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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Arundel Tri, Dartford Bridge Tri and Denbies 10 now live


Arundel Tri, Dartford Bridge Tri and Denbies 10 are now live

Quick Gallery links:

Raw Energy Pursuits Arundel Triathlon - Free race downloads :
http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=23qzgok

Dartford Bridge Triathlon, Bejing Qualifier:
http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=10ozgol

Events to Live Denbies 10 Family day:

http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=2hbzgoj


On a blustery and windy day with a mixture of weather from dull grey on the south coast to windy and bright further north many people were out doing battle for the weekends honours.
The always well organised Arundel Triathlon started at 6am on Sunday, with the Bridge Tri due to kick off at 6:30am eventually starting at 8am due to the traffic management team suffering from a broken down vehicle and being delayed. Meanwhile a nice lie in was had up at Denbies Vinyard for the 10am start for the 10mile run and a 10:30am start for the 10k race.

The moral of this story is - stick to running if you don't fancy getting up at 4am and you're not an organiser or part of the event support team !

I hope you all had a good bank holiday rest, or some of you may have enjoyed the delights of the London BUPA 10k, I hope the capital was looking lovely ! Good luck with top quality, good value race photos from that one...

As usual for triathlons we have had our usual challenge of identifying you, even with bodymarking on hands, it's very difficult to spot people's race numbers, and as you can see in the photos below - tri-belts are the devils work and almost pointless when it comes to complying with the race rules (number must be on the front on the run). Never make me a race referee, I'd be stopping people mid run to put their numbers on the front with a DQ for no number...


Here's a few from Sundays days action:
Always good to finish strong at the Castle

Bea Downey won the sprint race for REP

All good on the cycle leg

It's hard work, but good fun

Always tricky to do better once your first photo turns out this good

REP always do a good job of making a race more of an Event

Lead from the front, when being chased by Mum

The start up the hill from the vinyard Building

Denbies Vinyard from the course

Downhill all the way on the way back in

A Family Run Day

Correct pose

careful you don't slip on the way to T1

Woops, forgot the bike


Not a new vulcan hand sign, just a dislocation but it stopped his race (he's ok now I'm told)

Strong Running from the front on the scenic run course
Finally I've been asked to tell you about the sense of having some sort of ID when running or training - see this article and get the discount www.bit.ly/run247roadid

I get no kickbacks from this link (perhaps I should Mike ?)- but it's only because I had an accident and broke my foot out on a perfectly normal training run that I now run this business (five weeks off normal work and look what I came up with). I could have done with one of these ID tags, although I didn't go unconcious - it was a close thing.

Picture the scene, no mobile, on a country lane 2 miles from home, after the accident I hopped to the nearest pub - about half a mile, where ice and eleveation turned to "one ambulance if you please" on taking off my shoe and finding an impact and blood on top of my ankle. Clearly something up, I'd turned my foot so much I'd broken my foot, but it felt like my ankle.
After getting xrayed for an ankle and they missed the foot, then getting the foot done, getting home from the hospital was vaguely amusing as I had no money. The Taxi driver was understanding it was 12am.

Imagine the sound on the end of the phone when I managed to get hold of the wife 1 minute before she boarded the plane back from a business trip in canada when I said "I'm ok, just back from A&E, I've only broken my foot, nothing too serious."

As it is, I could have done with some kind of ID. Back then I didn't even carry my mobile phone on a run (I was the typical 30 something invincible). I do now - the heart fibrilations have seen to that being insisted on. However, what use is that phone if I'm upside down in a ditch ? no use to me or the person who finds me. And I'm sure James Cracknell might also take a view on that.

So, please do go and have a look, and even if you don't buy one of these ID's, please make sure you take some form of ID with you on your training runs. Even a credit card can be used to some effect, if only to scrape you off the tarmac, but make sure you take something.

