I'm in. I got the go ahead last week. I have always wanted to do this race and it's my 40th bday next year. I am not fast (i did a 4h6 marathon a few months ago) and I will probably struggle with injury, but I SO want to do this race.
I'm with GHOST, it was like childbirth. I arrived at Shugborough on sat at 12.50 (registration closed at 1). I left late from home and the driving rain meant it took longer. I think secretly i wanted to miss it and then i could be a DNS! It took me 3.5 hours to register and get to Chasewater to rack. I couldnt even face a race briefing back to Shugborough so i went back to my parents instead. All evening i just couldnt be bothered and then i pulled myself together, watched some cheesy IM clips on you tube and told myself that i had given up lots of money and a weekend away from my kids so i should do my best.
Swim was fine, about bang on where i should be at 37 mins. The water felt fresh but i havent been in OW for almost a year! The bike was much tougher than i thought it would be. I soon realised that time needed to go out the window and i just enjoyed the crowds. The people of Staffs really put on a good show. Finished the bike in 3h30. My dad and friend were there to support for the run which was great. I set off on the run and my legs felt ok. I wouldnt let myself walk at all and ended up running a 2h4 which is a HIM pb by between 10-15 mins Finished in 6h29. A personal worst for a HIM but it was the slowest course i have ever done. Loved it though. Loved the buzz of a big race, the support, the chat on the course (I've been doing running races for years and usually just plug an ipod in).
I would recommend the race, but warn people to be prepared for lots of faff!
SL - re cutoffs, i would be really surprised if they could work out who started when and enforce wave related cut offs (i think the info suggests that). I would imagine its just from the last wave as cutoffs are usually just related to road closures, marshalls finishing etc so to me there feel little point in enforcing it from the wave start. I am in the last wave though.
I think there will be a lot of punctures with all the rain. I will bail at the 2nd puncture, it takes me so long to change one, i am not doing 2.