Hever Sat 24 Sept (I think Sprint & Oly are the Sat & the half / full on the Sun?)
Brighton Sun 25 Sept
Hunstman (Hawley lake, Hampshire) Sun 25 Sept
I did Hever last year, not a bad event but because of the weather I swore I'd never go back. The day itself was fine weather wise but the week leading up to it had been raining heavily, hence everything - and I mean everything - was covered in mud & grass before you even started (and hence even worse by the finish - I don't actually know what was filthier at the end, me, the bike, my trainers or the car, as they use a field as a carpark and pretty much anyone in a small car had to be pulled out by a tractor it was that boggy). If the weather is ok in the run up then I'm sure it would be a lovely event; swim is in a lake so calm, reasonably hilly bike & the run is trail-ish around the castle so scenic at least.
Dorney you obviously know what it's like and I've heard good things about Portsmouth & been tempted to do that one for a few years but has never worked out to be the right timing for various reason (and won't be again this year!)
Dave - yeah I read that yesterday as well, but will just have to see on 25 July!
I think there are more triathletes out there now (just have to look at the number of people at IM events who put their hands up as first timers etc) - the popularity of the sport, and cycling, has grown massively in the last few years so events that were popular / had a good reputation before have become even more so now (but then you get companies that get greedy such as Human Race who are starting to go the other way, as I think this was the first year they didn't sell out at Windsor, or if they did it was certainly very late in the day)
You lot are making me wane between Austria & Roth now though, especially as Austria is still surprisingly available. Roth has ben on the bucket list for a while now though so think it's still the one I'm gonna go for next year (and yes split transitions are a pain and they might make me keep looking if it was just a random event I was looking for, but they wouldn't stop me from entering an event that I was really keen on, especially as dealt with it at Bolton last year). Can always do Austria in 2018 right?!
DOM - usually, yes. I've got my work calendar blocked & am actually contemplating putting a physical barrier up at the end of my row to stop people coming near me & am going to be sitting refreshing work computer & phone every few seconds from 5mins before it's due to open!!