Comrades 2019

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  • Peter RPeter R ✭✭✭
    Good to see lots of running here, and sorry to hear about the various aches and pains.  After a full month of not running (back issues) I got back on the road on Saturday with a short 5km.  Slow and steady from here as I rebuild but I lost most of March and April last year with achilles issue so still feeling positive.  Thank heavens for the bike, so have managed to stay reasonably fit grinding away on Zwift in the month off, but if issue persists I will start the cross trainer (hate it but it works).  I decided not to go to physio as I wasn't making progress so went to a local Chinese doctor who specialised in acupuncture and the problem went relatively quickly.  Who would have thought that a point between your toes and on your left arm impact on your back .. maybe placebo but I am running again so who cares :smile:

    I still have all the old Comrades shirts, never worn them.  No idea why but Mrs P cant understand why they have a special box with the medals, patches etc and the shirts from the UK Group (I received this years last week).  Was in Mugg and Bean when you were all having that photo taken, with a friend from the UK who travelled with me.  Couldn't move …. but the alcohol in the afternoon at Joe Cools helped with that later in the day.
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Comrades 2019 Qualification
    27Aug Qualification Starts
    16Sep
    Goodwood (M) justanothrrnr-Q3:54-PenD
    16Sep
    Berlin (M) Running Rodent-Q4:44-PenH
    24Sep
    Emilia-Romagna, Italy (IM) Peter R-Q3:48-PenB-Going-for-Green
    07Oct
    Chester (M) seren nos-Q4:28-PenG, marty74-Q3:25-PenC
    07Oct
    Bremen (M) Becca7-Q4:28-PenG
    07Oct
    Chicago (M) Mc Hilly-Q4:40-PenH, Slow Duck-Q3:57-PenD(or E)-Going-for-Double-Yellow
    14Oct
    Leicester (M) Max Mladenovic 2-Q3:35-PenC-Going-for-Back-to-Back
    21Oct
    Amsterdam(M) mordo-Q4:39-PenH, Mac3-Q3:20-PenC seagypsy-Q4:20-PenG
    27Oct
    Beachy Head (M) Debra Bourne-Q4:48PenH
    28Oct
    Marine Corps (M) jkissane-Q3:21-PenC
    04Nov
    Soweto Marathon (M) Bike It-Q4:46-PenH
    04Nov
    New York (M) Matt..-Q3:59-PenD
    18Nov
    Mega Challenge (M) TCP-Q4:44-PenH
    02Dec
    California International Marathon (M) Dannirr-Q4:36-PenH
    06Jan
    Xiamen (M) 1owrez-Q4:48-PenCC
    25Feb
    100 Marathon Club AGM (M) TCP
    02Mar
    Book Day Challenge (M) TCP
    03Mar
    Tokyo (M) Becca7
    09 Mar
    Samphire 100 (U) Debra Bourne
    24Mar
    Canalathon (75k) mordo
    30Mar
    Silkin Way (U) Max Mladenovic 2, Mc Hilly
    07Apr
    Rotterdam (M) mordo
    07Apr
    Manchester (M) seagypsy
    13Apr
    TinT Fortitude (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    14Apr
    Boston UK (M) Terry48, Debra Bourne, 1owrez
    14Apr
    TinT Gauntlet (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    15Apr
    Boston USA (M) Dannirr
    15Apr
    TinT Dauntless (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    16Apr
    TinT Resolute (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    17Apr
    TinT Perseverance (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    18Apr
    TinT Adversity (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    19Apr
    TinT Intrepid (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    20Apr
    TinT Indomitable (M) TCP, Southern Snail, marty74
    21Apr
    TinT Unbreakable (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    22Apr
    TinT Invincible (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    28Apr
    Shakespeare (M) Max Mladenovic 2, Fido2Dogs(½)
    28Apr
    London (M) Becca7, 1owrez, thomasclowes, Dannirr
    02May Qualification and
    Race4Charity (PenCC) Closes
    09Jun
    Comrades

    Accommodation
    Belaire
    Terry48, Becca7, Mc Hilly, Max Mladenovic 2, Mac3, justanothrrnr
    Hilton 1owrez, Dannirr, Running Rodent, Peter R
    Blue Waters jkissane
    ONOMO TCP, marty74, Slow Duck

