However, it isn't even December and pine trees are being put up all over the place, even at schools, let alone in the supermarkets (thank goodness for £2.50 deliveries!). As for American thanksgiving, jolly good, we have the Harvest Festival, which if you were paying attention - was quite a few weeks ago. As for "Black Friday", well, this is how it makes me feel, if any of you remember Johnny the Painter from the Fast Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIW9sL-Yf6Q
No I'm not about to go wading through the 40Terrabytes of our image data storage banks screaming "BLACK!!" with a raised camera monopod as I smash along the shelving, but you know, sometimes consumerism makes us all feel a bit like that doesn't it.
|Simon and Terry in 2004 at the Preston Park Road Races working on inter-club relations|
But what if I did decide to go a bit "Johnny Painter" with the data drives here ? Would everything be gone forever ? What happens to the images once they are gone from the main gallery ? Well, we keep all the master data files here on racks of hard-drives, and then put them onto our archive gallery. It's our archive (and not our main gallery) because it doesn't let us do cool things like great value collections for £19.99, and it has data uploading restrictions that make it impractically slow to get images up for current events (anyone for a two day gallery upload?), but after three months - it does provide a long term safe haven for your images and races, even though it does cost us a fair bit of money for the amount we store on there - it is still there for you as your memories get more and more precious, and gain in sentimental value.
The 2015 Archive
So, for any events from 2015 that have been archived from the main gallery, can I point you in the direction of our archive here: http://bit.ly/SSP-2015-Gallery-Archive
It has been a massive task for Tony here in the office to get this archive going - and we are hoping that it enables many of you to come back and get those cherished memories that you didn't manage to catch earlier this year...
|Who remembers the Heatherly 6'n'10 from May 2004 ? This was the first race start shot we ever posted|
We have barely been able to keep up with archiving events from this year, so we are considering our options. Getting the necessary infrastructure could be a solution - and gigaclear.com could be the commercial solution of the future - if only we can get them over here... and that's a plan for the next few years I think.
|I wonder if Jacko remembers the 2005 Preston Park Road Races ?|
Did you know we do archive requests ? If we can find your images (assuming your race number was showing at the time and it was catalogued) from a race we covered (full list here - scroll down) we load them onto the archive gallery for you too, have a navigation around and you can find those - just send us an email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) with the race, date and race number (you can usually get that from the results) you want to see and we can pull those images from the main databank and make an archive for you.
We should (if we had any common sense) charge for that recovery service, but we don't at the moment, so best get your requests in now before we get hit with some kind of Archive retrieval tax from George Osbourne.
|11 years ago at the start of the Brighton 10k in 2004 - didn't they all look healthy !|
Latest Memories are available and where you're making your next ones from:
So here's the current and next race galleries
|Date||Event name||Event type||Gallery link|
|Sat-14/11/2015||Brutal Long Valley||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Brutal-LongValley-2015-Gallery|
|Sun-15/11/2015||Back 2 The Trenches||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/B2TT-Race4-Gallery-2015|
|.||Coming soon - get entered||.||Link to event via Gallery|
|This Sunday-29/11/2015||ETL Molehills||Road/trail - entry on the day||http://bit.ly/ETL-Molehills-2015-Gallery|
|Sun-06/12/2015||The Hogs Back||12k-ish trail||http://bit.ly/Hogs-Back-10k-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-06/12/2015||Seaford Mince Pie||10m trail||http://bit.ly/Mince-Pie-Gallery-2015|
and with news just in that the Grim Challenge on the 5th and 6th of December is cancelled/postponed due to MOD permission (more info here www.grimchallenge.co.uk) that makes your last chance for a muddy race in 2015 the Brutal at Longmoor on the 28th of December - go here to find out more - it's like the Grim, but more Brutal - Brutal 10
So enjoy the last weekend of November. Not seen a lot of "movember" action going on this year, perhaps it will be more obvious in December when I can see people's faces again ?
Until next time, train safely, keep warm and get your race entries in. No sorry I mean - buy your race photos before I go all "Johnny Painter" on the archives...