522Gb later, the Ealing Half Marathon 2015 is now live and online here:
|All go at the start of the 2015 Ealing Half Marathon and it's fourth run|
|Christopher Cheruiyot 1hr 5mins and 41 seconds later - finishes in first place|
|He was number 1 - don't mess with that ok !|
The last weekend in September seems to be gifted the perfect weather for running in, if the past four years at Ealing have been anything to go by. No rain, the sun not too high in the sky to get too hot, and a little bit of a breeze to flutter the flags.
We had a team of seven photographers all across the course moving about - and by the time you hit the finish line there were four photographers and 8 cameras capturing the final moments of your achievements !
Why so many cameras ? - it was busy - with over 4600 finishers and with running pacers - what happens is all those going for a specific time tend to stick with their pacer - coming in like a fresh bus-load every 5 minutes. Without that many cameras it is impossible to try to get everyone, and depending on the size of the pacing group (2hrs being the most popular), it's a bit like a wave of humanity that comes down the finish straight all of a sudden.
So here's the bad news - if you ran with a pacing group, going for that goal time - it's likely that we got fewer photos of you because you're in the middle of a crowd.
Having said that - on average with the number of photos we did take - 144 thousand online - that's an average of about 30 photos each! - don't be down if you have less than that though - many people just want to get their favourite shot - and any collection is a bulk discount if you have more than three images. The other option to get more images is to win - I think there are 131 of Christopher running around in his number 10 vest, you just have to do a bit of training to get there.
There's a few more races on over the next few weeks - here's a list if you're looking for a last minute entry:
|Date||Event||Event type||Gallery Link|
|Sun-27/09/2015||Ealing Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Ealing-Half-Marathon-Gallery-2015|
|Galleries now live|
|Sun-20/09/2015||Bexhill Linkroad 10k||10k||http://bit.ly/Bexhill-Linkroad-10k-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-20/09/2015||Reigate Half Marathon||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Run-Reigate-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-20/09/2015||B2TT||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/B2TT-Race3-Gallery-2015|
|Future Events||Get entered on the event website via:|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Tonbridge Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Tonbridge-Half-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Basingstoke Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Basingstoke-Half-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||Clarendon Marathon||half marathon||http://bit.ly/Clarendon-Marathon-and-Half-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-04/10/2015||PP Reading O2O 10k||10k||http://bit.ly/Reading-O2O-10k-gallery-2015|
|Sat-10/10/2015||Brutal Woolmer||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Brutal-Woolmer-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-11/10/2015||Warrior Run||XC - challenge||http://bit.ly/Warrior-Run-2-Gallery-2015|
|Sun-11/10/2015||Chichester Half||half marathon||http://bit.ly/ChichesterHalf-2015-Photos|
|Sun-18/10/2015||AAT Kellystore Guildford||10k, Half, 5k||http://bit.ly/Kellys-Run-Guildford-2015-Gallery|
So, what did we see at Ealing as we were going through all the pictures - numbering them up with your race numbers ?...
|Full Smurf Suit - heavier than a Morph suit|
|Taste that fresh Ealing Air|
|If you don't like the fresh Ealing Air, you can take scuba kit|
|All issues with annoyed drivers on the closed roads were swiftly dealt with|
|sometimes catching the moment is better than technical things like focus|
|sometimes catching the moment should be left to others|
|Early surrender at 1mile|
|mind you don't bosh yourself when giving it full speed|
|Correct Ealing Eagles finishing technique|
|All looking good fresh off the marks|
|The sweeper team set off along the course|
|The weather determined that sunglasses were a good idea|
|This is not the recommended mid race nutrition plan|
|Suddenly a security detail came in|
|BBC Tech correspondent RC-J tests his Apple Watch out|
|"Yes, a Taxi to the park please, with Pizza, Beers, the works please, meet me on Ealing Broadway"|
|Correct Arm waiving at the finish|
|The temptation to hit the pacing balloon with the pace stick for 13.1 miles would have been too much for me|
|What it looks like at the finish when it gets busy from one side|
|The view from the other side on a busy finish moment|
|True grit at the finish. Earning the last mile|
|Good to see some hard concentration to run fast|
|Again correct Ealing Eagles equivalent of the mo-bot|
|Mandy had been on the phone for ages|
|sorry, explain again to me why ?!?|
|That moment when Strava tells you to run faster|
|Here's that Eagle-bot again|
|Top work, I sense another Mick'n'Phil in the making|
|Well, someone had to get a shot of the four armed pacing runner. Who to do it eh?|
|Paul got his Rhino home in 2:31:44 - excellent work !!|
This for me was the best reaction I saw at the end of the race ! Sums it all up.
|For the win !|
Very well done again to Kelvin and Sandra and everyone involved in volunteering and working on the race. As a fellow small business working hard to make ends meet, dealing with feedback both positive and negative, working 21hr days, watching all your savings go gradually and not taking a living salary - then I have some heartfelt empathy with Kelvins' blog here: http://www.ealingeagles.com/2015/report/ealing-half-marathon-kelvin-walker
And - if you fancy doing it all again next year - then get your entry in now whilst you can - because you know it will sell out!
So get your very special memories from the gallery as soon as you can. They will be online for 3 months so don't delay because that christmas thing will get in the way and make you forget, and then you'll have to pay more to get them from the archive instead which is a pain - so GET THEM NOW !!!
very well done everyone ! (especially you)
until next time