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.

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