Tuesday 22 October 2019

Cambridge Town and Gown 10k and Abingdon Marathon 2019

Abingdon marathon at the get go !
It's been the flat weekender. The flattest inland 10k we know at Cambridge, along with the flattest UK Marathon that we know at Abingdon - (the Manchester marathon has a railway bridge that makes it a fraction hillier !). About time to remind ourselves of a classic bit of advertising - Flat Eric is the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6WTuvyF7Y  (this is the actual song used in the advert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmsbP13xu6k )

Both events had perfect weather conditions - although the northerly breeze picked up on the marathon course for the return leg - making it a bit of a headwind for the latter part - not what you need !

Temperatures have certainly dropped over the last two weekends - we're now into single figures for the sunday mornings with Beachy Head next saturday being around 5degC, and a bit colder on the top of the cliffs - but at least that's going to be a homeward bound westerly to help runners on their way home.

In the meantime I found this fantastic pacing website - which is what the internet is really for - good useful information well set out - https://marathonpacechart.com/

Past events and future events

Date Event Free Images Gallery or website results website
Sun-06/10/2019 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon http://sspimg.com/RBK-Half-2019-Gallery http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/The%20Royal%20Borough%20of%20Kingston%20Half%20Marathon/4222
Sun-06/10/2019 Clarendon Marathon Free images with Pic2go.co.uk http://sspimg.com/Clarendon-Marathon-2019-Gallery https://www.athlinks.com/event/45836/results/Event/885936/Results
Sun-06/10/2019 Chichester Half http://sspimg.com/Chichester-Half-2019-Gallery https://resultsbase.net/event/4987/results?page=16
Sun-06/10/2019 Basingstoke Half Free images with Pic2go.co.uk http://sspimg.com/Basingstoke-Half-2019-Gallery https://racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16222&RId=167&EId=2
Sun-13/10/2019 Herts 10k http://sspimg.com/Herts-10k-2019-Gallery https://resultsbase.net/event/4838/results?page=24
Sun-20/10/2019 Newton Cambridge Town and Gown 10k http://sspimg.com/Cambridge-TG-10K-2019 https://www.chiptiming.co.uk/events/mduk-newton-cambridge-town-and-gown-10k-2019/
Sun-20/10/2019 Abingdon marathon http://sspimg.com/Abingdon-Marathon-2019-Gallery https://abingdonmarathon.org.uk/results.php
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- Future events - -
Sat-26/10/2019 Beachy Head www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk
Sun-03/11/2019 LBVCR http://www.veterancarrun.com/
Sun-10/11/2019 PP Grand Union Half http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/index.php/grand-union-canal-half-marathon-2
Sat-16/11/2019 Brutal Spider Hill http://brutalrun.co.uk/race/spiderhill/
Sun-17/11/2019 Fulham 10k Free downloads https://www.adidascityruns.com/
Sun-17/11/2019 Brighton 10k https://www.thebrighton10k.org/
Sun-08/12/2019 Seaford Mince Pie http://www.seafordstriders.org.uk/mincepie.html

Abingdon Marathon 2019

The start and it's all smiles

It's the 2hr peleton effort - ended up at 2:29

It's a Monty Python / Benny Hill mash-up

hiya !

getting fit for christmas

teamwork running through the town

it's only a few miles in, this is easy...

all along the river

a passing resemblance to Chryssie Wellington, but happier

I don't think he carried the child the whole way ?

nobody pushed her

Neil channels the hulk

5yrs later. yeah Mum, I remember it well...
The Newton Cambridge Town and Gown 10k 2019

Ingrid ready and waiting on Kings Parade - top tourist spot in cambridge

Top team effort from Cambridge & Coleridge AC pacing out at the front

Renegade master (of the ill behaviour?)

Scenic. We also had the choice of Kings singing in the background

Levitation at Jesus green

putting down the pace on a typical cambridge town road

top fundraising running team

It's a nice run along the river Cam too

That face when your chip time ends up at 30:00 dead

taste the finish, but he really wanted to go to Midsummer House to try the tating menu there...
 So, without going down the political wonderland that is brexit, I'll leave you to consider us on the top of Beachy Head this saturday - hopefuly not freezing to death and the start of half term.
In other news my Haloween Costume components are in the post (got invited to a fancy dress party), so there's no looking back from here...

Until next time, train safe, keep warm, and make sure you have lots of bright kit for winter.
These are a bit sweaty - but you simply cannot beat them for safety for night running - I get nothing back from this link except a sense of duty fulfilled https://sspimg.com/reflective-jacket and when I wear mine - a lot of positive comments as to how good they are. (Womens cut are also available with other bits like breathing zips etc - have a browse under womens Hi-viz).

