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Race Report – Cotswolds 113

Race Report – Cotswolds 113

The Cotswolds 113 on Sunday was a great race. Organisation was fantastic, and the marshalling was some of the best I’ve experienced. Every single one of them (and there were around 150 marshals on the course) was cheering the athletes on, smiling and giving huge encouragement. An early start meant 4am rise, but I was up like a lark. The usual porridge and banana breakfast in my hotel room, and a coffee with a mate, then it was time to...

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Long Course Weekend 2014

Long Course Weekend 2014

Well, I did two-thirds of it, and what a blast.  The Long Course Weekend is basically an Ironman split over three days, with a 2.4 mile sea swim on Friday, 112 mile bike ride on Saturday, and a marathon on Sunday.  Because of my dodgy knee I left my running shoes at home which meant that, a) I was strangely jealous of those who got up on Sunday to run, and b) I had a few pints of ale on saturday evening.  Swings and...

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Outlaw Half – Nottingham, June 1st 2014

Outlaw Half – Nottingham, June 1st 2014

It’s been a while since I posted anything here! But I had so much fun at the Outlaw Half last Sunday that I wanted to write about it, and share some of the great photos my brother took throughout the day.   Short version… On Sunday I raced the Outlaw Half, a middle distance (half ironman-distance) triathlon held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. I finished in 5:38, a new personal best for the distance. Here...

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“Tim, you are an Ironman!”

“Tim, you are an Ironman!”

Ironman UK, Bolton — 4th August, 2013 On 10th September 2012, I paid my entry fee for Ironman UK. I’d run my first couple of marathons that year, and raced my first two triathlons. I had the bug. I was fitter than I’d been in a long time, and leaner. But for me, the mere thought of Ironman was something way beyond my capability, or my comprehension. I’d only been riding a road bike for 4 months, and I could barely...

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Grafman Middle Distance – 9th June 2013

Grafman Middle Distance – 9th June 2013

This was my first half-iron distance race — 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run – and a big step up from anything I’ve done before.  And it was a blast.  Here’s what happened… Pre-race It was great meeting fellow Ironman-virgin Andy Baxter. We’ve been chatting for ages on email etc about our training and hopes for Ironman, so it was a real pleasure to meet up with him. We had a good chat,...

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Blaenafon Triathlon — 12th May, 2013

Blaenafon Triathlon — 12th May, 2013

What a tough one!  This was the 30th anniversary of the Blaenafon Triathlon, and it now shares the title of longest running tri in the UK with a race in Ireland.  A huge milestone, but it’s not surprising, as it’s such a challenging race.  No one who finished this one yesterday doesn’t feel a real sense of achievement today. I entered partly because it was local, and partly because it fit in nicely with my Ironman...

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