Tuesday 30 July 2013

The Hurt3 and Purple Patch DTUF Half 2013 now live

Just the two events from the weekend - both very popular and in perfect conditions, if you missed them then make sure you put a date in your diary for next years, all had excellent turnouts and great feedback from everyone who took part.

Here are the gallery links:



We're downing tools for a brief summer break this weekend, but then it's back at it for the rest of the year... I'm going to try to find out what having a weekend off is all about as we've not had one yet this year.
Otherwise I hope you're enjoying the sun and the little bits of rain we're having at the moment.

Future Events
- we know you will like !
Entry website pages
The Ride of Hope
10th of August
On a Saturday, so you can still do your normal race on sunday !

12 Spin classes, 1hr each, do them all, do one, do some, do the hard class, do the easy one - the largest group spin (or bring your turbo) in Europe - get involved and help raise money for charity ! http://bit.ly/the-ride-of-hope Ideal if you're training for a triathlon, and more sociable than watching videos at home ! and its on a Saturday !
11th of August

11th of August : The Adur Swim and/or 10k Run

11th of August

11th of August : The Bewl Triathlon (Sprint or Standard)

Saturday 17th of August

17th of August : The 10th Pride 10k
The most running fun you can have near to the Olympic park...

Saturday 17th of August

17th of August : The Brutal - Minley

Minley - "The Dry One" - no mud, just hills

Here's a few shots from the Purple Patch DTUF Half Marathon for you to see just how happy a race it was !
By the way - there's a new rule - if you pull a move, funny face, mobot or bolt, wave or thumbs up - you have to buy your copy and share it on facebook ! (other social websites are available..)

beating the course, calm and controlled

ecstatic double thumbs up 

far too cool double thumbs up

oops, just remembered something

If I can ever look this relaxed in a half marathon I'll be pleased
The joy of winning

trophy shirt

"Yes, Taxi back to Marlow please..."

Dogs don't mix that well near finish lines

She's done DTUF four times now !

Extreme relief at the finish !

Waving to the family - yes - job done !

Excellent finish !

Thumbs up finish

Surprised and pleased in one expression

Daddy the victor !

Doing a "Julie Andrews" on the course

Still all ok ? Yep, you're doing fine !

There was a small bear loose near Dorney lake locks...

A sense of victory, even only at 2 miles...

Jumping for joy with a mile left to go !
Right that's it, time to pay the staff, clear the orders, sort out the tax and get ready for a weekend off. Let me know how your weekend goes, and try not to get caught out by the horrendous road closures in Surrey and South london with this thing: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/ this weekend.

Call me cynical, but I remind you that the Michelin guide was invented to get drivers out of Paris to puncture their tyres and drive up sales (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_Guide). Here we have a major insurer encouraging lots and lots of bike riding. Can you see the link yet ?

It is however interesting to see sponsored free photos, and I'll happily point out that we were the first event photography company to start that for mass participation events :-) and continue to provide this service - if you're interested in how it works and what we can do for your brand or company - then please get in touch info@sussexsportphotography.com it's at least ten times more effective than traditional event sponsorship...

Until next time !

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Chichester Triathlon 2013 now live

The Natures Way Chichester Tri 2013
On a hot sunny day, with a bit of a nice breeze on the bikes to keep people cool and a run along the old train line in the shade the Chichester Triathlon and try-a-try took place.

Organised by Chichester Council, it's a pool based swim with a ride out on the south downs (with at least one long climb and a big drop-off the other side) http://goo.gl/maps/tyjSb  and a run along the old railway line. It starts off in waves at 7am and this year over the two race distances had over 340 competitors on the day.

Race Race links

Race Gallery:

Race Website :

Provisional results:

At least it was a bit windy out on the bike course with a cooling effect, so being out in the sun in 30degree heat, or even hotter near the tarmac wasn't as bad as it could be before the gentle 10k run under the tree shaded run route...

Overall winners of the full standard triathlon were Chris Birch #282 in 1:57:31, Mary Campbell #116 in 2:11:19 and of the Sprint Try a Tri distance, Harry Leleu #402 in 1:27:59 and Annabel Parker #469 in 1:43:44. Given the temperatures all very strong times for their distances.

Charlotte Eastley #137 in the standard tri overall had a good race, leaving the swim in 33rd place, picking up a few minutes in transition and holding 23rd after the cycling, only to leave a few places behind on the run and finish in 25th place in the female race in a time of 3:01:35. However that wasn't quite the end of things for her...
All smiles to the supporters out of T1

All smiles on the bike

All smiles at the finish

What more could you want, a cool drink, a medal and a finish ? still all smiles.

you want to what ???!!!  MARRY ME ?

yes ok, you crazy man

A relieved thumbs up from her new Fiancée
So congratulations to Charlotte and her new future husband, if you get in touch we'll sort you out with free photos from the race as a memento. I'll add - we don't do weddings ;-) (we can and have, but don't any more - too busy).

Meanwhile everyone else had a normal race !
Emergency ice cream vehicle en route

2 ice creams please, I'm parched

praying to the god of ice creams

I'll have an ice cream too please

hang on, I can't smell the ice cream

Yes, ice cream for me too please

Top tip - if you must have a Tattoo, leave a space for your race number (and an ice cream - obviously)

If you're looking at your watch, you will always be late for your ice cream

Double vision ? no just hallucinating for an ice cream

great camaraderie at the finish, but no ice cream ?! disaster !

It's a family affair

Team work at the finish is always good fun

Unfortunately you don't start the swim down the slide.
Well done to the team at Chichester, and a very big thank you for the free calf massage from the students at SPRU who were volunteering at the finish. (yes even photographers get injuries).

Next weekend is the Hurt, race #3 a 12k run (or 24 if you're bonkers) http://bit.ly/the-Hurt-2013-entry and the very picturesque DTUF (down tow up flow) half marathon from Marlow to Windsor along the river. Now that is one run I want to do one day...it is beautiful along the course - if I'm not working at it !

Then it's a weekend off for the summer holidays, our first full one all year, so enjoy the weather ! (I'm going to change our name to 24-7-363 in honour of it)

Until next time

p.s. if you're looking for the Vachery triathlon photos and video, marathon-photos from New Zealand tried to cover it this year, so err, sorry about that, not our fault.