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Comrades 2014

Posted: Today at 15:57

Lovely day at Compton yesterday. Sorry I missed WindsorAndy and Margie2. It was great to run the first lap with Slotwin and Carmen - (thanks to Slotwin for waiting for us at the first checkpoint having shot off at the front!). Carmen was on a mission on the second lap (not to be late for dinner with her aunt) - a woman possessed! I ended up with a 15 minute PB for the course hanging onto her (for dear life in some bits).

Comrades 2014

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 12:41

Dannir - Coke varies from water point to water point - most have it ice cold and slightly flat, others serve it lukewarm but they're usually not too fizzy. I take enough gels to last me until the half way mark and then live off the tables. I do take a small bottle at the start so that I can avoid the chaos at the first water stop though. Tables in the second half oranges, bananas and chocolate too. I've not heard of anyone stashing food the day before (will probably get stolen or eaten by wild animals?). Glad to hear you had a good time in London - I thought the crowds were particularly good this year - the nice weather probably helped...

Marty - enjoy Two Oceans! - very jealous that you'll be in Cape Town and running along Chapman's Peak Drive...

Poacher - nice running. Will see you in pen B at the start!

Jacquie - great running. Very sensible to allow a little more recovery for Boston.

Fido - packing already?!?

WA - 3:08 after a total mess?! Wow!

Emily - 6 seconds?! that's really hard luck. Gutted for you. But that's still a big PB.

Warren - that's a stupendous performance (thanks to Alan P for giving some context on how brilliant it was) - at this rate you're not going to get "chicked"...

Looking forward to seeing the Comptonites tomorrow. 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:26

Nice run Douglas - you're well and truly back!

PH - don't panic! As Douglas says (as well as a certain Mr Bruce Fordyce) - better to turn up undertrained rather than overtrained - I wouldn't go sticking extra runs into you calendar at this late stage...

I had a lovely run in the sun, completed in 3:29:02. It was clear early on that my legs weren't going to cooperate in my quest to lose those pesky 53 seconds from last week, so decided to stick to 8 minute miles and see if I could get under 3:30. It got quite hard in the last few miles but just about kept it together for a nearly even split. (1:44:00 and 1:45:02).

That's it for me chasing the clock this spring - next few marathons will be proper LSDs.

How did everyone else get on?

Comrades 2014

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:51

Just a re-cap of catered training runs still to be completed...

April 13 London - Slow Duck, Emily, AONEH, Dannirr, WA, Jacquie, Douglas (if I get the entry)

April 18th Broadmeadow - Camilla, Fido2Dogs, Jacquie

April 19 Compton 40 - Carmen, Slotwin, Slow Duck, Margie2;

Two Oceans - Marty74

April 21 Boston - Muzza, Becca7, Running Rodent , Jacquie;

Enigma Strikes Back - Slow Duck

April 26 Crawley Track - Possum, Douglas

April 27 Huddersfield - Becca7, Jacquie, Camilla,

Kielder 50K - Emily;

Shakespeare - AONEH, Fido2Dogs

May 4 Worcester - Muzza, Becca7;

           Three Forts - (Emily?), Possum, Douglas, Piers

           Thames Path 100 - WA (3rd/4th)

           Strolling Jim Ultra 41 miles, TN. Dannirr

May 5 Milton Keynes - Muzza, Carmen, Slow Duck, Jacquie, Camilla

May10 Marlborough 33 - Marty74 ;

Bewl Jacquie, Camilla, Possum;

May 11 Halstead - Slow Duck, Jacquie, Camilla, Fido2Dogs, Douglas


Comrades 2014

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:31

Sportaloo! Nice to hear from you. Sorry to hear you're not doing Comrades this year. I'm rapidly running out of excuses for not trying for a Bill Rowan...

WA, Emily - I'm planning to be at the VMLM expo on Friday late afternoon/evening so we might bump into each other...

Stephan, Slotwin  - I agree with you that the new website has been rubbish, you can't book a bus trip without paying for it, it doesn't show your number, it doesn't show your seeding etc. etc.

Piers - close shave! Congratulations for ending up on the right side of the cut-off.

Jacquie - my 50th and 100th marathons were both at Comrades!

Comrades 2014

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:58

Stephen, SAFER - congratulations on your PBs too. Really good running from everyone - things are looking good!

Emily - I think Jacquie went on Bruce's tour last year? - I heard from someone - probably Jacquie - that it was really good fun...

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Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:14

Well a super-duper run for me at Brighton.  I seem to run well there - 3 PBs from 4 races. A shiny 3:15:53 PB was brilliant but I was gutted to have missed both London good-for-age and automatic Chicago entry by 53 seconds...

Don't think I'll be trying to improve this at London on Sunday...

Saw Douglas and Possum Hopper but missed SAFER...

Possum Hopper - once again congratulations on your 50th at 50!

Comrades 2014

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:17

WA - Wed 14th May is fine by me.

Poacher - still a bit early for that - I usually leave it until the morning of the race (as Fido and others who have seen me at the start will tell you!)

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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:19

Douglas - good to see you're back in form.

SW3  - parkrun is very close to the Bellair - and runs past it.

WA - not too sure which day I'm going to the expo yet...

SAFER - good stuff. It was a lovely run - a bit tougher than expected considering how "flat" it sounds compared to Comrades. I'm afraid I'm going to miss it this year as I'd already signed up for the Swiss Irontrail for the same weekend in August - not realising that the race was moving to August from September... otherwise I would have run it again.

RR - yes, it was quite a few farmers! It meant that footpaths across fields were not so obvious (usually you can see a well trodden path from one corner to another) and it also meant that your shoe collected huge amounts of soil with every step you took and necessitated frequent stops after just a few steps to knock off all the mud...

Comrades 2014

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:44

Jacquie - FIVE in one week! Wow! 

WA - week of 12-18 Mayhis good for me too.

Dannitr - not tried the website shop. There is usually a big shop at the Expo where you can buy all the Comrades branded kit...

Regarding meeting up in Durban prior to the race, in the past there has been:


Ambassadors' run. A easy jog in the afternoon starting at the Hilton and taking in the beachfront (free)

Ambassadors' evening event at the Hilton for international runners. (100 rand which includes nibbles but not drinks - a cash bar is available.)


Coach tour of the route.

p.m. Meet up in the international registration area of the expo after the coach tour.


8am parkrun - starts and finishes at the casino (free) followed by breakfast at Mugg & Bean


Some people meet up at the Hilton (3am?) to take the bus to the start together...

And you always bump into people you know in Pietermartizburg!

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