    Flights
    Terry48
    AF LHR-CDG ArrJNB26th09:55 Ret12th
    Max Mladenovic 2
    KLM/AF BHX-AMS ArrJNB4th Ret15th
    TCP BA LHR-JNB-DUR ArrJNB6th09:15Dep15:40ArrDUR16:45 Ret?
    Peter R BA ArrDUR6th Ret11th
    thomasclowes, serenos
    BA LHR ArrDUR7th05:35 Ret18th
    1owrez
    BA/VA MAN-LHR ArrJNB7th06:30Dep08:55ArrDUR10:00 Ret10th
    Mc Hilly VA/BA ArrDUR7th Ret10th
    jkissane LHR-JNB-DUR Arr7th14:25 Ret11th
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Hi Peter, acupuncture? Wow, that is amazing. Good to see you getting back into your stride. You need to de-box those medals and display them, hopefully you will need 10 pegs after this year, or will that be 11, do you have a back-to-back medal too?
  • Peter RPeter R ✭✭✭
    I do have a back to back medal, but it was the year when they last did the double down do they are not standing back to back but I recall they face each other.  I guess that will be the same next time they do a double down.

    15kms this morning, pain free … still slow and steady though
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Ooo I love the sound of that face to face medal! It must be the rarest of medals? You need to photo that and post it here :) well done on the run, keep it easy!
  • mordomordo ✭✭✭
    Hi lowrez 
    sorry to make you change your list
    i am not doing the canathalon. Have been injured with gluteal and low back issues so very little running until last week
    managed 14.5 miles today so there is hope
    i am doing the Brighton marathon on 14th April and will be in South Africa running or not.
    flight BA London Heathrow 5th June 19.05 to joburg, joburg to Durban 6th 08.55am, Durban to London 11th June 7.35am
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Comrades 2019 Qualification
    27Aug Qualification Starts
    16Sep
    Goodwood (M) justanothrrnr-Q3:54-PenD
    16Sep
    Berlin (M) Running Rodent-Q4:44-PenH
    24Sep
    Emilia-Romagna, Italy (IM) Peter R-Q3:48-PenB-Going-for-Green
    07Oct
    Chester (M) seren nos-Q4:28-PenG, marty74-Q3:25-PenC
    07Oct
    Bremen (M) Becca7-Q4:28-PenG
    07Oct
    Chicago (M) Mc Hilly-Q4:40-PenH, Slow Duck-Q3:57-PenD(or E)-Going-for-Double-Yellow
    14Oct
    Leicester (M) Max Mladenovic 2-Q3:35-PenC-Going-for-Back-to-Back
    21Oct
    Amsterdam (M) mordo-Q4:39-PenH, Mac3-Q3:20-PenC seagypsy-Q4:20-PenG
    27Oct
    Beachy Head (M) Debra Bourne-Q4:48PenH
    28Oct
    Marine Corps (M) jkissane-Q3:21-PenC
    04Nov
    Soweto Marathon (M) Bike It-Q4:46-PenH
    04Nov
    New York (M) Matt..-Q3:59-PenD
    18Nov
    Mega Challenge (M) TCP-Q4:44-PenH
    02Dec
    California International Marathon (M) Dannirr-Q4:36-PenH
    06Jan
    Xiamen (M) 1owrez-Q4:48-PenCC
    25Feb
    100 Marathon Club AGM (M) TCP
    02Mar
    Book Day Challenge (M) TCP
    03Mar
    Tokyo (M) Becca7
    09 Mar
    Samphire 100 (U) Debra Bourne
    30Mar
    Silkin Way (U) Max Mladenovic 2, Mc Hilly
    07Apr
    Rotterdam (M) mordo
    07Apr
    Manchester (M) seagypsy
    13Apr
    TinT Fortitude (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    14Apr
    Boston UK (M) Terry48, Debra Bourne, 1owrez
    14Apr
    Brighton (M) mordo
    14Apr
    TinT Gauntlet (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    15Apr
    Boston USA (M) Dannirr
    15Apr
    TinT Dauntless (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    16Apr
    TinT Resolute (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    17Apr
    TinT Perseverance (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    18Apr
    TinT Adversity (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    19Apr
    TinT Intrepid (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    20Apr
    TinT Indomitable (M) TCP, Southern Snail, marty74
    21Apr
    TinT Unbreakable (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    22Apr
    TinT Invincible (M) TCP, Southern Snail
    28Apr
    Shakespeare (M) Max Mladenovic 2, Fido2Dogs(½)
    28Apr
    London (M) Becca7, 1owrez, thomasclowes, Dannirr
    02May Qualification and
    Race4Charity (PenCC) Closes
    09Jun
    Comrades

