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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Brutal Longmoor 2015 now live, Holly Run and the end of the year

Ah, the end of another year, spent recovering from the excesses of Christmas and preparing for the New Year.
Perhaps some Liver and  a Nice Chianti to see in the new year, or just a muzzle to stop you getting fatter ?
We were over at the Brutal Longmoor race on the Monday after the Friday before, sharing the spring weather with an exceptional bunch of individuals who felt the need for a spot of light exercise around the hills, sand and water that the training area provides.

Photos to follow at the bottom, forgive me if my captions are not up to my usual late night exhausted witticisms. On that note, in 2016 there may be less of that, I've been told in no uncertain terms to get more rest by the medical people - which means no more writing blogs late into the 1am,2am and sometimes even 3am - despite my ambition to hit the Tuesday morning email window - which seems to be the most popular for everyone, it might well be that these blogs get a lot simpler, or go out later.

Also my personal need to get rid of the 2 extra stone that have slowly supplanted themselves onto my hips over the past 8 years is now in critical need to be removed, which now that we have made some quite fundamental changes to our work processes in the office over the past months and invested significantly into the future - should enable me to get the time every day needed to rebuild my health.
The biggest problem is the very busy weekends in march and april - and part of our strategy to cope with that now is to turn down events, some which we have been covering for many years. This isn't an easy decision but it's the only way we can still deliver our services at the level we want to and still exist.

We also have some significant changes that will take about 2 years to implement, but we hope to start to see this being rolled out in the next few months - it will eventually effect everything on the gallery, archives, browsing, saving searches - ok it's a completely new gallery website - and it should bring things up to date from the current solution which for various reasons is looking a bit dated. It's going to take a lot of testing, but without continuously inventing and regenerating ourselves - just like DrWho does - you will eventually run out of chances.

Archives from 2015 - have been one of our major projects for this year- so if you're looking for anything from 2015 that has been archived from the current gallery - then you need to go here: https://sussexsportphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2015 and you can see yourself and your friends and get them that last minute Christmas gift.

Here's the latest and next events that are going to be on the gallery - and the links to the Holly Run and the Brutal Longmoor races that have just been put live online:

Date Event Name Event type Direct Gallery Link inc. event link
13/12/2015 Holly Run XC http://bit.ly/Holly-Run-Gallery-2015
Mon-28/12/2015 Brutal Longmoor XC - challenge http://bit.ly/Brutal-Longmoor-2015-gallery
Fri-01/01/2016 Serpentine NYD 10k 10k http://bit.ly/Serpentine-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-17/01/2016 ETL Denbies10 10m http://bit.ly/ETL-Denbies10-gallery-2015
Sat-23/01/2016 Brutal Women Only 10k http://bit.ly/Brutal-Women-Only-Gallery-2016
Sun-24/01/2016 Brutal Men only XC - challenge http://bit.ly/Brutal-Men-Only-Gallery-2016
Sun-24/01/2016 Fred Hughes 10 10m http://bit.ly/Fred-Hughes-10-Gallery-2016
Sun-07/02/2016 Watford Half half marathon http://bit.ly/Watford-Half-Gallery-2016
Sun-07/02/2016 ETL Bookham 10k XC http://bit.ly/Bookham-10k-Gallery-2016
Sat-13/02/2016 Brutal Bagshot XC - challenge http://bit.ly/Brutal-Bagshot-Gallery-2016
Sun-14/02/2016 Worthing Half Marathon half marathon http://bit.ly/Worthing-Half-Marathon-Gallery-2016

so as usual, here's a few photos from the last event:
wife wanted me to include this one. Not sure why, suggestions welcomed.

Sy smiling knowingly at the slimming effect of the back-light

Self immersion was the order of the day

The new Rudolph wave, technically harder to carry out than a mo-bot on the Sleiss-Gerber Difficulty Scale (NB this is not the same as the FINA degree of difficulty scale)

Flashdance or Rambo. Nobody puts either of them in a corner.

too much energy still. Go and do another lap.

Best photobomb of the day

Donkey sprints the hill

Wise man or shephard, or perhaps a bit of both ?

Best Sprint technique of the day, good arms, high knees, straight back.


four little Elves, letting their hair down after a hard year

Dads and Sons do a bit of post Christmas Bonding

Drag your friends along to the Womens only in race in January ?

There's always one friend that has to dramatise a situation

Geronimo - into the water

I think he just found the monster from the Death Star Refuse Bay

Probably will need another manicure

By not carrying a handbag you can swing your arms freely

Always make sure you have your go-pro the right way around

Make Canicross more interesting with a mono-ski trick session

That moment the puddle joke by Dawn French becomes real

Yep, your friends will love you for dragging them round

Live for the moment, take on the challenge

So that's it for this year, next year starts tomorrow at Hyde Park for the Serpentine 10k. I hope it brings you many life changing experiences that you can embrace and grow from.

Anthony, Sally, Tony and the wider SSP photography Team, Happy New Year !

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