Across the country each (ok most) counties County Cross Country (XC) Championships were being held on Saturday. We were at Sussex's, this year held at Bexhill on the common.
The cloud cover hadn't improved much - ie it was dard - for the photographic the light levels in the open were ISO 4000 1/1000 F3.5 and then in the woods - we happily hit ISO 10000 1/500 F3.2 - and this is in the EV levels where the focussing struggles to actually see what is going on.
Thankfully some of our cameras can run at ISO10000 without noticeable noise/grain - so we can do a decent job in these conditions ! Some people asked why I had a portable LED floodlight - the obvious answer is - because I needed it - and it did make a significant difference in the woods. Apologies to any runners who were a bit blinded by it, I did try to put it to the side for you so you didn't have to look at it.
So - here's those links for the gallery, results and a cracking report written by Kev Mason on the SEAA website. Even being there I hadn't seen what happened on the Women's Race as I wasn't stationed at the finish - so it makes for a good read.
Results (including your race numbers)
In case you missed them:
Serpentine NYD 10k 2015
Brutal Longmoor 2015
It's probably unfair to focus on one particular age group from the Bexhill XC champs - but suffice to say the Men's race was a close run battle with the lead changing regularly for a final 3 second win after the four laps.
One final thing - a quick request for the club coaches and managers - please make sure you tell the parents of the younger age group races that the photos are online - we had several requests and questions on the day, but we can't always get to tell everyone supporting (despite the flags and flyers in the hall) where to find them - so your help in ensuring that the runners and more importantly the parents know where they can get the photos from of this epic day out is helpful for everyone. Thank you !
Here's a quick selection of what happened around the course - there was one pothole that caught a few of you out, experienced and new, young and old alike !
|The start of the U15 race|
|Even the grass was ankle deep and soft|
|Chichester enjoyed the run out|
|This Burgess Hill Runner wore shoes this year, not sure they were the right ones ?|
|Always a reason to smile when you borrow someone else's spikes to run in mud like this...|
|Emily Tangoed her way around the course|
|All smiles through the easy mud for Horsham|
|Lewes battled around the course early on|
|Bring spare clothes even if you don't fall|
|Very strong performance from Brighton & Hove|
|Downed for a split second - Kevin still took 4th|
|Jon and Ben raced it all the way to the end|
|Extra balancing required|
|mud monstering from Eastbourne|
|Only one MoBot all day|
|Sam checks here team mate. No she didn't push her...|
|Emma led the Womens race on the second lap|
|Cathy twisted and turned her way through the mud|
|Full Battle Cry|
|The pothole of doom did catch a few people out worse than others...|
Very well done to all of you who survived the Battle of Bexhill, and hope to see many of you at the SEAA championships at Stanmer Park on the 24th of January.
Excellent organisation by Hastings AC, in what were frankly terrible conditions.
Coming up in January
So we now have the annual first weekend of the year free - a combination of post-christmas events and there is the AAT-G3 race series on saturday, but as we're not covering it this year, I might actually run it - although my achilles might need a minor miracle this week to achieve that.
Some quick entry links
Watford Half Marathon (new course)
So, very best of luck with the continuing winter training, very well done to everyone at Bexhill, and congratulations to the winners and winning teams - and also to everyone for taking part and making it such a great event !
Until next time
p.s. you can now post comments directly on the SSP gallery for your facebook timeline - saves you time and makes it easy to share what you did at the weekend...