Wednesday 26 March 2014

Richmond 13.1, Brentwood Half, and F3 Half now live - B2TT and PP Water of Life almost ready 2014

It's been another big weekend for Running and all things muddy, if this keeps up all the way to the London Marathon there's going to have been a lot of running miles put in before April the 13th.

This weekends galleries are listed below along with their status so far we have cataloged over 100,000 images (yes it's a manual process) and aim to have the last ones done around lunchtime tomorrow - we have the full team in the office so it should be swift, Facebook and twitter @uksportphoto updates will follow just as soon as the last two are online.

Latest Races Status Link to race Galleries
Sat 15th - F3 Dorney Half Marathon

Sun 23rd - Richmond 13.1 and 10k

Sun 23rd - B2TT Back 2 the Trenches #1 2014

2/3rds completed - Wednesday
Sun 23rd - PP Water of Life Half Marathon

All set to get done on Wednesday
Sun 23rd - Brentwood Half Marathon


This weekend compared to the same weekends last year were quite a bit different - at Brentwood we didn't have a snow blizzard warning, nor snow and ice during the race, at Richmond we had about 3 times as many runners, and no floods or ice on the towpaths, over at The Water of Life we had heavy Hail storms, when last year it was flooded off, and at Back to the Trenches the slide had been made very slidey and there were no laps. At least the F3 Events Dorney Lake half marathon had only a little wind, and almost perfect running conditions on the Saturday.

All go at the Brentwood Half Start

Little Iron Man made the fun run

Strong finishing in the fun run

Wonder woman put in an appearance at Brentwood

Real chains - very heavy

Sponsored start

Running Scared at Dorney 

Double hellos

The Band played on at Brentwood

and over there, you'll see the lake


Y oh Y oh Y

Why ?!

Jump the fire

Jump the fire, this time with feeling

The start at the Water of Life

Show your best side for the half at Richmond

Victory at the finish

Two tyred

Far too tired

perhaps overkill on the dipping under the logs

Flying over the fire jump

There's something on my nose !!

afterwards it all seemed so innocent

high-5 starting

victory at the end of Richmond

Make the finish count

Fetch me a chinese doctor !

Perfect finishing victory arms

Look into the lens, not around the lens, into the lens...

Taxi to the Thames towpath please, yes, near old deer park

spot on pacing from the Xempo team

That Richmond bridge shot

Teasing Tony because he was working and not training for the 7Oaks tri...

Respect for this chap - all the way round, and his umbrella helped at the end in the Hail !
So, check out the galleries, we have a full team in today wednesday to finish off B2TT and Water of Life, so they will all be up as soon as possible.

Well done to everyone at the weekend, especially the less frequent runners who managed to make it around the half marathon courses, or the 10k's - it's not easy going - we hope we see you out and about soon ?

Right, until next time, enjoy the galleries, and please remember to order them before they are archived.


Tuesday 18 March 2014

Brutal Bordon, Colchester Half, ETL Spitfire 10, Tempest 20 and Cranleigh 15-21 2014

Hi there,
How was your running this weekend ? Did you make it out into the fantastic sunshine ?

Another busy weekend here at SSP towers, with races stretching from the deepest Surrey borders to the far reaches of the A12 and Colchester for their Half Marathon. Early starts two days in a row, the weekend alarm calls at 5am are still dark.

As you will have realised when you experienced it - the weather was perfect conditions for all the races across the south - apart from a little bit of wind, we all seemed to cope admirably with the sun. A few dehydration cases were seen, but statistically lower than normal and I can report that everyone was ok in the end, as ever it's always good to see fellow runners helping out to get people to medical help and assistance when this happens. On the other hand - you also know you're in good company because Mo Farrah managed to do it to himself at the end of the New York Half Marathon this weekend too - so it's all part of your elite training experience !

Here are the links to the race photo galleries from this weekend, fully indexed for your easy searching pleasure - because lets face it - you're not going to browse through 90,000 images quickly !

RaceGallery Link
Sat 15th - Brutal Bordon
Sun 16th - Colchester Half Marathon
Sun 16th - ETL Tempest 10 and Spitfire 20
Sun 16th - Cranleigh 15-21

Lost and found - one shoe at Bordon, one crazy owner

Sunglasses and Muddy fun at Brutal

For Ted, his canine friend who passed on

Splashing fun

The Brutal Spa treatment baths

I hope they know each other !

Concentration at the finish

The new finish at Colchester - a lot safer with the barriers

This is the thixtropic mud globule mess that is Bordon

And lo a new boyband was formed that very morning

Minion !!

Sarah expresses herself as clearly as ever xx

The Bikini loin-cloth taken-off-top look

Mud Hand

That's going to be a long video

Join the Navy for motivation they said...

All looking good with Roger Federer helping you along

Big waves at Cranleigh

Proper Mobot from Crawley

Good to see Seaford Striding along

Rock on BHR

Eyeballs out Sprinting in at Colchester

Glorious running

No Surrender

The joy of finishing

He didn't carry the weights around the whole way

On reflection, yes this was tougher than a tough mudder.

Full facial cleansing at the Brutal Spa

Taking in the sights at Dunsfold with Events to Live

It's a long runway !

Optimism at 2 miles

good finishing speed

The brutal stampede start

ooh, you've missed a bit !

Events to Live Tempest and Spitfire starting off

in-flight refuelling

So that was another weekend with almost 90,000 images new to the gallery - it's been busy - and with everyone back in the office from various other commitments we hope to get back on top of things in time for next weekends races - we really are in the thick of it for the spring half marathons !

Next racesLink to entries
Sat 15th - F3 Dorney Half Marathon
Sun 23rd - Richmond 13.1 and 10k
Sun 23rd - Back 2 the Trenches #1
Sun 23rd - PP Water of Life Half Marathon
Sun 23rd - Brentwood Half Marathon (sold out)

So, enjoy the galleries and I hope you had a good time !
Until next time, Train hard, keep hydrated, and enjoy your running,