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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Run Reigate 2018 and Adidas Clapham 10k galleries now live

Count the cameras here, including phones... race coverage anyone ?
The free download Adidas City Run Clapham 10k gallery is now live and online - just find your photos and take a copy - no watermarks, not buttons, just screengrab your photo on your mobile however you like it and show your friends any way you like !  (if you want high res there will be a high res and print purchase gallery later)

The Run Reigate gallery is also live and online - all the races from the 10k, 5k, and Half Marathon, including the 1400 kids who completed their last mile of their half for the Junior mile event - a great initiative by the Run team - adding 30% overall to the event and introducing children to competitive and fun running competitions  - just go here to search the !30,000 fully indexed images with your race number:

A full list of recent and future races are below - and check out the free photo ones - it usually means the sponsors think it's a good event too !

Date Event Free Photos Event Website
Sat-01/09/2018 The Nuts Challenge
Sat-01/09/2018 Mighty Hike - Rob Roy Free Photos
Sat-01/09/2018 REP Adur swim Free Photos
Sun-02/09/2018 PP Maidenhead Half
Sun-02/09/2018 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-02/09/2018 Reading Triathlon
Fri-07/09/2018 The Mudathon Free Photos
Sat-08/09/2018 Ride Across Britain Free Photos
Sun-09/09/2018 Chestnut Tree House 10k
Sun-16/09/2018 Clapham 10k Free Photos
Sun-16/09/2018 Reigate Half Marathon
Sun-23/09/2018 Winchester Half Marathon
Sun-23/09/2018 Velo South  Free Photos
Sun-07/10/2018 Basingstoke Half
Sun-07/10/2018 Chichester Half
Sun-07/10/2018 Clarendon Marathon
Sun-07/10/2018 Tonbridge Half
Sun-07/10/2018 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
Sun-07/10/2018 PP Reading O2O 10k
Sun-14/10/2018 Running Festival at Goodwood Free Photos
Sun-14/10/2018 Herts 10k
Sun-14/10/2018 Shoreditch 10k Free Photos
Sun-21/10/2018 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k
Sun-21/10/2018 Abingdon marathon
Sat-27/10/2018 Beachy Head

Not a drone. The air ambulance dropped in for a fun visit to Reigate but had work to do later...

Droning on and on...
Longtime readers of this blog (and it's been going for over ten years now) will know what I think of drones and that I keep across the latest legislation - yes it's one of my trigger points - why's that ? well I'm not keen on bricks with rotating sharp blades landing on anybody's head, least of all mine whilst I'm trying to work, nor getting the blame because everyone thinks that we do drone footage too (we don't, the licensing is horrendous), and indiscriminate drone pilots seem to find out that we sit in some of the better spots for a good view - which means they are almost always literally - over my head. And I don't like risk...

So next time you see a drone flying at a race (no not a drone race, those are cool), a running race or some such with people - just to be clear - nobody can give permission for public crowd overfly at an event except the CAA. (That's the Civil Aviation Authority) and they never do. Not the police, not the local council, not your friend Bob, and not your commercial drone usage license (which if you have one you should know the law), and certainly not your insurance company (you have that don't you), and certainly not if you've posted up a few signs saying it's ok (actually specifically not ok if you've posted some posters up - read the Air Navigation orders guidance).

In the same way the police can't give you permission to speed in a 30mph zone at 100mph, and no it's still not legal because you've got a driving license, and no the council can't give you permission to speed either. The members of the public on the road are not under your control, and neither is a public crowd at a mass participation event, don't kid yourself, and don't lie to the organisers just to get your drone footage/shot. People seem to forget that the footage is self-incriminating - I don't know how daft people are, but that's a starting metric in my book...

It's really simple - Basically it's 150m lateral separation from an event with a crowd, no overfly of people, buildings nor roads - please keep it that way for everyone's safety.
And yes there is footage online of drones hitting participants at races - just search for it.

On that note, here's some photo things we took at Run Reigate and Adidas Clapham 10k
aaand they're off !!

