PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Symes    pirate
27/09/2012 at 18:56

Pretty likely that both events will have an awards ceremony afterwards, just one will be missing the shields, there'll still be mincers and lost in transitioners to be congratulated I'd think

27/09/2012 at 21:43

I'll be racing at Henley. 

Bet I still win the feckin mincing award at IMW though! 

seren nos    pirate
27/09/2012 at 22:16

M...eldy    pirate
27/09/2012 at 22:47

Gladys you would win the mincing award at Henley even if you were competing in Lanza

29/09/2012 at 05:14

some of the guys I bike with did Henley this year..... When I catch up with them again i'll report back.

I was also wondering about what race to do late next year - ended up with IMW, a US one (but all sold out), or Henley....

Henley is not floating my boat for some reason, but at least I'll be able to get in...
Wales is an option, but not too many pirates seem to be going....

I'll sail where the boat is going.....

29/09/2012 at 08:15

TBH I feel a little the same about Henley. It's a UK tri, so no big road trip feel to it, will not have a big expo, huge cheering crowds etc and there may not be thousands of pirates going so its up to us who are to make it what we want. If we scatter all over town, rock up at the last minute, head off first thing Monday it wont feel special, but if we take over a hotel or campsite, stivk together (within reason!!) eat and drink together before and after, it'll be great. 

We should sort out a date to recce the course together, do a few group events beforehand to take advantage of the fact its in the UK.

Do some or all of the above and I'll remember it as a great experience, which ultimately is what its about.


29/09/2012 at 19:27
I'm still in for Henley, from a financial perspective as much as anything, what Gladys said up there sound good tho!
iron fraggle    pirate
29/09/2012 at 20:22
Indeed. - will have to put on a pirate BBQ at Fraggle towers
Dubai Dave    pirate
30/09/2012 at 07:09

Think I will sit on the fence for awhile longer, on the reserve list for Outlaw so possible, IMW appeals, If I decide to only do a 1/2 it will be Henley. As to 2014, Sweden appeals but I suspect the water is truly freezing, friends who have done Copenhagen says its cold, so back to Vichy but that was seriously hot this year. 

VTd    pirate
30/09/2012 at 12:30

Just an aside question as there already seems a lot thrown into the mix on this thread.  A load on here have been to IMCH. 

I'm trying to identify a 2013 european branded IM for a friend () that hasn't already sold out, what is their view on its value for money, atmosphere and level of difficulty?

Blisters    pirate
30/09/2012 at 21:54

OK you folks.

I think that I've just got a pretty negative response from SWMBO regarding Outlaw, so I'm now looking at popping my Pirate cherry at Henley. The date seems Ok, the location seems OK. There are a couple of points that I'd like to address.
-I can't see anywhere advising of the cost of the entry.
-I'm seriously worried about having to swim in the Thames. Especially the uphill half. For a slowish swimmer a little bit of current would mean that I don't actually make it to the turn round point.
-The website definitely says that "act of God and flood" mean that they keep your dosh. So if the river's going like a brown train, we lose & they win.

Nervous Newbie.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
30/09/2012 at 22:15


I cant fault any of the European IM races ive done, Switzerland is a well organised event in a good location, very good support on the course.  Id say level of difficulty is about average.

Swim is in a lake Zurich which is nice and clear.  There are some good hills on the bike (The Beast, Heartbreak Hill and Egg) but theres some good fast down and the roads are extremely smooth so makes for faster speeds.  Aside from the hills (which are nothing much to worry about) there is about 15 miles of pan flat each lap (2 laps) and the rest of the course is gently undulating.  Run is flat and goes around town, along the lakeside so lots of support.

VTd    pirate
30/09/2012 at 22:42
Thanks Barley. My friend wants an IM brand for her first but can only commit to one during her summer holiday as she's a teacher. You answered my question spot on as usual.
30/09/2012 at 22:57

Blisters, they would make it a Duathlon if the river was not safe. Not ideal but the same anywhere. Rivers a bit more prone, given currents and effluent/chemicals probably.


Blisters    pirate
30/09/2012 at 23:37

Any idea of the cost of entry?

iron fraggle    pirate
01/10/2012 at 06:55
The half was about ??150 this year so I guess double that ?
seren nos    pirate
01/10/2012 at 07:13

VT.....only over seas one I have done was IMCH and it was my was a lovely course.really beautiful and the lake was so clear......lovely for a fiorst attempt........

I was suprised that they allow smoking in restuarants though

iron fraggle    pirate
01/10/2012 at 13:24

Blisters, re the swim. This year the current was good, and apart from one section, I dodn't notice much difference between up and downstream. I did do a river swim the other side of Henley (Shiplake) in the summer, and the current was much stronger :  it just took forever to get to the turnaround point, then you were back to the finish in no time.

there are several river swims and shorter distance tri's held over the summer locally, so there will be somewhere where you can try it out if you want to.

I don't think the full distance sold out this year - or if it did it was a last minute thing - so don't worry about entering the race as soon as it opens.

iron fraggle    pirate
01/10/2012 at 13:27

just had an email to say that early bird entry is £310 (but i don' know what full/later entry fees will be) entries open on Nov 3rd and they are limiting the race to 600 for the full and 600 for the half


Cortina5    pirate
01/10/2012 at 13:27

Early bird offer for Henley 2013 £310

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