I don't see why booking some place for a day for the exclusive use of a particular group of people to use should be a big deal. If the park want to do that then its is entirely within their rights. Just as long as that policy is applied equally for all groups that want to hire the place.
If it had been any other group of people I suspect there wouldn't have been any fuss. If a group of schools had booked Legoland for their exclusive use there wouldn't have been a fuss but because its booked for Muslims to use the far right start kicking and screaming.
Cycling is my weakest discipline. I've run since I was a teenager and have always been comfortable in water and could happily swim up and down a pool doing breast stroke. You've got nearly 6 months to be able to swim that distance so if you're putting in the practice there's no reason that you can't achieve the distance, although you'd have to put in a few sessions of open water swimming as it is different to swimming in a pool, especially if you have to do the swim in a wetsuit. The first couple of races I did I really struggled with swimming in a wet suit and even ended up completing the swims doing front crawl. Lessons will help you to get your technique right, after that its just a matter of putting in the time in the pool and building on the number of lengths you are able to do.
A number of us have also stayed at the Holiday Inn (the one in Castle Marina Retail Park, not the central Holiday Inn Express), it's nice and quiet, has a car park and is opposite Sainsburys so it's very handy for that. There is a Premier Inn next door if you want to compare prices.
+1 for the Holiday Inn. We've stayed there when doing the Outlaw Half and the Nottingham Triathlon. I'd not have an evening meal in the hotel though as I found it a bit expensive for what you get. They also put on a room where people could store their bikes overnight which was useful.
What she did was stupid and hopefully she'll learn something from the experience.
It would have been a crass thing to do even if it had just been done with nobody other than her friends and collegues seeing it. With social media uploading pictures like that is simply asking for trouble.
I do think that death threats, rape threats and the like are uncalled for but it seems that people are happy to make threats like that, from the anonymity and distance of the internet, which they wouldn't make in a face to face situation because the chances of them having a visit from the police to discuss their threats is very remote.
Making threats like that can be dangerous because you never know how the person that is on the receiving end of them might react. There's been a situation going on in the states recently where the youngster on the receiving end had to be put on suicide watch because of the threats that were being made against them.