From what I remember, it's a lapped course which is lumpy- there's a steepish climb at the back end of the circuit. Parts are quite exposed, which can be a pain if it's windy.
The run is all within the grounds of the castle, its three out and back loops. One goes up around the castle, although the it's not particularly steep or long it will make you blow a bit.
The swim is in a fishing lake, which is/was bloody silty, if you're not in the first wave the water viz will be near zero. You have to run across a field to get from the lake to T1.
Subject to me buying a MTB I should be able to show off my awful bike handling skills on any of those dates.
I think you mean "fruit and flowers" flyaway
Wot flyers said, shoot for the moon (option 1) and if we don't make it then fallback to option 2.
Hmmm, interesting. I used to go to the Plum Pudding meets with my dad, might be good to see what's happened to the circuit since then.
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