought that I was a complete nutter!). The mile 6 marker came and went without my chip being recovered so I jogged on to the finish resigned that this would just be a catered training run with no record.  I took note of the clock at the finish and was going to find the race organisers to let them know I had finished (I didn't want them sending out search parties for someone who started the race but then disappeared without trace...) when the chap manning the finish mat spotted that I didn't have a chip and came and asked me what had happened. He then very kindly manually inputted my finish time into the system - so I officially finished the race - result!

Comrades 2016

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 15:56
Congratulations Debra! Were you hob-nobbing with running royalty at the awards ceremony?

Comrades 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:52
Well, Brighton marathon went horribly wrong! (Apologies to my Facebook friends who have already seen this...)

Trouble started when I took up the invitation to the elite start (I thought I may never, ever be invited again so accepted).

1. Set off too fast trying to keep up with everyone from the elite start so that I'm not left behind running on my own... (My first 5km was 6 seconds faster than the parkrun the day before!)
2. Tried a new flavour of gel (albeit the same make as usual) - cue a mile or two of very uncomfortable running looking for a free portaloo...
3. Looked at my stopwatch for the first time at half way - only to realise I've run the first half 10 minutes too quickly...
4. Had a complete meltdown over the next few miles fretting about overcooking it in the first half...
5. Was overtaken by all and sundry over the last few miles...
Shockingly bad race management on my 147th marathon...

I did salvage a C-seeding for Comrades - 3:39:13 - though only just!

Comrades 2016

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:56
Dannirr, sorry to hear about your experience. I suppose at least you're unharmed and not out of pocket. But incidents like these dent your faith in humans, it sad that we as a species have some really sh1tty specimens that unfortunately sometimes end up crossing our paths...

I'm in for the City Lodge party too!

Comrades 2016

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 23:25

Evening all. Back from sunny Barcelona. Thanks for the best wishes McHilly, we had a great time there.

I had a suspicion that I wasn't as fit as I'd like to be, so I decided to run the first half at a comfortable pace without looking at my watch. At half way I was just under 1:52 (a bit slower than I'd hoped) and although it did cross my mind that I could push it a bit in the second half to try to get a C seeding, I decided that the sensible thing to do was just to carry on at a steady pace. Finished in 3:44, so not too disappointed with that - especially as I had said to Mrs SD the night before that I thought I was in 3:45 - 4:00 shape...

With another month of training I'm hoping that I'd be able to jog my way into a sub 3:40 at Brighton...

Regarding Tokyo marathon - this year there were two additional methods for getting in. The charity one - for the first 3000 runners, required you to raise an additional 100,000 Yen. The semi elite - for the first 200 runners 2:55 for men, 3:40 for women. I'm not sure whether this was a one off this year or whether it will be repeated next year...


Comrades 2016

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 20:13

Terry48 - i hope your son makes a speedy full recovery.

With regard to long runs, I ran my best Comrades off 5 marathons (2 in March and April and 1 in May)...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 10:57
I'm still 2kg above my running fit weight... My progress is a bit slower than in previous years - I put that down to the local 99p shop constantly having a supply of Toblerone bars...

@lowrez thank you for adding my races. If you're running Birkenhead parkrun on Sat morning I might bump into you there.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 22:15

Finally got my spring marathon calendar sorted.

Lowrez - please could you add me to the following, as my last attempt at self adding went horribly wrong?

13 March Barcelona (M)

3 April QE Spring (M)

24 April Shakespeare (M)

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