Thursday 23 September 2021

Winchester Half, REP Adur Swim, REP National Aquathlon, and the Wye Valley Mighty Hike 2021 - now live

If you do all the Mighty Hikes - you get headline placing !
An absolutely fantastic achievement for the charity !

That's the back to work weeks done after August holidays then - we have the following galleries all live and online - and importantly - ALL FREE DOWNLOADS, but you can upgrade your favourites so they're perfect for printing !

Date Event Free Download Gallery
Sat-28/08/2021 Mighty Hike - Rob Roy
Sun-29/08/2021 Arundel 10k
Sat-04/09/2021 Mighty Hike - Lake District
Sat-04/09/2021 Mighty Hike - Jurassic Coast
Sat-04/09/2021 UltraX Summer Trail Series
Sun-05/09/2021 Southampton Marathon
Sun-05/09/2021 Mighty Hike - Jurassic Coast
Sat-11/09/2021 REP Adur swim
Sat-11/09/2021 Mighty Hike - Wye Valley
Tue-14/09/2021 Big Ride For Africa - Lessons For Life
Sun-19/09/2021 REP Worthing Aquathlon
Sun-19/09/2021 Winchester Half Marathon

And if you're wondering what the next races are - again all with free downloads booked in  - they're here:

Just one thing - if you're entered - please turn up ! -  we don't know why (ok we can *guess* why) but turnout has been hitting historical lows as a percentage of entries sold. 

Events are gearing up for you to turn up at the normal rate (usually around 80-85%) - and you are not. Now - come on everyone ! It's a collosal waste of resources to prepare for 200-500 people who don't turn up - the amount of toilets, tshirts, medals, race numbers, metal pins, marshals, medics, barriers, chips for timing - EVERYTHING is budgeted on you turning up on the day !! We're all very tight for budgets having not had any events for so so long - and it would make a massive difference to organisers if they didn't have to pay out for things you're literally not rocking up to use - and we would all rather you did turn up and make the events the great things that they are supposed to be !

So far there have been only four recorded cases of Covid attributed to mass participation running events - (according to Mass Participation World) - I personally think you're at most risk supporting - because who knows who you're standing next to for extended periods of time next to a barrier ! 
SO please - if you have an entry - USE IT !

see you and any of the following OK !

Date Event Event Website
Sat-25/09/2021 Oxfam Trailwalker
Sun-03/10/2021 Clarendon Marathon - pic2go technology
Sun-03/10/2021 Basingstoke Half and 10k - pic2go technology
Sun-10/10/2021 aCR Islington 1 hour
Sat-16/10/2021 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k - for muscular Dystrophy - pic2go technology
Sun-17/10/2021 Cambridge Half Marathon - pic2go technology
Sun-24/10/2021 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
- pic2go technology

At the RIver Adur swim we had a bit of fun at the start on the pontoon -
Here's a little video we took at the start of the event with our spare hand...

or enjoy the full interactive moment video below

There's always a proud Dad moment when you get your rapidly growing child to do a quick start video, edit it down to 20 seconds and then watch it smash all the best views and engagement stats we have ever had out of the ground. I say beginners luck but there we go...

So that was the Raw Energy Pursuits (REP) Adur 5k swim sponsored by Protein Ball. A well marshalled out and back swim, on the tide turn so if you're tired after 2.5k you can just about bob your way back and still be home in time for tea before the marshals go sea fishing, or can't stand in the ever increasing current to catch you as you zip past off to the channel...Mark I'm assured could catch up with you eventually in his kyak, but only if you promise him coffee as he comes up alongside you.

You too can look strong and fast - if you enter a National Aquathlon Championships !

The National Aquathlon Championships (that's a swim and a run if you didn't know) was down at Worthing as well - far too much enthusiasm for open water swimming in the sea and then smashing about near the local parkrun - just as well it was a sunday morning, and the sea was relatively warm and calm. Very unlike Worthing when there's anything competitive on in the water - but that's how it rolls these days ! Mick and the trusted team put on another fantastic events and as ever it's always a bit of a shame when we get to the end of the season.
Sometimes I photograph this more for the deep anticipation of failure than for the joy of watching people start their challenges ! I'm becoming a bad person.

The 2021 Winchester Half Marathon also went off without a hitch - the road closed bollards and pedestrian zone narrowly escaped two disasters - firstly the race lead car could fit out through all the road closed checkpoints (with some elbow grease), and secondly the market trader who set up in the underpass at the first turn was sensible enough to move before the runners returned ! 

Fortunately the rain managed to stay away in any major way, although it did necessitate protection - and exposure compensation - both annoyingly fiddly after a summer of mostly worrying about sunburn and exhaustion.

Always good to win !

He lost his little shoes !

This is how I'd pose for photos to be honest. It's the best way.

So without putting in too many images and having a rant about CO2 shortages (did you know I was once an Industrial Gases engineer - what I can't tell you about this country collapsing to North Korean levels of subsistence in under a week won't be remotely interesting if you don't understand the industrial gases logistics)- but all I can say is my Solar panels are over 10 years old and going strong thanks !.

In summary PLEASE TURN UP TO YOUR EVENTS, keep training, keep safe, and enjoy it whilst it lasts - and it won't if you don't turn up and run !

Until next time. Assuming there is a next time.


PS next week, how to play the AI tagged photo gallery surfing game. Find a race gallery tagged using  AI and face recognition tagging (aka selfie upload) - that's the clue. Start off with a random number (1234?), and then when you see a mismatched number, search on that instead. You'll be enjoying it for hours - trust will keep you busy for hours.

