Athletics: Virgin London Marathon 2013

Event: Virgin London Marathon 2013
Venue: Central London
Date: 19th & 21st April 2013 (19th Press Day & 21st Marathon Day)

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Participant medals – Virgin London Marathon 2013

A series of images taken during the 2013 Virgin London Marathon. On 19th April 2013 was the Press Day for the Paralympic Athletes taking part in the marathon and those who dared run the marathon in costumes in order to break the Guinness Book of World Records.

Elite Wheelchair Men and Women Athletes Photocall for Virgin London Marathon
Wheelchair Elite athletes David Weir (GBR) & Shelly Woods (GBR)
Guinness World Record attemptees photocall for Virgin London Marathon
Lucy Barney will attempt the Guinness World Record for ‘fastest marathon dressed as a shoe’ during Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon raising money for Cancer Research.

On marathon day, 21st April 2013, elite runners, celebrities, record breakers, charity runners, etc., took to the streets of London to take part in one for the most recognised events of the sporting calendar. This year’s event was special as it came in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that happened weeks prior to the event. As a show of solidarity, the Virgin London Marathon we ahead without any major incidents reported and with record crowds cheering on the runners along the route as a show of defiance and support for a the greater good of mankind.

Winners presentation ceremony at the Virgin London Marathon.
London Marathon 2013 winners Priscah Jeptoo and Tsegaye Kebede on the podium after being presented for winning the marathon.

Of all the images I took on the day, this one of Tsegaye Kebede has got to be my favourite. It just sums up the feelings of the day.

Winners presentation ceremony at the Virgin London Marathon.
Elite men athlete winner Tsegaye Kebede with the Ethiopian flag after being awared for winning the Virgin London Marathon.

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Never too late – My Photoblog 2012 Review.

As far as reflections of a year gone by, 2012 for me has been a very weird one and in a good way for the most part. Looking back, one thing I do wish I had was time to do more stuff. No regrets though as some of what I achieved, will change my current outlook of life.

Rather than bore you with the details, I will just let the WordPress Annual Review do the talking for me, but I will reflect on two milestones that made 2012 a stellar year for me.

London 2012 summer games

Pursuing a Photography degree

Better late than never…

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers!

 

Olympic Torch in Ilford

Event: Olympic Torch Relay
Venue: London Borough of Redbridge – Ilford Town Centre
Date: 22 July 2012

Ilford Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Javed with his Mayoress, Ms Shamin Ali
Ilford Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Javed with his Mayoress, Ms Shamin Ali

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Samsung relay promoters arriving in style to hand out freebies to the crowds.

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The relay happened on a Sunday morning. So there was a lot of praise and worship singing before the torch arrived.

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Official Clip of Torch Relay

Olympic Hiatus

Well, it was only a matter of time before my photography would be put on the back burner yet again.

This time with a very good cause – London 2012.

I know by the time I write this post, the Olympics will be long forgotten and our lives more or less back to normal, but for me as a volunteer at the games, this will be one memory that I won’t forget in a long time.

I was privileged amongst thousands of people who applied to be accepted as a Volunteer Cast for the London 2012 Olympic games. I, with many others had two roles – to be a drummer and to marshal. The drumming only happened during the Opening Ceremony (OC) and to be a marshal happened at both OC & CC (Closing Ceremony).

I, with the wonderful cast I had the privilege of performing with during the games ceremonies, can safely and proudly say, “I am and always will be a Pandemonium Drummer and athletes marshal at the London 2012 Olympic games.”

I think this article in the local (where I live) paper sums up my our experience as volunteers at the Olympics.

Local newspaper article on my experience at the London 2012 Olympics ceremonies.

After the wonderful experience, my body, long suffering family and photography mojo decided that I should end my Olympic journey and not continue on to do the Paralympics.

Now that you all know where I have been for the last few months……..

……let us get this show back on the road.

ION – Applied to Uni and I got accepted. So God willing, you will see more updates and content up in here.