a small triathlon (max 250 entrants) with multiple distances (standard distance, middle, a quarter distance, aqua bike and relay events) over multiple laps ( 950m loops on the swim, 9.5k laps on the bike and 3.2k laps on the run) starting at 6pm!! Yes PM!
Posted on 13.08.17
My third attempt at the sportive and even though the other 2 were positive I felt this time the race ran at its smoothest. The expo was its typical well oiled machine so nothing new to add there but the race itself felt better organized, safer and a lot less cramped. The crowds were out in force even after the early heavy downpour threatening to come back again. The new Continental 'safety curtains' (hay bales) were an extra tough that made you a little lighter on the brakes into those sharp corners. The feed stops I stopped at were as always well stocked with a variety of goodies. The finish line was clearer this year and a couple of clif bars were a tasty treat after a tough 100 miles. Usual medal, no real change in design but still as hefty
Posted on 31.07.17
This is a tough marathon but the views make up for it, the steep climb into Penally or the quick up and down into Manobier are made up for by sea scapes, views across the fields for miles or the middle turnaround by Pembroke castle.
Posted on 11.07.17
a tough course but the setting is so great you don't always feel some of the climbs. The crowds fill the streets and the support is immense, especially on the St Brides climb! A fast technical course in parts
Posted on 11.07.17
pancake flat seas this year! The support was out in full force, usual seemless rolling start, fireworks, booming music, everything you need to get the blood pumping before the mass start that is the Wales swim. Will be back next year
Posted on 11.07.17
Another brilliant long course weekend, such a great weekend event every discipline equally well organized and great local support
Posted on 11.07.17
as usual with Human race, a great event! The safety and support for these kids, most doing their first ever open water triathlon, was perfect. My son loved every bit of it!
Posted on 03.07.17
A hot day but still a great race. New run and ride routes seemed much better to me, a fast flat bike route and a 3 lap run course (with a little hill to the castle). The local support on the run was superb
Posted on 19.06.17
Great course and event apart from one huge issue.... The route was advertised with 4400 ft of climbing and finished with over 6800 ft. In all fairness I wouldn't have done it if I knew how much climbing there was. The event was delivered under the usual high standard you get with UK Cycling Events races.
Posted on 05.06.17
Another great event from F3 at Dorney. Well marshalled, fast and clear course. Great start to the season!
Posted on 08.05.17
I see Brighton as the second biggest marathon in the UK following London... however I do not think it should have a previous day expo and registration event like London, it felt empty and I could do without the 2 hour journey there and back when I needed to do it the next day. That being said number collection went smoothly and I was done in no time.
On the day its self I opted for the Park and ride option organised by Brighton Marathon, the drop off and bus journey was smooth as usual and I got into Preston park way in time to comfortably join the 20 min loo queue (this was over an hour before the race was due to start). After the wait I found some friends before moving to the bag drop, an area manned by the best ag throwers I'd ever seen, seriously when they say don't put valuables in your bag... really don't!!
When I finally got into the queue for the bag drop I zombie shuffled forward for 10 mins only to be told 'Sorry this vans full, go to the next one (with a queue as long as the one I had just got to the front of).
That done, I set off...
Now this is my 4th Brighton, I come back because the crowds, marshals and overall support is excellent and it was this year! The course is challenging but still enjoyable, a great race... now the let down
This year temps hit mid 20's and as previously warned by Brighton we were to take precautions, including drinking lots of water. Now I listened, as did most others (I saw a few heat exhausted folks on the side of the road but the St Johns guys were right beside them helping out the best they could). What I didn't see until mile 21 was hoses, in other hot events I've done there are numerous hose lines (normally from the street hydrant taps the fire service use) that cool people down, here there were none... so people were taking water to throw on themselves... this led to water running out at numerous stations. However, as I was ahead of these stations this wasn't felt too much by me. There was one case at around mile 16/17 where only high five zero was given out (this is just a powder in a cup that they poured water on to), as this makes me sick I requested just water... a resounding no all the way down the station and another mile before I could finally drink, I was fine but this could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for someone close to exhaustion.
Anyway, I finished, a great final mile, heavily supported by a wall of noise and over the line to receive a great medal, bag and t shirt (we weren't all that lucky, a friend of mine finishing in 6 hours was offered just an extra small top as no more were left).
So I shuffled to the Park and ride pick up to finish off my day, got on the all stops bus and got off at the first stop.. Only to realise I was in the wrong university. So I waiting for the next bus to come to get on and go to the second stop, only to be told rather abruptly by a rude driver that this was the last stop and no other buses are going over to mine?? Confused, I waited for the next bus... 'You'll have to walk mate!' was his response. Nearly a mile later, over the A27 I got back, not best after the previous 26.2 miles...
Sorry to say it left a bitter taste in my mouth for what I considered to be my favourite marathon... Brighton it seems you've got too big
Posted on 11.04.17
5th go at the BB for me, but agian only as run leg 1 for the Race team, but its still as great as the first one I took part in. The weather this time was biblical but the organisers can't help that so we will move on....
