So this is my final post in relation to the inaugural Ironman Staffordshire 70.3 that occurred on Sunday 14th June 2015. If you want to read my previous posts you can do so here with the first one or if you want to skip straight to the meaty race report here. This post is more about my thoughts about the event as a whole. The weekend did not run smoothly it has to be said, however, as the event sold out in 14 mins you can bet your life that they will put on another showing.
As this is the first Ironman Staffordshire it is understandable that there were some tuning problems. So this is not a list of gripes, this post is more a wish list of items that I would like to make sure the next years events runs as smoothly as possible. A lot of people have been complaining about the events and I was one of them but this is unhelpful I would rather use this space and this time to give a constructive critique of what they could do for next year. So let’s get to it!
Not without flaws
“I’ve hated today”, said one of the chaps that I was registering with on the Saturday, the day before the race. I was walking with a GB Age grouper, veteran of multiple half ironmen and father-in-law to a friend of mine. We both arrived early on Saturday morning to perform the simple task of registering for the triathlon, racking our bikes, getting our bearings and soaking up the atmosphere. This kind of exercise would normally take 2 to 3 hours maximum however today it would take people up to nine or 10 hours from the first time they arrived to when they left.