PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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21/05/2012 at 12:39

Not to distract from all the brave souls heading out to Lanza next year but I wondered if there is an alternative outing planned?


Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 13:17


21/05/2012 at 13:22

At the risk of getting in trouble from the Lanza folks *steps sideways while whistling innocently* I'd be curious too - I don't think I'd cope with the Lanza heat for my first IM so would be interested if there was a UK IM outing....

21/05/2012 at 13:24

DTB and I are considering Henley next year.......*makes note to ensure passport is up to date*

21/05/2012 at 13:26


purpletrilady    pirate
21/05/2012 at 13:29

ah nantwich  It will always have a special place in my heart - it was where I first met the pirates 

21/05/2012 at 13:54

Looking at US races for 2013, LP/Canada/MT/Arizona.

Would love to do NZ but can't go that far for the race to be shortened, have been watching the new Los Cabos IM fill up today too as that caught my eye.

21/05/2012 at 13:59
Rosey we were looking at Arizona too. But in all honest, it may well be Challenge Henley for costs purposes...
21/05/2012 at 14:00
21/05/2012 at 14:05

I think Henley would be a splendid campaign. I might even be able to bicycle over with me pompoms by then!

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:08
purpletrilady wrote (see)

ah nantwich  It will always have a special place in my heart - it was where I first met the pirates 

Me too!  It is getting so expensive it is almost the same price as an IM, so maybe we should just do that instead

Not sure i'll attempt the full thing next year, I shall see how this year pans out first.  Henley sounds nice though...

Edited: 21/05/2012 at 14:08
Rafiki    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:09

Well Henley's on my doorstep, so if you have any spare pompoms Jj, I'd happily give you a hand!

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:11

They do a half IM too, so that might be an option for the triathlon-challenged (i.e. ME) hehehe. 

cougie    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:20
Lanza is just too early in my season and too close to VLM too.
Henley sounds a challenge.

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:28


iron fraggle    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:30

(YSWIDT = You See What I Did There?  )


anyway, Henley's on my local turf too - an I beleive Cat5 ?

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:35

Ahhhhh, thank-you!

21/05/2012 at 14:36

The thing I like about Henley (apart from cost and proximity factors) is that as it's later in the year, you can do the training in (theoretically) nice weather.....

Iron Pingu    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:41


Bouncing Barlist    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:58

There are a number of alternatives for next year, I guess its up to the individuals going to races to discuss, in previous years we've had a similar thread, opinions have been canvassed and a collective has seemed to form around one race.

As for choosing the Pirate Championship, we've tried to find races that will appeal and we've not done before and are top class events:

In previous years we've done:

2005 - IM Swizerland
2006 - IM Germany
2007 - IM Austria
2008 - IM France
2009 - IM Switzerland
2010 - Challenge Roth
2012 - IM Regensburg
2013 - Outlaw

In addition smaller groups / individuals have done many other races

There is a new Ironman this year (IM Sweden), which could be a prospect for the Pirate Championships 2013, as could Challenge Henley which ive seen suggested.  Its also likely that Outlaw and Wales will be popular with some this year. 

The other contender and a personal favorite of mine is Lanza but understandably it doesnt appeal to everyone due to cost and its reputation. 

One question ive personally been battling with is whether Lanza is never deemed worthy of the Pirate Championship location due to its difficultly, cost?  In previous years we're gone with the majority decision or race with the highest participation. 

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