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Friday, 4 January 2019

Brutal Longmoor and Serpentine 10k Galleries 2019 are here !

"Merry New Year!!", to quote Eddie Murphy. Whilst some of you may be deciding to do dry January (stay indoors then the rain and snow won't get you, and stick to Dry Martinis ?) or the new "Veganuary" (which Greggs seems to be supporting), we bring you the two real winter tests of stamina and commitment to the running cause - that being the Brutal Longmoor on the 29th of December and the Serpentine New Years Day 10k which is a quick route around Hyde Park - which couldn't have taken place in more pleasant conditions - i.e. it didn't rain, snow, freeze or particularly windy and was quite mild, and the traffic out of London was practically empty.

Gallery links and future race planning - you'll see a bit of an anomaly here - if you've ever followed what we do and how we do it - you can see that we're going to be a bit busier than usual in January - so we hope to see you at some of the free to participate parkrun 5ks over the month ahead and enjoy the free photos that will be coming out of it! It's the #DirtIsGood campaign if anyone is interested in adding that to your social media posts !
Personally I'd been looking forwards to a bit of a rest and fixing the lighting in the office over January - but there we go... Darkuary it is then...

Date Event Event Website
Sat-29/12/2018 Brutal Longmoor
Tue-01/01/2019 Serpentine 10k
Future Races
Sat-05/01/2019 parkrun Forest of Dean
Sat-05/01/2019 parkrun Vogrie
Sat-05/01/2019 parkrun Lloyd
Sun-06/01/2019 Tadworth Ten
Sat-12/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-12/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-12/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-19/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-19/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-19/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-26/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-26/01/2019 parkrun
Sat-26/01/2019 parkrun
Sun-03/02/2019 Watford Half
Sun-17/02/2019 Hampton Court Half Marathon

And to some pictures of festive frolics at Brutal and Serpentine
thumbs up from the triathlete

Shoes are not supposed to be disassembled

oo la la

bog monster zombies

he was only teasing with the water splashes...

muddy filth

the cold water had frozen her legs and arms making running tricky

It's a study of a family dynamic

it's not rally that deep ?

jelly legs

easy now, it's not that big, lets look closer...

proper mud running and efforts

found the pot-hole under the water

never let your brother win

perfect form. Nice to see one done properly

all was going to be ok !
and then to New Years Day !
A tight start next to the winter wonderland, but nobody was rushing to go in this time

it's bigger than Victoria Park !

top photobombing and waving by all

Taxi to the Edgeware road corner please...

Sharp running for a bit of winter training

smoothly in at the finish

the junior 3k was a competitive affair

all under control at the top corner

Fordy waves too

All going ok

The Albert Memorial in the background now restored to it's previous golden glow

Strong to the finish !

So, have a merry new year, enjoy training and take it a little easier in the cold, build up the gentle miles and enjoy the views through the hedges and trees whilst you can be a bit more nosey and see what's usually hidden behind things !! I'm off for an MRI on my poorly right wrist which might have some torn ligaments (well it flops about and I can't pour a jog of water at the moment), which might result in surgery and 6 weeks in a cast. Don't let anyone tell you that photography isn't a physical job !!

Until next time !

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