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« on: March 14, 2018, 02:34:16 PM »

What class do you think would be best to enter (UKDFPA) for a first timer (but an oldie) - Novice or Masters? Thinking novice, but don't want to be the sole oldie on a stage full of youngsters! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 04:36:42 PM »

Tony,

If you're ready in time for June 9th, do Novice Masters!  Guys like you were the entire reason we started the USN Classic.....
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 04:40:41 PM »

Cheers Lee, but won't be ready for that. Aiming for the Northerns in September, but even that might be a push! Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 05:39:48 PM »

The Novices can be a tough class, from what I've seen. Ultimately, it's luck of the draw.

If you're fairly short and light, IMO I'd do the Novice lights (as most Master's aren't split by weight) as you could get lost within a Masters class with no weight limit. If you're bigger, I'd do the Masters rather than going into a likely highly competitive Novice Heavies.

I'm sure others may have a different perspective though.
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 07:38:58 PM »

The classes are such a mixed bunch tbh, I have seen both ends of the spectrum from killer novice classes, to shite open classes, awful masters, Over 50's which would blow the roof off and everything in between.

Lee gave a great option but if you will not be ready for then, have to reconsider. Perhaps depends on personal goal - are you feeling you could be competitive in the right class or is it a personal journey and wanting to say that you had done it?
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2018, 10:43:50 PM »

The Novices can be a tough class, from what I've seen. Ultimately, it's luck of the draw.

If you're fairly short and light, IMO I'd do the Novice lights (as most Master's aren't split by weight) as you could get lost within a Masters class with no weight limit. If you're bigger, I'd do the Masters rather than going into a likely highly competitive Novice Heavies.

I'm sure others may have a different perspective though.
Thanks for that Si. I'm 5'10 and would hope to be 85-90 kg, so that's one vote for Masters!
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2018, 10:48:29 PM »

The classes are such a mixed bunch tbh, I have seen both ends of the spectrum from killer novice classes, to shite open classes, awful masters, Over 50's which would blow the roof off and everything in between.

Lee gave a great option but if you will not be ready for then, have to reconsider. Perhaps depends on personal goal - are you feeling you could be competitive in the right class or is it a personal journey and wanting to say that you had done it?

Would love to be in shape for June, a novice masters would have been ideal, but it's not gonna happen 😁. No idea if I could be competitive or not. Guess I'll have to wait and see. Definitely want to day I've done it, maybe use it as a platform for next year!
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2018, 10:49:44 AM »

The Novices can be a tough class, from what I've seen. Ultimately, it's luck of the draw.

If you're fairly short and light, IMO I'd do the Novice lights (as most Master's aren't split by weight) as you could get lost within a Masters class with no weight limit. If you're bigger, I'd do the Masters rather than going into a likely highly competitive Novice Heavies.

I'm sure others may have a different perspective though.
Thanks for that Si. I'm 5'10 and would hope to be 85-90 kg, so that's one vote for Masters!

Going by those statistics alone, Masters would be the better option.  Then again - extend the diet and go in next year!
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2018, 08:08:10 PM »

My goodness - Tony 'blast from the past' Bonner ... finally stepping up!?!

My two-penneth: if it's genuinely about personal fulfilment it matters not what class you enter. You're not that old!! You could do Master's regardless.

Anyhow, hope you're training's going well and that the flab is starting to melt!

Be good to see you up there and maybe meet in person.

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