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MarkG
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Joined: 29 Mar 2016
Posts: 134
B-Day: 19 September 1973
Gender: Male
Club: Team Vitality
Road Shoe Brand: Adidas
Trail Shoe Brand: Salomon
# Comrades: 2
# 2 Oceans: 1
# Parkruns: 135 (24)


Location: Johannesburg

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Jaco wrote:


Well done to all who ran, who finished. Especially Warren on a great time, and Mark for achieving and beating your goal. That is one massive achievement!


Thanks Jaco. Well done to you too

I'll be back as well - see you next year

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Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:28 am View user's profile Send private message
doppierunner
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Joined: 07 Apr 2009
Posts: 374
Gender: Male
Club: RAC
Race #: 11477
Road Shoe Brand: Asics
Trail Shoe Brand: Asics
# Comrades: 12
# 2 Oceans: 26
# 1000KM Challenges: 2
# 100 Milers: 2
# Parkruns: 162 (47)


Location: Randburg South Africa

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Camille Herron is a craft beer home brewer. Apparently she uses beer on the run. She had two beers (Jack Black) mixed with Stoney ginger beer through the day. I wonder why the mix with ginger beer though.
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:14 pm View user's profile Send private message
Johann
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Location: Alberton

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doppierunner wrote:
Camille Herron is a craft beer home brewer. Apparently she uses beer on the run. She had two beers (Jack Black) mixed with Stoney ginger beer through the day. I wonder why the mix with ginger beer though.


I know a lot of ultra runners use ginger to keep their stomachs in place while running. Probably her reason. Ginger is said to calm the stomach.

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Yvette
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I ran with a lady one year who is a pharmacist. I got very nauseous during the race. It was not long when she grabbed a beer from somebody on the side of the road and instructed me to drink it. It took the nausea away very quickly.

Ginger works very well too. I normally buy the Dischem Gold Ginger capsules.
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:58 pm View user's profile Send private message
TBOZ
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Joined: 20 Mar 2009
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# Comrades: 5(Not counting the 1 i did not complete)
# 2 Oceans: 1
# Parkruns: 4



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I had a very bad Comrades and did not finish. It was going to be a miracle if I finished with my limited training.

I missed the halfway cut-off by 5 seconds according to my time and there count down.
I was struggling early on in the race and I just did not have any energy in my legs and my quads and hamstring all of a sudden on the same leg started giving me problems.

I must say I enjoyed the day out on the road and just chatting and meeting people.

My one wish is to just have at least 1 Comrades where my training goes well and if things can get bad only in the second half of the race.

Well done to everyone that ran the race. It is a bleddie tough race.

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Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:12 pm View user's profile Send private message
TBOZ
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# Comrades: 5(Not counting the 1 i did not complete)
# 2 Oceans: 1
# Parkruns: 4



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Arb how was Hoppies run and did you guys split from one another on the run?

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Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:25 pm View user's profile Send private message
husky28
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Joined: 30 May 2013
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B-Day: 28 July 1988
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Club: Eskom - Limpopo
Race #: 400LIMA
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# Comrades: up and down
# 2 Oceans: 2011&2015
# 1000KM Challenges: 0
# Parkruns: 75 (5)


Location: Lephalale

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I didn't finish.
Through cato ridge just wanted to sleep. Went to lie down. And just felt terrible. Called it a day.

However the regret is massive.
I will never give up again. This was a major learning experience.

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:33 am View user's profile Send private message
kenjohn
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# Comrades: 6
# 2 Oceans: 4 Ultra / 5 Halves
# 1000KM Challenges: 19
# 100 Milers: 0 and never will.
# Parkruns: 25 (8)


Location: Pretoria

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It was very sad to hear that well-known blind runner, Richard Monisi, was killed in an hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

What was amazing is that he finished Comrades 12 times, most of them without a guide, earning 6 Bronze and 6 Bill Rowan medals.

I didn't know Richard but had heard of him through a Runners World article written about him in October last year.

Very sad story. May we send our thoughts and prayers out to his family during this difficult time.

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TBOZ
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# Comrades: 5(Not counting the 1 i did not complete)
# 2 Oceans: 1
# Parkruns: 4



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kenjohn wrote:
It was very sad to hear that well-known blind runner, Richard Monisi, was killed in an hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

What was amazing is that he finished Comrades 12 times, most of them without a guide, earning 6 Bronze and 6 Bill Rowan medals.

I didn't know Richard but had heard of him through a Runners World article written about him in October last year.

Very sad story. May we send our thoughts and prayers out to his family during this difficult time.
Ken it is really sad indeed.
Who knows if the person just had stopped and maybe helped that he might still be alive.
I have seen him run a couple of times and passing me on a few occasions.
Running without a guide is just amazing.

Our thoughts will be with the family during this difficult time.

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Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:58 am View user's profile Send private message
MarkG
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Joined: 29 Mar 2016
Posts: 134
B-Day: 19 September 1973
Gender: Male
Club: Team Vitality
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Trail Shoe Brand: Salomon
# Comrades: 2
# 2 Oceans: 1
# Parkruns: 135 (24)


Location: Johannesburg

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On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Hatiwande Nyamande, the chap who finished 2nd in this years Comrades (and 3rd in the last up-run in 2015)

What a magic bloke.... very humble and very unassuming. When he was asked "Which part of the race he found the toughest" he said that the descent of little pollys was the worst as that's where he lost the race - It was only when he said that that you realise.... Wait a minute - This bloke could have WON comrades

He then asked me for a lift to the bus station so he could catch a bus back to Zimbabwe - Which of course we obliged. But it was kinda sad to see a talent like that walking off to catch a bus with a Cheque for R210 000 under his arm

In a way it was very humbling

He reckons he is coming back next year to win it Lets see

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Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:49 am View user's profile Send private message
nielcillie
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# Comrades: 8
# 2 Oceans: 1


Location: Alberton CGA

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MarkG wrote:
On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Hatiwande Nyamande, the chap who finished 2nd in this years Comrades (and 3rd in the last up-run in 2015)

What a magic bloke.... very humble and very unassuming. When he was asked "Which part of the race he found the toughest" he said that the descent of little pollys was the worst as that's where he lost the race - It was only when he said that that you realise.... Wait a minute - This bloke could have WON comrades

He then asked me for a lift to the bus station so he could catch a bus back to Zimbabwe - Which of course we obliged. But it was kinda sad to see a talent like that walking off to catch a bus with a Cheque for R210 000 under his arm

In a way it was very humbling

He reckons he is coming back next year to win it Lets see


Wow!!  q14
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:04 am View user's profile Send private message
Warren
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Amazing and humbling

MarkG wrote:
On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Hatiwande Nyamande, the chap who finished 2nd in this years Comrades (and 3rd in the last up-run in 2015)

What a magic bloke.... very humble and very unassuming. When he was asked "Which part of the race he found the toughest" he said that the descent of little pollys was the worst as that's where he lost the race - It was only when he said that that you realise.... Wait a minute - This bloke could have WON comrades

He then asked me for a lift to the bus station so he could catch a bus back to Zimbabwe - Which of course we obliged. But it was kinda sad to see a talent like that walking off to catch a bus with a Cheque for R210 000 under his arm

In a way it was very humbling

He reckons he is coming back next year to win it Lets see



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