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TriSam




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: The end of Wimbleball 70.3 Reply with quote

https://www.tri247.com/triathlon-news/event-news/ironman-70-3-exmoor-end-2017

Confirmed now, quite a few predicted the end as being nigh a while back
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a flyer in 220 Triathlon for entries. Billed it as the last one there. I got my copy through end of last week.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gutted really enjoyed this race even though it could be a bugger getting to and from

but once the race started it was a great day come rain or shine

swim a tad fresh and great settings

bike course very scenic and hilly a buzz on some of downhills and best of all not an out and out draft fest !

run course great off road course in great settings and good for supporters

it had something for everyone and generally you was made to feel welcome in the area.

only negative for me was no mobile signal but that's actually not a bad thing lol
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, great race and will be sorely missed**. Proper character race, almost illogical given it's location, but they made it work.

Glad I'm doing the last; that will make it 5 times overall.

** I reserve the right to say 'thank f$%k I'm never doing that run again' during the event in June.....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame Crying or Very sad It's definitely an "honest" course Wink

I had the pleasure of being there for the 1st race, when we didn't know what we'd let ourselves in for Rolling Eyes I haven't been back since, but I have vivid memories of it being a proper test about a month out from my first IM (Austria).

My time at Wimbleball (5:16) was good enough to get me a Clearwater slot and was more than half my time for the full IM (10:13).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
Shame Crying or Very sad It's definitely an "honest" course Wink

I had the pleasure of being there for the 1st race, when we didn't know what we'd let ourselves in for Rolling Eyes I haven't been back since, but I have vivid memories of it being a proper test about a month out from my first IM (Austria).

My time at Wimbleball (5:16) was good enough to get me a Clearwater slot and was more than half my time for the full IM (10:13).


Interesting, My best time a smidge under 5:15 was enough to qualify for Zee Am See and was almost half my best IM time (Outlaw same year) at 10:13.

Shame it is going, it was the only course I would have a hope of qualifying for anything as the course really suited me for some reason.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry guys I could manage was a 5:21 ,but was made up with that got a 2nd in my AG and a slot but didn,t take it
I entered Edinburgh 70.3 this year thinking I would go back to wimbleball in 2018

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Wimbleball times broadly reflect my progression over the years. It is the event I have done more than any other.

2011 - 5:55
2012 - 5:45
2013 - 5:37 (Vegas baby!)
2016 - 5:21 (don't know if that was enough for a Gold Coast slot)
2017 - 5:15 (target....)

Wondering if I should cruise around in June 'taking it all in'..... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I was going to do Staffs again in June. Is Wimbleball worth doing before it closes down?

Only three weeks before IMUK too.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame, but not a surprise. It was a good honest race. Not sure a lot of modern racers like the tough courses as much and there is just too much competition of both 70.3's and tough races. Weymouth isn't that far away and a better holiday destination for families.

When I did it the weather was minging and I got the yips big time on the bike, especially on that downhill with the sharp left hander at the bottom, nearly got off and walked down it on the second lap.

Think I was about 5:45, but see above, and I had to walk most of the last 2 miles after my hammy locked up, it had been bad all week and I didn't even think I'd finish on the Friday so wasn't overly disappointed with that time. Would have got a rolldown for the W\C's if I'd hung around and wanted it.

But at 300 a pop I doubt I'll be signing up for many branded 70.3's unless they put the WC's in a decent location I fancy having a go for. Anywhere outside of Europe and you'll have a good chance of qualifying if you finish in the top 20 of the bigger A\G's. South Africa doesn't inspire me, or the one this year I'm afraid, but good luck to those of you that are going.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't there an unbranded race at the same venue? Even if there isn't currently I would be surprised if one does not surface. I think there is definitely a market for a challenging 70.3.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buzz_ wrote:
Isn't there an unbranded race at the same venue? Even if there isn't currently I would be surprised if one does not surface. I think there is definitely a market for a challenging 70.3.

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There was a full there last year. think its running again this year
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xman! looks good!
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TRO Saracen




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The full does look good and its on my list.

It's a great place to race and I think that a smaller niche event will survive, perfect venue for it.

Can we all start speculating on the future of Bolton now.... Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRO Saracen wrote:
The full does look good and its on my list.

It's a great place to race and I think that a smaller niche event will survive, perfect venue for it.

Can we all start speculating on the future of Bolton now.... Wink


did no one tell you it is at blackpool in 2018 Wink
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