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Stivrunning




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jockhaggis wrote:
Somewhere near Holyrood Park finish would be a good choice. I would think, but don't quote me, that they will run a shuttle bus from the finish line area to the swim start early on the Sunday so it makes sense to stay around this area.

For accommodation it depends on your budget and whether you want a hotel or self catering apartment.

For hotels you could try the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel which is 5 minutes walk from finish or Travelodge Edinburgh Central in St Mary's St.


was wondering if bus etc fancy a few nights round centre !

but thought stay at start and wife could drive to finish once race started ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone having a crack at this @ weekend
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. Heading up tomorrow. Looks like a cracking event.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll probably be supporting somewhere on the run course.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any news from this puppy?

Been hearing epic things, shortened swim which was a bit bouncy Smile, tough bike and even tougher run.

On my 'replace Wimbleball' shortlist so interested in any thoughts...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRO Saracen wrote:
Any news from this puppy?

Been hearing epic things, shortened swim which was a bit bouncy Smile, tough bike and even tougher run.

On my 'replace Wimbleball' shortlist so interested in any thoughts...


I didn't race, but did watch a bit yesterday.

Mostly I would say it was windy, but not unusually so

Swim- when I was down at T1 at around 9:30 it did look a bit bumpy. Quit glad I wasn't out there. But the Fourth is often a bit rough. I think there were a few DNF's as I saw a few people cycling back on what looked like race bikes and a few milling around T1 in space blankets.

Bike- The course is typical East Lothian, which is rolling. I though putting n a lap of Arthurs seat at the end was a bit cruel Twisted Evil

Run- is basically up a hill, flat for a bit, down hill. And repeat three times.

Overall I thought it looked a great race, but it always would be given who organised it.

It has actually reignited my desire to do a triathlon. I'm tempted to entre next year, not least because I live about 500 meters away from the finish.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for first attempt a very good race

felt like the area and locals ok with having their villages taken over by geeks on bikes in lycra

i enjoy the swim section normally and a ok swimmer but think from a safety point of view correct call to shorten swim .

bike was good just the the last 5 miles or so needs looking at to much through housing estates and an alley way

was very impressed with the fact someone had took the trouble mark every pot hole with pink spray i mean every one !

run was good uphill and down hill a novel run down and back in a tunnel

not a wimbleball but close not your standard ironman brand event
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Edinburgh 70.3 Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman-70.3/edinburgh.aspx#axzz4SoPU66xp


I just did this over the weekend! It was a beast of an event. POssibly the toughest ever 70.3 Ive done, and Ive done 11 so far.

My trace report is here: http://www.ironmanangolano.com/2017/07/05/ironman-70-3-edinburgh-race-report/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading all of this with interest as I'm going to make this my first ever 70.3 next year.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was listening to the Oxygen Addict podcast on the way into work this morning.

They had a brief race report form someone that had done the race on Sunday. Quite an experienced guy. Said it was one of the toughest if not the toughest 70.3 he's done.

Sounds like the chosen race for my first 70.3 could be a challenge!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

think people are getting a bit carried away with labelling it TOUGH

wimbleball was a tough course

the bike at Edinburgh was rolling it felt tough by the strong wind !

same with the swim

the run course was actually enjoyable long steady climb which resulted in long fast decent !
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stivrunning wrote:
think people are getting a bit carried away with labelling it TOUGH

wimbleball was a tough course

the bike at Edinburgh was rolling it felt tough by the strong wind !

same with the swim

the run course was actually enjoyable long steady climb which resulted in long fast decent !


Did you win ?

If not if folk thought it was tough for them it was tough for them
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IanR wrote:
Stivrunning wrote:
think people are getting a bit carried away with labelling it TOUGH

wimbleball was a tough course

the bike at Edinburgh was rolling it felt tough by the strong wind !

same with the swim

the run course was actually enjoyable long steady climb which resulted in long fast decent !


Did you win ?

If not if folk thought it was tough for them it was tough for them


not quiet nearly !!!

i agree
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone do this who has also done Wimbleball? I'm keen to see how timings compare between events.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sopworth wrote:
Anyone do this who has also done Wimbleball? I'm keen to see how timings compare between events.


Done wimbleball 3 times Edinburgh 1

if it had been full swim I guess very similar times this year ,but felt Edinburgh all in all a slighty quicker course ( but that just me)

Swim
Edinburgh was harder (this year) due to weather conditions, I would also imagine it never gets much warmer so prepare for a feeling fresh in swim & a sea swim
Bike
Wimbleball I felt was more technical & has harder hills ,the road is gritty at both events .I thought Edinburgh and wimbleball very similar as on a rural route and a lot of lanes with longish fast sections too. I enjoyed both events the plus for Edinburgh is it 1 lap so less drafting and safer due to not lapping later starters .
Run
Wimbleball is hilly and off road Edinburgh has long drags and on road similar amount of total climb I think. I liked both runs as there is a lot of variety to keep you focussed

All in all similar types of courses, but personally I felt wimbleball a harder course, also spilt transion at edinburgh is a bit of a ball ache but ok now I know the locations

but they both leave you feeling you had a hard morning racing

I felt welcome locally at wimbleball and the Scots seem to welcome the event too and think there is a chance to make it a big event.

I am sure people will dispute this , these are just my thoughts I am not saying its FACT

I will do Edinburgh again and recommend it
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