It was great fun to share in Hull parkrun's 2nd birthday celebrations and catch up with friends there, on the first Saturday of the month. The following morning I was up bright and early and on my way to Helmsley to cover the 3rd 10k MT Challenge. Earlier in the year I'd been in two minds about going along because the new Hull Marathon was also on Easter Day and it would have been nice to support my friends who were taking part, but when I received a lovely e-mail from the Race Secretary asking me to come back because everyone had liked my photos last year so much, I couldn't refuse. A little flattery does go a long way!
I decided to do something different there this time, and once the race was under way found a place to take my photos where the runners were just at the crest of a hill. Usually I find a picturesque background but I just thought this would make a change, particularly with the steel grey sky as a backdrop. I didn't sell very many, but I enjoyed myself and was pleased with the photos I took that morning . . and that's what's important . .
The following weekend I drove over to Newbury where a friend was completing her 100th parkrun at Greenham Common, and again, I loved joining in the fun and celebrating a great achievement . .
On Sunday it was back to normal (in terms of photography) in sunny Kent, and I found a great spot to take photos of everyone taking part in the Darent Valley 10k, with some lovely views of the valley in the background and the runners winding their way up the hill towards me. Another great morning in a lovely part of the country . .
Last weekend saw me on the banks of the River Thames . . at Abingdon on Saturday for the parkrun . .
And then in London . . Westminster in fact . . where I saw some famous people (see below) amongst the crowds that were running and watching the London Marathon . . as well as the many thousands of runners who were all heroes on the day . .
I've more races and parkruns to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead . . I'll look forward to them next time . .
Lots more photos from these races are on my website at www.theracephotographer.com