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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Brutal Bagshot 2020, How to make a memory and 2020 almost fully booked !

The Brutal year starts here !

So were're creeping into 2020, having just decided to read 1984, because I thought I knew what it had in it but had better find out for real, I'd like us to reverse out of 2020 and have another go, because - well George Orwell said it was supposed to be a warning, and nobody seems to have been paying attention of late. Do have a read, even the first three pages should make you wonder at someone in 1947 being able to imagine and write it (and when you do remember TV was a relatively new thing then, but I guess xenophobia and hate weren't).
and yet some thought 2020 was going swimmingly

We've had the first of the Brutal runs for 2020, which given the winter makes the water particularly fresh, and there's the cross country (XC) season that has now had the County Leagues and Championships, then recently the regional champs (northern, midlands and southerns), and then we will be at the English "Nationals" later in February which this year is back at Nottingham, which again will have free photos live on the day for all participants - so make sure your clubmates know if they're going so they can share their achivements - especially the really boggy bit which makes for great spectating !!

Here's the most recent event galleries to check out your rugged or better features and future events worth getting entered in:

Date Event Gallery results website
Sat-28/12/2019 Brutal Longmoor http://sspimg.com/Brutal-Longmoor-2019-Gallery https://www.athlinks.com/event/299852/results/Event/862305/Course/1613610/Results
Wed-01/01/2020 Serpentine 10k http://sspimg.com/Serpentine-10K-2020-Gallery http://results.eventchiptiming.com/results.aspx?CId=16202&RId=8195&EId=2
Sun-05/01/2020 Tadworth Ten http://sspimg.com/Tadworth-10-2020-Gallery http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Tadworth%2010/4280
Sat-25/01/2020 Brutal Bagshot http://sspimg.com/Brutal-Bagshot-2020-Gallery https://www.athlinks.com/event/326671/results/Event/892945/Results
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Date Event Race EntryFree Photos ?
Sun-02/02/2020 Watford Half https://watfordhalf.co.uk/  -
Sun-09/02/2020 Worthing Half Marathon http://bit.ly/worthing-half-2016  -
Sat-22/02/2020 National XC Champs http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/ Free race photos sponsored by Saucony
Sun-23/02/2020 Hampton Court Half Marathon http://bit.ly/Hampton-Court-Half-Entry  -
Sat-29/02/2020 Brutal Bordon http://www/http://brutalrun.co.uk/race/bordon/  -
Sun-01/03/2020 Steyning Stinger http://www.steyningac.co.uk/ Free race photos as part of the race package
Sun-08/03/2020 Cambridge Half Marathon https://cambridgehalfmarathon.com/ Free race photos sponsored by Saucony
Sun-15/03/2020 Brentwood Half http://bit.ly/Brentwood-Half  -

Here's some of the joy that was Brutal Bagshot last saturday !

Follow the leader

photobombing from a distance

...and then he snapped my neck like a twig officer...

cold reaches the parts other beers cannot reach

run angry or get cold

scrum down

twinkle toes

tolkein has it

almost spring like

that was a cold bit

I've found what was blocking the plug....

Flapping keeps him higher above the water

Hold the sky !

So far so good at 1km in...

mind that hole under the waaaaaa...

everyones a winner !!

How to make a memory ?
As christmas fades away I'm reminded that we are in the business of celebrating achievement, making people happy through sport photography, and making memories.

However - how do you make a memory ? How do you truly make a moment in time become one that is known, recalled and cherished with an internal smile to yourself when you recall it ?

Here's just one way - which has two steps to it.
1. Print it (I use photobox.co.uk for my home stuff).
2. Put it somewhere in your home
3. Pick the somewhere carefully - and this is the memory making bit - somewhere you walk past every day, but don't always stop. The sort of place the picture will be in the side of your vision - but not taking up all your attention - but just enough for you to see it if you see it.

Examples are places like up the side of the stairs (assuming you have stairs), in a corridor, by a door you open and close mostly when you use it. You'll know where I mean.
Over time - that picture you sort of see every day, and sort of remember so it doesn't fade - will become part of the fabric of your home, and the fabric of your memories.
Try it - it works. It really does. Give it a bit of time (years...)

And for those of you saying - it's ok I have the digital copy - yes you do - do you have an app that changes your phones wallpaper every day to a different image ? or forces you to see it every time that you switch apps ?
If there's anyone out there that writes these sort of things - please can I have an app that shows me what I was doing 11 months, 23, 35, and 47 months etc etc ago. Because I want a month before the anniversary to have a chance to consider doing it again... I don't want to be reminded *on the day* because then it's too late to get myself organised isn't it !! (take note "time-hop" programmers - let me change this in the settings).

Right, that's it for now - keep wark, although it's not that cold at the moment, and until next time keep the training going,

Anthony








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