Forum v Ballbuster Duathlon: Tough To A Tee

Watch our forum Pirates take on this gutsy 40-mile challenge on the slopes of Box Hill

Posted: 15 November 2007

It’s no coincidence that sporting events staged near Box Hill, Surrey, come with intimidating titles (think the Knacker Cracker 10K or the Surrey Legs of Steel Challenge). As one of the best-known summits of the North Downs, it poses a gutsy challenge to all who attempt to conquer its slopes.

Hardly surprising then, that our valiant forum tri team, the Pirate Ship of Fools, should fall prey to its lure, signing up en masse for the aptly-named Ballbuster Duathlon (November 11).

Comprising five eight-mile loops (two on foot, three in the saddle), our skull-and-crossbones-clad team negotiated quad-crunching hills, nail-biting descents and sharp left-hand turns as they tested their stamina, endurance and bike-handling skills to the absolute limit.

Catch a slice of the action for yourself with this video coverage of the event - don’t forget to look out for the signature Dayglo Pirate attire!

The Ballbuster in Pictures

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I have seen that the entries for the November Ballbuster are available from the Human Race webssite.

I remember there being a few people interested when we discussed it in Austria.

I will def be doing and I think CRAB is going to be trying to get his revenge from Swanage (i think he might manage that as there is no swimming).

anyone else? Good end of season race!!
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 09:33

WoW!...looks quite a tough one!

Never been up Box I 'might' take a look at this...

Posted: 16/08/2007 at 09:42

[rummages in wardrobe for special Tough Guy cold muddy spectator gear]
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:17

I think I might come and watch the CRAB vs. pint pot head to head rematch. It's only up the road after all.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:20

Pint Pot????
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:41

lol. I've been sitting here for aaaaaaaages waiting for you to notice :-D
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:43

I have been getting my morning coffee and muffin, lemon and poppy seed, very nice

I have been called a few things but thats a new one.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:44

you tease! Mmmmmm muffin and a latte.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:50

Think yourself lucky Doozer - SOME people think it's jolly funny to call li'l spotted people "Squirt". Hmph.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:53

The muffin is very soft and moist too, might get another one.

'Squirt'? who would call you that?
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:55

Hmmm, well I'm not going to go and get a muffin and a coffee, seeing as my supposed friend recently called me sturdy! Hmmmmmph!
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:56

I have a couple of apples as well
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:58

I'm planning on doing this one though entry will have to wait till payday.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 10:59

lol FS - my first online nickname (not here and when I was Bigger, before anyone sniggers!!) was JulesTheSturdy. ¦oD

Doozer, an old buddy who seems to think that just coz he's 6ft 5 that I'm stunted.

I'm atchly tall.
[pads out, in an elegant and tall sort of way]
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 11:08

Jj - there is nothing wrong with being on the stunted side, you should be proud of being a shorty!!
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 11:22

I'll be there, I know eccentric has entered too and my Ponce will do his best to support from the shop provided they aren't to busy.

Lunch at the Smith and Western afterwards?

Posted: 16/08/2007 at 12:38

have I , eh what ooer
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 13:40

well that's what you said...... and you've been training hard too ;-)
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 14:15

Pint Pot? Crikey bit late for a growth spurt at his age isn't it? He was definitely still half pint (albeit regretably walking tall) last time I saw him ;o)

Might do it in a non-competitive way but would be better if they added a swim or three.

As you were.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 15:28

There will be quite a contigent from the south coast at this rate,

Is CM going to come over again for it?
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 15:57

Date please?

Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:08

of the event .....

I am not that desperate :-)
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:09

Well I was about to offer but you've missed your chance now!

10th November
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:10

I'm off as well so may come and shout encouraging words with Squeaky from the cake shop
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:17

mmmmmmm cake.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:21

wooo and hoo! sounds like piratey partay!
SPESHully if Cartiepoos is coming over.
Do make him, CRABby, oh do!
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:23

dear oh dear .. she's gone all Enid Blyton on us

Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:24

Julian, Dick and Anne, George and Timmy the do-o-o-og.
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:40

could be a good piratey weekend Squeaky? what else can we do??
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:45

steal a ship?
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 16:46

When is it? November.

Stay in with a mug of cocoa watching Pretty Woman?
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 17:02

nowt like a bit of winter training Squeaky!
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 17:06

I watched Pretty Woman Tuesday night...forgotten how much I enjoyed it...but then I'm in touch with my feminine side....
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 17:21

Thinks ..........

.................................... maybe. tad expensive though
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 17:57

ah bugger

day before the slog and even I cant manage both of them
Posted: 16/08/2007 at 17:58

I once had the total and immense pleasure of sharing a bed with three gorgeous sexy girls while we all watched pretty woman.

I think they were lezzers!

Must of been as the kicked me out halfway through the film, around the part Richard Gere and Julia Roberts were getting a grind on.

Wow I must be pi$$ed my spelling is like me... licking good :o)
Posted: 17/08/2007 at 00:16

Or should I of said looking? at least one of them is true :o)

Posted: 17/08/2007 at 00:17

Sounds like another three bottle night then Barley ? :)
Posted: 17/08/2007 at 00:32

[scampers up the rigging and hoists Jolly Roger up really high so's it can be seen from Norn Iron]
Posted: 17/08/2007 at 11:16

you're wierd
Posted: 17/08/2007 at 12:23

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