Photo Blog – Southern XC rd 3

A picture says a thousand words. So here are a selection …

Women on the start line - Photo by Nigel Benham

Women on the start line – Photo by Nigel Benham

Start of the women's races - photo by Nigel Benham

Start of the women’s races – photo by Nigel Benham

Neck-and-neck after a few metres! Photo by Nigel Benham

Neck-and-neck after a few metres! Photo by Nigel Benham

Suffering and it's only lap one!

Suffering and it’s only lap one!

Emily early on during the race - photo by Nigel Benham

Emily early on during the race – photo by Nigel Benham

Enjoying the mud ...

Enjoying the mud …

The pain element increases, as does the mud makeup

The pain element increases, as does the mud makeup

Panorama during the men's race; rain, sun, rain

Panorama during the men’s race; rain, sun, rain

In the dark woods - photo by Nigel Benham

In the dark woods – photo by Nigel Benham

The mud patch just gets wider and wider

The mud patch just gets wider and wider

Nearly there ... or not!

Nearly there … or not!

Between the trees as the course zigzags through every available puddle! Photo by Nigel Benham

Between the trees as the course zigzags through every available puddle! Photo by Nigel Benham

Suffering - Photo by Nigel Benham

Suffering – Photo by Nigel Benham

A small leg relieving drop before the last part of the climb to the top

A small leg relieving drop before the last part of the climb to the top

The grimace turns to a mud makeup smile - photo by Nigel Benham

The grimace turns to a mud makeup smile – photo by Nigel Benham

Hans Jørgen finishes smiling too

Hans Jørgen finishes smiling too

Special podium for those who missed prize giving! Cat Ross 1st and Emily Benham 2nd

Special podium for those who missed prize giving! Cat Ross 1st and Emily Benham 2nd

Mud tan lines

Mud tan lines

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