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Monday, 16 November 2009

Brooks Brighton 10k now live

The full gallery is now live here:

Well, that was the luckiest break in the weather, since last year - when it started raining just after the race. With gales, and lashings of rain overnight and one of the grimest saturdays on record, driving to the race start in the rain on sunday morning with double wipers and headlights on - it didn't look promising. And that was just in terms of getting there.

However - armed with the metoffice weather radar - we could see it moving from the Isle of Wight and knew it was going to clear through by about 9am, ready for the 10am start.
Clearly it's something about the location - having had something similar at the veteran car run two weeks earlier - in exactly the same spot (to the meter). Actually no, it rained all day then.

You can see the difference in the sky for the start photos and the finish photos - both looking west - it goes from a dark grey to a clear sky. And for the really interested - you can even see the colour of the road change at the finish as the light reflects off it differently as the sun moves around and the clouds change.

So, about the race.
It was a fast one, very fast. The wind was changing direction as the storm clouds moved on and there was definetly more tail wind than headwind in total. Some dudicious sheltering by some on the way out to Hove probably helped save energy for the return downwind leg.

The Winners:
It resulted in #45 Chris Davies from Telford AC only just missing out on the course record by 4 seconds past 29 minutes - an awesome time. I did that the other day pushing a childs buggy - but it was only for 5k... (yaay for parkrun)

The ladies race was pretty tightly contested with Jo Wilkinson from Bedford hitting 33:48, with local international Caroline Hoyte a close second in 34:04 for Arena 80.

The full results are here:
There is also a local race report here by the Sussex AAA:

I've put together a little montage - some of you *might* remember the music from some old tv advert...
and here's a link if you're reading this in an email instead -

Finally a mention to my friend Darren who ran the whole race dressed as a testicle to raise money for Male Cancer awareness. His fundraising website is here:
and his facebook group is here:
please give him some donations, anything you have will do him just fine. He needs to build himself up to the Marathon in April...

And here are some of my other special friends from !
Here's the link to their post race chat if you want to join in:

And finally, if you're really special - I'm lucky enough to get a high-five from you as you finish ! Thanks Jenny !

Go here to see the rest of our work - there's a few 17529 photos on there for you all to look through... hopefully that's almost 6 each (if you wern't hiding behind anyone).

See you out at a race soon - Crowborough 10k next (and the ford)

and possibly the Chelmsford 10k too....

Well run everyone, and see you out again soon !


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