i know its been asked before
Can only talk about the Outlaw as thats the one that I've done
The organisers put a free bus on for people who want to watch the start and then get out onto the bike course, this takes you to Southwell which is a good place to watch the bike as youn can see them twice each lap with a 5 min walk, the bus then brings you back to Holme Pierpoint for the run, this is all free.
If you position yourself well you can see people twice on each run lap (its a 3 lap run)
I have supported at IMUK as you know, I found this to be a real pain as had to park 2 miles away from the course and the locals did nothing other than moan about having not being able to drive down THEIR road.
The finish at Outlaw is next to grandstand so lots of seating and a bar, the atmosphere is always great especially next year with it being the main pirate outing.
I'm not doing it next as have done it the last 2 years (Mrs SA is again) but will be there handing out drinks etc at the pirate feed station (which IMUK doesn't have)
Did IMUK last year and was out spectating on the Outlaw the following week.... Have no desire to spend way more money than required on doing a WTC event again...
The Outlaw was a much nicer course for both the bike and run, and with 90 odd (very odd in most cases) Pirates lining up, Why bother with Bolton ?
AndyB99 wrote (see)
but its not really about the money dave
Lucky you !
With almost a hundred Pirates on the finish line it will make the IMUK finish look like a bus stop in Clitheroe on a wet Sunday !
90 Pirate starters, everyone will have at least a member if not 2 members of family arouond, Then there are the mob who will come just for the craic like Jj, Fat Buddha and Petal etc etc...
Should be about 300 on the finish line just made up of pirates
Hello Andy - I did IMUK this year too and had a great time. One of the main things that appeals to me about the Outlaw (apart from the Pirates) is that everything happens in one place, ie start, T1, T2, finish.
AndyB99 wrote (see)still interested in opinions on the course for those who have done both...seems most people think this one is about an hour quicker (especially if your a slow climber like i am)
All depends on the conditions, I have done both Outlaws and the bike course has changed, theres no guarantee that it will be the same next year, but this year it had one bad climb in it, but you know the pirate feed station was at the top.
This year the wind picked up a bit and was tougher than last year, but I don't think its as hard/hilly as IMUK that said 112 miles is never easy
I've done both though I did UK in 2009 when it wasn't a split transistion.
Outlaw course is easier in my opinion, though I did Outlaw bike last year and I know they made it a bit harder this.
What is particularly nice about Outlaw is that the reg, the briefing, the transistion the swim etc are all in the same place (you know what I mean) so it is all quite easy.
I remember runing about in Bolton all over the place and feeling quite frazzled by the time the saturday came.
That said I thouroughly enjoyed Bolton and I would go back, however 2012 will be Outlaw for me.
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