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Monday, 16 April 2018

Brutal Bagshot 2018 - Alpine Hills - gallery now live

All go at the Brutal race start 2018
The Brutal Alpine Trail is now live and online here:
and excellent turn out for one of the more popular locations for the race with a mix of hills, running, forest, mud holes, water and flat running. Together with the warmer weather that you could describe as almost spring-like a healthy turnout of Brutaleers made their way for a bit of Saturday exercise.
One mistake was that with all the heavy rainfall - the latent temperature of the water had still not fully warmed up, especially in the evergreen woodlands that make up the alpine driver training circuit - which caught a few people out !

Date Event Event Website
Sun-08/04/2018 PP Grand Union Half
Sun-08/04/2018 Paddock Wood Half
Sat-14/04/2018 Brutal Bagshot
Future races
Sun-22/04/2018 Southampton 10k, Half, Marathon
Sun-22/04/2018 REP Bluebell (Free Downloads)
Sun-29/04/2018 7Oaks Tri (Free Downloads)
Sun-06/05/2018 YMCA Fun Run
Sun-06/05/2018 REP Steyning Tri (Free Downloads)
Sun-06/05/2018 3Forts Challenge
Wed-09/05/2018 Mundays 5k (Free Downloads)
Sat-12/05/2018 The Little Welly - Surrey
Sun-13/05/2018 London 10 Mile
Sun-13/05/2018 Run Gatwick
Sun-13/05/2018 Oxford 10k
Sun-20/05/2018 REP Arundel Tri (Free Downloads)
He seemed unusually surprised and delighted, which is always nice to see

what's that coming over the hill, is it a?  yes - we see you !!

en-mass surrender, only a km into the run

first off splashing through the tank tracks

run with speed and passion

That moment the cold water meets reality

The second reaction when the cold water hits

found the deep bit

when you've put one over on your teamy

taken the shortcut on the bank ? mistake. Big mistake.
can't be done for false advertising

early bath

always check you have everything on leaving the water

the water tastes horrible apparently

not sure wearing sunglasses and feeling your way through is the best tactic

Bit of a Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy

super-girl !

It looks loving, but it's really a finger-lock pressure grip

this way up for Lisa

Five star

Good work from the fit crew

Woodland trail running is lovely

No, they are not *all* brothers.

Ruthless to the end, he leaves Mum to eat water in his wake

That awkward moment - are we still in Europe, is it just shaking hands, man hugs, or two cheeks air kissing, no tounges ? Damn Brexit ruining everything.

Half and half

Floating over the water on the run into the finish

You have been baptised into the clan of Brutal...
so with it warming up, very well done to all my friends who completed the Brighton Marathon is warm and rain, in everything from sub 2:30 to 6hours - you know who you are, and well done to the kids who all did better than expected in the Brighton mini-mile on saturday whilst the Brutal was going on - again - you know who you are - simply outstanding !

So next weekend is locked and loaded for the Southampton 10k, Half and Full Marathon - a whole days running finishing with the kids fun run sprint, the forecast is good and perfect conditions - so enjoy the mini heatwave mid-week and see you out there soon !

until next time

Monday, 9 April 2018

Paddock Wood Half 2018 and Grand Union Canal Half - galleries now live

The start of the 2018 Paddock Wood Half Marathon
The Paddock Wood Half marathon 2018 and the Purple Patch Running - Grand Union Half Marathon 2018 are now live and online !

Two different races in two different locations - one where the weather started off ok and ended in heavy rain (West London) and one where it started of wet and ended up with sunshine - in Kent.

I'm not going to bore you with too many details today - here's the gallery lists and for future races - the race entry pages - please do read through them - there are some absolutely smashing races in this lot

Date Event Gallery / Event Website
Sun-01/04/2018 RBK Spring Half Marathon
Sun-08/04/2018 PP Grand Union Half
Sun-08/04/2018 Paddock Wood
Sat-14/04/2018 Brutal Bagshot
Sun-22/04/2018 REP Bluebell (Free downloads)
Sun-22/04/2018 Southampton Races
Sun-29/04/2018 7Oaks Tri (Free downloads)
Sun-06/05/2018 YMCA Fun Run
Sun-06/05/2018 REP Steyning Tri (Free downloads)
Sun-06/05/2018 3Forts Challenge
Wed-09/05/2018 Mundays 5k (Free downloads)
Sat-12/05/2018 The Little Welly - Surrey
Sun-13/05/2018 Run Gatwick
Sun-13/05/2018 Oxford 10k
Sun-13/05/2018 London 10 Mile (Free downloads)
Sun-20/05/2018 REP Arundel Tri (Free downloads)
Not ideal conditions to mix it with the dough boys

Gary was regretting his decision

money can buy you anything apparently

Always good to see it going well

Sorry - which way does the course go ?

The standard bunny ears

"And then I said to C3-PO - wait until I tell Caz"

top work in tough conditions

Dan, stealing our jobs

Look there's a pothole !! - nah just kidding

Optical illusion of flight caused by highly reflective puddles

When it's a pacing bus, we can't get pics of people sitting in the back rows

how to take the hills at the Grand Union Canal

Yummy Cliff bars...

leap the invisble gate

Ride the invisible bike (wrong camera though)

Wave to the freezing photographer

Proper race into the finish for third womens place

the front bunny ears

Brian, survivor and punctuation expert.

always time for a quick game of knucles

more job theft

only the two slips at the finish line in the special Cassiobury park mud. 

Not the look everyone gives me at the finish, but I'll take it.

Proper Warrior

Top job Mum !

Thank *goodness* that's over
So that's that for this weekend - I hope you've all dried out now - we're getting ready for the Brutal Bagshot on the 14th of april - it's got hills, mud and puddles for you to get yourself around - it's one of the favourites out of the courses we cover with a little bit of everything thrown in...

Until next time

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