|The Winter Wonderland grew even bigger this year (it usually only reaches the tree in the back left) - leading to the infamous prison wall of Hyde Park lining the starting pen side and blocking the view of the Ferris wheel.|
The Serpentine NYD 10k and 3k 2016
|50m on from the start and all was forgotten of the winter wonderland as everyone zoomed off around the Park.|
Our 9th year of covering the Serpentine New Years Day 10k and the gallery is now live here http://bit.ly/Serpentine-10k-Gallery-2016
If you have missed the last event - the gallery list is here - scroll down for the list of all events ever: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/libraryhome.tlx?events=all
|Date||Event||Event type||Gallery Link|
|Mon-28/12/2015||Brutal Longmoor||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Brutal-Longmoor-2015-gallery|
|Fri-01/01/2016||The NYD Serpentine 10k and 3k||10k||http://bit.ly/Serpentine-10k-Gallery-2016|
|Future Events||.||.||Link to the Event via Gallery|
|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||*NEW* Worthing Half Marathon||half marathon||http://bit.ly/worthing-half-2016|
|Sun-21/02/2016||Hampton Court Half Marathon||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Hampton-Court-Half-Gallery-2016|
Congratulations as ever to the Serpentine Running Club on managing to get a team of volunteers and indeed competitors to turn up on the most hungover day of the year. This is no small feat and could explain why there are not that many races on the day.
This was one of the warmest days it has been in the last 9 times - temperatures around 10 degrees, and what wind there was came from the west helping runners in on their final push along the edge of the serpentine itself. This may be why the winning time was a fast one :
Results including your bib numbers are here on the fabulous DBmax results website:
1st James McMurray #396 of St Albans Striders in 30:39,
2nd Adam Kirk-Smith #329 of London Heathside in 32:37, &
3rd Mark Ryall #518 of Milton Keynes AC in 32:44;
1st Emma Pallant #458 of Team Dillon in 35:02,
2nd Michelle Dillon #140 of Team Dillon in 38:16, &
3rd Lydia O'Donoghue #449 of Ealing Eagles in 39:08,
The winning team were men - London Heathside and women Team Dillon - very well done to you all !
Next Weekend - County XC Champs 2016 - not there this year...
It's the county cross-country championships weekend - Sussex County Champs will be at Bexhill this year (as usual) on Saturday the 9th January - http://www.sussexathletics.org.uk/forms.php#form185
|Emily enjoys slipping about in the mud|
For various reasons we will NOT be there this year, so here's a shout out to all those club photographers we often see around the various courses - this is your chance to make sure you get those good shots of your friends and club mates representing your teams for a lasting memory for them. Good luck in the dark woods where all the best mud shots are !
We have covered the Sussex county XC championships every year from 2005 to 2015 and now have probably got quite a historic archive of every top club runner in Sussex from this past decade (except for the sprinters ;-) ). Everyone is findable on our archives - all you need are the results to know your race numbers...which are in the results (?) so it's a shame to not cover this year, if only for the continuing archive records.
Last years XC champs race is on our archive here http://bit.ly/Sussex-XC-2015-champs
It's one of our aims to get all our old archived events back online over the next few years - it's a massive task if you bear in mind we posted over 3 million images last year alone - it's all about finding an online storage solution that is affordable and workable.
|Last years XC race - going fast and furious|
New Year resolutions anyone ?
We haven't made any specific New Years resolutions here in the office, except to do more exercise (which shouldn't be too difficult). We have made some significant strategic changes through last year, and have some more to come into the years to come - continuous improvement continues ! (although if we win the £46M lottery roll over - those might be the first plans to hit the wall...). We have recently taken delivery of about 72Tb of data storage - so have a little bit more capacity now as backup too, which is nice.
Get your race entries in early
Around about now all I see are facebook discussions on which races everyone is entering - my only advice is to get entered into them early.
If you're a local to Sussex then the new Worthing Half Marathon is one you really ought to be getting in on - http://bit.ly/worthing-half-2016 it's just at the right time of year for marathon training, or indeed for half marathon running - February the 14th - you can't go wrong !!
Closed roads around Worthing with a bit of a classic flat out and back to finish - theoretically with the wind behind on the way home - what more do you want ? Enter now ! http://bit.ly/worthing-half-2016
It's organised by the same Richard Xerri of Richmond 13.1 fame, that regularly attracts over 3000 runners for their festival of running each year, so we know every eventuality will be covered and a great race will take place.
Here's a few more shots from the Serpentine NYD 10k and 3k - I hope you have all had a great break from work and a good holiday (if you have been able to !)
|Going along the serpentine on the way out. Bloke waving from the back is a bit optimistic I can see him|
|That "New Years Day morning" look|
|Spectating is quite good fun|
|The course is yours - when you're in the lead by so far|
|Checking your clubmates form for him|
|Don't enter the race, don't wear a number or have a chip, but run in videoing it on your phone anyway to get your time off the clock. Why not !?! meanwhile 344 was having none of it !|
|Powerful High5 almost took his arm off|
|Flag giver forgot to let go....|
|Compete to the last yard|
|GOT TO BEAT MUM ! and he did in fine style...|
|Mark is fit and ready for another years timekeeping|
|past the fountains and up to the first lap|
|oh dear, he jump too high !|
|SMILE dammit !|
|Ealing Eagles flew about the course in quite large numbers ! excellent show|
|Good team outing for the fist of the year|
|Double thumbs up and back to the finish|
|This is how you will feel if you kept your NYD fitness regime going...|
Have a good week and look forwards to seeing you at Denbies 10, or indeed at the Surrey Schools XC champs in two weeks time... we're going to be planning in the rest of the year over the next two weeks - and if you're an event organiser and have not got in touch yet for this year - then please make sure you do before we are fully booked - we are already full on seven key weekends leading up to the end of June. Don't be late !
Happy New Year for 2016
until next time