Birmingham R15

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Lunaticonthegrass
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by Lunaticonthegrass » 22 Feb 2020, 10:29

Have about two-thirds of my route planned. Will figure out the finish on the fly, depending on what delays there are.

Excited!
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al
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by al » 22 Feb 2020, 11:51

I am confident I will not win as I am sat on a train stuck behind another with only New St ticked off and no prospect of getting off this one any time soon. I am less confident that I will actually finish ...
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by al » 22 Feb 2020, 13:30

I think I may have broken one record today - 2h22 from start station to second station in a R15!
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by A2 » 22 Feb 2020, 14:09

al wrote:
22 Feb 2020, 13:30
I think I may have broken one record today - 2h22 from start station to second station in a R15!
Saw you at Leamington Spa. I did shout but you didn't hear me.
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by EastActionWoman » 22 Feb 2020, 15:43

New route planned - have checked the trains I would have taken and they've run on time so far, now following in real time. Tight doubleback coming up and train running a couple of minutes late :roll:
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EastActionWoman
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by EastActionWoman » 22 Feb 2020, 18:23

Virtual route just finished, with all times checked:

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Birmingham New Street           d. 11.03 (University)
Kings Norton           a. 11.18 d. 11.27 
Sutton Coldfield       a. 12.06 d. 12.11
Birmingham New Street  a. 12.33
Birmingham Moor Street          d. 12.55
Leamington Spa         a. 13.22 d. 13.32 (Claverdon and Bearley)
Stratford-upon-Avon    a. 14.09 d. 14.26 (Wythall, Whitlocks End, Spring Road and Birmingham Snow Hill)
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 15.32 d. 15.59 (delayed by 10 minutes, so missed an earlier doubleback at Dudley Port)
Dudley Port            a. 16.05 d. 16.32
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 16.39 d. 16.42 (Stourbridge Junction)
Blakedown              a. 17.06 d. 17.11
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 17.34 d. 17.43
Tile Hill              a. 18.20
Originally I thought head straight to Leamington to do southeast corner, but couldn't get there in time for 11.32 train out. Then thought BHM -> Tile Hill -> Coventry -> Leamington Spa, but that didn't work either. So ended up working backwards from 13.32 departure from Leamington, and working out how much I could do before getting 12.55 from Moor Street.

How are the real runners doing?
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Lunaticonthegrass
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by Lunaticonthegrass » 22 Feb 2020, 18:42

Finished!

Someone suggested The Anchor in Digbeth for a pre-curry pint. Anybody else heading there?
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by A2 » 22 Feb 2020, 18:53

Sounds like a reasonable option. Heading back towards the city now.
- Andrew

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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by tufnellpark » 22 Feb 2020, 19:20

I’m here at Birmingham New Street until 19:45. Curry is at Manzil’s at 20:00.
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by A2 » 22 Feb 2020, 23:36

tufnellpark wrote:
22 Feb 2020, 19:20
I’m here at Birmingham New Street until 19:45. Curry is at Manzil’s at 20:00.
This was just a convoluted excuse to go for a curry. Tasty curry!
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by tufnellpark » 23 Feb 2020, 00:08

Here are the results for Birmingham R15, with time (hh:mm) and finish station.

1 = Clive Burgess 06:37 Tile Hill
1 = David Edwards 06:37 Tile Hill
3 = Andrew Baker 07:11 Blakedown
3 = Adham Fisher 07:11 Blakedown
5. James and Casey 07:19 Tile Hill
6. Martin Hazell 07:57 Sutton Coldfield
7. Peter Smyth 14 stns 06:37 Tile Hill
8. Alistair Stevens-Brown 12 stns 06:20 Stourbridge Jct

Thanks to everyone for attending. Hope you enjoyed it.
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by tufnellpark » 23 Feb 2020, 00:14

EastActionWoman wrote:
22 Feb 2020, 18:23

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Birmingham New Street           d. 11.03 (University)
Kings Norton           a. 11.18 d. 11.27 
Sutton Coldfield       a. 12.06 d. 12.11
Birmingham New Street  a. 12.33
Birmingham Moor Street          d. 12.55
Leamington Spa         a. 13.22 d. 13.32 (Claverdon and Bearley)
Stratford-upon-Avon    a. 14.09 d. 14.26 (Wythall, Whitlocks End, Spring Road and Birmingham Snow Hill)
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 15.32 d. 15.59 (delayed by 10 minutes, so missed an earlier doubleback at Dudley Port)
Dudley Port            a. 16.05 d. 16.32
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 16.39 d. 16.42 (Stourbridge Junction)
Blakedown              a. 17.06 d. 17.11
Smethwick Galtron Brd  a. 17.34 d. 17.43
Tile Hill              a. 18.20
How are the real runners doing?
Good virtual effort. You would have finished = 5 at Tile Hill with James and Casey.
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Lunaticonthegrass
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by Lunaticonthegrass » 23 Feb 2020, 22:07

My first time out with you guys, and it was fun!

Sadly, I can't make either the R15 next month or the Zone 1 challenge at the end of May, but the R15 in July is quite possible.

There was also talk of making this an annual event. That would be nice, especially as we didn't go up the Chase Line at all this time, or have to deal with the awkwardness of Bordesley or Stourbridge Town. Alternatively, we could choose another major UK city an do an R15 there. Which would probably mean coming back to Birmingham in a few years anyway. Thoughts?
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Re: Birmingham R15

Post by A2 » 05 Mar 2020, 23:39

I am up for another trip to Birmingham, the greatest city in the Midlands next year for another go :)
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