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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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.

Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw named England captain for 2012 Six Nations

Harlequins Rugby Union players l-r: Nick Evans, Chris Robshaw (c) and Mark Lambert at the Etihad stand at WTM 2011.

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If there is one thing I have learnt about doing editorial photography, is the importance of photos being used much later than the day you took it.

A good example is when Chris Robshaw, captain of Harlequins Rugby Union, was named England’s new skipper for the 6 Nations Tournament for at least two of their matches. I quickly realised that I had photos in my archives that I could use as file images.

This image and those in the gallery access were taken during World Travel Market at the ExCel Centre, London on 7 November 2011. The players happened to visit their sponsors stand, Etihad Airways and were happy enough to do an impromptu photo call.

6Km Santa Run for Disability Snowsport at Battersea Park

The 6Km Santa Run is held on the first Saturday of December for charity. This year the event was organised by 2:09 Events to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK, a national charity that helps people with disabilities to access the thrill of snowsports.

The Santa Run was held at Battersea Park on 3rd December 2011.

People of all ages joined in fun and ran around Battersea Park dressed as santa.

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A runner dressed as an elf warms up before the run

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A ‘sea’ of runners dressed as santa warming up before the run

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This cute dog was more interested in me than the run

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