I've given up - I cannot download the *^**ENTIRE**^* repo from the mirror ... it's just not possible on the connection I have. Ah well ...
Since then I have downloaded fedora 11 got it installed and things are running nicely.
To follow up, I did manage to download the entire repository for my appropriate architecture (x86_64) from one of the ftp mirrors for fc11. It was huge (about 20GiB).
I transferred the 20GiB directory with all the downloaded packages via an external USB drive to the target box with no internet connection. let's say I put it here:
I then followed the instructions at
After creating a file at /etc/yum.repo.d/fc11repo.repo as per the instructions at the above address, I added the line enabled=1
I turned off the other software sources (that I couldn't connect to) via System > Administration > Software Sources and made sure that my locally created repo appeared in the sources list and was checked.
Now when I go to update, yum only looks at my local repo and finally it works *yay*