Make Sure Of Your Comrades Medal by Don Oliver


One only needs to look at Don Oliver's Comrades track record to appreciate how committed he is. Nineteen medals tell a story of their own, two of them silvers. Don’s love affair with the Comrades Marathon spanned two decades as a runner but this is not the real story of his connection with this great race.

Don Oliver and his fellow club member, Denis Tabakin, of Rocky Road Runners started the Comrades Panel Talks in 1979. The simple idea behind the Johannesburg based Comrades Panels Talks was to get seasoned campaigners to help nervous novices to achieve their own Comrades glory. The advice was practical, helping thousands to achieve their own Comrades medal.

Speakers were invited to give expert advice. Doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists came and taught. The previous year’s Comrades winners and novices who made the journey - inspired. Behind it all Don orchestrated this knowledge sharing – giving understanding to a new generation of ultra-distance runners, following his rule that you could not be invited to speak unless you had achieved a Comrades medal. Experience is the only real teacher in Don’s classroom.

Don is unsure of how many people he has helped to get their Comrades finish over the decades but we are sure it runs into more than 10 000. Make Sure Of Your Comrades Medal is the essence of Don’s experience, a practical way to make the finish line a reality.

If you have aspirations of a Comrades Medal - this is the book that will see you there!

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