Hi Golden Boots - I'm guessing you'll be ending up in Oakham or Stamford if you are looking for a hotel or B&B, unless you want to pay Barnsdale prices (which is just about walkable from Whitwell, and would probably please the girlfriend, but might dent the bank balance - http://www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk/).
Hotel in Oakham depends on budget - there's a few, ranging from B&B to pub B&B to a reasonably decent hotel in the Whipper Inn. I've been surprised for a long time that no Oakham hotel bothers to offer packages during the Dambuster or Vitruvian.
Sorry to hear that, buttercup - wouldn't have been a great race to do in a single gear!
We both finished - I had hoped for better on swim, but got a good bike in. Was carrying a leg niggle that decided to attack at about 4K on the run, and spent the rest of the run lopsided and wincing, which explains the poor run time (and the comedic finishing photos!).
Mrs. Paperman was never looking forwards to the swim (only just moved up to front crawl) and was indeed last out of the water (from the last swim wave start), but hoovered up a few people on the bike and a few more on the run. Is now after more swim practice so that bit doesn't hassle her quite as much.
Good to see MC - didn't see anyone else in pirate colours, presumably because they were far enough in front of me. Good weather, good race.