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Monday, 30 January 2012

South of England XC champs 2012

Saturdays Saucony South of England Cross Country Championships photos are now live and online here:

On a chilly but firm course the 2012 Southerns returned to the hills of Stanmer Park for the first time in a few years. Tough hill climbs and multi laps make for a great spectators event with the tented village making for good facilities. If only the Albion wern't beating Newcastle at Home in the FA cup at 5pm and then the parking might have been a bit easier, but everyone seemed to have made it on time for what were excellently filled and competitive races.

There are already some great race reports across the internet - here's a london centric perspective and here for a Sussex Athletics view
Full results can be found on the Powerof10

Enjoy browsing the galleries and reliving the days events - who was behind you and at what point !

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Well done on a great days racing and a great atmosphere across the course, one of the best events in the years race calendar.

A handfull of deeply atmospheric pictures in a moment from the races, but to keep you on your toes - here's a quick list of the next races you should enter:

Next Weekends Races:
Kent  - Ashford 10k
Sussex / Surrey / M25 - Bookham 10k - off road and hilly
Half Marathons coming soon:

Kent - Deal Half Marathon - tough hills
Essex - Roding Valley Half

Sussex - The Stinger - Free race photos
Essex - Colchester Half Marathon - new course

and if you're running the Cambridge Half in March - let me know, as you'll have to try and beat me in my first effort. 
The nearby Brighton Amex Stadium in the background

So cold he wore a wig

Scary monsters in the woods

Great support and care for those that fell victim to/from St.Johns

Start of the Races is at the foot of the hill, with the finish in the background

Flying down the hills

Senior Women on the first lap down the hill

Tented village with Sussex University in the background

First lap of the senior mens - like wilderbeast unleashed

Hard climbing up the first hill

Andy - should know better than to do a brain slap infront of me, he's not usually this shy

"and if you turn left here..." The TWH runner had his own personal local tour guide of the woods

All smiles from Dave and RPAC

Delta wing airplanes, reduces drag, which can be important in brighton.

Socks were still white at the end = firm conditions

Have a  quick read and check of the "soon to be archived" list below and get any free downloads whilst they last.

Being Archived soon - don't miss out !
18/09/2011 now live - Pilgrims Half and Full Marathon 2011
18/09/2011 now live - Kellystore Joyden Woods 10k - free downloads
11/09/2011 now live - Bacchus Full and Half Marathon 2011
11/09/2011 now live - Chestnut Tree House 10k 2011
04/09/2011 now live - ETL Spitfire 20+ Tempest 10
04/09/2011 now live - Newbury Tri 2011
04/09/2011 now live - Maidenhead Half Marathon 2011
28/08/2011 now live - Arundel 10k- free downloads
28/08/2011 now live - Bexhill Tri 2011

That's about it. In other news, I almost broke the treadmill on the stress ECG the other day, but failed primarily due to lack of oxygen. Right Calf is injured at the moment so it's long bike rides to build endurance instead ready for Cambridge. Elle at Studio57 is fixing me - I can only reccommend their skills and new facilities based on 25+ years of having this sort of thing and it's excellent - Studio 57 in Hove

Finally in other news - Comet PLC admitted complete liability for the damage to my wifes phone (back before December) and have sent the cheque - the phone is now in for fixing - it only took about 8 weeks for them to do their 48hr investigation - apparently delayed by their store manager. I won't be shopping at the Hove store again, and neither please, should you.

So it's the Bookham 10k and Ashford and District 10k on Sunday next (links above), the February G3 race on Saturday is fully booked so I've not advertised that, but I think they have some space for March.

Until then, enjoy the training and go carefully in the cold,

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