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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Oxfam TrailTrekker 2015 gallery now live

Before we talk about the photos from the weekend I must first stop to remember those impacted by the sudden and tragic event at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday.  Our thoughts and condolences are with all those affected. Some of us who were at the show have friends and family who know people directly involved in the terrible incident and we are doing what we can to help.

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After covering Oxfam's TrailWalker event on the South Downs in July, this weekend saw us travel a little further afield than usual to the scenic Yorkshire Dales for the Oxfam TrailTrekker event.  An endurance challenge raising money for a great cause, teams of 4 take on either 40, 65 or 100km in 30hours or less across the rugged and dramatic terrain.


 As usual we'd had a keen eye on the weather forecast in the run up to the event with some heavy rain forecast but things on Saturday morning turned out dry and bright - almost perfect conditions for the teams who made great progress through the day.  The evening however was a different story. Through the afternoon the wind had been getting stronger then when darkness fell, the storm broke with spectacular thunder and lightening across the skies and torrential rainfall.  Conditions in fact became so extreme with the heavy rainfall and lightening that the organisers took the safety precaution of holding teams at checkpoints whilst the worst of the weather passed through. Thankfully it did pass through and conditions on Sunday couldn't have been more different with the sun shining on the teams as they pushed on to complete their challenge with everyone finishing with about 5 minutes to spare before the next thunderstorm arrived making things slightly difficult for the organising teams packing the event away.

Both Trailwalker and TrailTrekker are challenging and rewarding events, raising vital funds for a good cause whilst providing a fantastic experience for the teams. Well worth checking out and considering for your 2016 event calendar as a change from your normal running / triathlon / obstacle racing events!  You can find the details here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/fundraising-events/walking-events

Here's the link to the gallery and also future events for the next three weeks.  You can click on the gallery links to get to the event websites and still enter - some have not yet closed their entries.

This weekend's Event Gallery Link
Standard TrailTrekker Gallery http://bit.ly/Oxfam-Trailtrekker-Gallery-2015
Free download gallery for teams exceeding £3000 in fundraising. http://bit.ly/Oxfam-TT-Fundraiser

Future events for the next 3 weeks Gallery link to the Event and Entries 
Sat-29/08/2015 REP Adur Swim festival http://bit.ly/REP-Adur-River-Fest-Gallery-2015
Sun-30/08/2015 Reading Triathlon http://bit.ly/Reading-Tri-2015-Gallery
Sun-30/08/2015 Arundel 10k - Free Photos! http://bit.ly/Arundel-10k-2015-Gallery
Sat-05/09/2015 The Nuts Challenge http://bit.ly/Nuts-Challenge-Sat-Sept-Gallery-2015
Sat-05/09/2015 Alice Holt http://bit.ly/Alice-Holt-Gallery-2015
Sun-06/09/2015 Three Swans Sportive http://bit.ly/Three-Swans-Sportive-Gallery-2015
Sun-06/09/2015 REP Arundel Castle Triathlon - Free Photos! http://bit.ly/REP-Arundel-Castle-Tri-Gallery-2015
Sun-06/09/2015 The Nuts Challenge http://bit.ly/Nuts-Challenge-Sun-Sept-Gallery-2015
Sun-06/09/2015 PP Maidenhead Half http://bit.ly/Maidenhead-Half-2015-Gallery
Sun-06/09/2015 Chestnut Tree House 10k http://bit.ly/Chesnut-Tree-House-10k-Gallery-2015
Sun-13/09/2015 Falmer Tri - Free Photos! http://bit.ly/Falmer-Tri-Gallery-2015
Sun-13/09/2015 Hull Marathon http://bit.ly/Hull-Marathon-Gallery-2015
Sun-13/09/2015 ETL Bacchus http://bit.ly/ETL-Bacchus-2015-Gallery
Sun-13/09/2015 REP Firle - Free Photos! http://bit.ly/REP-Firle-Gallery-2015
Sun-13/09/2015 Pilgrim http://bit.ly/Farnham-Pilgrim-Gallery-2015


Dawn on Saturday.
First things first - fuel up for the challenge ahead
Ready for the off
8am and the final start wave gets underway
Breaking them in gently along the canal path
Support crews await at CP1 with the essentials
Checking in at CP1
Flying over the pavement at Malham
That climb up to Malham Cove
Through the Cove
Team "Gardeners Delight" descend from the clouds on top of Fountain Fell
Team "Das Waldgeister" making their way down Fountain Fell towards Pen-Y-Ghent
The Mountain Goats on their way down towards CP2
Always make time for a team photo
Dawn - the morning after the storms
That finishing feeling
The whole team!

Well done to everyone who took on the amazing challenge.  Enjoy the remainder of the summer holidays and see you out there again soon!

Until next time
Sally

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