Not to be missed: Pirates swamped the city of FrankfurtNever underestimate the demands of being a supporter; it takes as much commitment as participating in an event but there are no medals to show for it. Whether it’s a 5K run or an Ironman triathlon, supporters (from now on the...
Sun lounger to 45 degrees: check; footballer's autobiography in hand: check; delicious cocktail in the other: check. Now, this is what I call a taper. This is not the kind of pre-race wind-down I'm used to – even as a staff member on the good ship Runner's World. But this is Ne...
clique. I've always gone on my own, and over the years I've made a bunch of good friends and we now meet up and travel to other events together."Getting down to business When it comes to the business of attacking those PBs, the staff on the camps, made
to your to-do list. © Getty Images EuropeParis Marathon Paris in the springtime provides a stunning setting for this popular French classic. Every April the race attracts plenty of Brits who’ve failed to gain a place at the London Marathon
Welcome to Adobe GoLive 5There are a few races that can legitimately be termed ‘classics’ – the marathons of London, New York and Boston, for sure. The San Silvestre New Year’s eve race in Brazil, the San Blas half-marathon in Puerto Rico and San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers are o...
A sea of Pirates on the 3.8K swimPre-race, the city was teeming with yellow and stamped with skulls and crossbones. The question ‘who are these pirates?’ was asked in 25 different languages. The roadsweepers, the shopkeepers, the motorbike officials – all had a wave and a cheer f...
Calm before the storm: Cath and co at the startFirst to say it was great to meet so many Pirates and everyone was really friendly and supportive. Pirate humour and camaraderie is really something which is in a league of it's own, but to be included in it as a newbie-triathlete w...
The calm before the storm: (from left to right) FB, Lindi, Ratbag, Oxy, Zilla and AndyIt's all Andy Collier's fault. His inspiring report from Ironman Florida in November 2004 threw down a challenge for the forumites to try their hand at this grueling triathlon distance. Seen as...
Shipmates: The Pirates arrive in forceOn July 8 the forum Ironman team (known as The Pirate Ship of Fools) weighed anchor for the fourth annual adventure. Forty Pirates – together with an army of enthusiastic supporters – arrived in sunny Klagenfurt to take on Ironman Austria. ...
Ironman first-timer: forumite kittenkat (courtesy of Michael Luchmun)Looking back, it was a short journey. Last summer I broke my ankle out running (back from the pub) with my dog. While I was in plaster I whiled away a lot of my time on the RW forum. One morning another forum...
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