Comrades Marathon Pacing Charts – How accurate are they?

Comrades Marathon Pacing Charts – How accurate are they?

Do the Comrades Marathon Pacing charts take the lay of the land as well as the time you’ll lose at the start of the Comrades Marathon into account?

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Brad Brown: Do the Comrades Marathon Pacing charts take the lay of the land as well as the time you’ll lose at the start of the Comrades Marathon into account?

Lindsey Parry: The Comrades Marathon pacing charts do and every single one of them do too. So with the silver medal Comrades Marathon pacing charts for example, they don't take anything from the start into account. The Bill Rowan or sub 9 hour Comrades Marathon pacing charts give you 2 minutes to cross the start line. The Bronze or sub 11 hour Comrades Marathon pacing charts give you 4 minutes at the start and the finishers/Vic Clapham or sub 12 hour Comrades Marathon pacing charts give you 8 minutes to clear the start line.

If you follow the steps in yesterday’s Ask Coach Parry Podcast on how to save yourself at least 20 minutes on Comrades Marathon race day then much of the anxiety will be alleviated.

The Comrades Marathon pacing charts are accurate

The short answer to the question is yes they do. They allow you to use the full 30 kilometres or 31 kilometres to Cato Ridge, where the first of the Comrades Cut off times are to catch the time back, not the first 5 to 8kms. That, as mentioned yesterday, is the first secret to saving yourself 20 minutes on Comrades race day.

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