|All go at the Brutal race start 2018|
The Brutal Alpine Trail is now live and online here: sspimg.com/Brutal-Alpine-Trail-2018-Gallery
and excellent turn out for one of the more popular locations for the race with a mix of hills, running, forest, mud holes, water and flat running. Together with the warmer weather that you could describe as almost spring-like a healthy turnout of Brutaleers made their way for a bit of Saturday exercise.
One mistake was that with all the heavy rainfall - the latent temperature of the water had still not fully warmed up, especially in the evergreen woodlands that make up the alpine driver training circuit - which caught a few people out !
|He seemed unusually surprised and delighted, which is always nice to see|
|what's that coming over the hill, is it a? yes - we see you !!|
|en-mass surrender, only a km into the run|
|first off splashing through the tank tracks|
|run with speed and passion|
|That moment the cold water meets reality|
|The second reaction when the cold water hits|
|found the deep bit|
|when you've put one over on your teamy|
|taken the shortcut on the bank ? mistake. Big mistake.|
|can't be done for false advertising|
|always check you have everything on leaving the water|
|the water tastes horrible apparently|
|not sure wearing sunglasses and feeling your way through is the best tactic|
|Bit of a Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy|
|It looks loving, but it's really a finger-lock pressure grip|
|this way up for Lisa|
|Good work from the fit crew|
|Woodland trail running is lovely|
|No, they are not *all* brothers.|
|Ruthless to the end, he leaves Mum to eat water in his wake|
|That awkward moment - are we still in Europe, is it just shaking hands, man hugs, or two cheeks air kissing, no tounges ? Damn Brexit ruining everything.|
|Half and half|
|Floating over the water on the run into the finish|
|You have been baptised into the clan of Brutal...|
so with it warming up, very well done to all my friends who completed the Brighton Marathon is warm and rain, in everything from sub 2:30 to 6hours - you know who you are, and well done to the kids who all did better than expected in the Brighton mini-mile on saturday whilst the Brutal was going on - again - you know who you are - simply outstanding !
So next weekend is locked and loaded for the Southampton 10k, Half and Full Marathon - a whole days running finishing with the kids fun run sprint, the forecast is good and perfect conditions - so enjoy the mini heatwave mid-week and see you out there soon !
until next time