first half iron, and very happy with my selection. All pre registration was great.
This is a small event, so I was not sure what to expect. With all the IMUK posts going on I went to register nice nd early to enjoy the environment. Was a little surprised when it was over in a minute as you just got number, swim hat and one gel... Oh well at less than half the price of IM the thrills are not there.
so race day starts, racking was quick and easy, but 5 toilets was not enough. No worries I went in the bushes
Swim was great, very well organised and nice current. Was a little confusing at start as it was changed to two laps at the last minute rather than one.
when I got out of the water transition was easy and on to bike. We had to run across grass and loose gravel stones which was not ideal.
the bike WA great an out and back with 3 laps. The lap though was torture, a hill which make a box hill feel short, which lasted about 8 miles, but on the plus side we later had a fast down hill where I reached 40mph which for a novice cyclist I found fast. Bottles given out each lap to replace fluids so this was really good nd the high5 bottle made a nice goodie.
back to transition, over same gravel to get to racking, then 4 laps of a 5k route. Technically 1k short of the half iron distance, but nice route, trail run along the river predominantly.
at finish was something to eat and fizzy drinks, just what I needed, and a nice medal...
all round great day day out and great event that I would recommend.
its not an easy bike nor does it have the thrills, but if you are looking for an affordable half iron, which is well organised and friendly then you are in the right place.