And on that note - when you enter races - fill in the contact and safety details on the back of your race number - I've seen/been at four races over the years where people have unfortunately passed on - and I can guarantee none of them thought it would happen to them. And in one case it would have helped immensely with stoping the distress for the family. A race number is one thing, but the list of names and numbers isn't always to hand to figure out who is who immediately.

Right, on that happy note, it's the Seaford Half marathon on Sunday and the challenging Dorking 10 too, so get yourselves ready - it's usually the hottest weekend of the year.

See you out there, and enjoy the training.
Anthony


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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Great Baddow 10m and Fun Run now live




Over 18,000 images are now live and online for the Edmund Carr Great Baddow Fun Run and 10 mile road races. Three photographers covered the course on Sunday to provide extensive coverage of the races as they unfolded.

The gallery is live and online here:
  http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=20szgoh

The race website and results are here:
http://www.baddowraces.org.uk/2011BaddowRaces.htm

As usual the Rotary club of Chelmsford Mildmay organised an extremely well run and organised event. Profits from photo sales are being shared with the Rotary club and added to their fundraising total.

Race numbers are duplicated across the Fun Run and 10mile run, but we figured that you'd be able to identify who is who when you see pictures of yourself and a complete stranger.

In what can only be described as a Spingfield Striders day out, Paul Molyneux drove the Bus home in 53:42 (gun time) thats an Age Grading of 83.2%
Deborah Appleton came in as first lady in 26th place overall in 1:04:30 and an age grading of 78.3%

A growing and increasingly sensible race rule - especially for road races

Paul Molyneux hung about at the start

Cops and Robbers, still running after all these years

quick warm up lap of the park first

The kids at the start of the Fun Run went off at super high speed. Winner Nathan finished 2 miles in 10:50 which is very quick !

Caught on camera

Running with a dog doesn't guarantee faster times

Paul Molyneux in at the finish

Deborah Appleton finished strong

Debbie Cattermole flew in 1:08:07

Morgan put everything into it
The weather seemed to hold out through the whole race, whilst strong wind stopped a few of the tents being put up before the race start but that seemed to be the judicious decision. It wasn't too hot, and the sun even crept in and out making for a great days racing and community day out.

The gallery is live and online here:

  http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=20szgoh




Well done to everyone, next day out for us is the Bexhill 5k on wednesday evening weather permitting we havn't blown away in the wind...

until next time,
Anthony


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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Oxford Town & Gown 10k 2011



The official race photo gallery to the Oxford Town and Gown 10k 2011 for Muscular Dystrophy is now live and online here:
http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=2nhzgof

Profits from photo sales are shared with  the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, so please help us to raise as much as possible.

Casual cool was the catalogue pose at the start before the go
Tweety Pie, Spartan and Morph man were only yards behind the early leaders.
  With a turnout of 2666 runners the 30th running of the annual Oxford Town and Gown 10k took place on Sunday 15th of May.
It can get a bit busy once everyones on their way

30th anniversary of a great race
The race was won in an age grading of 84.47 and 31:56 by David Bruce from Oxford University Cross Country club. Sophie Carter covered the course in 36:53 (age grading of 81.07) to win the laides, but the best age graded performance of the day in 88.47 went to Roy Treadwell, who clearly did, to put down a time of 38:04 for a Vet60+ male running for Oxford City AC.

The course weaves around Oxford and the famous buildings

Muscular Dystrophy did tons to help build the atmosphere
Always good to top up on your physics

Steady round the course on the paths in the final grounds

Great wrist sweatbands with Fat on one and Boy on the other. A bit harsh really given his race time.

Several great fancy dress efforts were made

More decent waving from women - Men don't do this.
OK, some men do wave like that, but only in a crowd, when really necessary.
Well done to everyone involved in the race - when you have marshals breaking ankles before the race even starts needing ambulances but it's all dealt with easily you know you have a good team on the ground you can rely on.

So, help us to help raise even more funds for the charity with the profits being shared from photo sales with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Until next time - just a quiet 10 miler over at Baddow this weekend in Essex if you fancy the drive over http://www.baddowraces.org.uk/

Anthony

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