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Comrades 2014

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 15:05

Aha. Thank you Fido. Comrades have confirmed this is for South Africa's only :0(

Comrades 2014

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:27



Media Release: Comrades Marathon Substitution Process opens

Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2014 race during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2013) now have an opportunity to still be part of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon through the official 2014 Substitution process over the month of April.

 The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Substitution Rule allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2014 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.

 The Comrades Marathon Substitution Rule was introduced for the very first time in 2012 and now forms part of the CMA’s official race rules. The Substitution process officially opens on 1 April and closes on 30 April 2014.

 The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 30 April 2014.  There will be no extension of this deadline.

 Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.

Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘The Substitution Rule has been very well received by our runners over the past two years and will ensure that there is a higher number of starters outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on 1 June 2014.’


Comrades 2014

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 22:01

Hi Folks. Just ask for a course tour band (for your wrist) when you pick up your number from the expo and it's free. If you have already paid & can use that one for a non-runner travelling with you...then great. Otherwise, please email the Comrades office...they are pretty good with these things. The Friday coach tours are usually much busier than the Saturday ones...although going around on Saturday can be a bit tiring before the great race. Happy training 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 22:20

Hi Folks. Need to get a move on if you haven't entered the ultimate human race for 2014 yet. We have until tomorrow 

Media Release: 2014 Comrades Marathon Entry Process Closes

It’s the final countdown! Avid Comrades Marathon runners have only until the close of business tomorrow to get their entry in and secure their place at the Start of the 2014 ‘Ultimate Human Race’.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has decided to close the entry process tomorrow, effectively a day prior to the originally planned closure due to the cap of 18,000 entries being reached ahead of schedule. The cap was implemented in the recent past for logistical and organizational purposes; with the race being oversubscribed since 2009.

However, the CMA will allow Comrades Marathon enthusiasts who have not yet entered the iconic race, to make their entry before close of business tomorrow (Friday, 29 November 2013 at 16h30), at which time online entries and in-house entries at the Comrades Marathon offices will close.

CMA General Manager, Chris Bruwer says: ‘We will still accept postal entries but they must be postmarked by the Post Office with tomorrow’s date, 29 November 2013. Entries made after this date will be rejected.’

Runners who are going to submit their entry via post are reminded to submit their entry form and proof of payment, using one of the following options; cheque, postal order or direct deposit.

All cheques, postal orders and direct deposits must be made payable to the Comrades Marathon Association. Please post your entry to Comrades Marathon Association, PO Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209. No late entries will be accepted.

South Africa’s most celebrated running event has experienced a heightened interest since its recognition by the Guinness World Records for being the planet’s biggest ultra-marathon in 2010 as well as being the winner of the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards for South Africa’s ‘Best Sport Participation Event’.

The iconic road running race also enjoys its recognition as Africa’s oldest marathon and ultra-marathon at the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

Naturally, the official organizing body of the event, the CMA is geared up for another fantastic staging of the renowned race. The 2014 Comrades Marathon will be run for the 89th time since the race was first staged in 1921. The start gun fires off in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 1 June 2014 and ends 12 hours later in Durban.

For more information on the race and the amazing charitable initiatives associated with the great event, please visit the CMA’s official website:

Comrades 2013

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 16:03

Hi Folks. The 21st July Olympic Park 5 mile run has re-opened. It's £27.50 & finishes in the Olympic Stadium. Better be quick. There are 10,000 places only

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:43

Hi Folks. Wow! A big thank you to David & Melanie Ross.!The Comrades UK samples have arrived. You can look the part on the course with the Union Jack vest and be looking good around the bars of Durban in the blue UK T-shirt   If you have already ordered, the actual shirts will be with you around the 2nd week in May. I ordered some extras....if you would like one please email me at . Best wishes. David

The samples can be viewed at:

Comrades 2013

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 11:09

Hi Folks. With 60 days left until the start line, I have sent out an updated list to those 2013 UK Comrades runners who are happy to share their details with the other UK runners. This is broken into geography and if you would like to be included, please email me at with your county and nearest town. Happy training :0)

Comrades 2013

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 15:30

Hi Folks. If you have not booked your Comrades flight yet....South African Airways have reduced their London to Durban flights by the best part of £200. It was £629 return when I booked today. They also seem to be the fastest way there and back

Comrades 2013

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 23:58
Thanks Slow Duck. Looks like we are ordering 50+ of each

Comrades 2013

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 21:15

Hi Folks

Reading some of the comments above. We have been using the 2013 email list provided by Comrades. This has grown over time and if you have not recieved a UK running shirt email, there is still a chance to order below. All 230 registered UK runners have also been emailed tonight:

Please go to the UK Comrades Facebbok page at!/groups/343156279054176/ to see a picture of the running shirt

So…with just less than 100 days until we are enjoying the ‘up’ run challenge of Comrades 2013. It’s time to start getting serious J

Our good friend and fellow Comrade David Ross has designed our UK 2013 Comrades technical running shirt, giving us the opportunity to formally represent the UK (yep…Northern Ireland is part of the UK and can be added subject to demand). The shirts are available as running vests or running T-shirts (short sleeved). We would need to order a minimum of 50 running vests and/or 50 running T-shirts between us to make it work

Please email me at '' with your requirements (number of shirts, types of shirts and sizes as shown below) this week to enable an on time delivery. Once we have enough people, I will come back and ask for your address and payment (via PayPal if you are able or some other way if not):


Vest or/and T-shirt (quantity of each) = 1 vest and 1 T-shirt

Size(s) = Vest (Medium), T-shirt  (Large)

The delivered to your door price is Vests @ £14.94 each and T-shirts @ £15:66. There are no margins made on this. These are the actual manufactured and delivery costs

In the meantime, I am on 07702 122014, if you have any questions

Thank you again to David Ross

Best wishes

David Marsh

UK Comrades Ambassador

UK Mobile: +44 7702 122014


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