Thursday 29 October 2020

Beachy Head Marathon 2020 and 10k Galleries all live

 The 2020 Beachy Head race galleries are all now live and online here in size order for your delight and enjoyment !

Beachy Start with 30 person waves - and that 2020 mask fashion

The weather on Saturday compared to the Half the week earlier was completely different. Wind was gusting so strongly it knocked me over several times - and I was sat on the floor with my legs out to brace myself. I have a bruise on my forehead where my camera kept getting buffeted back into my head suddenly. Apparently though we completely missed the rain all day in Brighton/Sussex west end of the county, thank goodness for that ! It wasn't the same on Sunday though - full torrential rain for the 10k, but less windy, so the route went back over the top of the Beachy Head as usual, instead of keeping more inland as they diverted on the Saturday for the Marathon.

The more inland (and much safer) Marathon diversion along Hod Combe / Shooters Bottom road.

The very much wetter 10k start on Sunday - note the small stream across the road...

Anyway - here's some pictures from the marathon, and then some from the 10k...

This is actually to show you where not to pin the number on your donkey, as they go off into Friston Forest

Number 1 - milking it big time

The full Von-Trapp hills are alive moment

Climb every mountain at Jevington

Good hills for the double thumbs and a smile

possibly over excited with 2 miles to go, and they're uphill

Magicians hands

I want whatever Betty had - the energy was amazing

Always a joy to see Debbie and her hat

Both worthy charity causes

Not sure she would need an ice-axe, it's not that cold.

Bob cruising along the estuary

A running SSP photographer !! - donate to Ingrid's great cause here -

A lot of social distance measurements this year

Yep - about 2M at a stretch

Double thumbs up for Ashford and District !

Burgess Hill Runners taking the early victory at Cuckmere Haven

Happy to be here I think

Flying along the river bank at Alfriston

Gangham style

It all went a bit bananas at this point

Stuart with his serious face on

Definitely a 2m socially distanced start

for the win, an unbelievable record time...

Correct joy of finishing expression

Fulham take the victory and the moment 

Superb Man

Victory wave

Great finish

Think she's happy about it. Or on Acid.

amazing new 3D shadow effect on this camera

When you put your number on upside down

Lester gets his number out

Skip the light fantastic

And then there's this type of skipping

Too early or photobombing ?

I think I know what's he's trying to say

Excellent number-wang

Thou shalt not pass

Matching legs and number

Can you get an Uber from Belle Toute ? Nope - no signal...

It's behind you

The river bank proved slippy

Marlow was better *allegedly*

Prospective candidate?

Look in the sky! No look down there....

All along the seven sisters he managed that

Hastings takes the Salute 

Job done - level 1 complete

Job done - Boss Level (yes that's the winner)

Job Done - level *emotes*

Job done - Level Castaway

Job Done - Level Citizen Smith

and then there was the 10k which was a bit wetter

this has had a bit of processing to make it clearer!

Tom lead the Seaford attack

Run home for a quick shower

One benefit of Covid - you can run all the race distances each year

great teamwork

happy in the wet !

That's enough !

So that's the end of work for this year - as tragic as it gets - we've had no work for the past seven months since March and won't have anything at least until March next year - so please can I urge you to buy your race photos from this years races - it would mean a lot to us (because - food), and hopefully they will mean a lot to you too in years to come (because - happy). 

We would love to be around next year to do this work for you - but we will need something to keep us and our families in baked beans - so every photo counts now !

No Veteran Cars
In other news - you may not have heard but the London To Brighton Veteran Car run has been cancelled as well (usually the first weekend in november). The final straw was the level 2 London lockdowns and various licensing permissions.

Might get a Brutal Run in?
There is a Covid safe Brutal race taking place on November the 21st at the moment under current restrictions - - which might interest you - reduced numbers for safety so get in early.

Future race format
Yes - we definitely need a hybrid virtual-real race format, I'm going to start talking to people in power about seeing if we can get a trial sorted out.

It's only a bit of nail polish on your finger nails - what's so hard eh ? it turns out that almost every man I speak to is impossibly scared of the whole idea. All the women think its fantastic. Go figure. A one month challenge to talk to women raise sponsorship and get boring men to avoid you - it is ideal I can tell you.

Anyway, this year personally I'm raising money for Mind, with everything that's been going on this year but anyone can use Nailvember to raise money for any charity they want to - just link your justgiving page to the team here where all the information is

Please give me a follow on, like the page on facebook or on the twitter @nailvember (I could do with the follows and some shares !) or on Insta as Nailvember_UK 

Last year it raised over £1000 pounds - so if you can help this year - then please get involved or just donate !

So, apart from keeping fit over the winter, what else are you going to do anyway?

until next time (whenever that might be)

Stay safe, secure, sensible, and sane


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