Compare & Contrast – BTF National Middle Distance Champs vs IM UK 70.3
Grafman BTF National Champs - June 8th V IM UK 70.3 – Wimbleball June 15th
Interesting experience to do back to back middles ( half Ironman for the pumped up name) – one in sunny Cambridgeshire (Grafman) and the other in sunny Exmoor (Wimbleball). The former was rolling and fast and the latter was all hills ( except the water which was over populated as 1700 competitors).
My time at Wimbleball was 54 mins slower which highlights the difference in the terrain - and I was in top 20% of all finishers. I did enjoy Grafman but IM UK 70.3 was a much more exciting and fun event. Steve Walker did very well in Grafman as noted in a separate report and swim coach Tom bravely finished his first tri at the distance despite a run injury and with the expected super swim. If you haven’t tried an IM event – there is a lot of hype; they are expensive but they are much more theatrical events – lots of music and pumping commentary. They also treat you well as athletes – well organised food stops, female specific finisher t-shirts, well marshalled and signposted routes. The good news for those of you put off by the reputation of Wimbleball for hills ( like doing Ide Hill and Hubbards Hill 7 x) and the run is like going up Hubbards 3 x and then up and around in the woods in Bayleys – there will be a second IM UK 70.3 in 2015 on a flat and fast course – TBA.
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