Its friday and your wondering what the weekend ahead might have in store. Well fortunately the snow has melted and the rain from today is forecast to have passed (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/index.html) so all in all it should be a good weekend for getting outside and doing something worthwhile.
Saturday 8.30am sees the start of the G3 race series from Newlands corner (near Guildford) for the first of the 3 10k off-road race challenges this year. As part of the overall race package all competitors will be able to download free digital images from our race gallery which will look a little like this one shown here. These will be perfect for facebook, twitter or anything else you care to use it for (well err... don't sell it for a million without telling me). Of course if you want higher resolution or prints then you can get those too as usual (but they won't have the logo things on them).
The course itself is a tough one - upand over the hills to the south of Giuldford and around StMartha's Hill - a stunning church on a remote hill in the middle of nowhere. Quite a race on the sandy paths all around, though scenic woodland retreading the Pilgrims way.
Good luck to you all doing the race - it's sold out by the way so only the last of the races have any places left on them - if you're quick enough to get online...
F3 Events - Winter Duathlon 1 Dorney Lake
Once you've finished running up that hill as Kate Bush would say, you can go round that lake on Sunday. Well almost, more like down the sides as the rowers will be in the Dorney lake clubhouse so the duathlon is based at the north west end of the lake (otherwise you'd have to run them over on the way round). Here's the event information on the F3 website: http://f3events.co.uk/race_view.php?i=84
Another early start for the weekend with things getting out of the blocks at 9am.It's going to be a fast flat day for biking with little wind, so a good start to the year and a great marker for the start of the 2010 season.
Great news from F3events for this year is that Stuweb is going to be covering all their race timing, and having worked at events with him before we know his team will do a great job !
And then - if you've done the duathlon and still fancy doing another 10k, then at 1:30pm you can do the right ting and raise some money for Sparks - with the 5k or 10k course being very flat and fast around the lakesides.
The Inaugral Brighton Marathon 2010, is a week before london on April the 18th. If you're not running it then you can still have a great day out and be part of the event by volunteering to help on the day. Waterstations, marshalling, and lots of other things for 1200 people to get busy with are all needed on the day and without you 10,000 fellow runners might be struggling a bit - so get yourself onto the volunteering page here and sign up by downloading the form filling it in and getting your name on the list !
There is a deadline of January the 31st for this - so don't miss out on the volunteer place if you are not running it...
This is what Tracey, the official Brighton Marathon volunteer organiser has typed to explain what it is all about:
"One thing can be sure in 2010 and that is the fact that Brighton’s first ever 26.2 mile Marathon will take place at 9am on Sunday 18th April 2010.
If you are not already planning your training schedule or choosing which charity you want to run for then you might be feeling a little bit left out. Well there is no need to.
To make this event happen the team at Brighton Marathon are appealing to the whole community to take part by volunteering on the day. We need 1200 volunteers to make this a safe and fun event and it’s a great opportunity to be part of something really new and exciting.
There will be up to 10,000 runners taking part in this exciting new event for Brighton, which will take in the city centre, fabulous stretches of coastal road, panoramic views of the South Downs and the sea. The Finish in Madeira Drive is the last stop after the final mile along the seafront with an audience of thousands of cheering spectators.
However we need marshals and more and by being a volunteer you also get to improve your skills away from what you do on a day to day basis. Expand your people skills, use your communication skills, surprise yourself with your ability to take instruction and have a fabulous confidence boost at the end of the day when you realise you made invaluable contribution to the community and helped us raise up to £3 million pounds for charity.
So do you fancy being part of the big day without the running bit? Maybe your partner or friend is running and you want be there too.
Please download the volunteer form at www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/volunteers and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline which is January 31st 2010"
Have a good time out at the weekend and we hope to see you run past the lens sometime soon !