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I'n't Yorkshire Brilliant

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:39
That's Sir Geoff Boycott Ric.

Yorkshire has everything you need, rugged countryside in t'Dales or North York Moors, fine towns and cities like York, Sheffield, Huddersfield, that place to the East of Bradford. It has a beautiful coast line with a microclimate in Scarborough that rumour has is like Dubai, the county cricket champions and the best giant killers in recent Capital One and FA cup history. Yorkshire has Sportsshoes Unlimited, Theakstons, Timmy Taylor's, the Brownlees, Lizzie Armistead, Jess Ennis and brilliant curries. The beer is cheaper than London, you can buy a decent house in a nice area for less than a shoe box in That There London and best of all, it's not Lankyshire.

Really, why would you not shout about it? ????????

What is your oldest item of clothing you still wear?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:39

I have a T-shirt from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992, not sure I'd wear it but it's in my wardrobe. I have a Bradford City scarf I bought at the club shop on the 11th May 1985, too painful to throw that away. Bizzarely I also found a load of hankies embroidered with FK which must have been my grandfather's, he died in 1973, before I was born.

Stuff that I would use regularly, I have my first shorts and t-shirt from when I decided it was time to lose some weight and get fit in 2008 and an FDJ and a Lampre-Fondriest top from the same time and a Birmingham RL training top from the mid 90 which I use for gardening etc

Adidas sweatshirt Symes? Not blue with whitestripes is it? I had one of the same era, I think my sister nicked it when I was too fat for it and still has it.

Any 100m cycle ride Yorkshire area for the following dates?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 13:00
mark wadsworth 2 wrote (see)

101 mile Ripon Revolution  one looks good, is it flatter then the Ilkley one, same day.?

Flatter? Dear me. I learnt the hard way that not enough miles makes it hard. Albeit wth three weeks off ill, I averaged about 2.5 hours running per week for the 30 weeks before Outlaw last year, never enough, IMO you don't need to smash 100 miles at race pace every week, but you don't need to be going out of your way to make it easy either. I walked the whole second half of the run last year and you know what? It was awful, looking down at your watch with 13 miles to go, your feet are killing you, you're tired and knowing you've three or more hours to go it was tough. What helped me was the thoughts of long solo training rides in winter, tired and barely able to get up 3% hills with 30 miles to home in to a strong headwind and knowing that if I could do that, I could stroll home in the race. I'm no expert at this training lark, but some people on here are, listen to them.


On the downside, 2 hours run and an hour swim Saturday and 45 miles bike with the same climbing as a 100 mile ride last year and I can barely move today.

Cricket World Cup

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:35
It's not proper cricket, slogging always ends in tears
Lord Boycott was right, he always is.

Luxury goods

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:40

Our parent company makes (amongst a million other things) feminine hygiene products, the tampon manufacturing machines are great to watch, I want one.


As for VAT on them, well tax system along with the NHS and many other public sector behemoths need the sort of revamp that no political party would dare to do because the other side would crucify them on idealogical grounds.

Ride 100 after Outlaw

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 12:38

This dilemma was taken out of my hands yesterday just like the VLM is every year with a magazine.

Outlaw last year was my first tri of any distance, I put my feet up for three weeks by going on holiday afterwards. It may have been just me and my less than ideal Outlaw training, but I didn't feel properly recovered until 6-8 weeks later. I did a 100 mile sportive in mid-September and ended up struggling badly on the hills (2km at 10% average).

Go for it, even if you're on your Aris' by half way, you'll make it to the finish and enjoy it.

Head torch

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:49

I have one of these


I bought it for fishing on remote beaches at night to replace an old Tiga lamp with a battery weight kgs. It's very bright, light, comfortable, has different settings and a good battery life (4x AAA's IIRC). I've run with it plenty of times, I struggle with some lights in our area and it's very good.

You can get an 'extreme' version where the battery pack is separate from the head strap so you can put it under your jacket to keep it warm and prolong the battery life.


Posted: 31/01/2015 at 10:40
Wasn't there a Park Run at Kingsbury Water Park? Or am I dreaming ????

What socks do professional marathon runners wear?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 12:43
Muttley wrote (see)

My best socks are the Aldi/Lidl ones that appear twice a year in their special buys. Usually about £3 a pair. I have a drawer full of them.



I have some Aldi that my sister bought me in 2008, they're a bit threadbare these days but if you can have favourite socks, it's those

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 14:22
On second thoughts, just get some cans of Stella
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