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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hampton Court Half Marathon 2017 now live

The Original Hampton Court Half Marathon

The  Hampton Court Half Marathon Gallery is now live and online here:

The start of the 2017 Hampton Court Half Marathon - closely supervised by Henry VIII. The eventual winner is in the yellow Hercules Wimbledon vest and orange headband.

With a new starting location and event site on the Gigg's Hill Green - making for a clearer first two miles of the route - meant a much better early start to the race in the early stages. With the Xempo paced waves being set off and roughly 3 minute intervals it meant that the main body of the race was thinned out quite early. There were still large busses of people following the pacing groups - especially 1:50, 2hr and 2:10 flags - which always makes it difficult for us to get a shot of runners behind the pack leaders, but we do our best !

Overall the weather for photography was near perfect (can always ask for a bit warmer) but the light was through milky thin clouds - which always leads to gentle illumination and nice soft shadows. Nice ! we just needed that slight wind to die down and a degree or two warmer and it would be wonderful. And it's still only February !!

Next weekend
We're at the Brutal Temple Valley - a new location so a new Brutal Course - so with new surprises (have you seen the steps in the woods?) and we are also at the 

English National Cross Country Championships - in Nottingham on Saturday - and we will be using Pic2Go to give all the competitors their images live during the event - courtesy of the sponsors Saucony.

Register with Pic2Go for your free photos here if you are going 
and get your race number on the day to register from here

It's going to be a great event ! Looking forwards to seeing you all out there on the course.

Date Event Name Gallery or Event Website
Sun-12/02/2017 Worthing Half Marathon
Sun-19/02/2017 Hampton Court Half Marathon
Sat-25/02/2017 Brutal Temple Valley
Sat-25/02/2017 English National XC Champs
Sun-05/03/2017 Berkhamsted Half Marathon
Sun-05/03/2017 Leicester 10k
Sun-05/03/2017 Steyning Stinger
Sat-11/03/2017 Surrey Schools XC Champs
Sun-12/03/2017 Colchester Half
Sat-18/03/2017 Kelly's Clandon Park Run
Sun-19/03/2017 ETL Spring Badger Half
Sun-19/03/2017 Salomon Richmond Half and 10k
Sun-19/03/2017 Fleet Half Marathon
Sun-19/03/2017 Brentwood Half
Sun-19/03/2017 Hastings Half Marathon
Sat-25/03/2017 AAT Bolt
Sun-26/03/2017 Cranleigh 15-21
Sun-02/04/2017 Paddock Wood
Sun-09/04/2017 HONC
Sun-09/04/2017 PP Grand Union Half
Here's some photos from the Hampton Court Half for you, and some fun moments from the morning...

I shouted "Catalogue pose" and even the marshals joined in

Here the bikes are signed to ride the correct way around "#OH" you say..

Good work from burgess hill runners at the 2 mile mark

The best Man Tights there are. Mr Man Tights.

Great to see Jenny out - we've been capturing her in action for the past 15 years.

Dominic Kiralyfi won in 1:12:54 for Hercules Wimbledon

The "Birthday Princess" rosette had a special outing - Happy Birthday !

Start them young !

Busy scenes at the finish as runners come into the finish line

With friends like this, Hayley is sorted. No that's not an "R".

The 1hr30 Xempo pacing  bus

Bemused rowers look on

IF only we had her race number this Mum would be able to find her images easily - now she'll have to search through the "000" results - which she probably won't realise to do despite the instructions. 

Hayley celebrates getting near the finish.

Here's looking at you

All going well at 6 miles

Here's looking at you too

Dabbing - a hip hop dance move to impersonate a sneeze from circa 2012.
Bless you !

When you're friend drags you round a race, but it works out ok.

Badabing - badaboom

"Siri - why am I running in again when I've already finished"

There's a whole world of celebration going on here - excellent !

That look that says "I think you're mad"

I've a feeling this isn't the way Winston Churchill used the sign to those behind him.

"Help I'm being chased by wild animals. And a Rhino"

Jenny was in disguise - she's actually MI6

when you get photobombed but are completely unaware of it

Cool High-fives

I know our photographers are good looking, but no need for this.

Tight tights ?

799 dutifully eyes the curb

Good to see teamwork at the finish

Viceroys cyclist gets swept up in the moment

Might be related

Cyclists - please ride inverted. Simon wasn't sure what was going on.

Rachel MacKley eyeing up some cirrostratus clouds adds to our collection of Weather Presenters in sport going back some 30 years - including John Kettley, Kaddy Lee-Preston, Hellen Willetts, Tomasz Schafernaker and Carol Kirkwood in our collection.

Full on red corduroy direct motivational support being imparted
Make sure you get your entries in for next year in good time ! "Or Else" says Henry.

That's it for this week - we're going to be full on for the next four weeks with big major events - and the 19th of March seems to have been the weekend of choice for the very busy pre-london half marathons this year.

Looking forwards to Nottingham and the England National Cross country championships on Saturday - don't forget to register if you're going - and please tell your team mates too if they are going too... 
sort of apologies in advance if we fill your facebook timeline with loads of running pictures on Saturday...

until next time, enjoy the warmer weather, but mind out for Storm Doris...

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