Monday 30 April 2012

Cambridge T&G 10k and 7Oaks Triathlon 2012 now live

The galleries from the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k 2012 and the Sevenoaks Triathlon 2012 are now live and available online here:

Cambridge T&G:

7Oaks Triathlon

The 7Oaks triathlon images are free to download for personal use - just click on the download button next to (above) the images ! They are the same as the standard download product valued at £5.99 - so fill your boots whilst you can and share them on Facebook, twitter and *other social media sites* as soon as you can !

Other recent galleries are still online and ready for viewing and orders:

Clandon Park 10k

F3 Chilterns Dipper Sportive

F3 Longest Day Ride Sportive

Proper reports and updates later on - but wanted to get these links out there asap.

Catch up later, when I'm dry

Tuesday 24 April 2012

F3 Chilterns Dipper 2012 now live

The photo gallery for the F3 Events Chiltern Dipper Sportive is now live and on line here:

With the sporting world and everyone else watching either the London marathon or the Grand Prix in Bahrain, it's always nice to get a bit of ying to that yang and spend the Sunday in the gently undulating Chiltern Hills watching cyclists zoom about the place.

There was the choice of the short 100km or long 100 mile course, with the best views for photos being on this map here: which is the 100km course.
Depending on the weather, the timing, the splitting of the pack - all affects where we ended up going and at what time to go, to get as many of the riders as possible.

We have to get the timings right too as there were two other rides going on at the same time, one from Princes Risborough and another family ride from Sonning common. If you try to move at the wrong time, you end up trying to drive against a flood of cyclists ignoring the highway code - which is never good on single track roads !

The weather held off for all except the last few riders on the last bit of the course. It was cold when the sun was hidden behind the clouds, but otherwise the weather was good for riding and being outside.

Well done to Martyn and the F3 Events team who were constantly covering the course, checking on riders and making sure everyone was safe and sound through the day. Personally I was very grateful for the cheese sandwich at 4pm when he came past to pick up a knee injured rider who had joined us to await pick-up.

Enjoy the gallery !

Rush hour
Morning all !

Happy smiling corners

two up

Thumbs up

It got busy at some points

Mind the Horse

going to be home before the rain

click on the photo to see more detail - this Red Kite was eyeing me up for lunch.

up the hill, one left to the end

The cloud machine in the distance that is Didcot

a nice day out with friends on the ride
So the photo gallery for the ride is here,

It's the Sevenoaks Triathlon (Entry Full) and the Cambridge Town and Gown 10k (enter here) next weekend  and then after that it's into the very busy bank holiday weekend of May, so have a good one and hopefully this rain will all clear up by friday.

Until next time

Monday 23 April 2012

Angmering Bluebell 10k and 10M 2012 now live

The free download photo gallery for the 2012 Angmering Bluebell 10k and 10 mile run is now live and online here: 

As ever Mick has done a race report that has been put onto the run247 website here. Which gives me a little more lattitude to put some of the other pictures online...

With the weather forecast for the weekend of rain, rain and a little more rain if you fancy it, London Marathon Sunday was really rather pleasant with puffy white clouds skitting gently over the horizon. With Mick and the REP team putting on the first of the seasons events by adding a 10 mile run to the traditional 10k route, the opportunities for a few more scenic shots across the south downs escarpment becomes a possibility. The only trouble being - how do you get the 10 mile runners and get back in time to get the 10k runners on the course. Time for that photographers trick of omnipresence, also known as hiring that TARDIS off Dr.Who. On the other hand, there was permission to drive around the private estate - so a bit of that got used too.. no speeding of course.

The new 10 mile course map is online here:

It rained shortly after everything had been finished and cleared up, so obviously the start times are just about right !

Well done everyone on a great run, I hope you enjoy the free downloads - get them out onto twitter and facebook, or wherever else you blog and show friends and family what you have been up to recently.

Just before 3 miles on the new 10 mile route

A short run out for Ultra Runner Jan

Early Surrender from the Tone Zone team

Happy hello waves

Having swept the course clear, all smiles at the end

Mick and the serious business of sorting the results and prizes

double thumbs up on the way through the woods

Watch out - James Walker from Steyning is back on the scene. Winning.

nice weather for a run in the woods

thumbs up flying all the way

I just saw an Owl this big. Yeah right.
Kay and the girls enjoying the day

a moment of dramatic license, about to launch into a bit of opera

Steve cleaning up round the course

Yes - Bluebells !

How many Owls can you see here ? 4 if you look carefully

Yep - Owls, barn owls we think

quickly through in the early 2k

The last hill really isn't that difficult. Honest. If you win the Race like Andy here did.

top tip- Blokes: always remember to tell registration if you swap numbers with a woman and beat them all.

Suppliers of prizes and sponsors of things that go bling
Until next time - possibly the Steyning Triathlon ?

For now enjoy these free downloads: 
all the best

Clandon Park 10k and Fun Run now live

The Clandon Park 10k and Fun Run race photos are now live and online here:

Covering this event is always a special one, and with the rain holding off and the great turn out - this years race was raising funds for the new astro-turf pitch at the George Abbott school where it is hosted.

It is the kind of event that helps us to reassure ourselves why people run and why we take photos of people running. I've always said that I take photos for people when they are playing sport because they make people happy. Of course that's a pretty broad brush - I've seen a few photos that have not made people happy - but they are few and far between. Photos of people playing sport instantly counjour up the person, who they are and what they are about very succinctly, I guess that's why so many people use them as their avatar on facebook and twitter too - and it's always very warming to see our work being used this way by people who use their pictures to positively identify themselves this way.

So as a philosophy - haveing a job where your goal is to make people happy, it's good to be at a race where there are so many people running around with smiles on their faces.
I have halved the number of pictures I chose for this blog, because simply there were too many people smiling to pick from in the first place.

It was the next morning when I was listenting to the radio on my way to deepest chiltern hills that I heard about this report on the radio:

Some inspiring stories on there, and whilst I know what I do will never match up to the things done by the people on that list, it's nice to know that somewhere out there these things are being watched and valued in society today. I'll keep doing my little bit to contribute into the make people happy by running corner of the world, and hopefully people like Linda, Toby and Rory who organise the races like the Clandon Park Run will also do their bit to make you that little bit happier too!

And finally - remember - you run faster when you smile - just look at this lot !!

The next rides and races organised by the same team can be found here:
So if you want to make yourself even happier - get out and get entered !

Until next time