Hi there, here's the update from the weekends races.
The following galleries are now live and on line:
Watford Half Marathon 2013: http://bit.ly/Watford-Half-2013-Photo-Gallery
ETL Bookham 10k 2013: http://bit.ly/ETL-Bookham-10k-2013-Photo-Gallery
Having had the winter snow setbacks of the past few weekends it was a relief to get back out to see the action this weekend. With three races on the Sunday, with the Watford Half marathon being a new race for us to cover we had over 8 photographers out working from the early hours across the three races.
Over the week with the rain that had fallen the Bookham 10k XC course had become very muddy and wet at the end - and Nicky and Alan had a hell of a time marking out the course first thing on Sunday morning in the ice cold and dark - check out the gallery to see the final splashes, Mike had a busy day kneeling in the mud to get the right shots. Not a race for PB's but if you like a nice view or four - this is certainly one for you to pencil in for next year.
The Watford Half was fortunately not hit by the snow that stopped it last year, and the course was dry apart from the odd muddy puddle in the woods. A great turnout with almost 1700 finishers, which included Mick and Phil - back for their first race since October. Mick's had a lung tumour removed so it's great to see him able to get back and out for the running, and I'm sure we'll see him back to even faster fitness soon. First over the line in the men's race this year, was Yared Hagos of Wallsend (and Ethiopia !) in a season opener time of 67 minutes (his Half PB last year was 63 minutes), and the first lady was Tish Jones of Belgrave in 79:55 - someone who we usually see winning the allabouttriathlon and brutal races - so very impressed to see her speed over the longer distance of a half marathon.
Ashford and District 10k had a slight rearrangement of parking as the main field at the finish was waterlogged,but the loop of Kent countryside which this year fortunately was without ice or compacted snow on the course which made for near perfect conditions for running. Robert Latala covered the course in 33:20 which is a great time when you include the slight hills on the course.
Planning ahead, we have the Deal Half Marathon, and G3 races this weekend coming, the rearranged South of England Cross Country Champs and then the muddy Brutal race at Borden - always great fun, well attended and now getting so popular you have to be quick to get in before all the places go. Don't miss out !
The race route is hilly, muddy, with some amazing challenges to get through with water, climbs, slides, and - trenches. Checkout the race entry and information pages here: http://bit.ly/back2thetrenches-2013 the team putting this on at the Priory Estate have been organising major events for decades so this will be excellent and definitely one to be part of, so hopefully see you there !
Here's a few pictures from Sunday, First up Watford Half Marathon
|The Mens start just before the merge point in Cassiobury park|
|At the 4 mile water station|
|Happy Jazz hands at 10 miles|
|Proper victory arms at the finish for the 67 minute win|
|Tish looks a bit shell shocked for the win|
|cool running in the U8 Junior races|
|giving it everything - always the best way|
|Sharing a story with Mick and Phil at the finish line, Mick's an inspirational parent.|
The ETL Bookham 10k
|Seeing double yet ?|
|Just a bit muddy at the start|
|Attacking route 1|
|How to take the water wings|
|Dirty, but fun.|
|Dr K clears the course at the end|
Ashford and District 10k 2013
|Off at the start, elbows flying|
|Going out from the start|
|Greetings from Kent|
|Sillying about on the way back, excellent !|
|Even more sillying, with marshals looking on|
|tu tu pour tu|
|Mr Bananaman slipping in at the finish|
|The joy of the finish|
|High fives all the way in from the club|
|Mobots from the USA ? whatever next !|
|Top team effort|
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Until next time, hopefully not in the snow !