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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Mince Pie 10 and the Hogs Back 2015 galleries now live



Keep your hat on, the weather will improve. (Unfortunately it didn't.)

It was a day of two halves on Sunday, you could either go to Guildford and run around on the long hill to the west of the town called The Hogs Back, or go over to Peacehaven and run about on the top of the South Downs for the Mince Pie 10. Both races afforded views, bracing winds and a good challenge for the human condition. The Seaford Striders Mince Pie 10 also had the added fun of Rain for most of the race into your face, and the final real challenge of eating a mince pie when you're dehydrated, out of breath and exhausted. Although I'm told you were allowed a bit of a recovery before eating the mince pie ? (surely can't be right, it should be a timed eating challenge!).
Very well done to you all, excellent racing , and very well done to all the Marshals at both events organised by the Seaford Striders and AAT, not the nicest weather to be standing around encouraging people in...

Here are the latest galleries - don't forget there is a long list of them on the gallery here http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/libraryhome.tlx?events=all

Date Event Gallery link
Sun-29/11/2015 ETL Molehills http://bit.ly/ETL-Molehills-2015-Gallery
Sun-06/12/2015 The Hogs Back http://bit.ly/Hogs-Back-10k-Gallery-2015
Sun-06/12/2015 Seaford Mince Pie http://bit.ly/Mince-Pie-Gallery-2015
Events coming up . .
Sun-13/12/2015 RPAC Holly Run http://bit.ly/Holly-Run-Gallery-2015
Mon-28/12/2015 Brutal Longmoor http://bit.ly/Brutal-Longmoor-2015-gallery
Fri-01/01/2016 Serpentine 10k http://bit.ly/Serpentine-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-17/01/2016 ETL Denbies10 http://bit.ly/ETL-Denbies10-gallery-2015
Sat-23/01/2016 Brutal Women Only http://bit.ly/Brutal-Women-Only-Gallery-2016
Sun-24/01/2016 Brutal Men only http://bit.ly/Brutal-Men-Only-Gallery-2016
Sun-24/01/2016 Fred Hughes 10 http://bit.ly/Fred-Hughes-10-Gallery-2016

Christmas shopping victory can be yours. Even if you just want flip flops.
Wanting Archive images for a Christmas presents ?
Anything that is not on our main gallery from 2015 is now live on our archive gallery. So if you remember the national cross country championships from last February, or wanted something from the Surrey Half Marathon ? check it out here: http://bit.ly/SSP-2015-Gallery-Archive

It costs us a bit more to get this gallery together, and it is not as flexible in it's product choice - but it means we can store images on here for much much longer and ensure you can still search and find your images very quickly.

This means that you can go all the way back to January 2015 without having to send us an email first and us searching through the master files locally for you. The main trick is going to be finding race numbers - and most of them are somewhere on the results for your races - so have a look there first if it's not in your race diary ! (you do have a race diary don't you? now there's an idea for christmas)
(and yes for anything before 2015, send us an email with race, data and race number)

Don't end up being a Christmas Turkey without a present !
Christmas Warning. Err, I mean, "Reminder"...

Please get your orders in sooner rather than later !
The team here only really gets these few weeks off all year, so we are already running on a thinner team in the office. Unlike proper jobs out there, for most of those 104 days per year called weekends that we used to enjoy with you doing "stuff etc" we don't get those on top of our 5 days a week admin. I think we had 4 "stuff etc days" this year and we need a break.
So, please give us a chance and get your orders, especially those special ones for someone else, in to us as soon as possible. Then we will make sure everyone has everything on time, promise.
Whilst I long for almost any excuse to not cook, tidy up, DIY, socialise with the in-laws and avoid the latest repeat of chitty-chitty-bang-bang, I do want it to be for a really really good reason that calls me back to work on Christmas day.

Printing times
Please remember the printers take at least a day to print and the postman at least three days in the lead up to Christmas, and that I speak from personal experience - a nice framed print is always nicer to receive than a digital file, plus the quality always stands out better on paper than on screen (there are more dots you see, better resolution.) However, digital downloads are always available instantly - so take your pick depending on urgency and circumstances - "I'll buy that for you" has never been a phrase rejected over a drink in the pub between friends.

Embrace the future and tradition. I tried, but she didn't stop for some reason.
2016 and beyond
By the time the end of the year comes around we will have taken and placed over 3 million images online this year, which is a staggering amount by anyone's shutter button. We have now almost outgrown our current gallery solution of the past 12 years, especially on the very busy half marathon days, so we are now engaged in a search for a new gallery solution and part of that search involves knowing what we are looking for !
We have a dreamlist of things that we would like to be able to offer as part of the service to sell images easily through the web (Paypal acceptance, really slick and easy search and browsing, lightboxes for gathering favourites and sharing, URLS that make sense and can be copied that work, massive gallery storage so we don't have to archive off galleries to make space, paywalls to let you see the larger images), so if you have any ideas - please drop me a line (just reply to this email). Obviously getting events to pay for free downloads is always on our ideas list - so we have that one covered - gallery functionality is what we're all about here.

Top tip for event organisers if you're planning on launching a new event (and read this blog!) - please check in before you publish the dates. Whilst we don't have much say in when you can get your locations, the sooner you book us in - the better - we have turned down several major new events this year already simply because we have already been booked up, so please get in quick !

Some other Mince Pie 10 shots
For 11 months a year, these are Spock's Vulcan Ear Hats


Everyone loves a fairy
A very Christmassy Pair.

Santa was trying to find the best spot for charging his solar panel - alas to no avail

Ziggy, Elvis and James all looked like they were enjoying the conditions

Welcome to our Peacehaven Office. All mod cons provided like shelter from the battering wind and rain.
Good balance in the slippery conditions was critical. Even the Ballerinas took emergency steps... 
Meanwhile a few moments earlier at the Hogs Back, there was less fancy dress...
Lou was contemplating how many laps to do for her training, and weather to wear a rucksack for the 5th one...
Frustration at running past the pub and trying to flag the other runners to come back
I used to work for their main competitors, their HQ is in Guildford...
Top Photobomb from Epsom Oddballs
We know all is good when we get a double thumbs up
Just needs the red nose to finish the full Rudolph look

Only the two laps today then
Proper running from the front at the start
So that's it for this week, enjoy your running and your training during this unseasonally mild weather.
Next weekend is the Holly Run at Reigate.http://bit.ly/holly-run-entry 
There is always entries on the day and I would urge you to go and support this race - it's a great series of races for the kids and the main adult race is a real test of skill and fitness, plus your supporters get loads of chances to support you on the way round ! Online Entries close Thursday ! so get in quickly.

Until next time, and have a good one if I don't see you before OK, cheers for now

Anthony

p.s. apologies if the card gets there late, it's in the post. Promise.





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