In short: loads of mud and rain, but more than that - great atmosphere, organisation and competitors In full: it rained almost non stop, the course was a mud bath, but despite this spirits were still pretty high for most people. the guys that ran it were great, even the physio man made runners tea/coffee when coming into the tent on every lap. As it was my first ultra the lack of navigation skills was a definite plus on this lapped run, for me 7x 10 miles. 100 miler next year for me :) marvellous stew they made for us too, cant forget that. Date of review: July 18, 2012
In short: i never complain at a PB - especially when its by 3 minutes In full: nice scenic, undulating lanes, well organised and marshalled. the hills make the race - if it was all flat the opening 4 miles would have looked like an endless road. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: have you seen peterborough! In full: in all fairness its a course designed for speed not scenery, it was well organised. its definately PB material if you dare start near the front - if not you will be passing all the charity runners. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: cool evening local race, no better way to spend a wednesday evening In full: Being a small race it draws alot of the local club runners but this doesnt mean that its to its detriment. This was a very well organised race with a very good mix of terrain.
Its my first time here and was pleasantly surprised to see a fair sized hill as I came out of a corner at around the 3km point and looking at my garmin after i see my cadence hit a low of 62. This time the hill beat me after about 3 quarters of the way up, I will be back next year to seek revenge.
The real icing on the cake was the momento, Old Spice! i remember my Dad using it 30 years ago in the old white bottle. Made my missus laugh when i showed her, not so much when i liberated the contents - i love it.
thanks to Toonie Express for a great time and my first race that hasnt taken part on a sunday, and a first trial race at that. Date of review: July 21, 2011
In short: ideal if you are local In full: Not a bad event but plenty of things could be tweaked. When arriving at the venue there was no signage directing you to the car park, it wasnt me being dim, there was four cars driving round in circles and trying various in roads. the transition was surrounded by an embankment, not high but nearly steep enough to be classed as adventure racing. After i finished i did hear some people saying how steep it was and they were just the spectators.
This would be an acceptable first timer race if some rules was explained, by this i mean i tapped a swimmers foot plenty of times but ended up having to overtake the hard way.It could also have a better atmosphere if the marshalls werent so glum but that could have been down to miserable weather.
to end with a positive, the finishers tee was quite nice, the course was easy, and there was energy drink and fruit at the end. and the biggest bonus was that i got back to the hotel in time for my full english x3. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: First proper tri and definately not the last In full: Had a great day at Lincoln and OSB did a fantastic job of organising the event. Nice challenging hill for newbs like me at the start of the bike leg but plain sailing after that. ...well except for the guy that nearly wiped me out at the final roundabout who though he was doing a second lap of the bike leg, he knows who he is - Number 7 LOL.
This is a great race for newcomers, and there was a few, with a picturesque view from the top of the hill. Triathlon has some of the most competitive people out there but also some of the friendliest, many of them attended this event. see you next year for the whole series. Date of review: July 10, 2011
In short: challenging but worth every stride In full: not badly organised but like others have said the amount of water in the cups at the stations was a little unbelievable - it was good to see some of the attendents handing out bottles, i would have given it more score for value if some fruit was available at the end. i just had to do this half for the experience of running over that bridge and it was definately worth the trip. i kept expecting a huge gradient at the infamous 9 mile mark but it wasnt so bad, it slowed me down but isnt that just a part of the challenge? Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: ideal first triathlon In full: this event gave me the push i needed to diversify into tri, even though im not the fastest runner, or anywhere near, i was getting bored of 10k / 10 mile races and really dont want to spend loads of hours slogging for mara training.
im a gadget man with aspergers - what could be more rewarding than studying swim bike run split data? :)
anyone thinking about giving tri a go i would whole heartedly encourage them to do so in an event like this. the Broxtowe people did an excellent job of making people feel relaxed and emphasised the the fun factor for the not so serious competitor.
On the back of this event i have joined the british tri fed. and got booked in for my next sprint tri in a couple weeks. One thing i would say about the tri scene is that it seems very differnt to the running circuit, not so cliquey, or maybe its just the nottingham people, either way full marks for a great day.
In short: very nice event In full: nothing to add what hasnt been said really. cant believe it was the first time this event has been ran - if its like this next year im sure it will grow very quickly. the toilets, or lack of, wasnt the organisers fault and im sure that wont happen again. my first half mary so a PB. loved it Date of review: June 12, 2011
In short: hardest flat race ever In full: this should have been a pb definate but with the openness of the course and the the wind and not to mention my over training in recent weeks i failed miserably. this is the only race i have ever felt like going to the car park after 1 lap but ill do anything for a free mug and tshirt. even though i felt a bit of an underdog with all the club runners it was no worse than the dereham 10miler i did a week before, maybe its down to the distance, club runners like 10milers - recreational runners prefer 10ks. it was well marshalled and will probably be there next year. 2011 was definately the year for wind, rain and sun all in the space of an hour for this race. Date of review: June 7, 2011