Just to bring you up to speed on where we are with the 226 race for next year We're officially 'go' now and have set the date formally as August 10th There's still a couple of options for bike and run courses available to us, which we're finalising with various councils, police, land owners etc, but all the options we have are very flat and very fast, which is a bonus.
We're just putting the finishing touchs to cotswold226.com, but in the meantime any info will be postd up on 113events.com and entries will open on Nov 1st
It's difficult to tell what the demand will be in 2014, but we've set out break even point a few hundred in order to keep entry fees low and if we're lucky enough to get a really good demand, then we'll cap it at around 500, so we build it gradually and see how many the course will take without turning it into a massive draft fest.
Anyway, if you get any questions, get in touch (07595 591612) and more info on all our 2014 events is available on our recent newsletter, which you can find here http://www.113events.com/2013/10/oct13/
We basically have two options ; 1) go early in the year around end may/early june where there's not an already established large scale long distance race
2) Go later in the year, and be up against the larger, more established events (think IMUK,IMWales and maybe challenge henley if it runs another year
We've had early mtgs today with the guys at the lake and they're keen on a later date, but we'll keep you all posted
I'm certainly super keen to hear what you guys think is the best time of year and whether starting training early in the winter is really a blocker. I've done early season Ironmans where I'm logging long boring base miles in dec and it's sucked, but at the same time, I did IMUK in 08 where it was mid Sept and I was ready for the season's main race to be over by August..
Let us know what you think and thanks for the feedback so far
Sorry, Schmunkee, I forgot to mention that we had the best bike aid station people in the industry Details on the race are still at a very early stage, but we'll aim to make it as flat as possible and it'll certainly be a PB course, as well as friendly and welcoming for those new to the distance. Like the 113 and Classic, we'll let entrants choose numbers, rack with their mates and if we do waves, then they'll get to choose their wave too so they can race with their mates. Also, like our existing races, if you want marmite sandwiches or cut oranges on the aid station, let us know and we'll provide them (within reason as Buluga cavier and lobster thermodor are expensive and not great for racing on! haha) I'll keep you all posted as when info gets fixed, but thanks for everyone's enthusiam already, we're going to do our very best to make it a great race and keep the costs low whilst offering more
I have a .tcx file if anyone needs it or can answer any questions either through here or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (07595 591612)
Entries open on Nov 1st if you're interested in entering
The courses for 2013 will remain unchanged from what we had this year, although in the August event we had to shorten the run at the last minute due to flooding. I've been sending Nicci and the kids to church every sunday to pray for a dryer 2013, so hopefully we should run a dry course over the normal 13mile run distance