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  1. Happy enough with that.....dont want to peak too will be a long enough day
  2. Anyone else on the 7.52am from Aberdeen tomorrow morning? Got tickets for first class and believe they serve alcohol after 11am (free?)
  3. Not a lot in it really. 8am flight probably leave the house at back of 6am. Land in London at 9:30 and possibly make central London by 11am assuming no delays. So quite likely 5 hours at least. Would find 7 hours in first class a far less stressful journey
  4. I am also booked first class on the 0752 - tried to get the earlier one but no seats left. Only 7 hours to London which is pretty good and probably similar to a flight once you add travel to airport waiting taxiing, travel into London etc.
  5. IM is really expensive....the IM branded events are typically 450 euro to enter. It is a huge event with extensive road closures (the bike is 112 miles but typically 2 loops) and hundreds of volunteers for feed stations / marshalling / safety /logistics etc.......however I think they do play on the brand name...there are many other Ironman distance events but people like me are enticed to do the branded events probably to say that we have done a "real" ironman....get all the kit / medal etc. Each event typically has 2600 entrants (thats an awful lot when you consider all are in the water swimming at the same time - loads of marshalls on kayaks / boats) It is expensive but I would have paid more for the experience I had last year in Barcelona.
  6. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from Ironman Copenhagen on Friday. Have struggled to run all year with a dodgy ankle and now I have to get an MRI scan on my knee (currently a bit swollen and making creaking noises that it never did before) Pretty devastated as I was really keen to beat last years time in Barcelona but that required a better marathon time and that was becoming increasingly difficult on the back of minimal run training - never mind there is always next year. Not wishing to waste my current fitness and swim training I have today entered the Scottish 10k Open Water championship at Loch Venacher next month. I have swam 4k a few times (incl yesterday at Knockburn) but never further so this will be a fair old challenge...definitely out of my comfort zone. Looking to swim 6 times a week with 2-3 Masters swim classes, a couple of Open Water swims at Knockburn Loch and perhaps the odd sea swim at Aberdeen beach (really enjoyed that last summer) If I recall, G-Man does a lot of open water swimming...may get in touch Well done to the many who are continuing to succeed in various races...enjoy reading all the reports
  7. what would the odds have been, last Thursday, of Cameron resigning, Hodgson resigning and about 70% of the shadow cabinet resigning too by Monday evening?
  8. Might go Iceland and shake a few hands....anyone know what time it closes?
  9. Yes, just downloaded and was surprised to hear a few tracks that were so familiar....True Love Waits was on an album called Towers from a number of years ago.
  10. It is reclaimed waste ground....will be between Lawsondale pitches and the By-pass with the dual carriage way to Westhill on one side......not very intrusive. Would far prefer a redevelopment of Pittodrie though but understand that the site is worth close to £20m and Dons want to take advantage of that.
  11. dont think so as I thought it was nearer I said in the fields next to Lawsondale. This backed up what I was told a couple of weeks earlier, by a Director that it was "half a mile or so from here"...when I was in Westhill
  12. I heard a few weeks ago that it is the fields to the east of Lawsondale pitches...there has been some drilling activity there over the past couple of months ....presumably stadium related. I think some of that land may have been landfill?
  13. Well done...what an amazing turnout for such a tough event. This is certainly something i would look at doing but at present experiencing so many issues around a dodgy ankle / foot.......barely doing any running at present as it gets worse the more I run. I have Half Arranman in June then IM Copenhagen to get through so concerned I am not able to do much training in advance of those. i have entered the Glencoe Marathon in Oct but really need to enjoy running again without pain for that
  14. Also ran the 10K at Balmoral and reasonably happy with is a tough course so not comparable with other 10K's. I have hardly been able to run this year with a dodgy ankle but gave it a go on Saturday. The last three years I have cycled out from Aberdeen to the start and then cycled home straight after....was so tough on Saturday as it was so cold....the snow / hailstones hitting my face was not the "warm up" I had hoped for. Usually a few people do that wee duathlon but looked as if I was the only one this year....happy to have done my first century ride of the year though
  15. Are Rangers playing like Barcelona again? Oh, I am aware that Hibs are 3-1 up and Barcelona won 8-0 away at Deportivo....but just wondering