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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

SEAA XC Champs 2014, Epsom Perch, Canterbury 10, Thetford MTB now live

A weekend of wild weather and wild running - with some excellent work done by everyone competing across the races, and by all the marshals and race organisers - the highlight being the South of England Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill on Saturday.

Nothing prepares you for the race up that first hill - the long start line making it akin to something from a battlefield - having watched Braveheart for the first time the other night - I was wondering if anyone had blue and white face paint on, as it was, there was quite a bit on show using club colours which were well represented across the South from East Anglia to Devon.
That Parliament Hill at the start of the first race of the day at the SEAA XC champs 2014
It wasn't until the last lap of the last race when the Armageddon cloud descended with rain, sleet, hail and lightening and so so dark. We stopped at ISO12800,f2.8,1/250th and rain hard down onto the end of the lens - basically too dark to carry on.

Here's the list of new galleries on the website - over 67,000 new images this weekend - fully catalogued for easy searching by race number:

Race name and logo Gallery link
SEAA XC Champs Parliament Hill
Perch XV
26th Sun - Epsom Perch

26th Sun - Canterbury 10

26th Sun - Thetford MTB3

Call for entries and races so farRace Entry links and gallery links for selected races:

some of these still need filling in !
JAN 2014
1st Wednesday - Serpentine NYD 10kGallery here -
5th Sun - Sussex XC Champs @BexhillGallery here -
18th Sat - G3#1 - GuildfordGallery here - free race gallery downloads
19th Sun - Fred Hughes 10milesGallery here -
25th Sat - SEAA XC Champs Parliament HillGallery here -
26th Sun - Epsom PerchGallery here:
26th Sun - Canterbury 10Gallery here:
26th Sun - Thetford MTB3Gallery here:
FEB 2013
2nd Sun - Watford Half
2nd Sun - Ashford and District 10k
2nd Sun - ETL Bookham 10k
9th Sat - G3#2 - Guildfordfree race gallery downloads
9th Sun - Deal Half Marathon
15th Sat - Brutal - Windmill Hill
16th Sun - (Brighton Half Marathon)(we're not covering this one)
23rd Sun - Hampton Court Half Marathon
MARCH 2014
Sat 1st - G3#3 - Guildfordfree race gallery downloads
Sat 1st and 2nd - The Nuts Challenge 
Sun 2nd - Berkhampstead Half Marathon
Sun 2nd - Steyning Stinger
free race gallery downloads
Sun 9th - Roding Valley Half Marathon
Sun 9th - Surrey Half Marathon
Sun 9th - Lydd Half Marathon
Sat 15th - Brutal Bordon
Sat 15th - F3 Dorney Half Marathon
Sun 16th - Colchester Half Marathon
Sun 16th - ETL Tempest 10 and Spitfire 20
Sun 16th - Cranleigh 15-21
Sun 23rd - Richmond 13.1 and 10k
Sun 23rd - Back 2 the Trenches #1
Sun 23rd - PP Water of Life Half Marathon
Sun 23rd - Brentwood Half Marathon (sold out)
Sun 30th - Warrior Run #1
Sun 30th - Paddock Wood Half Marathon
Sun 30th - BHF Bournemouth Half Marathon

more to follow...

Great Hill climbing - the top of the hill

Lucy - The recent Fred Hughes 10 race director gets out and about

It was quite nice in Canterbury the next day - apart from the rain

Mud - almost everywhere

Can't believe that she had one more lap to go

here comes a muddy bit...

Mens race lead out through the 1k mark 4454 took the win

The top of the hill, got a little muddy...

The Rain in Canterbury was most upsetting to some...

Don't let small problems like both shoes coming off stop you - XC teaching grit and determination since - forever

Calm to the end, even with only one shoe

Early run outs at Canterbury looked strong

Slight change in the weather on the return at Canterbury - it got a bit wetter

Determined to the end

Lost shoe = less washing 

Identical Teamwork

The Canterbury fling

Good finish by Heather !

Almost Braveheart

Canterbury 10 is "this long"

The u15b charge at the start - the mens had 900 entries

Correct winning arms for the senior womens race victory

in summary - muddy, but fun

Enjoy the galleries, and until next time

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