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Comrades 2013

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 14:25

HI Folks

If you have not seen it, South Afrinca Airways are offering return flights from Heathrow to Durban (Via J'burg) at just over £700 on Comrades week

Comrades 2013

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 14:22

HI Folks A message from Comrades HQ. PLease pass it on and encourgage runners to entrer early


MEDIA RELEASE: 2013 Comrades Marathon Entries Going Fast

Barely three weeks into the entry process of the 2013 ‘Ultimate Human Race’, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that well over a third of the entry tally has been filled, with entries now standing at 6419.

Aspiring runners need to enter by 30 November 2012 or before the cap of 18000 entries has been reached. No further entries will be accepted after this, so runners are urged to enter now or risk losing out.

It is worth a reminder to Comrades runners that the annual road-running challenge has been oversubscribed for the past three years, meaning that late entrants will be left disappointed as they will not be allowed to participate in South Africa’s most famous road-running challenge.

The good news is that South African runners can enjoy a discounted entry fee of R300 until 30 September 2012, thanks to the CMA catering exclusively for its local enthusiasts. The new increased entry fee of R320 will kick in on 1 October 2012 until the entry process is closed.

Runners from the Rest of Africa will be charged an entry fee of R500 and the cost to International athletes is $US180.

The entry requirements, which are clearly indicated on the entry form, must be adhered to at all times or runners could lose their place at the Start.

Runners may enter:

  • online via the Comrades      Marathon website:;     
  • at Mr Price Sport, Home and      Clothing stores countrywide;
  • through the post by posting the      completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in      Pietermaritzburg: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
  • Comrades Marathon House: by      handing in the completed entry form together with payment at the CMA      office in Pietermaritzburg. 

With runners the world over still singing the success of the 2012 event, the CMA is all set for a Comrades showdown, come Sunday, 2 June 2013. In keeping with tradition, the race will be an ‘up-run’ next year, starting at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and finishing at The Cricket Oval in Pietermaritzburg 12 hours later.

CMA Race Director, Johan Van Staden says, ‘With the large number of entries already received within the first three weeks of the entry process, we are confident that the 2013 Comrades Marathon will once again be oversubscribed.’

Van Staden adds, ‘With this in mind, we urge our local runners to enter during the month of September and benefit from our ‘early bird’ entry fee of R300. We further ask that all runners wishing to be a part of the 2013 Comrades Marathon be proactive and secure their place at the Start.’

The CMA has reminded all runners that they may enter the 2013 race prior to running a qualifier (minimum qualifying distance of 42.2km). Qualifying details must be submitted to the CMA by 6 May 2013. For more details, please visit:


Statement released by the Comrades Marathon Association on Thursday, 20 September 2012

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 23:17
Salted oranges were one of the spectator giveaways. That first time you have the salted orange...expecting a straight orange an interesting experience :0)

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 15:54

Hey Warren. That is pretty impressive. Congraulations

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 15:53

Hi Possum Hopper. You can book transport back to Durban from the finish...there are options at the expo when you collect your race packs and people are very friendly in helping each other out with transport. The buses are human pace setters (e.g. someone you can run around with to do say 10hrs 30mins). These are available right up to just below 12 hours. There is plenty of water and Poweraid (just like the UK drink). These are in small plastic pouches you have to bite with your teeth to make holes. There are also large water troughs for your own bottle and biscuits on some stations. The stations are every few kilometers + plenty of supporters handing out salted oranges. It all works well....just remember to eat something along the way....or it becomes a tougher race :0) If you can do can do 56!!!

Comrades 2013

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 10:48

Speaking of the start Possom Hopper...if you can get below 4hrs 20mins for a qualifying marathon (your times look much better than that) will start in front of the majority of the starting field...which could take 10 mins...ish off your finish time

Comrades 2013

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 13:43

Hi Possum Hopper. Welcome to the Comrades family.  2013 will be an 'up' course. It depends who you talk to in terms of if it is tougher from the both have six large hills. The up is also 2k shorter and about 1,000 ft net climbing higher than the down and some peole prefer running up as it is not so hard on their knees. With your marathon/ultra pedigree you would be well set to get around in a medal position :0)

Right...bring on question 2

Crewe Deja Vu Track Marathon

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 23:19
Hi Steve...yep..there are tables near the start line to put your drinks, sweeties & kit
on...with 105 opportunities to grab them. There are also loos inside in the building. Can be in & out in a minute or so. It is a fantastic race....they really look after you :0)

Comrades 2012

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:40
Hi Folks. Massive congratulations to all you heros who completed te 2012 downhill Comrades ultra marathon. You have done a fantastic job and 232 UK runners took part this year. I am your UK Comrades Ambassador and have started a new 2013 uphill Comrades forum at . Hope to see everyone there as we build up to another fantastic event :0)

Best wishes


Comrades 2013

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:34
Hi Folks

Many congratulations to the 232 UK runners who took part in Comrades 2012 (downhill). This forum is for anyone interested in Comrades 2013 (uphill), one of the world's greatest ultras at 56 miles, several big hills, heat and cut off times to overcome before the glory of a Comrades medal and an under 12 hour finishing time

I am your UK Comrades Ambassador. Let me know if there anything you would like to know or see in this forum

Best wishes and happy running

David Marsh
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