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Author: Darren

Training check … as I prepare for Comrades 2018

Two months into my Comrades 2018 training and so far so good. I am a little behind on the mileage I had hoped to track by now, 120 kilometres to be exact, but I am quietly confident that I am on track with my preparations for my first Comrades marathon.   Training so far has gone really well, I have run consistently and regularly and have maintained my aim of running longer, slower distances over the weekends and quicker, shorter distances in the week, more out of time limitations than anything else. The important thing is that I have...

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And so it begins…my road to Comrades 2018

The Comrades Marathon has captured the imagination of the world and inspired hundreds of thousands of runners to attempt the 90km run Durban to Pietermaritzburg (the up run) or from Pietermaritzburg to Durban (the down run). In 1981, at the age of 13, I remember watching Bruce Fordyce win the first of his 9 Comrades Marathon’s, unbeknown to me or anyone at that stage, that he would go on to win another 8 and dominate the race like no one else ever would again.   At that time in my life, I had taken a very keen interest in...

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A broken heart and two left feet…still I run

Born at 4 am on a mild winter morning in what was then Salisbury, Rhodesia, I appeared healthy in every way until the doctor’s facial expression made my mom realise that not everything was as it should be…  Closer inspection revealed a serious case of club feet, a result of not enough growing space in my mother’s womb. The norm back in the ’60’s was a series of operations as soon as possible to the affected feet and ankles to straighten them out. Thankfully my folks opted to rather spend countless hours bending my feet back into place and...

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