Monday 21 November 2016

The ETL 3 Molehills and not the Brighton 10k 2016

Everything went off smoothly at the Events to Live 3 Molehills run - three relay legs across the Surrey Hills near Denbies Vinyard and Box Hill. Teams of three or various combinations of that or even solo runners took on the different distances and climbs. Some even made it up from Brighton in time to enter on the day.

People from Clapham chasing each other at the Start of the ETL 3 Molehills
At Brighton on the coast the back end of Storm Angus prevented any road cones and barriers from staying in the right place - making it impossible to secure the race route. 
By 7am on advice from the council over the road closure the Brighton 10k was cancelled, despite everyone's very best efforts from very early in the morning (3:30am) tring to solve things.
Other small details would also have impacted the race taking place - for example the temporary toilets couldn't stand up in the wind - and with no toilets - the race would not have complied with the Race license, or the debris blowing up from the beach in Hove which made it frankly dangerous.
Not giving thanks to Storm Angus.
Race Director Keith Donno said he would talk to the council about the possibility of rescheduling, but they had already told him that road closures take months to book and agree with various Public Agencies and services (aka blue lights, maintenance etc), plus Madeira drive is regularly booked by events, so he thought it would need considerable luck to bring anything in for 2016. Keep an eye on the facebook page here
The Marina wall took a battering, and this was at low tide

The race Galleries from last week are now here:

Date Event Gallery or event link
Sun-20-11-2016 ETL Molehills
Sun-20-11-2016 Brighton 10k  links to 2015 and 2014 galleries are on this page
last weekend
Sat-12-11-2016 Brutal Spider Hill
Sun-13-11-2016 PP Grand Union Half
. . .
Next Races
Sun-04-12-2016 Seaford Mince Pie
Sun-04-12-2016 The Hogs Back
Sun-11-12-2016 HollyRun
Sat-31-12-2016 Brutal Longmoor
Sun-01-01-2017 Serpentine 10k

If you want to see how rough the weather was on the Brighton Seafront at around 9am when the runners would have been standing about in the cold - have a look at the video on facebook that we broadcast live.

The entire race route was a scene of utter and complete devastation from Storm Angus.
Perhaps I should have put it back upright ? (only for it to get blown over again).

Arena 80 express their disappointment with the weather
Nice to see the Battels from Crowborough on a bit of sightseeing

Meanwhile, inland conditions were very different. and by Inland, I mean about 100meters, the next block across, not very far away but not on the coast road. Anyway, in Dorking it was like this with no rain at the 3 Molehills...
Nobody ever buys these sort of pictures apparently

everything looking good for a double thumbs up on the last leg in

The bridge to the hill. Better than the wade across the river...

James Baker went long and wasn't going to be at Brighton 

looking strong after the Box Hill stage

Pudsey Fundraising, or still in Pyjamas ?

Strong finishing into the last corner

Autumn arrived with plenty of colour

"watch out there's something behind you"

Good company around the three stage course

flying down to the finish at Denbies Vinyard and some chocolate

spotted the photographer !

All's well that ends well then  !!

Launching onto Photoshelter
In the meantime I hope you're having a good time looking at our new Photoshelter Gallery which includes our entire 2016 event coverage, we're going to announce a competition shortly - so have a good look at this years races on there so far and get a feel for what it can do - in particular - the ability to create permanent collections in lightboxes in your account name.

Until Next time, (which is the Hogs Back and Mince Pie 10 in two weeks time) look after yourselves and have a good weeks training - mind the rain.


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