Shorty leads the way off at the start - this time with a smile

He didn't seem too pleased with being behind the 1:50 pacer

Paul saw something incredible

It's at about the 50m mark you reach for your phone to start updating people and choosing your playlist having started your watch...

All showered and ready for the run, too much conditioner though.

what did the dinosaur say to the pirate ? nothing, they lived millions of years apart, check your history, don't accept alternative "Facts".

over the hill ? why not take up running and do it time and time again !!

He kept this up all the way to the finish

gone a bit early there still had 3k to go.

He checked his watch just before he finished first, just in case he was supposed to raise his arms in victory or something. Got to commit to the time...

Wrong race, wrong place, wrong weekend. So so wrong, it's almost right. But not.

Top teamwork to get through the 10k together

Nice to have fans

how do I spell that ?
whatever !

Whatever !

Rock that for the run !

Always wave with style !!

Jumping for joy - got some good height !!

That moment or relief when you realise they ARE waving at you and you do recognise them !! (all been there)

High Five Joy

This weeks top superhero

Dave returned to his job on the death star canteen later that day working for Mr Stevens. He likes to keep fit in case he's challenged to the death. NSFW

The joy of running and achievement

The joy of running and achievement

The joy of running and achievement

Doh ! Forgot something

"hit me up"
 Meanwhile in London
London smog improves 

Ah, it's not really smog...reasons to rinse it away from the start line

All going well here 

top flying arms

Wallace and Gromit get the lowdown and course video

flying into the finish 

He's almost done !

So that's it for this week - I hope you had a great run out this weekend - we also have the data for the Ride Across Britain (RAB) cycle ride (lands end to john OGroats) from last week to sort out - more news on that when it's live - everyone had their images everyday during the event for free courtesy of and the sponsors, so it's really just a backup gallery !

Have a great week, enjoy the memories on the gallery and see you next week at Winchester Half and Velo South, and if you're looking for something next month in October - I can highly recommend the Goodwood Running Festival 

until next time

Monday, 10 September 2018

Arundel 10k, Nuts Challenge, Maidenhead Half, REP Adur Swim, Reading Tri, Chestnut Tree House 10k 2018 - Galleries all live

Teamwork at the The Chestnut Tree House Littlehampton 10k 2018
Sundays Chestnut Tree House Littlehampton 10k is now live and online , and because I didn't get a chance to blog last week - what with the cataloguing of the nuts challenge - here's the list of galleries you should have checked out by now:

Date Event Free Gallery ? Event Website
Sun-26/08/2018 Arundel Scouts 10k Free Downloads
Sat-01/09/2018 The Nuts Challenge Sat
Sat-01/09/2018 Mighty Hike - Rob Roy Free images via pic2go
Sat-01/09/2018 REP Adur swim Free Downloads
Sun-02/09/2018 PP Maidenhead Half
Sun-02/09/2018 The Nuts Challenge Sun
Sun-02/09/2018 The Reading Triathlon
Fri-07/09/2018 The Mudathon Free Downloads
Sat-08/09/2018 Ride Across Britain  Free with Pic2Go
Sun-09/09/2018 Chestnut Tree House 10k  Sales Raise money for the charity

Some of you will note that we didn't cover the Pilgrim Half/Marathon this year, nor Bacchus at Denbies. Well Bacchus 2 years ago was sold to Denbies vineyard, who then appointed 2:09 events to organise it, and they have their own regular event photographer. They say they are free downloads and will stick them onto their facebook page album without anything being searchable - so good luck with that one, I wish you all well !!
Pilgrim told us this year (after supporting them since inception) that they were sorted for photography this year because they wanted to support more local companies. Clearly they weren't sorted because they didn't turn up to the event! I share our obvious disappointment on how these things end up working out. We know who the "new" Suppliers were(n't), and the irony being even though their office is more local to the race than ours, if they don't turn up what's the point ?- we've never let a booking down in 15 years. What to do eh ? Focus on the great events we work with I think !!
SO without much ado - here's the future event list we will be at to see you !! 

