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Despite a few nice dry days over the past weeks, we had a case of the mizzly blowing windy rain - right into the lens on Saturday, followed by bright sunshine at the peak of summer, and guess who didn't put on the suncream. Those sort of patchy clouds changing the light levels make absolute hell for getting the right exposures - one second backlit bright sunlight, next second usually just as the next runner comes past - dull low contrast cloud in the dark woods. It certainly kept us on our toes trying to get things right (no the camera doesn't just do everything automatically!) - the biggest problem was rain on the lens and trying to pick a gap when to clean it. Tricky to tell when your glasses are wet too... I think we managed to get the pain of the hills nicely enough at the Hurt though (rightly named!).
Sunday was a bit tricky - heavy rain in Worthing until 8am for the first two hours, and then drying up, perfect dry but not too hot around Bewl for the 15 miler, and perfect conditions at Tonbridge for the 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon - slightly cloudy with bits of sunshine.
At Tonbridge School it was a case of spot the future at the Sevenoaks Tri Club Junior Aquathlon:
|Some excellent skill on display in the pool|
|faster than you probably. Better Technique too.|
|The sponsors get their moment of fame at the pool side|
|Parents and family viewing got quite close to poolside|
|the run is out in the coutryside and then back onto the track|
|Crowds stayed around to support each other|
|Top work and a fast two laps of the track|
|agegroup team photos are in the medal folders|
|Tight racing in at the finish|
|Happy medal shots at the end with friends|
|A top team of marshals|
|Well done to all the competitors from the 7Oaks triathlon Club Marshals|
Over at Peaslake on Saturday morning there was a tough 10.5km course laid out. There was definetly more opportunity for more entries for what is one of the best races around in some stunning forests and views. Some did the two lap Half Marathon - although it was advertised as a 21km so most of you would have missed that on the race listings pages... which frankly is your loss, and a hell of a shame.
Unfortunately it's only the one race this year, instead of the three race series like last year, so now you'll have to wait until next year. Now that is your Hurt. You'll only make the pain go away next year.
|Caroline chuckles to herself as she charges up the steepest climb leaving everyone in her wake|
|Lower back strength failing ? or just need oxygen ?|
|victory almost in sight at the finish|
|Always good when the race directors wife makes it back in one piece|
|sharing a joke or two at the finish|
|she was going to do this nude apparently, then it started raining|
|the blacnket finish together|
|Always good to have some help down the hills|
|Running well on the flats|
|Running far too cool|
|Yes I'm Alive !!|
|Are you sure ? it looks a bit rough|
|who said the Brits are mad|
|excellent helping hands from the marshals|
|strong breakers on the return|
|Feeling strong off the Bike|
|Colin Retained his Crown|
|High Fives for Dad !|
Over at Bewl it was perfect conditions for a run around the water, 15 miles of scenic heaven.
|lots of flying around Bewl water for 15 miles|
|Double thumbs up across the Dam wall|
|Airplanes give your hat wings|
|Biplane - or twin turboprop ?|
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Until next time, train well...