Enduroman 1st - 10th June 2012

Come on, you know you want to.

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VTd    pirate
11/06/2012 at 08:40

IronM.in    pirate
11/06/2012 at 08:41

Just caught up on this - been in Bala all weekend where there is next to no phone signal. Grrr! fabulous work all round, by athletes and supporters - Top Team Pirating! Oarsum achievement from Seren and son (not that it was in doubt!!), commiserations to Symes and Purple, fab job done for you, Ditchy, and just general all rouund fantasticness!!

(three pirates at Bala - Colourin In, Avaluf and the redoubtable Admiral Rosie!)

MTri    pirate
11/06/2012 at 08:50

Awesome work everyone over the weekend, inspiring.

Trogs    pirate
11/06/2012 at 08:58

What more can I add?

You're all ORSUM

11/06/2012 at 09:50

First time I've been along to an Enduroman event, and was v impressed - lovely chilled out atmosphere, both among the various support crews and the organisers. No idea how the race directors and crew were so chirpy on day 10, with so little sleep - with locals taking signs down etc, they were up every night checking and redoing signs. Felt a bit of fraud getting cheers and claps when only doing the half, when there were people out there doing 20x the distance (many of whom came storming past me on the swim and bike lol)!

Even funnier being cheered in as first lady on the half....when there were only two of us in it! But hey, a kills a kill I guess, and must admit to being childishly excited when they said there would be a trophy arriving in the post. As a definite back of the packer, this makes me giggle.

Nice goody bag and finishers shirt too, and all at a very reasonable price, was v impressed with the organisation, and the fact that on day 10, when some muppet pirate manages to break her bike, the race director cheerfully arranged for a cable tie to appear rather than telling her to feck off....

Great pirate support as always from the Funkinses, Barlos, Schmunkee and SuperCaz.

Lovely to run a bit with Seren on the course and see her looking determined and consistent, and really impressive to see how well her sherpa was looking after her. Sorry to see Purple and Symes not finish, but hugely impressed at how far they did get.

Iron Muffin    pirate
11/06/2012 at 10:27

To be honest, I cant comprehend this event. Totally mind blowing.

Fantastic acheivement Seren and well done to all who have contributed in supoort and encouragement.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/06/2012 at 10:40

Ive heard that Seren is ok this morning, though having a little difficulty getting up when sitting down

Ironholgs    pirate
11/06/2012 at 10:55

Very well done Seren, amazing stuff.

Nice win DTB.


11/06/2012 at 12:24

Wow, what an amazing event!  I went down to support for a couple of hours on the frist day and ended up staying until Seren finished at just after 2am this morning.

I'll let the competitors post thier own reports, but just wanted to say that we have some amazingly tough Pirates amongst us.  Purple did herself proud with her pure determination to keep going when things were not going right for her.  The video that LN posted shows her at the start of the last bike lap, which she really didn't want to do, but she dug deep and found the mental strength and determination to override her aching body and she got out and completed that last lap against the odds.  She really is a tough cookie.

Seren also did fantastically and pulled herself though some very tough moments.  Also worth mentioning was her son who supported her almost single handedly and only got about 4 hours sleep himself (because we insisted) as he didn't want to let her down.  I am never doing an event like that, but if I do then I want him supporting me.  Seren could make a lot of money hiring him out.

It was the best feeling ever to see Seren cross that finish line.  She was so tired that she couldn't walk in a straight line, but she did herself proud, and I do believe she came 2nd lady (although I was too tired to hang around to get that comfirmed last night).

Purple's support team were another amazing bunch who kept her going for as long as possible, and then continued to support Seren.

It was nice to meet the other pirates and support crew.  The three doing the half and single all looked strong from beginning to end and seemed to be permanently smiling.  It was sad to see Symes pull out but great to have his, and his support crews, company for the remainder of the event.

I feel absolutley shattered today.  I can't even begin to imagine how those who were competing must feel.  So proud of the lot of you!

Hope    pirate
11/06/2012 at 13:09

Gosh, I've come over all tingly and blinky.

That's a lovely reports SuperCaz.

Sounds like Seren's boy did her proud!

11/06/2012 at 13:13
SuoerCaz nicked my post so all I can say is 'what she said'.

Great weekend full of life, love, and laughter. Some low points along the way, but courage and determination overcame them

Commiserations to those where fate conspired against you.

Awesome pirating from all those taking part
purpletrilady    pirate
11/06/2012 at 13:18

Supercaz really sums its up.

It was a superb event, and the support was amazing. Pirates were brill as usual

Seren is super tough and I am so pleased for her.

I'm too tired to type much at the moment...other than to say I think I have unfinished business. Roll on Enduroman 2013.

11/06/2012 at 13:27
He did, Hope

Without meaning to patronise, he was very mature and responsible and was the perfect Sherpa. He was almost bullied into getting some sleep because he wanted to be there for Seren every swim stroke, pedal, and step of the way.

There should be Double pride (DYSWIDT ) in Seren Towers today
Lee the Pea    pirate
11/06/2012 at 13:35
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Ive heard that Seren is ok this morning, though having a little difficulty getting up when sitting down

Just tell her to keep moving about then  

As others have said, I can't even begin to comprehend doing anything like this, and certainly no more than a single IM, since I can't even get round one of those!  The physical challenge is one thing, but the mental challenge must be equally as immense, maybe even more so?  Top sherpa'ing too, and huge congrats to Seren's boy for doing such a top job.  The course looks fantastic from the videos, and it gives me a sense of having a really close-knit feel to it, for such an epic event.  If I ever consider it, I might think about the half, which quite frankly, looks hard enough!

Well done to everyone who was out there taking part

Edited: 11/06/2012 at 13:35
11/06/2012 at 13:59


Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/06/2012 at 15:15

I completely echo what Caz & Schmunkee have said about Seren's son, he was so dedicated and superb in supporting his mom, and did a brilliant job.  He walked most of the last 12 laps with her in which were pretty horrid conditions.

I thanked him after the race and told him how proud he should be of what he'd done to help.  Not sure he took it in at the time as was still looking after his mom. 

I hope he sees this thread.

Well done.

11/06/2012 at 15:54

I said the same thing Barley, so hopefully it sunk in a bit

11/06/2012 at 16:06
I said it too before I left
Slagiatt    pirate
11/06/2012 at 16:09
Yaaaaaay Super Seren ... Utterly awesome job...very well done ???
Slagiatt    pirate
11/06/2012 at 16:11
God dam iPhone the ??? Was a smiley when it left here grr
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