It's always difficult to write an action packed blog after such a full weekend - so I always figure - direct gallery links first - and pictures and stories later.
So getting straight to the point - in start time order:
Raw energy Pursuits River Arun Swim - Free downloads
F3 Events, Marlow Middle distance Tri - Swim, Bike, Rub.
The Richmond 10k and Surrey 10k Championships
The Events to Live, Poulsden Lacey 10k
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Quick Weekend summary:
A very good turnout by the weather in all circumstances. Saturday nights rain wasn't particularly welcome, but at least it came down during the night and not during the races themselves. Not that the swimmers would have minded (as long as they don't get swept downstream), although all the off-road running did take a bit of a turn towards the dark side (i.e. very muddy). One chap from Serpentine running club went for a swim in it, and returned head to toe in mud for the finish - nice one Cyril !
The event organisers that managed to make things happen this weekend need a great big "well done" on keeping things going despite the circumstances and conditions. I know a few that might have given up, but all of them managed to turn out complete events - taking into account a few extra safety changes. For example - it would have been very easy to change the F3 race into a Duathlon, but they kept the swim - albeit a bit shorter so everyone was within sight. How far was it ? nobody will know unless they have a garmin - but it did split up the field and made for some good triathlon racing - which is what everybody really wants.
For our part, you should have seen the carnage here in the office on Monday. With the late afternoon event along the Arun on Saturday, we just about had enough time to turn-around the kit, make the data safe, get clean, charge the batteries and get sleep / travel to hotels for a sleepless night before getting up early doors 5am for the next days 8hrs in the office. Sunday night was a train-wreck, whilst Sally managed to cataloge and edit through Richmond 10k, I passed out in front of the football and missed nothing as my cold virus took proper hold. Monday morning was a full day in the office going through the 20,000 remaining images with a full office team across all the computing power we could muster editing through the images, reducing and uploading to the gallery. Event the old laptop got drilled into some processing and gallery preparation and eventually at about midnight the last of the galleries had been uploaded. So total weekends sleep for me - 7hrs, work hours 14hrs on-site, total team manhours at events on site - 28hrs. Total Office hours so far - ~44hrs. 72hrs work in two and a half days. And I'm not counting Tuesday !
|A Busy Swim Start|
|Strong Cycling with the wind and large puddles flooding the roads|
|No pressure then Ben|
|Just about sums up how useful tri-belts are for numbers|
|Great Finish for victory. See - he won - can you spot his race number. Ahh, Tri belts - useless.|
|Cyril went for a bit of a swim bike swim|
|Swim, Bike, Mud ?|
|The sunglasses were actually safety glasses|
|Thank goodness that's over said 000|
|Well done Mum ! ever felt like you're being followed ?|
|Great riding up the road from Henley|
|Strong hill climbing|
|It's so much more fun wizzing downhill|
|Nice running along the dry bit along the Thames on a Sunday|
|Cleaning off the kit afterwards in the nearby Bath.|
Fast running in Richmond :
|Eventual winner, not stopping to take in the river view|
|Nice along the locks and riverside|
|A good home team turnout !|
Until next time