I’m inviting expressions of interest for Striders to take on The Ultimate Human Race: The Comrades Marathon 2014. This iconic race has been held since 1921 and is between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. 2014 is a downhill run, which means of the 90km 54km is purely downhill so its fast! (it may also be painful…). It is a truly wonderful day of sensory overload, 1,5 million mad supporters along the way cheering you all the way to Durban in a rich display of South Africa’s cultural diversity. There are plenty of honoured traditions from the spine tingling Chariots of Fire at the start and the famed cock crow before the gun, the singing of the traditional African working song Shosholoza and many more. Continue reading “Comrades Marathon 2014 – Striders On Tour”
The odds seemed stacked against me getting to the 2012 Comrades Marathon. Running Comrades is easy for me, getting permission from your wife to travel to South Africa and run it is the hard bit. Having pulled off that miracle I registered only to be diagnosed with a serious tear of my peroneal tendon (ankle). I remember clearly having an argument with my doctor in December 2011. He said “4 months off”, I said “but I’m going to Comrades”, he said “4 months”, and so the square off continued. My physio gave me hope, “2 and a half months” he said. That’s what I settled on and in early February I completed my first hour long run, 2 months behind Comrades schedule. I was out of shape and overweight after nearly 3 months of no training. Just what shape I would be in on race day was anyone’s guess. Continue reading “Indiana’s Run – Comrades Marathon 2012”
In what may be an all time first, I am going to give live updates from the Comrades Marathon this Sunday. This will help to make the experience more interactive for people in Australia following the race.
Keep tuned to this website from 1:25pm this Sunday afternoon, 15 June, for live voice updates. When I say live, there is a 10 minute delay from recording to it being posted automatically on the site.
Whilst you are listening to my reports, you can locate me on a live map by going to the Comrades Website, clicking on ‘Results’ and typing in my race number: 9810.
You will be able to compare my reports to where I am on the map. Feel free to leave comments on the blog as well, and I’ll log on as soon as I get back to my accommodation at the finish line.
I’m counting down the hours rather than the days now. I leave on Thursday and arrive in south Africa on Friday morning. I should be arriving at the Comrades Expo at about lunchtime.
The hairs all over my body stand on end whenever I enter the Expo. I remember the first time being very emotional. You can almost slice the atmosphere in there and bottle it. There is an air of anticipation in the air and you are surrounded by thousands of people in peak physical condition. Continue reading “The Road To Comrades – Part 2”
It’s hard to believe I’m running in this years Comrades Marathon. Firstly, in January I didn’t expect that I would be able to run again, and feared that my running days had come to an end. That was thanks a debilitating achilles tendinopathy which left me hobbling like a very old man as I got out of bed in the morning. Walking to the kitchen to have breakfast was a challenge enough without thinking of running. Continue reading “The Road To Comrades”