HIMUK or IMUK what's it to be

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bri
18/09/2003 at 13:34
I did HIMUK this year, and never felt so much pain in my life, had hope for 5:20-5:30 but completed it in 6:21, but totally enjoyed it. Loads of injuries in back and shins. Anyway, if it's a full IM next year I won't be doing it but if it's a HIM I'll be there.
So does anyone know if it will be IM or HIMUK, I know it's still early days yet but anyone heard and news or rumours.
18/09/2003 at 13:37
No news yet I'm afraid, I bet they'll take their time and really milk it the buggers!

I loved both HIMUKs but will prob give next year a miss if it's Half again, and do LD. If it goes full then I'll probably do it.....will be a tough course if it's in Sherborne again though!!
bri
18/09/2003 at 13:42
I know dude, the course was hillier than I'd expected and the run damn near killed me, catching a cold and sore throat two days before didn't help.
IM might be a bit much for this fella, lads in the club have voiced doing one next year but I'll wait till 2005
18/09/2003 at 15:33
I do hope you're resting properly, bri.
18/09/2003 at 17:45
If it goes full next year, I hope the course is more accurate than this years.....
I've competed in full IM events overseas, and unfortunately the organisers of the UK event still have much to learn.
If it does go full, I'd rather go and do IM France again - now that is a challenge!

Paul
Monique    pirate
18/09/2003 at 17:52
I am wanting to do a half iron man next year, what's available round here then that is not Nantwich-like. (ie: sh*te)
18/09/2003 at 17:59
Weymouth is good - sea swim though

Paul
Monique    pirate
18/09/2003 at 18:05
Don't mind a sea swim , since I perfected it on my holiday in Cornwall this year, when is it.
18/09/2003 at 18:54
This years was in June I think.
18/09/2003 at 22:36
I'm planning on doing Weymouth Monique seeing as it's my home town! Lovely place even if I do say so myself!

Don't know the date for the 2004 one yet.
bri
19/09/2003 at 08:38
What have the UK organisers got to learn? you say it's not as good as France, explain? and also was the course this year too short or long. There's something about IM France that appeals to me.
19/09/2003 at 09:32
monique- there is the bala middle distance- which I think is in June- I have never done it but I believe it is a very similar course to the one used by HIMUK in 2001/2
19/09/2003 at 11:48
bri

the course this year was definitely short. I clocked 52 miles for the bike. I ran the last "mile" on the run in about 4mins so the run was probably only 12.5 miles. I thought the swim was about right, although several from my club say it was short.

Poor show for an Ironamn event.
19/09/2003 at 12:09
Myself and a few friends all had around 55miles on the bike....so not too bothered with that. But agree the run seemed a little short (by about half mile max). No excuses for that on out-and-backs.
19/09/2003 at 12:16
Disagree. I double checked my bike computer after and it was definitely set up correctly.

I also measured distance on a map and got approx 52 miles.

I didn't take a short cut - honest
19/09/2003 at 12:25
Think it might be your comp mate. We all got just under 55miles.
You sure you didnt scoot pass any cows or sheep on the way!?
19/09/2003 at 17:06
My bike computer read 54.9 for the ride.
The run was a "long 12".
Swim was about right.
The marshalling was good but the draft busters were virtually non-existant.
Give me Llanberis any day.

Paul.
19/09/2003 at 17:13
OK I'll recheck the calibration on my comp - again.
10/10/2003 at 14:26
Gave up on their decision for 2004 and signed up for Ironman Austria. After Sherbourne I am looking forward to a flat run.
14/10/2003 at 13:42
I made the bike bang on 55 miles, the run seemed short by about half a mile to a mile.

I would like to see (and do) a full IM in the UK next year. Personally I am not a great fan of multi-loop races, finding 112 miles of road around Sherborne shouldn't be too difficult but closing it for up to 8 hours might cause a problem.

The Longest Day is a great race but only a few hundred competitors and the roads are not closed. Not closing the roads for 1,300 or so would be out of the question (too dangerous).

We have now had 3 half IM races - its time to go FULL. For those wishing to stick with the half; Weymouth and Bala are good races.
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