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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

all about triathlons - Summer G3 races now live



The allabouttriathlons Summer G3 races - numbers 4 and 5 are now both live and online ready for free downloads !
Race #4 Saturday is here: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=j7nzgsj
Race #5 Sunday is here: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=368zgsk


Whilst the premier of China was visiting Europe and deciding which countries he wanted to buy (Did he like the Fetta cheese, or is he lactose intollerant ?), the happy people of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire - as well as a few from London and Watford (from what I could tell) decided that there were bigger challenges ahead, and that St.Martha's hill up the soft sand was exactly what they had in mind. Apparently it used to be good enough for Zola Budd to train on...but I digress.

With this in mind on the saturday, the usually reliable and effective business partner (wife/boss/photographer) had decided to take the evening off and go to watch Bon Jovi at Hyde Park. Usually she gets a press pass and takes photos, but this time it was purely recreational. And if she doesn't get her annual fix, it's a nightmare, so best let her go !


The view of the G3 races from Hyde Park
 
The view from the side of St.Marthas
The wide angle view from St.Marthas, at about 8pm run on the remote camera


Good running buddies and moral support around the race
Be nice to the timekeeper, you never know how fast you can go otherwise

Run quick with a big stick.
Back at St.Marthas for 8am the next morning, with the sun the other way round and with mist hangin about - or was that cloud, the whole set up photographically was completely different. David Attenborough with the gorrilas in the mist came to mind. Instead of just one of us covering the race with two cameras at two locations - it was three of us at three places with one camera each.
The racing was tight and by all accounts, enjoyable. In the humidity it wasn't going to be a crazy fast times and with the softer sand compared to the frozen tundra in the winter.

The ferns are growing strongly on the hillsides

The descent from the mist on the path around the church

That Church - St.Marthas, a bit in the mist

Fog, Mist or in fact - Cloud envelops the top of the course

Suddenly an attack of common sense - slapping oneself whilst shouldting "why?!?"

Hard as Snails anyone ? about 3" across! - ready for August the 27th

The new hush-puppy trainers proved effective on the sand

Me, working. Best get it captured for a change, just in case.
So big well done to Toby, Rory and the team on another smoothly organised event around the Surrey Hills. The marshals did a great job and the new ones have the opportunity to enter future aat races for free. What's not to like about marshalling ?

Future Races
If you enjoy the G3 races then best get yourself prepared for the Hurt, http://www.allabouttriathlons.co.uk/events_the-hurt.html - forests, hills and tracks and some good views.


For those of you interested and looking for your pictures from the latest Bridge Triathlon (which the web analytics says many of you are) - sorry but we agreed late on with John the race director not to cover the race, as all the others we have covered there haven't sold. As one person on tri-talk said last year - "It's on an industrial estate and not very pretty - why would I want a photo of that?" - so point taken. And - since last months has also not sold, (despite hiding the industrial estate) we would be silly to push the point.


This weekend we're back at Bewl 15 - a great off road challenge around the water - http://www.bewl15.co.uk/index.php A great race organised by Wadhurst Runners, notable for the free cake at the end and the Brass Band !
Also the new Sussex Triathlon -http://www.sussextriathlon.co.uk/ starts on July the 3rd, organised by the very reliable TLSportsEvents. creators of the recent Sussex Marathon - that turned out to be one of the big challenges of the year.

The rest of July has a great deal of wednesday evening races - the Roundhill Romp (Steyning), the RPAC Summer 10k (Reigate), The Phoenix Summer 10k(Hove Lawns) and then the Bexhill 5k - one race in each of the following weeks. There should be one near you if you're a Sussex based person, so no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the summer evenings.


In the meantime I leave you with the joyful news that I'm off for a brain scan tomorrow. If they find anything, I'll let you know. Hopefully something more than a new potato in there. Apologies for the slight backlog in orders recently, been a bit tied up at the hospital.


Until next time,
Enjoy the warmer, if to too warm and stormier weather for running in, the rain should clear it through.