As always the registration was quick and smooth as we got in early at 7am, the queues grew later on but didn't seem to cause too many problems. As alway an awesome quality hoodie was handed out to keep you warm after the race. Its the only event I'm happy not to get a medal for
The race started prompty but with a new rolling start setting small groups of at 5 second spurts to ease out congestion, and it worked! The straight forward looped lap is easy to follow without MArshall support but as with all Human race events there were plenty on the course.
Care was needed on parts of the course due to steep downhills mixed with lashing rain and piles of soggy slippery leaves.
Another change this year was to the run in/ bike out section. Instead of cutting straight into the car park at the end of the first lap the course was extended around the top of Box Hill and back into transition through the start area, adding another half a mile on the section.
As always, a great event and I will be back next year.. May even do the whole thing for once :)
Posted on 01.12.16
I have completed the previous 2 Challenge versions of this race and as much as I loved them there were still glaring errors with its organisation, when I found IM were taking over I'd hoped that professionalism they usually bring to a race would Iron out the challenge creases... and do a idgree it did. Still the split transition existed but the course legnths and road closures were managed perfectly. I would argue that a course that is long on the bike route doesn't need a dodgy right hand out and back but maybe thats something to change for last year. I am hoping next year we see these last bumps in the carpet hammered out. One thing I would say between the Challenge and IM version.... IM bike route is a lot tougher, taking the old course backwards with plenty of climbs! Great fun though :)
Posted on 06.10.16
So here I am again, the second Challenge Weymouth half! I loved this event last year though there were some teething problems I hoped had been sorted this time around.
I registered on the Friday and it took me all of about 10 mins, the staff were so helpful and friendly and the number pick up was a breeze, however on collection of the transition bags we were greeted with a strange sign telling us what the bags should read.. Bike bags said run, Run bags said after race it was all a bit too confusing, still nothing serious that a marker couldn't solve.
To racking, I moved along to racking on the Saturday at 2:30 as it opened, the parking near by was a bit congested but fairly straight forward. I made it to the enterance only t find I had lost my bike number! I had oll other numbers (bag, race and helmet) but no bike tag. I contacted a marshall who came by and helped me out with a make shift number to enter transition, again so friendly.
So to race day, a few issues here but nothing major. Firstly transition closing at 6:30 means us halfers had to be in and done 2 hours before our wave started so a cold wait around followed, but I have thick skin :) Secondly as our bags were put out over night and not waterproof we did have some soggy kit for T1 and T2 to change into. The swim start was seamless as it could be, in the water on time and very well mashalled with kayaks. Sadly tthe calm sea i was promised got rougher as the swim went on :) Out of the swim and into T1 was spot on, my kit was wear I left it and I was quickly on to the bike. The bike course was as usual well marshalled apart from one turn near the end of the loop though a local helpfully pointed me in the right direction. All traffic was controlled well and the drop back into Weymouth was a lot better than last years congestion. One issue I recorded just 55 miles on the Garmin so either lost signal or the course was a little short.
T2 was again perfect and out on to the run was well managed around those full'ers looping around for lap 2. The route was not what we had printed in ourrace book as the half turn point was way too close to the T2 start and sure enough it registered a mile and a half short, not just by me but quite a few I spoke to. The course was still good and the support out in full force, they even set up a child pick up point at the finish so my son could cross the line with me! Cracking medal and free t shirt but the after race food was a bit bland for my taste... Still you can't beat a cold glass of Erdinger!! I'll be back next year!
Posted on 15.09.15
A really well organised event, great course, a great finsish line experience... However, the 3 x Pishill is tough on the legs and the first mile of the 4 loop run is on hard uneven tow path which the ankles didn't thank me for
Posted on 28.07.15
So, this was the first ever Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, fastest selling IronMan 70.3 in the world the race briefing informed us. But there were some issues that were unexpected with the usual Ironman set up. Firstly the event wa split transition, though some 15 miles split, meaning the race village was split from T1. OK, you'd think that wasn't such a big deal... let me run you through my Saturday. I arrived at 10am, quickly went and registered which was straight forward and took 10 mins (I heard reports later the queue had grown to an hour). I then had to wait around until 12 for the race breifing (there were only 2 race breifings on what I would expect would be the busiest day). So in my spare time I sorted out my red run bag and dropped that off at T2. Race briefing done it was now 1 and we decided to leave for Chasewater, our swim and bike drop off... so did everyone else. The parking infastructure could not take it and the grounds became blocked for some time. by time we got out and moved accross to Chase water we were nearly at 3.30. We parked in a near by car park that was well mashalled then made the 20 min walk to T1. Racking up was fairly smooth, as was dropping off of the blue bag in T1 but by this time a long queue has started for timing chip collection. All in all we didn't get away from Chasewater until 5.30 making for a long wet day that could have been easily remedied by having both registrations at Chasewater and IM moving just your red bag to T2. Still.. the race, was organised to IM's usually perfct standards, great comentary for the off, though there were complaints about the bouy sizing I had no issue, well lined swim exit, smooth transitions (even if another athlete decided to move my bag from thhe 500's to the 400's causing me a mad 5 minutes hunt), Well marshalled and sign posted bike course which was challenging but in parts stunning and fast and a tougher than expected but well supported run course. The last nail in the coffin again came at the parking infastructure when leaving which once again blocked up, causing nearly a 2 hour wait!
Overall result, great course I'd do again but not until the registration issue is sorted
Posted on 18.06.15