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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

Monday, 17 August 2015

Brutal Minley, Pride 10k 2015 Galleries now Live and Surrey Sportive 2015 next

A weekend made up mostly of Saturday Events so you can tell it's the summer holidays !
Perfect weather for running, except for the rain overnight evaporating off in the countryside which made for a very humid start to the day at Minley. Great to see so many regular volunteers and competitors as ever.

Perfect start to the Brutal at Minley
Meanwhile in Victoria Park was the Pride Run 10k, a fantastic event which is getting ever more competitive as it took it's place in the race calendar for the 13th year.

All go at the Start of Pride Run 10k 2015

Here's the latest gallery links and future events for the next three weeks - you can click on the gallery links to get to the event websites - and enter !

This weekends Event Gallery Link
Sat-15/08/2015 Brutal Minley
http://bit.ly/Brutal-Minley-Gallery-2015
Sat-15/08/2015 Pride 10k
http://bit.ly/Pride-10k-2015-Photo-Gallery
Sun-16/08/2015 AAT Surrey Sportive 2
Free Download Gallery - ready Monday PM
http://bit.ly/Surrey-Sportive-2-Gallery-2015
Future events for the next 3 weeks Gallery link to the Event and Entries 
Sat-22/08/2015 TrailTrekker - Yorkshire http://bit.ly/Oxfam-Trailtrekker-Gallery-2015
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 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 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

A full field at the start of the Pride 10k
 
Fast Movers at the front

lap 1 completed looking ok

Fetch Batman ?

Wonder woman wondering what her race number was ?


Moving well into the finish

The Run Organising Committee

Post Race Party and Meal
Meanwhile at Minley

Hello Chris !

Over the Footbridge

The hills start to take their toll (in the background)

Good teamwork

Hard up the hill at 4k

Bridge Jumping without the bungee at 7k

Hard Hills - pushing up at 9k

Even four paw power wasn't quite enough for the hills

So try twelve paws instead ?
So, the Surrey Sportive images will be up tomorrow PM, free downloads as usual, and it's a thank you to Brutal for the BBQ lunch on Sunday too - very much appreciated !

Until next time
Anthony


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bewl Tri 2015 Gallery now live


The Bewl Tri 2015 gallery is now live and online - have a check of the table below for the link to the gallery.
A slightly foggy start to Bewl Tri 2015
A small change in the usual format for the regular table of race galleries - trying to speed up the writing of these blogs as they usually take up a lot of time late at night. A bit of database query writing and report formatting now has the basic output for the past weeks events and the next three weeks events.

All our galleries have links to the event's website listed on them - so this should help everyone to see and enter events from here if you want to - and if they are still available !

Date
Event name
Event type
Gallery Link
Recent Events



Sun-02/08/2015
REP River Arun Waterfront Swim
swim
Free Downloads


Sat-08/08/2015
Bewl Tri
sprint and standard tri
Events coming soon


Links to the events websites are on the gallery pages
Sat-15/08/2015
Brutal Minley
XC - challenge
Sat-15/08/2015
Pride 10k
10k
Sun-16/08/2015
AAT Surrey Sportive 2
Cycling
Sat-22/08/2015
TrailTrekker
Long Distance Walk
Sat-29/08/2015
REP Adur swim festival
Swim
Sun-30/08/2015
Reading Triathlon
Standard tri
Sun-30/08/2015
Arundel 10k
10k

and whilst I'm doing database queries - here's the Half Marathon and Marathon table for the rest of the year for you to get those entries sorted out before they fill up (unfortunately some are already sold out) - so worth a click if you're considering something for Autumn

Half Marathons and Marathons for the end of 2015
Date Start Time Race Name Race website
Sun-06/09/2015 09:30 PP Maidenhead Half http://www.purplepatchrunning.com
Sun-13/09/2015 09:30 Pilgrim http://www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk
Sun-13/09/2015 09:30 REP Firle http://www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk/
Sun-13/09/2015 10:00 ETL Bacchus http://www.eventstolive.co.uk/
Sun-13/09/2015 09:00 Hull Marathon http://www.thehullmarathon.co.uk/
Sun-20/09/2015 09:00 Reigate Half Marathon http://www.runreigate.com/
Sun-27/09/2015 09:00 Ealing Half www.Ealinghalfmarathon.com
Sun-04/10/2015 10:00 Tonbridge Half http://www.tonbridgehalfmarathon.co.uk
Sun-04/10/2015 10:30 Clarendon Marathon http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/
Sun-04/10/2015 11:00 Basingstoke Half http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BasingstokeHalfMarathon
Sun-11/10/2015 09:00 Chichester Half http://www.chichesterhalfmarathon.co.uk/index.html
Sun-18/10/2015 09:00 Abingdon marathon http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk/
Sat-24/10/2015 09:00 Beachy Head http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx
Sun-25/10/2015 10:00 PP Water of Life http://www.purplepatchrunning.com
Sun-08/11/2015 10:00 PP Grand Union Half http://www.purplepatchrunning.com

Here's a few photos from the Bewl Tri last Saturday which eventually gave way to lovely conditions by the reservoir after a bit of a foggy delay.

once more into the unknown

really ? it's a bit foggy...

"you'll all be fine" went the brief. Except you with your number on your back. You won't be.

Saturday morning philosophy

follow the canoe. If you can see it.

And then the fog burnt off

If you're going to walk about, don't walk there. Yes, exactly there.

All good on the bike

super shiny reflectors early in the morning

Crystal Palace Trying hardest

nice smooth running along that Dam wall

Good running from White Oaks tri

nice form on the multi-lap run

Correct teamwork into the finish !
So get booked up for the rest of the year and enjoy the last of summer training !
Until next time
Anthony



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