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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Bewl 15, The Hurt, REP Worthing Tri, and the 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon 2014 galleries now live

Back for a busy weekend after a few quieter ones during the exams season and before the end of term - we have four race galleries now live. Two runs and two 'athons now live - with those being with free downloads, or - as our americans in San Francisco would say - we are "giving away" over 17,000 images for 541 athletes, the equivalent of almost £11,000 worth of screen resolution collections.

If you were part of those two free download races - at Worthing or Tonbridge for the Sevenoaks Duathlon - make sure you get your sponsors value for money !

Race RaceGallery Link
Bewl 15
The Hurt
REP Worthing Tri - Free Unlimited downloads
7Oaks Junior Aquathlon - Free Unlimited downloads

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
The Worthing tri was another success with their great man v woman race. Using last years finishing times as the handicap between the men and womens start waves in the open water swim. This year - the women took the victory with Susan Fairfax taking the prize from Colin Dixon who won the race overall with a time of 1:59:40.

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

Co-ordinated Bolts

Double thumbs up across the Dam wall


Airplanes give your hat wings

Biplane - or twin turboprop ?
So that's it for the next few days. The next race you really want to enter is the Events to Live Badger Half Marathon , and entries are now only on the day so get there early if you want to race on sunday its a 10am start.

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In other news - hopefully we will have some other special news soon..

Until next time, train well...


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