Who is Lindsey Parry?

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Lindsey Parry Comrades CoachCoach Lindsey Parry is the head sports scientist at the University of Pretoria Institute for Sports Research at the High Performance Centre.

He is also the triathlon South Africa high Performance Coach, the official coach to the Comrades Marathon Association and the official Runner’s World SA Coach (and columnist).

A Two Oceans silver medalist, Lindsey is a sub-three marathoner.

Visit his website, Fit Track or contact him for specialised training.

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3 Responses to Who is Lindsey Parry?

  1. Peter Combes June 26, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Good morning Lindsey,

    I am not a novice and I trained to a programme for the 2013 Comrades. I put in 1400 kilometres from January 1st and ran two Marathons, two Ultras, all of which I finished just before the cut off and the Easter 100. I started Comrades at a very conservative pace and drank to thirst, however, I did not finish, having had a really bad day.

    I will be 72 by the time the 2014 event comes round. I see in one of your training programmes you advocate resting each alternative days and training days are gauged by time out on the road, not time over distance. Please could you clarify for me what is the slowest pace in minutes per kilometre that one can run at and still be training effectively over the daily distances and when will you be publishing your training schedule for 2014.

    Lastly, in addition to just running, I have cycled several, Argus, competed in the Bela Bela 5150 and London triathlons, and managed to finish the 2011 Ironman 70.3 with in the cut off time. I mentioned these events to indicate I would seem to have maintained a reasonable level of fitness for my age and I hope my Comrades ambition is not overly optimistic.

    Any assistance you can give me will be greatly appreciated.


    Peter Combes

  2. Leon van der Westhuizen March 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi Lindsey
    I was at the comrades roadshow at Sportsman warehouse Boksburg 24 March. Thanks for a good talk.
    I am 58 years old and ran my first Comrades in 2014. I wil run again this year. My concern is I don’t have a stomach. My stomach was completely removed 10 years ago. Last year I had diaree started the Tuesday before the Comrades race up to the Monday after the race. I had to stop more than 40 times during the race for my running stomach. After 70 km I was badly dehydrated. I finished with just more than a minute spare. I was badly dehydrated and had two drips before thy let me go. I started eating maise porridge and the last couple of races I had no problems with my stomach any more. My main concern is dehydration. What can you suggest I must drink to stop me from dehydrating.

  3. Yazid April 21, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Dear Lindsay,
    I am 48 years of age and will be doing my first Comrades Marathon and got injured while doing the Two Oceans Ultra, but managed to finish the race in 6h50. I picked a benign stress reaction in my lower right leg. I have an orthotic in this shoe as well. I’m going for Physio and getting ultrasound done on the injured area. I also got myself a personal trainer to assist with strength training and would like to know what else I can do. This week will be my third week off running and I’m worried as I need to take another week off which leaves me with 3 weeks left before Comrades. I fairly fit and cycle as well and my best 10km time is 48 minutes.

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