Somehow this year we have seemed to be quite lucky with sunday races. Despite heavy torrential rain on Friday and Saturday with the subsequent floods and problems around the country, Sundays seem to be keeping dry. Well dry enough that you don't need to be wearing every layer of plastic in the cupboard and covering the camera up. The cameras can withstand heavy showers, but honestly - it's nice to have warm dry hands.
Sufffice to say, despite Nicky and Alan getting wet in the rain marking out the course, on the day the 3 Molehills went off in the dry, essentially unaffected by the rain, apart from avoiding the stepping stones on the river crossing, well because they wern't stepping stones, they were submerged hazards to passing commercial cargo ships. And a bit of muddy course got re-routed at the top of the third leg because, well, it was very muddy. So over the bridge and then off up Box Hill for the view.
I'll point out at this juncture, whilst there is a view, photographically there isn't, and with that bit to the lookout point for you to enjoy is lovely (that's why the lookout point is there) with runners crossing in front of other runners, going sideways across the lookout on the path - if we were to get the view we wouldn't be getting you, or we would, but not your number, and honestly - you're never going to find them without the number.
The 3 Molehills is a conglomeration of three routes over three hills (which are - for the record - bigger than molehills) which adds up to roughly a half marathon, but not exactly. Each leg goes back to the race HQ, and that means they also run a team race of which there were 48 this year. I've not seen any clever shinanigans in the results where four people enter two teams ( Team 1 A,B,C, Team 2 C,D,A so runners A and C run twice) like I've seen at some triathlon relays in Southwater, but it has potential for that and so you *could* if you're good enough come first and second...
I've also not seen any full race runners where they have done the first leg of a team entry - but there's potential for that too.. The fact that the first 9 individual runners beat the relay teams leaves some room for the relay teams for next year !
Anyway - as a special offer - if you're in a relay team - make sure you put all your team names in if you order a collection and we will include all the team members photos in the collection. There that's your christmas present to your friends sorted...
The full results and team results can be found here (currently via their front page news) from Nicky and Alan here: http://www.eventstolive.co.uk/ or just go to their results pages !
before the fun photos from yesterday - some dates for your diary:
Next Sunday 2nd December
Hogs Back 10k - Free photos - nr Guildford
Crowborough 10k - not sure they will be doing the ford crossing with this much rain
December 8th - Sat
Brutal 10k - Long Valley - real XC runner challenges
Seaford Mince Pie 10mile - run from Peacehaven.
RPAC Holly Run - Reigate
December 29th - Sat
Brutal 10k Longmore
January 1st 2013
Serpentine NYD 10k
And a quick shout out to our friends who we saw briefly at the Running Show at Sandown, Paul and Britta from Run247.com , John Lunt from Human Race, The new Richmond13.1 race team of Peter and Richard , Dan from Xempo.co.uk and Toby and Rory from allabouttriathlons.co.uk. Rory gets a special mention for giving Jessica his "spare" Chocolate muffin. Which was probably Tobys. Sorry Toby, 5yr olds eh ?
Right, here's the photo bit, Sally covered it this year, as I needed a day off (I've been in the office or covering races every day since July!) - and as ever did a better job than me...
|Hello Ruth !|
|Flying relay change onto the second leg|
|the famous tshirt design that's been on the apprentice..Badger Half|
|see the nice vinyard in the background|
|Fly faster - there's a buggy about to run you over...|
Right, until next time,