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Comrades 2016

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 11:02
*walks by whistling...*

Comrades 2016

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 21:27

Great to see some enthusiasm for the next one!

I suspect I will be on the start line in Pietermaritzburg on 29 May...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 14:13

First of all can I just say how nice it was to meet so many of you in SA.

I had my slowest run in a while (2008 was when I ran any worse). I think I got my pre-race fueling wrong. Tried something different - usually I stuff myself full and then spend Saturday night and Sunday morning on the toilet desperately trying to reduce the amount of excess weight I'm carrying... TMI? sorry! This year I decided to go a bit easy on Saturday with the result that I was feeling a bit hungry in the morning. Saw Dannir early on and had a chat about the suicidal pacing of the supposedly sub-11 pace group...

This had turned into a raging hunger by the time I'd topped Field's Hill. As I was running through Hillcrest, I could see the golden arches to the left of the road ahead... I did think about whether I should be losing time by stopping, but only momentarily, and my mind was made up - I was going for a burger! Ran in, ordered, paid and ran back out on to the course with a hamburger in one hand and an extra large vanilla milkshake in the other much to the amusement of the customers in there (and the spectators on the side of the course as I munched and slurped my way onwards).  It hit a spot alright and I felt a lot better for it!

Got to half way in 5:30:11 - spot on schedule - well 11 seconds too slow but that's not bad after a burger stop... and embarked on my least favourite quarter of the Comrades course... I thought I was doing ok but I could tell things weren't quite right as one friend after another came up from behind me, greeted me, asked what am I doing at this end of the field, and then disappeared off into the distance! It was lovely to see so many friends on this course but I was not having a great day.

Then Mr K came along and said hello, and this was to be the start of us yo-yo ing each other for around 10 miles - this was great as it really helped me keep cheerful all the way up to Umlass road.  After there Mr K speeded up and went his own way.

Final quarter is always not too bad. You know the finish is near and all you need to do is hang on - which I duly did.  Right at the end I saw Dana, a friend from the US and ran the last 3km together to the finish. 11:33:00.

Post finish, it was the usual routine - start feeling ill, lie on my back with my feet on a chair, feel worse, curl up into a ball and go to sleep... Sorry I wasn't sociable... Eventually recovered enough to queue for the bus back and crashed out in my room for an early night.

As always I had a really fun time in SA hanging out with everyone.

Same again next year?

Comrades 2015

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 13:40

RR - it takes ages - I'm on 5 photos at the moment...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 14:29
Good luck to everyone. I hope you all have a fabulous day. Hopefully see some of you on the road to Pietermaritzburg (not the speedy ones, obviously, because that will mean they're not having a good day...)

Comrades 2015

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:08
Yes, but you need to make sure you get your bag label at international registration as it will be different from the locals'. The locals have to schlep half way across the stadium to collect their bags, whilst ours are delivered to the international tent.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 22:19

Dannir - I think Hilton have their own generator so you should be ok. Bluewater hotel most certainly did not... if it did it was being used for the disco on the first floor...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:40

Peter R - yes, I'm relieved to be back in City Lodge this year - where the highest floor is the first floor! No worries about power cuts whilst I'm in a lift - as there is no lift!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:29

Running Rodent - I'm not stalking you... really! 

Jacquie - it will be nice to see you in Durban, I hope you'll have a great trip regardless...

Lorenzo - I've been to Kings Park to see the Sharks a few years' back - not easy to get to on foot (we went by car) - it was cold in the evening in the stands, fleecey weather - party in the car park afterwards was good fun - some lethal drinks sold back then (in test tubes!)...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:28

Tues 26th
Douglas
LHR - CPT BA59 21:30 CPT -DUR 13:30 BA6309
Peter
LHR - JNB BA57 21:20 JNB -DUR 12:10 SA551
John 1946
LHR-JNB BA55 19:10 
JNB-DUR BA6203 09:00
Weds 27th 
Carmen 
LHR - JHB Air France 20:10 
JHB - DUR SAA 12:10 
Running Rodent, Slow Duck
LHR -JHB VS601 21:05 arr 09:05
JHB-DUR BA6211 12:30 (arr 13:35)
Becca 
LGW-DXB 21:15 Emirates 
DXB-DUR 10:25 Dubai, arrives 16:45 on 28/5 
Mr. K. 
LHR-JHB - 19:10 BA (Arrive 07:10 - 28th) 
JHB-DUR - 12:25 COM (Arrive 13:30) 
Marty74 
LHR - Paris 17.50 Wed 27th Air France 
Paris - JHB - 23.30 Air France 
JHB - DUR - 12.00 Thurs 28th Mango 
Dannirr 
ATL - JNB 19:23 Wed Tue 26th Delta 
JNB - DUR 10:15 Wed 27th SAA 
McHilly 
LHR - JNB BA57 21:20 
JNB -DUR 13:35 BA6211
jwheezy
DXB - DUR EK 775 10:25 arr 16:45
Thu 28th 
lowrez (+F2D if thunderbirds are go) 
LHR - JHB VA 21:05 
JHB - DUR BA 12:30 arriving 13:35 Fri 29th

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