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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Surrey and Colchester Half, ETL Spitfire Tempest, Surrey Schools XC 2016, and the Brutal Bordon - now live

The start of the 3rd Surrey Half Marathon 2016

What a busy running weekend that was ! Apart from all the races we were at there was the Bath, Silverstone, Liverpool and Inverness Half marathons to add to the mix - a very busy weekend for road running. Timelines on facebook should soon be full of running images and medal shots...

All the latest galleries are now live here:

Event name
Gallery Link
Brutal Bordon
Surrey Schools Athletics Association
Surrey Schools XC Champs
The Surrey Half Marathon
Colchester Half
Events to Live
ETL Spitfire Tempest

Not forgetting last weekends events
Date Event name Gallery Link
Sat-05/03/2016 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-06/03/2016 Steyning Stinger
Sun-06/03/2016 Berkhamsted Half Marathon
Sun-06/03/2016 The Nuts Challenge

A few shout outs and mentions
Firstly to the very kind people at Trigger Trap  who supplied a cable in super quick time - if you're interested in all sorts of remote trigger photography have a look at their website here: there are some fascinating things you can do !

Secondly - do you blog too ?  I do like to share other peoples blogs where they have used race photos we have taken - so the next two make good reading - and if you have written a blog and would like it to reach more people - then please let me have a link to share ! 
1. - It's the one about OCR racing at the Nuts Challenge in the list of articles
2. - about his achievements to date and fundraising for United Response

There were simply too many events at the weekend for me to do a very in depth gallery this week - and my caption humour is running low as I have man flu, so please put up with this reduced selection...

First up the Brutal Borden:
One of us is very wise
What do you mean go through there ?
Great teamwork
come on, just use your legs
no elbows !!
No the tape won't take your weight.
Rowing across the mud with an old tree ?
muddy fun
some days the commute is hard work
plain filthy
Time for a quick wash and rinse
Meanwhile over at the Dunsfold Airfield (that one they use on Top Gear when they are not burning up Westminster) the Events to Live Spitfire 20 and Tempest 10 went off smoothly around the country lanes and past the aircraft
All go at the front of the field at the start
Some very picturesque lanes
Airfield negotiated safely
on the way out of the airfield on the first lap
Don't surrender, but do apologise for using a race belt, which as you can see - renders your race number un-readable (ban them all I say)

Meanwhile over in Woking at the Surrey Half Marathon...

undeterred he had to get that candy crush high-score
This is how you make it look easy !
Excellent Work from Victoria in the driving seat for Harrison
Nice to see a good victory salute down the finishing straight !
Would you like a banana with your photo ?
Remember to run around the marshals on the course, but you can go either side of these two...
That Retro portable CD player / discman look
Excellent work from Anita and Emma
Good fundraising efforts
Tony the fridge enters the last yards
Dear Barnes Runners, are you happy your club members enter races with fake numbers ?
It was a wonderful finish line atmosphere and great support
Julies going faster now she's allowed to run and not just walk
excellent fundraising work
It's ok, she was just having a rest, although it had me fooled for a moment...
Steph got the answer to his gender wrong AND wore a race belt. humph.

Meanwhile over in Colchester, the weather was just as good

Krypton factor challenge
Bob was at the Steyning Stinger only last weekend
Escaped from the zoo, but made good time all the same
Read that Tshirt carefully
Bear with me on this one
Oops Forgot the sunscreen
An excellent win in 1:09:53 by Adrian Mussett
Helen Davies returned in 1:18:17 for the win
how they don't pull a hamstring I don't know
Lobster on the run
possibly not the most comfortable shoes then ?
Correct finishing speed reached
tight finishing across the line by everyone

Also if you were wondering how well the website was standing up to the traffic after this busy weekend - you can see when one of the post-race emails went out !
Web traffic on the site around 7:30pm Tuesday 15th March - 20 pages per second being served up

At the same time, about a quarter of visitors were taking unlicensed watermarked copies off the website, or at least trying to... shame on them !
"image on mousedown" = right click copy attempted

Next weekend is another popular weekend for half marathons with Brentwood, Fleet and Hastings Half marathons as well as the Cranleigh 15-21 marathon training race...
Here's the full future list for you to consider

Date Event name Race website
Sat-19/03/2016 Kelly's 10k Riverside Run
Free race Photos live during the race
Sun-20/03/2016 Brentwood Half
Sun-20/03/2016 Hastings Half Marathon
Sun-20/03/2016 Cranleigh 15-21
Sun-20/03/2016 Fleet Half Marathon
Fri-25/03/2016 Folkestone 10
Sun-03/04/2016 Paddock Wood
Sun-03/04/2016 AAT Bolt
Sun-03/04/2016 Bournemouth Bay
Sun-03/04/2016 Richmond 13.1 Half
Sun-10/04/2016 Warrior Run
Sun-10/04/2016 HONC
Sat-16/04/2016 AAT Clandon Park Run
Sun-17/04/2016 7Oaks Tri
Fri-22/04/2016 The Running Awards
Sat-23/04/2016 Southampton Half Marathon
Sat-23/04/2016 Brutal Windmill Hill
Sun-24/04/2016 Southampton Half Marathon
Sun-24/04/2016 REP Bluebell
Sun-01/05/2016 3Forts
Sun-01/05/2016 REP Steyning Tri
Sun-01/05/2016 YMCA Fun Run
Sun-01/05/2016 Ranelagh Half

So that's it from the Blog for this week, it was a fantastic weekend of running and hard work from everyone from Marshals, Volunteers, event organisers and dare I add, our wonderful team of photographers many who were up before 6am on Sunday mornings to make sure they were in location and in the right place to capture the action.
Also a big thank you to the team here in the office that's been working double shifts through the last few days to get everything online as fast as possible despite a flu virus sweeping through.
And on that note, I desperately need to get some rest, so until next time, keep healthy and keep fit

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