Anthony



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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Norwood Junior Bike Ride 2011 gallery now live


The Norwood Junior Bike Ride Gallery is now live and online here: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=4i2zgsi


On a slightly grey day with the odd drop of rain several hundred intrepid riders set off on a course around the Land and estates near Haberdasher Askes School, near Elstree, North London.
The going was tough with some boggy muddy bits and some hard uphills and technical downhills making some real challenges for the younger riders from just 7 Years old.

The registration area was kept busy from early on

The mass start wave 1 went off well

Focussed concentration at the start of the challenge
look, no feet !

Gaby spent all day smiling like this

For a lot of the images it is impossible to read the helmet numbers - so please search on 000

This lad did five laps

Lots of proud fathers on Fathers day - it was better than doing DIY

Challengers rode all sorts of bikes

Tandem Riders covered the course too

He was actually on an electric bike and didn't touch the pedals once

One of the older challengers completing the 10 mile route
 
They let Dad lie-in on Fathers day

Some proud challengers nearing the end of the course

A good day had by all
Throught the sponsorship and entries the event has raised thousands of pounds for Norwood - a great charity that provides much needed support and care.

Their next Cycling event is very soon - if you didn't fancy the much overcrowded London to Brighton bike ride last Sunday, then the Capital-to-Coast bike ride is the one for you http://www.capitaltocoast.org.uk/ - with Hove-Hove routes as well as London to Hove routes, it goes  from Esher college near Hampton Court, past The Epsom Downs, over Box Hill, down the West side of the A23 through West Sussex, up over the Dyke (instead of Ditchling Beacon) to finish in Hove on the Kings Lawns. It's very scenic !
Frankly the weather has always been fantastic, so it's bound to be great again this year, and with the local Sussex loops instead if you don't want to go up to London - is a great day out. July the 10th - mark it in your Diary...and enter online http://www.capitaltocoast.org.uk/


This weekend sees a double G3 dose of 10k racing over at Newlands corner, on the Saturday Evening and then on the Sunday Morning. http://www.allabouttriathlons.co.uk/events_g3-run.html I think you can still enter online - and it's a free download gallery - so get in and get the best value for money race that you can at this time of year.

Until next time, I'd better go and write that blog for run247.com now I've got a moment and hopefully the pneumonic cough I seem to have acquired over the past three months will go soon.

Anthony



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Monday, 20 June 2011

Ranelagh Richmond 10k photos now live






The gallery for the Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k is now live here: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=s8hzgsm

After the showers of the last week, it stayed dry for the runners in the Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k, near ideal running conditions for the Surrey County Champs apart from the gusty breeze, and it being Fathers day, so some of the competitors had clearly foregone their lie-in and Full Cooked Breakfast as a treat to take part. The commitment was obviously high.

796 made it to the front early and then stayed there

The route takes the runners along the Thames by Teddington Lock for a double loop along the tow path before heading back down Dukes Avenue to the finish. A slightly longer run-in on the grass than the Half Marathon back in May completes the Surrey 10k Champs.

Nicholas Torry, won in 31.02, age graded 86.92%

Some of you will start to be getting familiar with the Age Grading system, or know all about it already, suffice to say an almost 87% age grading is pretty fine. Lucy MacAlister managed 85.15% for a time of 35:08 to win the Ladies Race, again a high standard to win a county championships with.

Bridge in the background near the Teddington locks, 711 looking strong on the first loop.
Always important to take in the view
Airplanes !!
Lucy MacAlister finshing to win in a time of 35:08

Well done to Niall the Race Director and the team from Ranelagh Richmond Harriers for a great race.  Once again the team from Sport Systems were on hand capturing the results which you can see here: http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/10Km%20Race/578

And now you can find and order your race pictures here:  http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=s8hzgsm

If you're waiting for the Norwood Junior Bike Ride photos - they will be available later today, just as soon as I've finished trying to read helmet numbers (never very easy).
Until later, Anthony



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