Thanks for coming along guys, and glad everyone had a good time. I can always tell where you blimmin pirates are on the course by the noise
Sorry we couldn't get you all some better weather, but having now run the middle distances races 9 times in largely perfect racing conditions, we were certainly due a wet one.
Just a quick note on the foil blankets (or lack of) - The BTF say we have to have 20% competitor coverage on blankets, which is around 175. We have a box of 300 that's been going for about 3 years now, and they're controlled by the 1st aid guys to only give out to people that are ill near the finish, which is normally 2-3 people per race. For whatever reason, the girls in the massage tent started giving them out to everyone, so subsequently, we ran out of the 300 in about 90mins.
However, despite them not actually doing anything if you're already cold, we'll look into how much it'll cost to get us 850 for every finisher just in case we get wet again.
I'm seeing Schmunky tonight for the team debrief, so I'll see if I can get her a yellow one !
Thanks again for racing and marshalling with us again. We love the noisy groups of the field and spectators, and you guys are starting to give the large welsh contingent a run for their money in the volume stakes
Hi All For next year we have a couple of options that I'd like to try and canvas some opinion on please ? The bike course is, and I know I'm biased, really quite beautiful, and certainly makes for some very fast times. However, with 2 x 56 mile loops and not the sort of numbers of competitors you get at IMUK, it can make for quite a lonely experience for the 226 competitors, and you could potentially end up riding a lot of it without seeing another competitor other than at Aid stations or when overtaking/being over taken For 2016, we're looking at running a 56 and 112 Mile Triathlon style TT on the same course at the same time. Like a normal sportive or TT, but fully supported, proper Aid stations, police closed sections, and drafter busters I'm conscious that a lot of Triathletes (myself included) like to do a few sportives in the run up to another event, but end up doing on your road bike as it's generally a draft fest, and the sportive roady types tend to look down on Triathletes turning up in Aero Helmets on TT bikes. The 56/112 Tri TT's would be run in accordance with triathlon rules, with draft busters and the normal motorbike support we use, fully aid stationed and have police closing junctions and sections. You could set off as you see fit, and the 226 Competitors would be ID'd differently to the bike competitors by having a different coloured race number I'd be interested to hear if people think it has potential ? We'd also look to do a timed 3.8km Swim on the Saturday afternoon, so people could make a weekend of it
As a result of this years feedback, we've got a couple of new options for run course to avoid the spine road sections, but I'll update them as they're confirmed.
Good to meet a few of you guys on Sunday. You can tell where those yellow shirts are just by the noise We're really interested in getting feedback on the event from everyone, so I'd love to hear what you thought of it.
I've emailed all the competitors, and will do the same for the marshals, but would love to hear also from spectators on what worked and what didn't for them.
Is there anything else we can provide for spectators that would make their day more enjoyable ?
Did you see anything you thought worked well or didn't work ?
Did people like the South Cerney finish ? I like South Cerney as a village, but the problem we have is that logistically, it's quite tricky to get the sort of interesting run route that we can make by keeping it within the lake complex (like we do at the 113, but with more lakes and a bigger run loop for each lap) We do have an option for another loop around South Cerney, but we're stuck with the 'highway to hell' spine road to get there for the most part
Anyway, we're committed to making this event the best, and we'd love to hear from you guys as we value as much feedback as we can get