If you're thinking of entering anything - here's a list for you to get cracking into !
Future Events NB the 7th of October is "a bit busy"...

Date Event Free Photos? Event Website
Sun-16/09/2018 Clapham 10k Free Downloads
Sun-16/09/2018 Reigate Half Marathon
Sun-23/09/2018 Winchester Half Marathon
Sun-07/10/2018 Basingstoke Half
Sun-07/10/2018 Chichester Half
Sun-07/10/2018 PP Reading O2O 10k
Sun-07/10/2018 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
Sun-07/10/2018 Clarendon Marathon
Sun-14/10/2018 Shoreditch 10k Free Downloads
Sun-14/10/2018 Herts 10k
Sun-14/10/2018 Running Festival at Goodwood Free live images with pic2go
Sun-21/10/2018 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k
Sun-21/10/2018 Abingdon marathon
Sat-27/10/2018 Beachy Head

Here's a few photos from the past few events - with so many there's a lot of editing down to a select few - so don't feel sad there's not too many of your event...

Chestnut Tree House 10k 2018
All busy at the start of the race past the beach huts

the knee clearly wasn't giving her any more gyp

Scooby put in a good leg

All ready to go

it was at about 3k he realised exactly the enormity of what he'd done, and regretted it.

Run casual, hand in pocket.

Running is socials whilst moving really isn't it... 

Stuart was a bit surprised to see his finish time before he'd crossed the line on the results website...

The Beach Cafe colours are starting to glow in the last of the summer sun

Kids will help you Mum...

Arundel 10k - Free downloads remember !!!

The best finish in Arundel

How much castle do you want in the background - although the trees have been growing over the years to block it...

Through the gates

Castle for the win !!

Maidenhead half 
All off for the start at Maidenhead

The joy of running

The joy of winning (nice to see a proper winners arms up celebration!)

The joy of chauffeured transport and working on the commute

The Mudathon - raising money for several charities  
all recovered

199 wasn't so sure was he...





Levels of enthusiasm and acrobatic skills start bottom right in this image and end mid left with general confused looks

The joy of a clean rinse in the lake
NUTS Saturday and Sunday
Frank carrying someone small on his shoulders

this was before the assault course bit. You can tell by the smiles...

National Union of Training Students ?

The Boys are ready

lap 2 and it's starting to tell

All good so far

I'm a celebrity, get me out of here...

Spider woman....


YES !!! Clean !!!
Reading Tri
All the gear, but still praying

Enjoying the ride out

Top teamwork

Ready for the water 

A sunrise swim, nothing better

Get out of the water !!!

All winning !!

REP Adur Swim
More swimming fear

always do a taste test

badabing badaboom

all made it safely home

job done !

"No don't make me get out of the water"
So that's about it for this weeks updates, next weekend is the joy of Reigate, and Clapham 10k - so it's going to be a furious few days of office work to get that all sorted too...remember to wear your race numbers flat and clear on the outside.

Finally a little sad mention on the passing away of Rachael Bland (nee Hodges), who in 2008-2011 as a Radio 5 late night presenter with Richard Bacon got me through many 12:30am to 1am moments of the night. I had the pleasure of photographing her at her first ever Triathlon - an F3 Event at Dorney Lake, and I thanked her for her work and passed her some photos for her to use for PR - which she immediately did.
Here's a little website news page that someone (not me!) put together around the time about her marathon attempt. (Ok more about her actually)...
I really ought to dig out the rest of those photos from 2010...
She spent the last months of her life working on a little podcast (ok, not that little it hit #1) to normalise the taboo of talking about cancer,  and passed away almost exactly to the year after my father passed away from a type of cancer as well (Myeloma), so it was a particularly thoughtful week all round.  Today's thoughts are with a friend who's mother passed away somewhat suddenly at the weekend, it never gets easy, you never forget, the seriousness of it always remains, but the crushing weight does lift slowly over time with plenty of love.

Until next time, train hard and enjoy the last of the perfect running weather...

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