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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Now live - National XC Champs 2016 and Kingston Half Marathon Photo Galleries

An amazing weekend of action in perfect running conditions, no rain and wind and not too cold (if you're running!)
The lead group in the Senior Women's National XC Championship Race 2016 - #4317 Lucas eventually won
Saturday we were at the National Cross Country Championships at Donington Park on a fast undulating course, with the elite fields of runners hardly separating as they navigated the mud and trails, and then Sunday we were at the inaugural Kingston "Run the Streets" Half Marathon and 10k, with closed roads along the river and inside the town centre itself.

Here's the quick links to the two galleries from this weekends races - everything is live and catalogued with your race numbers for easy searching:

Sat-27/02/2016 National XC Champs
Sun-28/02/2016 Run The Streets - Kingston

The streets were packed at the start of the inaugural Kingston Half Marathon 2016

Here's a full list of future races (and the last two weekends) for you to enter or order from.
Remember you can always check the historical list of galleries by scrolling down the list here:

Date Race Name Gallery or website link
Sun-21/02/2016 Hampton Court Half Marathon
Sat-27/02/2016 National XC Champs
Sun-28/02/2016 Run The Streets - Kingston
Sat-05/03/2016 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-06/03/2016 Berkhamsted Half Marathon
Sun-06/03/2016 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-06/03/2016 Steyning Stinger
Sat-12/03/2016 Surrey Schools XC Champs
Sat-12/03/2016 Brutal Bordon
Sun-13/03/2016 Surrey Half Marathon
Sun-13/03/2016 ETL Spitfire
Sun-13/03/2016 Colchester Half
Sat-19/03/2016 Kelly's 10k Riverside Run
Sun-20/03/2016 Cranleigh 15-21
Sun-20/03/2016 Brentwood Half
Sun-20/03/2016 B2TT
Sun-20/03/2016 Fleet Half Marathon
Sun-20/03/2016 Hastings Half Marathon
Fri-25/03/2016 Folkestone 10
Sun-03/04/2016 Bournemouth Bay
Sun-03/04/2016 AAT Bolt
Sun-03/04/2016 Richmond 13.1 Half
Sun-03/04/2016 Paddock Wood
Sun-10/04/2016 HONC
Sun-10/04/2016 Warrior Run
Sat-16/04/2016 AAT Clandon Park Run
Sun-17/04/2016 7Oaks Tri

Some images from the National XC champs - fast racing with large entries made it very competitive. Seeing people who usually win big road half marathons in about 200th place is a weird and amazing thing to witness.
The wide start across the fields which is what makes XC exciting

The camera was at the 1mile point in the course - they didn't spread out much !

Brighton & Hove's Howard Bristow in the thick of the action 

Only the one mo-bot in at the finish all day ! Good effort

It's lonely at the front for Hay winning the Senior Mens Title

Busy times at the finish - elite packs just don't spread out !

Getting value for money from the mud before the finish and it's all over

Even had that feeling of being chased by 4000 men ? Look behind you !

Excellent work from Davies, taking in the experience - which is open to all English Club Members
On Sunday it was an early 8am start at the Kingston Run the Streets Half Marathon and 10k

Eye popping effort

Getting heckled from the crowd made the winner stop and think for a moment

That look says it took quite a bit of effort !

Strava says No

top team running

Horrified at the quality of selfies ? don't risk dropping your phone, run in strong and we'll do the rest

Proper running in strong - capture that effort and hard work !

enjoying it all at the finish !

Half way through and the mind games in the 10k begin

which direction now ? Excellent Charity running.

Don't play Candy Crush Saga when running. Just don't.

Large Forearms

A Duck and  bridge near a river. A timeless shot.

I try to emphasise to our photographers that the background is what often makes a photo

Half way in and the mindgames start

Never flirt with the camera...

Jelly Baby energy boosts - kindly donated to needy runners by the baby slave.

Personal Cheerleader ?

or a little bit too much ?

Winner of the Prize for the most smiling on every lap past the cameras

It's approximately this big

Excellent work and the Mini mile from the youngsters
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Right, next weekend is the Nuts challenge so hours of muddy fun, The classic that is the Steyning Stinger, and the Berkhapmstead Half Marathon - all quality races - fingers crossed the weather forecast knows that we have officially passed into Spring...

Until next time

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