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Monday, 11 March 2013

Back2TheTrenches #1, Worthing 20, and Lydd Half 2013 now live

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Back 2 the Trenches #1

The Worthing 20 2013

The Brett Lydd Half Marathon 2013 including the British Masters Champs
(link updated to the gallery!)
A real mix of events this weekend, from muddy bogs and trenches on saturday at the inaugural Back 2 the Trenches, to the fast and flat on Sunday at either the Lydd Half or Worthing for a pre-marathon 20 miler.

Saturday was humid and quite warm, without much wind, touching 10 degrees, ideal for good XC racing and playing in mud at the Trenches,  but by the time night had fallen we were treated back to zero temperatures and a subzero biting wind. 4 laps around Goring with half the race being into the wind can't have been easy - however with a bit of sheltering behind the big people everyone seemed to survive although the same can't be said for my hands, feet arms and legs, and indeed the many marshals all seemed quite reasonably to be right on the verge of "it's far too cold now" after 5 hours being out in it. Hannes was covering the Lydd Half and suffered similarly - although avoided some of it by lying down closer to the ground - out of the wind, which makes for some unique shots.

In other news, my camera shutter trigger finger's mini silver survival blanket (cut from a larger one) seems to do it's job when worn inside a thin pair of running gloves and allows enough touch-sensitivity to operate a camera. A small suggestion for all of you who have to do manually dexterous things outside in the cold like us - make your own finger-cot survival blankets ! I was less impressed by the ear-flaps on my silly hat that didn't stop the wind chill on my right ear...

On Saturday with the first running of the Back2TheTrenches we were all excited to see what the course designers had created since our recce earlier in the year. Over 280 brave souls gave it everything round the two lap course, made all the more atmospheric with the low hanging cloud and mist.
If you're interested - the next one is in June - when the trenches might be a bit drier (well not at this rate!) check the website for June Entries here:
Overall a very well organised event with plenty of parking, mud, atmosphere and a real sense of achievement including free soup at the end. If you're thinking of taking on the challenge of this sort of event - I'd strongly suggest one organised by these guys.

Call For Entries
Saturday March 16th
The next Brutal Challenge on Saturday is a hilly quest with a bit of water wading

Another flat and fast 4 lap half marathon at Dorney Lake organised by F3Events on Saturday for those chasing marathon pacing and training plan schedules:

Sunday March 17th
Sundays Colchester Half Marathon is completely sold out - so if you're looking for something longer for marathon training - the classic Finchley 20 is ideal but it has almost sold out so act fast

Sunday March 24th
Planning a little further out then the Purple Patch Water of Life Half Marathon - one of the most scenic in the country along the Thames near Marlow is also accompanied by a 10k so you can go for a run with your marathon training friends and keep them company

And now for some no particular order from around the weekend:
The slippy path out of the trench maze

High Fives for Dad


Twin Baywatching

Mind your head 

Quite a bit of Mud on the way round to make it hard going

mind the barbed wire in no-mans land

On location for our next boy-band shoot

Barbed Wire successfully avoided

The Rope climb can be done the easy way

Upper body strength helped a little bit around the course

Getting warm before going over the top

The Joy of taking part and achieving

Giving it some air

The Gold Finger boys running for the Prostate Cancer charity - good effort.

waterprof mascara is a must

Team finish

I think he's done this kind of thing before

Sheer relief !

Which way now

Trench Angels, better than Charlies' !

Attacking the Course

An attempt at YMCA from the middle was ignored
Remember - this man is your friend. 
He assured us this happened before the race...
Nuala out again after the Steyning Stinger - clearly enjoying her running at the moment

That low down lying on the ground wideangle start shot - nice clear skies

a smile and a wave, good runngin

no surrendering please

a Bolt and an a bit of Morcambe

Dr Jim and Dr Helen enjoying things far too much

mobot or bolt ? which looks best - you decide

good progress at 15 miles

still floating along

Pleased to finish

A lapse of concentration and Jim got Chicked

An excellent 20 miles run for the finish

Jack Nicholson never surrenders

Nothing quit like stopping to do some shopping on the way (mothers day card still in wrapper!)

Worthing Harriers once again supporting the event a bit more literally than they thought they would
That's it for this week, The Lydd Half pictures are only just in - so missed the cut off for this blog - have a good week - I hope it warms up a bit and you can all get back out into your training schedules - the last of the 20 milers on your way to April Marathon success !

Until next time

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