cotswold 113

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Blisters    pirate
19/10/2012 at 11:49

Cotswold 113 = June
Cotswold Classic = Aug

Seren, you are seriously hard.
Like I say, any navigable water is available for swimming, but I'd be wary of the Severn. The G-S canal is usually deathly quiet from boats.
The Avon, above the confluence with the Severn is usually a very slow flowing river, and absolutely gorgeous. Easy access too (M50 j1), but can be boaty in summer.

19/10/2012 at 12:08

Ah, looks like I'm planning the Classic then. 

Dustboy    pirate
19/10/2012 at 12:54

I'll fit in with you Soupy dear, looks like Classic then. June can be a bit parky in the water still for this namby pamby Southerner.

19/10/2012 at 13:38

19/10/2012 at 16:23

Are both races over the same course given that they're both middle distance?

Dustboy    pirate
19/10/2012 at 16:55

You fancy it Podds?

19/10/2012 at 17:50

Podds - yes, exactly the same course, exactly the same set up.  They market the Classic as being a 'close of season' race

And you get the same gawjuss girl on the bike feed station too

Edited: 19/10/2012 at 17:50
Blisters    pirate
19/10/2012 at 22:15

How do you feed the bikes?

Mr StOat    pirate
21/10/2012 at 00:03
I may return for the August one. It was a good craic last year

Will have to pay more attention at the feed station too
21/10/2012 at 11:38

Schmunkee, building back from injury but will certainly take you up on offer beginning next year if ok. Would be lovely to have some insider knowledge and company!

21/10/2012 at 20:46

Mrs D - ok, will pencil you in my diary for Feb/Mar time weather permitting

21/10/2012 at 20:58

Thanks lady, will mark my calendar appropriately! 

Blisters    pirate
15/01/2013 at 21:38

Well, I've entered and have had confirmation.

21/02/2013 at 22:45

Hello, I've entered this as my fist middle distance tri.  I've not done an open water swim before but I am very local to Lake 32 so hoping to get there a few times before June.  Seems a bit cold at the moment, when do "normal" people start venturing into the open water?

Anyway, hope everyone's training is going well .


Blisters    pirate
21/02/2013 at 23:51

I'm told it's when they can lift the ice sheet up.


Personally, I think June 16th is a bit early for the UK......

21/02/2013 at 23:57

Superb race - you won't regret it!

I've done two out of the three they have put on so far - and hope to add the Classic (August) again this year but have other plans for June

The water is crystal clear and been fine temperature-wise in the ones I have done. The organisation is brilliant and a really welcoming feel for first-timers to the distance.

They usually put on a 'training day' a few weeks before the race, including some time in the water there - so keep an eye out for that.

22/02/2013 at 08:02
The first year I started OW swimming, I started on the first May Bank Holiday
Mr StOat    pirate
22/02/2013 at 08:12

I enjoyed the Classic last year. Watching the sun rise as we all waited to get in the water fo the swim. For ages I was wondering how we were supposed to seee our way round the swim course in the dark.

It got blooming hot on the run though

I shall be entering on Friday, when I get paid

22/02/2013 at 09:38

Matt - I know what you mean! I did the 2011 one (which was June or July) and it was much lighter first thing.

The Classic last year was spooky lining up for the swim - but I had plenty of bobbing heads to follow so no problems with route-finding!!!

Hope to repeat the Classic this year, too - not sure if I can go quicker than last year though, I thought the run was a little short due to the change in route with the horrific rain leading up to the event? Not complaining tho


23/02/2013 at 10:51

Hi guys I've signed up for this event in June and while i am perfectly content camping there's more chance of me getting a Kona slot after my 1st ironman this coming August than convincing my wife and kids to stay in a tent.Can anybody recommend a nice (cheap) hotels close to the course?

thanks in advance

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