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Running Tip of the Month
Get a massage before race day
When runners are training for peak performance, they often make the mistake of waiting to get a massage until after their event.
The tip of this month is to go and get a massage seven to ten days before your race. Why train so hard and ignore the recovery process? Especially in training programs that involve a mileage taper, the last one to three weeks before an event are about making sure you are fresh for the big day.
Massage therapy speeds athletic recovery and can address some aches and pains that may be problematic on race day, when you want to be as relaxed and well-rested as possible. Massage therapy is great after an event too, but in terms of athletic performance, it's more important before.
Comrades 2018 - Asijiki - No Turning Back!!!
Congratulations to each and every one of our members who participated in the 94th edition of the Comrades marathon! We want to thank you graciously for being ambassadors for the Irene Athletics Club. Your sheer commitment and dedication in participating in the ultimate human race is an inspiration to all of us!
Well done to Samuel Molefe, Philip Breytenbach and Alfred Matema with their silver medals. Samuel was the first Irene member to finish with Amanda Cloete the first Irene lady. Well done!
Hats off to Keith Reynolds who finished his 31st Comrades. Congratulations to Victor Phetoe who received his double green number after completing his 20th race. Well done to Cari Snyman, Blanche van Vuuren, Jacqui Burn and Norton Mole who did their 10th race to receive their permanent numbers.
We had 172 starters of which 150 finished in time, a finish rate of 87,2%, the best since 2007. The medal count is as follows: Silver: 3
Bill Rowan: 22
Vic Clapham: 49
Average finish time: 10:24:56, the best since 2004.
It was a very successful Comrades overall. The support stations were excellent and the same applied to the finish.
Thank you to Jean and Mellany Hoffmann, Bets Botha and her team, Rudolf du Toit and Annemarie Breytenbach and Kristen Jurgens for a job well done. The feedback from the runners was excellent. All Comrades runners are invited to share their Comrades stories with us. Please send in your Comrades experience for publication in the newsletter. It can be good or bad, we can all learn from it.