    Accommodation
    Belaire
    Terry48, Becca7, Mc Hilly, Max Mladenovic 2, Mac3, justanothrrnr
    Hilton 1owrez, Dannirr, Running Rodent, Peter R
    Blue Waters jkissane
    ONOMO TCP, marty74, Slow Duck

    Flights
    Terry48
    AF LHR-CDG ArrJNB26th09:55 Ret12th
    Max Mladenovic 2
    KLM/AF BHX-AMS ArrJNB4th Ret15th
    mordo BA HR-JNB-DUR ArrDUR6th08.55 Ret11th
    TCP BA LHR-JNB-DUR ArrJNB6th09:15Dep15:40ArrDUR16:45 Ret?
    Peter R BA ArrDUR6th Ret11th
    thomasclowes, serenos
    BA LHR ArrDUR7th05:35 Ret18th
    1owrez
    BA/VA MAN-LHR ArrJNB7th06:30Dep08:55ArrDUR10:00 Ret10th
    Mc Hilly VA/BA ArrDUR7th Ret10th
    jkissane LHR-JNB-DUR Arr7th14:25 Ret11th
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    No problem mordo, that's what the list is for :) sorry you have been in the wars, that is a remarkable jump in mileage having been out for a while; take care!
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    I'm delighted to report that Son of 1owrez will be coming to London and our evening meal; he is not an ultra runner, or in fact any kind of runner, and appears to be quite well adjusted even though his father is exhibiting some strange mid-life crisis trends :) It is going to be interesting asking a pasta restaurant to provide gluten free food for him!
  • Lowrez - I'm sure Jamies will be able to cope with your sons requests. They must get it loads these days. At least he wants to support you. There could be an insane runner in him yet :)
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Thanks SS, I can see Jamie does indeed cater for all kinds of weirdness (hark at me  :)). I feel we need a monika for my offspring; I recall he has used Soaring Wombat in the past :) Wombat supported me last year but I did not spot him throughout the day. He was devastated when he high fived me when we re-met at Euston and recounted the joyous look in my eyes as I looked directly at him and waved going through Docklands. I am afraid I was brutally honest when I told him I had no recollection of that. I wave like a loon in general all the way round and the apparent connect was totally accidental :( 
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭

    Just confirming I have adjusted the London booking up to 11 (which is a scary process involving booking a completely new table for 11 making the transient commitment 21 until you cancel the original table for 10 reducing you back to 11 :#). So attendees currently are:-

    London power-up at 7pm on the evening of 27th April

    Restaurant - Pasta Menu

    o 1owrez + Goldie1 + Soaring Wombat
    o SS + Mr SS
    o thomasclowes
    o Dannirr (maybe)
    o Becca7
    o Debra Bourne
    o Peter R
    McHilly

  • DannirrDannirr ✭✭✭
    lowrez - great, thank you.  We might be 2
  • Debra BourneDebra Bourne ✭✭✭
    And I might be late, as I'm hoping to run Ranscombe Spring Challenge that day, so I have to get back up the M2 and then (after shower & change of clothes!) into London.
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Thanks both :) before I tweak it again to 12... Debra; this isn't me its that luvvly jubbly Jamie; we have one and a half hours to get through our meal before the ejector seat buttons are pressed; I'm sure most other venues will be similar; So we would want to be "proceeding" as Big Ben chimes the first strike of seven. I could scour further afield to try and find something more flexible? Maybe a nice country pub where we could drop in any time and order as we go :) the obvious issue with that is not being guaranteed anything as its a very big night in London. I don't really want to book this venue later as Thomas is just about clinging on to us at this relatively late hour for him to be dining :)
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭

    So what's one of them then and who do I get it off, or is it yet another mistaken send...

    "In a recent meeting between the National Federation - Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), the CMA has been instructed by ASA to strictly adhere to the below rules which you must comply with.

    As per IAAF Rules 4.2, 22.1 and 142 (refer to the IAAF website) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) Rule 9 (refer to the ASA website), in order to participate in the 2019 Comrades Marathon, you are required to submit a clearance letter from your National Federation to ASA and the Comrades Marathon Association before the event.

    These rules apply to ALL athletes regardless of whether professional or recreational runners.

     If you have already submitted a clearance letter, ignore this reminder."

  • Becca - Hope you're having a great time in Tokyo. Have a great race on Sunday.

