|Claire Rogers, overall winner of the 3 Forts Ultra-Marathon 2017 at the 6km mark|
First things first, she won it overall, by 2 minutes from Stuart Backhouse #143. She was behind him as they ran up Cissbury ring with about 3k to go, so she must have put in a tremendous effort in those last stages to take the win into the headwind and rain. For those who are not aware - it is very very rare for the women to win overall, especially on this sort of course.
Secondly - do not underestimate how difficult this race is - personally I think it's as hard as Beachy Head, it might not have the same total elevation or have the seven sisters, but it does have more distance, and is on equally difficult terrain with large climbs throughout. Stuart Mills needs to come and give it a try sometime and pass judgement (I can't recall if you have Stuart?).
Very well done Claire - it was an absolute joy to see you race and cross the finish line so determined. That look on your face in the last 50m was inspirational finishing. And our quick facebook post about it on the day has now gone through 8500 views and 94 likes - which is as good as going viral as it gets !
You can see her working hard for it on the day here: http://sspimg.com/3forts2017-415
|Monsters inc. energy release system at the YMCA runs|
All the events from April can be found here on our easy to browse page on the gallery:
|Sun-30/04/2017||Oswestry Half Marathon - Free with Pic2Go live during the event||http://sspimg.com/Oswestry-Half-Marathon-Gallery-2017|
|Sun-30/04/2017||REP Steyning Tri - Free downloads||http://sspimg.com/REP-Steyning-Tri-Gallery-2017|
|Sun-30/04/2017||3 Forts Marathon and Half Marathon||http://sspimg.com/3Forts-Gallery-2017|
|Sun-30/04/2017||YMCA Fun Run||http://sspimg.com/YMCA-Fun-Run-Gallery-2017|
|Mon-01/05/2017||The Hart Tri||http://sspimg.com/Hart-Tri-2017-Gallery|
|New Sport Centres are always lovely to see - here's the new one at Hart near Fleet|
If you're wondering about last weeks races - they're still here
|Date||Last Weeks Race||Gallery|
|Sat-22/04/2017||Brutal Windmill Hill||http://sspimg.com/Brutal-Windmill-Hill-Gallery-2017|
|Sun-23/04/2017||Heart of the Wolds Sportive||http://sspimg.com/Heart-of-the-Wolds-2017-Gallery|
|Sun-23/04/2017||Southampton Half Marathon||http://sspimg.com/ABP-Southampton-Races-2017-Gallery|
Thanks go to www.UKRunChat.co.uk for sponsoring the fast and free service - it has been very well received by all as far as we can tell from all the fantastic comments.
The Oswestry Half's pic2go images with 873 finishers have been seen 583,660 times, liked 26,883 likes and 3776 comments, which for any social media marketing people out there - you'll know that makes it cheaper than advertising on facebook, more direct and more effective in getting engagement for your event, brand or sponsorship than anything else available at the moment ! Get in touch if you spend any marketing money on facebook - we can probably do a better job for you.
Pic2Go is the future of live event photos, because - who wants to wait ?
|Joe overseeing the start at Oswestry Half Marathon - a great days racing|
Now go to May on the calendar and see where we are going to be - http://sspimg.com/SSP-May-2017 and get your entries in ! (actually just checking it now - we need to add a few more in there that have been confirmed).
Free photo fest
Some of you may have noticed a bit of a trend with the free photos thing recently ?
Have a look at this table and see if you can notice anything coming up over the next months ahead and tell me what you think is happening - and by now you know what pic2go means - free, live and given to you directly during the event ! (yes faster than amazon prime using a drone, and lands where you want it to - directly into your timeline). It's a win-win for everyone.
Over on the Three Forts
|Sorry Lester, can't read your number !|
|I swear that hedge is getting bigger to ruin the view here|
|Ultra running dog poo check and removal|
|"look Mum no hands" you won't believe what happened next...|
|Truleigh Hill - done|
|all good up the last hill to Chanctonbury|
|I want these three to support me on my next race. Awesome work for Tubby Bear.|
|For the finish|
|They really shouldn't have let go of the leads.|
|Dipping for the line, dog still wins by a nose|
|Good stuff from the Mayor, in the rain and the cold.|
Ranelagh Richmond Half..
|when compression socks go wrong|
|Ever had that feeling someone is shadowing you ?|
|Fetch batman ? or is he Joking ?|
|He's off for a cheeky Nando's afterwards|
|Running free and enjoying it !|
|happy running into the finish|
|oh yes. job done.|
|Taste the air|
|T for Triathlon. or Tea. or err. 7Up ?|
|not bad syncronisation|
|Graham always takes this too seriously|
|Tractors are allowed on the full on road course, if you want to make it harder for yourself|
|concentration is the watchword|
|Daughter didn't say no.|
|Relay Team winners. Which one was the swimmer ?|
|Competitive finishing across all the ages|
|Actually he does Run reigate|
|Another daughter that let Dad borrow stuff|
|THIS IS HOW YOU FINISH|
|she's on rollerskates. seriously, it was art. modern interpretive dance art, but still art.|
|When she's going to beat you, and you know it. and hell so does she ! #storming|
|Wife carrying championship practice for next years world champs.|
|New watch, already knows to stop the time at the finish. |
|nothing better than new tarmac in transition|
|Swim exit past the entrance made for good spectating|
|Full transition is always a healthy sight|
|I think we got the framing right for their next newsletter ?|
|long undulating hills anyone ?|
|it was a compteititve race|
|we love hills, the perspective is so much better|
|Don't let high-fives distract you from the curb...|
|Proper finish in branded Tshirt for next marketing effort. This is PR gold.|
|This is also PR gold. Big PR Gorrilla gold.|
|Day off from running the Empire. Everyone needs to keep fit at all levels of management.|
|53 marathons Amy, smiling because it's only a Half ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Hughes|
|Going strong at the start !|
|Wayne enjoyed it !|
|How to finish with your friends. Well, I hope they're friends. They should be friends. OK, Well they look like friends.|
Right - that's it for this week, it's a quiet one with just the 7Oaks tri on sunday and that sold out the second it went online, so no late entries for that. You've got the list above for what else to look out for and then we have two busy weekends of very busy stuff to do with you.
The Mundays run on Wednesday in Bushy park is good value though - so get yourself over for that if you can.
Until next time !
p.s. trying to get more sleep - hence these getting published later in the week now rather than staying up until 2am.