Half Iron Man races 2013

Half Iron distance: what's the faves fo rearly season?
Suggestions, especially Pirate supported ones.

I need to plan ahead, as the wife is busy booking holidays.

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  • Next year? 

    Probably Bala, first (ish) weekend in June
    Cowman has been popular
    The one in the NF (name escapes me)
    Marshman will prob feature again, nice early season

  • Marshman: early May. Can suffer from cold swim. Kent/Sussex
    Silent Assasin's DIY HIM. Highly rated with great catering (I hear). Somewhere int' bleak industrial North.

    Others are available. Problem with early season OW swim is the water temp. Bala is also popular, but June time.

  • Swashbuckler .. thats the one !

  • Blisters - although it's not yet been infiltrated by the Pirates, Cotswold 113 (both the June one and August one) would be local to you.  Lake 32 swim with fast and flat bike and run.  But above all, with the most glamorous and wonderful marshalls image

  • Believe there's a half option at Henly too image

  • Cotswold June 113 sounds like a good target, especially because of the fantastic marshalls. I do know that the water can be cold, I enjoy fishing but in June those lakes are frigid. Can you get heated wetsuits?
    Flat? It can't possibly get any flatter. (Reminds me, a local was after a PB course, Cricklade springs to mind).

    Do you know, our Tri club were unfamiliar with Pirates....obviously the shipmates meed to do some serious (what's the phrase?) marketing or marauding?

  • NF race is the Swashbuckler. June 2nd next year. Swim can be a bitch cos of the current though, and its usually a very early start. I hope to be there.

  • Blisters SA is going to be running the DIY half again next year worth a look if you want to play and don't mind heading to macclesfield? image

  • Marshman is in the middle of nowhere. The Romney marsh is stuck in the 17th Century and is worth a visit for that alone. 

  • Beaver Middle has shallow water and higher water temp, i read somewhere.  Late May.

     

     

  • Macclesfield? Ah, that sounds promising: stay with my sister in Buxton, her hubby does an occasional tri as well. (swims like a fish, but bikes & runs like one too). And I'd get to drive the Cat & Fiddle on the way.

    Romney Marsh? I know where that is. My wife is from Kent. We got married there. There's a nice view over the marshes, and on a clear day you can see Dungeness Nuclear Power Station. Is that 17th century too?

    Middle Beaver? You've got to be joking, they might as well call it Lady Garden.

  • + you get a t-shirt with 'i licked the beaver!'  

    its got to be done

    I also like the Swashbuckler and the Cowman, but feel I should get to Bala next year.

     

  • Blisters wrote (see)
    Macclesfield? Ah, that sounds promising: stay with my sister in Buxton, her hubby does an occasional tri as well. (swims like a fish, but bikes & runs like one too). And I'd get to drive the Cat & Fiddle on the way. Romney Marsh? I know where that is. My wife is from Kent. We got married there. There's a nice view over the marshes, and on a clear day you can see Dungeness Nuclear Power Station. Is that 17th century too? Middle Beaver? You've got to be joking, they might as well call it Lady Garden.


     If you like the cat and fiddle you might be interested in buxton tri next year mate the bike leg goes on there. Only a sprint but christ with that hill might as well be a half ironman. image

    The DIY one is in may there's a thread up in the tri section and should be a good laugh. image

  • If you fancy a trip up north try Aberfeldy, a good one if you like hills!

  • HIM in Macclesfield? Really? Cool image

  • Buxton sprint tri? There's no way on God's planet that anyone can sprint so much as 100m in Buxton without at least one bitch of a hill to climb. Even the bleeding lakes are on a slope.

  • If anyone fancies a trip off shore then the Guernsey Granite Man may be worth a look.

    The swim will be an open water English Channel affair (which on a clear day offers a view of the French coastline) before the bike and run legs that loop around the island's coast line. Both are flat and, winder permitting, fast.

    While not yet officially announced its usually a biannual affair with a date in early Sept.

    I'll be making the trip home for the event which will be my A race for next year. Links etc. to follow.

  • Blisters wrote (see)

    Buxton sprint tri? There's no way on God's planet that anyone can sprint so much as 100m in Buxton without at least one bitch of a hill to climb. Even the bleeding lakes are on a slope.

    image I know it's fecking hard image The half marathon there is pritty cool as well.

    7755matt wrote (see)

    HIM in Macclesfield? Really? Cool image

    It's diy thing Silent Assisint has set up not a proper race more mates having a laugh well worth a look just go in the tri section and look up the thread DIY half. image

  • Dodgy marshals at Cotswold from what I remember image

    It is more or less flat on the bike (1 bump each lap) & decent run with some off-road bits.

    If you want a really flat course (although it was hot on the run) then have a look at the Ely 1/2IM which took place this month

  • IronDonkey wrote (see)

    The swim will be an open water English Channel affair (which on a clear day offers a view of the French coastline).

    Who for? The swimmers? image

  • Yep.  A quick glance over (most likely) the right shoulder on the swim should give you a nice if a little distant view of the coast.

  • Apologies - I cant seem to edit my original post on the Guernsey Granite Man.  I hang my head in shame....

    I had an email from the Guernsey Tri Club and the event will take place on Sunday 8th September with full details and entry from late Oct / early Nov.

  • I'd vote for the Cotswold 113, having just done the August one. I'll be there for the June one next year, can't do August as we're planning a London -Paris bike ride.
  • Gavo wrote (see)

    Dodgy marshals at Cotswold from what I remember image

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  • Looks like a group probably channel hopping to Gravelines BH Weekend Aug 2013 - full, half and sprint distances..............

  • Where's the best place to go to find a calander of tri events for next year.

    I'm wanting to do a 1/2 IM June/July time and a few shorter ones before hand.

    Is Bala on next year and will the pirates be invading?

     

  • Hmm, our tri club were talking about this one (Gravelines) with a bit of excited chatter.
    And Northern France is flatter than a country hedgehog.
    And they have French food.

    I still need to plan Oly and HIM before then though.

  • Blisters, check out my note on Gravelines on the Northern France thread. I'd say undulating. And a lump or two don't fuss me.

    I'll mention Bustinskin Middle down Weymouth Portland way. He puts on a cracker of a race. And he's an evil bastard as well. Which is a compliment.

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