Saturday 11 September 2021

Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k Free downloads now ready, and some other bits 2021

The start of the 2021 Southampton Half Marathon

 The ABP Southampton Marathon, Half and 10k Free race gallery is now live and online here -

Perfect weather, a gentle breeze, but not too much, and a noisy but not overcrowded support crowd, great PA and commentary, a strong emergency safety team and about 4000 runners on the streets of Southampton. With the Van, the team and a whole load of enthusiasm we took, tagged and have put over 134,000 images online - all available free to download ! Thank you to the event and their sponsors ! The full results are here - 

I know I'm a bit biased (because it's my home athletics club) - but it was good to see a Brighton and Hove Athlete win the half marathon (in 1:12) well done Mr Cork !

winning the Half in 1:12:21.7 - Mr Cork !

Also over the weekend we had the Macmillan Lake District Mighty Hike, as well as the Jurassic Coast ones over the Saturday and the Sunday, combined with the Ultra-X Summer Trail. All these events were delivered with Pic2Go live technology on the day - and so if you were in any of those - go over to to claim your free personal RunPage Galleries and all your photos there. But you've probably all done that by now haven't you... this blog is just some sort of ancient delayed broadcasting tool isn't it.

The rearrangement of various races (including Southampton) from the March April time of year meant that we were unable to support quite a lot of races this weekend we would have normally jumped at the chance to - however there is only a certain finite number of race photographers available in various locations and - hopefully with the return to a more "normal" seasonal calendar in 2022 we can do that - whatever normal now means because the London Marathon have honestly declared they can't sort a global sized race out in 6 months whilst everyone is still sort of getting ill and some still sadly dying. No surprises there then. At least they have been honest about it, but goodness knows what's going to happen next march ! 

Plenty of safe firemen around the course on Sunday

One of the most overwhelming things about Southampton was the number of familiar faces who said that they had had Covid, or knew someone severely ill with it. Those who had had it - had all been double jabbed, but had all been bedridden and very ill for about 5 days - so still an extremely unpleasant experience. Sadly I now know someone with a partner on life support with covid, and my thoughts are with them daily, as well as how blasé and overconfident perhaps we are becoming to it, which is never historically good in the scheme of hindsight and the history of the world. Perhaps that's why almost half the runners stayed away on Sunday ? I sincerely hope that Chris and Abi at the Reese leisure team are going to put a gentle survey email out to all the no-shows to ask them why and what might have persuaded them to make it down to the city. Whilst (MPW) have been doing global surveys of races and still can't put a single finger on an attributed case of covid in a runner because they did a running race - we're still probably more likely to get Covid from standing around and supporting a race and talking to strangers face to face whilst we're all squished up at a race barrier shouting our fomites about.

Again a post event survey of participants v's no shows could potentially be a great test and control source of data for showing that being at a race is or is not a greater covid health risk than not attending a race... over to you Chris with your data...

The events emergency safety team working out the last minute details of who has to give Chris mouth to mouth if he needed it. I kept well out.

Having been talking to our regular friends at events - ie the timing companies - all of them are reporting what can best be described as "Covid hesitancy". Entries are turning into last minute rushes (which doesn't help the event organisers nerves), deferrals are starting to be charged for (because - admin), more people are just "not showing up" on the day, and perhaps a few have discovered that training through August for a September or October marathon isn't as easy when the family are on holiday, and you're stuck in a traffic jam to the west country, compared to February when frankly you just want to go outside and scream along a run in private. Whatever it is - there's still a certain caution and misgiving about being at mass events. The recent news from Reading, Leeds and Boardmasters music festivals (where obviously the behaviour is exemplary compared to runners) probably had a few people doubting their own sanity about a mass event outside, just with less music. less tents. and less young people. and alas - less alcohol.

Apart from a few anti-vaxers (with banners of "If your vaccine works why should I wear a mask") the crowd were generally well behaved - but the cycling style barriers with their large sheeting posters do make one "hell of a noise", especially when hit in rhythm to Sweet Caroline enthusiastically ! Thank goodness for ear plugs...

SO that's a quick summary of where we find ourselves. All the rest of the races we're at are almost all completely signed up - but it's always worth a mention of Basingstoke Half marathon as many Southampton based people can get up there pretty easily if you fancy a true countryside closed road race - enter it here: - it's in a month and you will have recovered by then - so get entering !

So here's some uplifting images of Southampton from the weekend - enjoy and don't forget to download your own for free !! (and then use them to TELL EVERYONE how well you did!)

Cookies !

That winning feeling

keeping it coulourfull

Brilliant Brittania

no number, no photo. Don't care who you are.

Well done Serpie !

Sweeper van driver. and race director. top job Chris !

Rob seemed happy !

brilliant challenge and example to all

not sure those balloons make it any lighter to be honest

There's a Bar and a Gate in this photo. Yes bargate !

looking competitive on the first turns

all go from the start

still our best 400m flat runner ever... good 10k this time too

she saw the two cameras on the gantry

Great teamwork fundraising

I'm wondering who got the better photo?

Mind out !

I whip my hair....

far too much smiling here

the goal is this big

home team on their way through

Football Marshal not impressed with pitchside celebrations

for the win

smiles into the sunrise

that's the big hill done then !

double thumbs up for the bridge

Victory !! [isn't that in Plymouth ? Ed]

So that's it for last weekend, we're at the Wye Valley Mighty Hike this Saturday and the Raw Energy Pursuits River Adur 5k swim - which is always a fantastically challenging event !

Otherwise we hope to see you soon - full future event details are on our calendar - if you fancy being at an event with free download photos ! here: 

 until next time, keep safe,