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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Abingdon Marathon and PP Water of Life 2016 now live

Both the galleries from the weekend are now online,
A busy yet gentle start to the 2016 Abingdon Marathon
With fog and mist on the way to events this Sunday it was a pleasant Autumnal sun that burnt through to give clear skies, not helped by a slightly chilly easterly wind from the Baltics. So first event back into the winter waterproof trousers and big coat and gloves. If you see me with my camera covered in (special) plastic bags, it's to keep my hands warm, not to keep the rain off (but they do that too).
A quick thank you to Gary the race director at Abingdon who is now handing on the reigns - although not disappearing he's done his fair share of putting on a fantastic event over the years and for that we are very grateful.

Here are the latest Gallery links:
Date Event name Gallery or event website
This weeks races
Sun-23-10-2016 PP Water of Life
Sun-23-10-2016 Abingdon marathon
Last weeks races
Sat-15-10-2016 Spooky Sprint Tonbridge
Sun-16-10-2016 Kelly's Cross Country Challenge
Sun-16-10-2016 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k
Sun-16-10-2016 1066 Way to Battle
Future Races in 2016
Sat-29-10-2016 Beachy Head
Sat-12-11-2016 Brutal Spider Hill
Sun-13-11-2016 PP Grand Union Half
Sun-20-11-2016 ETL Molehills
Sun-20-11-2016 Brighton 10k
Sun-04-12-2016 The Hogs Back
Sun-04-12-2016 Seaford Mince Pie
Sun-11-12-2016 HollyRun

2017 Races and free race galleries

Bookings are up for free race galleries in 2017 - it's not just medals and TShirts any more. Race galleries that Runners can download for free make up more and more of the events we cover, and on the busy weekends becoming a tipping point for the undecided entry. I mean - we like to think we help bring a certain quality endorsement to the races and the event directors that we work with , but free race photos do make a difference for everyone.

Event organisers have the choice of free downloads, or to use Pic2Go that gives the photos directly to the runners and also helps them get those additional sponsors onboard with the massive additional exposure that race photos on social media can bring - when we quote "Millions of page views" people find it hard to grasp and understand, but yes that's what we can do for your brand.

Prices for free downloads start from only £1+VAT (*depending on race size), so tell your favourite race director to get it sorted out for your bestest race next year now ! Or if you're a potential sponsor, get in touch and I'm sure we can find you a suitable race...
Abingdon 2016
They only just missed the cones as they came up the road - potentially embarrassing ! Great lead marshalling all the way around at 12mph

A bit of local teamwork

Always good to have support buzzing around the course

World record attempt was looking strong at the half marathon point

A wave to Wilma and he was off again

And then he found the wall

good teamwork

Top work as rear sweeper, all the way round at 5mph is not easy

Not quite sure who she's telling off here...

All going well together

I hear he's going to release a new clothing line soon

Strong into the last bend

Slightly pleased about it 

He forgot to drink the water, makes things very heavy

All done with teddy in hand

A bit of impromptu Morris dancing to celebrate

Finally Mel had broken away from Sue for the win

Almost a mobot across the town square

Somewhere there's a Serpintine runner without a right glove

For the win !

Meanwhile at Marlow and the Water of Live event with Purple Patch

It was all so good at the start of the 10k

Safely away on the half

not sure who's leading who here

Chris Takes some  low fives

excellent ! - yes, we can't read them in your pocket

strong teamwork coming off the bridge

looking to hitch a lift, but wasn't prepared to wait

A tricky running technique, but seemingly effective

"Gazelle meets soaring eagle" is also a tricky north american style of running

He went for the slap but was blocked

He left the loo seat up, so alas we couldn't see his number...

Selfie Face frames are all a bit of a popular thing at the moment

Now this does almost remind me of a Monty Python sketch from the meaning of life

All going ok here

Dougal (that's the dog in the background) gave chase, fortunately the runner had a life jacket on in case he was chased into the water.

Finishing fives and another Purple Patch event done
So next weekend Saturday is the epic that we call Beachy Head, a slightly different affair to the ever flattest Abingdon Marathon, in that it goes up and down a considerable amount. Even the winners add 30 minutes to their marathon time, and a sub-3hr win is very rare even in ideal conditions.
The long range weather forecast hasn't quite made up it's mind - but early indications are looking promising, if cloudy. Fingers crossed for the light winds - because it's never boring on the top of those cliffs !

Until next time

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