PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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10/09/2012 at 21:45
Anyone know how much it was to enter the full distance this year?
11/09/2012 at 00:19

what I meant is that it's a September event.

That could rule me out as fitting enough training in over scjhool summer hols is probably not realistic.

Was hoping it was June/early July.

11/09/2012 at 09:31

£330 I think for 2012 Flat Foo..ted.

sioUx I feel similarly...although more because I want to go out lots and not train in the summer holidays!

11/09/2012 at 20:45

Cheers GP,just working out if i can afford IMUK and Henely next year.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/09/2012 at 22:21
Flat Foo..ted wrote (see)

Cheers GP,just working out if i can afford IMUK and Henely next year.

Just do Lanza

11/09/2012 at 22:37
Hope you practice what you preach then, Barlos
Edited: 11/09/2012 at 22:38
11/09/2012 at 23:18
Can they not move this to end june/ start July?

Anyone know if Bala on next year?
Trogs    pirate
11/09/2012 at 23:52

SioUx - I suspect not on account of the Henley Royal Regatta

12/09/2012 at 06:58
Poor excuse Trogs.
14/09/2012 at 17:08
Lol Cake. I'm after a 1/2 not a full!!
Mr StOat    pirate
14/09/2012 at 17:55

Well start with the half,

Then the other half

15/09/2012 at 08:41

Anyone thought asbout what warm up races they are going to do pre Henley? Esp the half?

IronCat5    pirate
15/09/2012 at 10:05

Bala middle would seem to be a good option for Henley? Hilly, with an uphill swim. About 10-12 weeks before?

M...eldy    pirate
15/09/2012 at 10:26

or Marshman for an early warm up?

Cowman would be another good one

IronCat5    pirate
15/09/2012 at 20:10

I would use Marshman and warm in the same sentence...!

M...eldy    pirate
15/09/2012 at 20:13

No ... nor would I usually   

Iron Muffin    pirate
17/09/2012 at 21:34

Lazy, numpty question if I may:

Does Henley offer a relay option?

iron fraggle    pirate
17/09/2012 at 21:39
Bedders..    pirate
18/09/2012 at 08:25

Back from the Henley Half after posting a 5:45:53 time so very pleased -  rubbish swim (I seem to have developed OW issues), nailed the bike and and OK run.

Well done Fraggle - thanks for the help before the swim looking forward to seeing your race report. You looked great on the run.

Just a few words on the event for those considering doing it next year. On the positive side

  • Thames swim fine with wave starts, fair but undulating cycle course (maxed out at 65km/h), standard out and back run along the Thames
  • Superb organisation and well manned cycle feed stations by very friendly people who could not do enough to help
  • Great athlete support at T1 and T2 by volunteers made it very slick 

On the negative side:

  • I found the swim ramp to get out of the Thames at the end of the swim impossible. Far too steep and thought I would never get out - but this could be an age thing!       
  • Few if any km markers on the run so no idea really how far you had to go
  • 1 bag of crisps, 2 biscuits and 3 pieces of pineapple at the end was not what really what was expected. But this may have just been for the Half Arsed runners.
  • Collection of T2 bags at the end needs to be far better organised.

In summary, I will deffo do this again next year.. The fact it is late in the season means you can do this having already done one in June/July. On the flip side if this is your only IM/Half then keeping training up during the late summer I found a bit harder.

When I was at the end in bag collection resplendent in my yellow and black I was approached by one of the organising team who knew that a fair few of us might do this in 2013 and offered the chance to give us a discount if a few of us do it. I am not sure how this would work but it all helps so if I do get an email offering this I will post it here.

They seem to like Pirates......!!!           

Thanks Challenge Henley and see you in 2013.


Iron Muffin    pirate
18/09/2012 at 09:22

Well done Bedders, your report may have just tipped me over the edge.

I am in for 2013.
Now need to decide between half or relay.


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