A beautiful stretch of the Two Oceans Marathon, which makes an idea long training run.A beautiful stretch of the Two Oceans Marathon, which makes an idea long training run.
Image thanks to twooceansmarathon.org.za
Obviously I wrote this article before the #Covid19 pandemic forced the Read more “LONG TRAINING RUNS OR A RACE?”
Cosmos flowers on the side of the road are a message to runners, according to Bruce Fordyce, legendary Comrades Marathon champion.Cosmos flowers on the side of the road are a message to runners, according to Bruce Fordyce, legendary Comrades Marathon champion.
When the Cosmos starts blooming, Read more “IT’S TIME.”
For most Comrades Marathon runners, the down run has always been the more popular of the two Comrades challenges. Every down-run year, the entries are snapped up faster, more novices take the plunge and runners dream of achieving faster times and winning shinier medals. Perhaps it is no surprise that the very first Read more “THE DOWN SIDE OF THE COMRADES MARATHON?”
Esha Mansingh and Bruce Fordyce, ultramarathon legend, after they rang the bell at Wanderers Cricket Ground, South Africa.Esha Mansingh and Bruce Fordyce, ultramarathon legend, after they rang the bell at Wanderers Cricket Ground, South Africa.
Yes, Esha and I successfully rang the bell to start the Read more “RING ANY BELLS?”
When Bruce Fordyce met a lone Cape Buffalo bull while out on a training run, it set him to thinking about long-distance running.When Bruce Fordyce met a lone Cape Buffalo bull while out on a training run, it set him to thinking about long-distance running.
There’s a rough red dust path Read more “NOTHING SO LONELY. OR IS IT?”
What it takes to start running, Bruce Fordyce.What it takes to start running, Bruce Fordyce.
Kamogelo is a shoeshine man at O.R. Tambo airport. He has a flashing smile, a deft touch with shoe polish and an engaging smile. While he polished and wiped my shoes, he talked of his homesickness for his hometown of Mahikeng and for his Read more “INTRODUCTION TO RUNNING”
Essential recovery time after an ultra or marathon – advice from Bruce Fordyce.Essential recovery time after an ultra or marathon – advice from Bruce Fordyce.
One of the most popular topics of conversation after this year’s Comrades marathon was post-race recovery. “How soon can I get back on the road?” and “How long does it take to recover from the Comrades?” were two of the most popular questions. In fact, the topic resulted in Read more “ULTRAMARATHON AND MARATHON RECOVERY TIME.”
Edward Mothibi (left) and Bongmusa Mthembu shoulder to shoulder on Little Pollies.
My overwhelming impression of this year’s Comrades marathon was that it was an almost perfect day on which to run 87 hilly kilometres. (Well, certainly in the early part of the day.) Race morning was slightly chilly and, in places, there was a cool mist hanging in the dips and valleys. Some spectators reported Read more “A COOL 2019 COMRADES MARATHON.”
Thumbs-up to all the runners running Comrades tomorrow! Comrades up run 1981.
I am convinced that, as a nation, our favourite national sport is not football. Nor is it rugby or cricket. Our favourite national sport is a sport called littering.
Our habit of simply Read more “YOU ARE GOING TO MEET SOMEONE YOU DEEPLY RESPECT.”