First off was the Brutal race that ended up at Newlands Corner - a swift relocation due to the MOD requirements (because the races all usually take place on MOD practise land) made for a different but equally difficult and brutal 10k of experience. Very well done to everyone involved in making this happen - it's not something we have seen in over a decade of races and the Brutal team and volunteers did a sterling job.
|Dave explains which way to go at Newlands Corner|
|#eatmymud team at the Warrior Run|
There has been lots of lovely feedback about the speed of the pic2go system - but one of the nicest comments we saw on facebook itself was this one From OJ "I think Warrior Run and Sussex Sport Photography have taken race photos to a new level today! By logging your race number and linking to Facebook race photos are automatically uploaded to your Facebook page. They've used the QR system to identify you. And the cost? Free!! Well done both parties!!" which got over 165 likes and 20 follow-on positive comments. Thank you very much OJ !
If you are wondering - yes it does rely on the barcodes for the instant upload to your facebook accounts via the pic2go system, and yes they do get muddy and can come off (although many stay on!) and we will be manually tagging up the remaining images and putting them onto our normal image gallery (listed below) for you to see soon - this does take time, so please be patient - we will facebook and tweet as soon as it is live.
Just for a bit of fun - here are the stats from the Pic2go platform:
Images catalogued by Pic2Go to post to facebook: over 27,000
Competitors posting to facebook: over 900
Image impressions on facebook: over 1.3Million
Image likes: over 23,400
Image comments: over 3,400
If anyone has better facebook album open-graph stats from sharing their event - I'd like to know !! Interested in Advertising ? - if there are any brands or companies out there who would like to sponsor the pic2go service at a race and use it as an advertising channel (using the overlays on the images) to reach the runners and friends of runners - then please get in touch !! not limited to big brands or small !
|James Baker extended his course record this year at the Chichester Half|
The longest journey for some of the team on Sunday was to the Herts 10k in Harpenden. A fantastic charity 10k race around the tracks and countryside raising funds for the Rennie Grove Hospice with over 1600 finishers this year in some of the best conditions we have ever had !
|The big start at the Herts 10k 2015|
Here's a list of the recent galleries from all the races from this weekend - I've put the logos in for a few of them because that does make it easier to spot things - which is better from a user perspective - but it does take ages to get them from the websites and add them all the time and time is err, time.
|Date||This weekends races||Event type||Bitly Link|
|Sat-10/10/2015||Brutal Newlands Corner||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Brutal-Newlands-Corner-2015-Gallery|
|The Warrior Run||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Warrior-Run-2-Gallery-2015|
|The Herts 10k||10k||http://bit.ly/Herts-10k-Gallery-2015|
|The Chichester Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/ChichesterHalf-2015-Photos|
|.||Last Weekends races||.||.|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Tonbridge Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Tonbridge-Half-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||PP Reading O2O 10k||10k||http://bit.ly/Reading-O2O-10k-gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Clarendon Marathon||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Clarendon-Marathon-and-Half-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Basingstoke Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Basingstoke-Half-Gallery-2015|
|.||Next races||.||Click through on the gallery link to go to the race websites and enter|
|Sun-18/10/2015||Kellystore Guildford||10k and half marathon||
This will also be a free pic2go image event.
|Sat-24/10/2015||Beachy Head Marathon||marathon||http://bit.ly/Beachy-Head-Marathon-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-25/10/2015||Cambridge Town and Gown 10k||10k||http://bit.ly/Cambridge-Town-and-Gown-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-25/10/2015||PP Water of Life||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Water-of-Life-2015-Gallery|
Here's a small handful of pics from the races -
Brutal, Newlands Corner
|All go at the start of the Brutal|
|Slightly misty across the downs|
|Get on this Brutal Train - up the hill on the early slopes|
|Smiling at the top of the hill !|
|Flying through the woods|
|Strong work on the turns for the win|
|The canicross runners had a good run too !|
|Dave checks the new route instructions|
|Taking in the view at the top of the hill|
|double thumbs in the sun|
|getting to the end of the path on the way back in|
|almost home !|
|a good thumbs up at the end of the Fordwater road|
|Made it to the finish with a smile|
|Top work with the additional pack|
|solid time for the Half, almost sub 8min miles|
|That "not-quite-barefoot" look|
|The local football club mascot Sainty got stuck in|
|For the win Peter Mackrell in 34:37|
|solid performance and running to the line - what it's all about|
|A troup of scouts did the rucksack challenge - very well done to them all|
|everyone needs a helping hand sometimes !|
|A rare floating mobot !|
|Good teamwork to the end|
|Great high-fives from the crowds|
|First time I've seen anyone running and eating a lolly !|
|For the win !|
|Top team walking at the finish|
Warrior Run #6
Warrior Images will be on the gallery later - we're finishing off the indexing and upload at the moment to the SSP gallery - which is a completely separate system to the pic2go service.
|Flag battle commences|
|it's a bit like a delayed action divining rod that faces the wrong way.|
|a bit splashy in the puddles|
|I literally have no idea what a blow up monkey has to do with this|
|The mudstacle team turned out strongly|
|relief at a bit of a rest from the obstacles|
|slides are always fun|
|just don't get too splashed by the next person down|
|it's simple really - wade through the mud|
|just mind the concrete pipe somewhere in there that might trip you up|
|She suddenly realised it was a big trap and there was no getting out of the net at the end.|
So finally - please get your entries in for the Kellys 10k and Half Marathon on Sunday, near Guildford or we will see you at the Abingdon Marathon or the Chelmsford half marathon instead ?
The weather is looking perfect for it !
Until next time