Until next time

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Herts10k, Clarendon, Basingstoke, RBK and Chichester Halfs 2019 Galleries now live!

Ah, another week passed and a whole load more races are online and live for you to see and enjoy - with free memories available via pic2go for the Clarendon and Basingstoke half Marathon - go to http://pic2go.co.uk/register to get those pictures directly to your social media for free !

I hope you've been keeping dry on your training runs - it's been a bit on the wet side recently...

The start of the Herts 10k in the trees this year
Here's the latest list of galleries to remember your fantastic achievements by and future events for you to go and enter - please can I encourage you to get your entry into the Brighton 10k - one of the longest standing races in Sussex, raising money for Brighton and Hove City AC so they can run the club and help develop junior talent (which includes a few Internationals!!).

Date Gallery / Website Free photos ?
Sun-06/10/2019 http://sspimg.com/RBK-Half-2019-Gallery
Sun-06/10/2019 http://sspimg.com/Clarendon-Marathon-2019-Gallery Free via Pic2go.co.uk
Sun-06/10/2019 http://sspimg.com/Chichester-Half-2019-Gallery
Sun-06/10/2019 http://sspimg.com/Basingstoke-Half-2019-Gallery Free via Pic2go.co.uk
Sun-13/10/2019 http://sspimg.com/Herts-10k-2019-Gallery
Sun-20/10/2019 http://www.townandgown10k.com/ - Cambridge !!
Sun-20/10/2019 http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk/index.php
Sat-26/10/2019 www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk
Sun-10/11/2019 http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/index.php/grand-union-canal-half-marathon-2
Sat-16/11/2019 http://brutalrun.co.uk/race/spiderhill/
Sun-17/11/2019 https://www.adidascityruns.com/ Free downloads
Sun-17/11/2019 https://www.thebrighton10k.org/  Enter this !

All go at Basingstoke Half - with pic2go sponsored race images live on the day - a fatastic service for everyone running and supporting the race

A bit of a pacing team at the front

Lilly had a good team day
Good old Skelator had a great run

perfect finish - double arms aloft !

more arms aloft

cracking run to win the inaugural 10k

Busy on the top corner as Heman put in an appearance

zooming down the hill through Cliddistone

race finish preparation

busy down the dip

Meanwhile in Chichester

that's a camera, yes.

Hello you

Double thumbs at the finish means it's been a good one

What have the Romans ever done for us ?

twos company, threes a finish

Fours a Tuff Fitty Crowd

Good to see James Baker out and ejoying it

Run for the Charity !

Good double thumbs near the end of the train tracks

almost made it running up that hill Kate Bush would be proud...
 Then over on the Salisbury to Winchester - it's the Clarendon Marathon

cross the river !

getting up that last hill near the golf course

100 marathons, drinking what appears to be a bottle of Power stearing hydraulic fluid ?

Running through the woods to home for Winchester AC

V for victory - almost there

Always like a fetch batman symbol

The skies are this big up on top of the ridges

fast running into the finish

no surrender

Top relay team effort

You know you have the race organisation sorted when you can run it too !

Leaving Salisbury behind in the distance on the way out at the start of the marathon
Meanwhile in Richmond upon Thames

Surprise !

So, to explain again, passing a rugby ball is very much like holding a big face pie

Double thumbs and a smile - what more do you need to remember a great race !

Fast frown face for a furious finish

taste the win

and then suddenly the finish was there

One of those inflatable fancy dress carrying outfits

It all started so well in the square

All for one and one for all...

Top Teamwork

ta-da !!
 Then last sunday, in the rain in Hertfordshire for the Herts 10k. Mostly in the dark
ISO 4000-8000, 800th and f3.5 if anyone is interested... aka - dark.

off for the first time on the road between the trees - not in the muddy field for a change !

Karata running

Double thumbs flying eagle pose

Police Traffic directing practice

Running, in boots, with a rucksack. Fairly impressive !

I'm told that wasn't just a dismembered arm he's holding

woo wha for the win

Utter relief at the finish

The happiness and joy of running with friends !

Harpenden Hannah has healthy hands

Don't ever let the rain get you down !
So that's it for this week - we have a few races next weekend - both quite famous - the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k for Muscular Dystrophy - a lovely race with some scenic architecture and views along the way, and also the Abingdon Marathon - which is THE flattest road marathon in the country.

Until next time, stay safe and remember to wear light and reflective stuff and have flashy lights as the nights and evenings draw in...