    Lowrez - I think you're probably better off leaving the time and venue the same, maybe make it for 12 if you can and if we're less it shouldn't matter. Bit tight of them to only give an hour and a half for a party that size. Lets hope they're more efficient than the place in Durban :)

    I have just had my highest mileage week and month ever. Surprised the legs are still working. :o
  • Debra BourneDebra Bourne ✭✭✭
    edited March 1
    lowres, I can look up the menu and give you my order in advance so you can order for me to save time, if I'm running (pardon the pun) late?
    Southern Snail: well done you!
    I, meanwhil,e am languishing in low weekly mileage - other than the 50K at the Moonlight Challenge last Saturday evening and the VERY slow walk-jog marathon the previous Sunday (both SVN events), I've managed a TOTAL of about 30 miles in the last six weeks - and I was intending to be running c. 50-60 miles a week during this time, with two or three days a week or running to work and back, speed work, and long runs every weekend. It took me more than 27 minutes to do Lloyd parkrun last Saturday and I really coudn't have run any faster. :-(
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭

    I am expecting Jamie to cook our meals himself: bish, bash, bosh, done so we wiw ave bags o time innit naaaaah wot oi meeen o-rite dalin!

    I say; spiffingly top notch on the astronomical nundinal cycle Austral Shelled Gastropod

    Good to see you taking a bit of a rest Debra; I worry about all those miles you do; and would be dancing in the street if I could crack 27 in a 5k (in a dress).

    Go Becca! I love Shinjuku, great memories :)

    Wonder how TCP got on?

  • Debra - eek, you're down for 100 next weekend

    I'd be hard pushed to do 5k in 27mins no matter what I was wearing :'(
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    edited March 1

    I recall I dawdled for the first k or so because I was saving myself for the (right man) marathon the following day, but I got sick of meandering about so I put the after burners on and had a fantastic time.

  • Debra BourneDebra Bourne ✭✭✭
    edited March 1
    My husband beat me at last week's parkrun, with a new PB of just over 27 minutes - he's doing really well on parkrun plus two other runs a week (or was until he sprained his ankle getting up from his desk on Monday - I kid you not - so is having to have a week off).
    lowrez, I thought that it was a good thing, probably, to have a couple of weks of really low mileage. But not this long. And as Southern Snail says, I have the Samphire 100 next weekend. I was aiming for sub-24 hours. Now I'm more aiming to get to the start line and hope to be able to keep going and finish.
  • Good luck for Tokyo Becca. Regarding the email about clearance letters, my 'guy on the inside' tells me that if you email [email protected] stating your name,club and UKA licence number and ask nicely for a letter, all will be well and you will get an email back with said letter attached. Apparently they have been inundated today with requests! If you aren't affiliated to a club/UKA then not sure what path to take. Possibly try them regardless and hope they are feeling helpful!
  • They usually mention this on the website, but only 'elites' needed to worry about it, but it seems they are being much stricter this year and we all have to comply. A bit of a pain really. Maybe people were winning categories and not having the right paperwork? Who knows.
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Thanks Max - Looks like I might need to join a club! Ha! What a palava, I will hate doing that and wasting their time; I'm never going to turn up!
  • Debra BourneDebra Bourne ✭✭✭
    lowrez, what's your marathon count so far?
  • 1owrez1owrez ✭✭✭
    Debra, if a true answer is required I will have to go and do some counting. I stopped paying attention at 12 after the Preston Guild (once every 20 years) Marathon back in 2012, and even then there is that on-going conundrum of if a tree falls in the jungle and... no I mean - if you run an ultra does it go on your marathon count because you did 26 etc depending which counting body you are trying to impress... that's why I don't know; I'm not trying to impress anyone, I'm just playing the fool :) Although episodes keep cropping up like this where it gets serious if I am to continue with the events I have set my heart on :s
  • Matt..Matt.. ✭✭✭
    The letter thing was a fun curve ball this morning. Seems the easiest way to get a registration is join UKnetrunners.
    When you have the number EA a very quick at sending the required doc over.
    Happy training all.
  • Debra BourneDebra Bourne ✭✭✭
    lowrez, i asked because if you've reached 50, including ultras, you have the right to join the 100-marathon club as a 'wannabee'.
    Although as Matt has reminded me there are some online clubs - I was a member of one several years ago, as it was free. Can't even remember which one it was, now. I'd forgotten when I joined Striders of Croydon, but UKA had it on record and I had to have my first-claim club officially changed.
  • TCPTCP ✭✭✭
    Hi all.

    I hope your running is going well and you are on track for Comrades.  I managed a good week last week with a Phoenix marathon and a great 22 mile run in the Peak District.  I love that place.

    Some advice please.  I got an email from Comrades saying: "you are required to submit a clearance letter from your National Federation to ASA and the Comrades Marathon Association before the event."

    What is this?  What do I have to do?

    Thanks,
    Simon

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