Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Run Reigate 2016, and Hull Marathon - all races now live in the Gallery

The start of the first race at Run Reigate - the 10k
The fabulous Run Reigate took place on Sunday with over 3800 runners taking part across three different race distances. The Junior races were a particular success - the culmination of 12 earlier one mile runs that the juniors had done meaning that this was the last mile of their Half Marathon experience - and over 1000 children took part in that alone - an excellent development initiative for running.

The Gallery for all the Reigate races is here:
http://bit.ly/Run-Reigate-Gallery-2016

We also had the wonderful and scenic Hull Marathon on Sunday - also in perfect conditions for distance running:
The Hull Marathon Gallery can be found here:
http://bit.ly/Hull-Marathon-Gallery-2016
West Hull Ladies leading the way at the Start of the Hull Marathon

At Run Reigate we had Kelly Holmes in attendance helping with the warm-up, motivation and more selfies with people than you can imagine possible and a smile that went on forever.
Mr Kelly the race director with Kelly the Runner and some flowers

Next weekends races - entries are still open for one more day - don't miss out !!

Date Race Event link Special SSP Discount code
25-Sep-16 The Winchester Half Marathon http://bit.ly/Winchester-Half SSP10
25-Sep-16 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon http://bit.ly/kingstonhalfmarathon SSP10RBK


Full list of recent race galleries and future races
We're now full back into the half marathon and marathon season - so the next two months are crammed full of great races - check out the list below and make sure you're at one of them.

Date Event Gallery or Website
Sun-11-09-2016 Pilgrim http://bit.ly/Pilgrim-Gallery-2016
Sun-11-09-2016 Chestnut Tree House 10k http://bit.ly/Chestnut-Tree-House-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-11-09-2016 ETL Bacchus http://bit.ly/ETL-Bacchus-Gallery-2016
Fri-16-09-2016 Energy Against Hunger Challenge http://bit.ly/Hunger-Project-Gallery-2016
Sun-18-09-2016 Reigate Half Marathon http://bit.ly/Run-Reigate-Gallery-2016
Sun-18-09-2016 Hull Marathon http://bit.ly/Hull-Marathon-Gallery-2016
Fri-23-09-2016 The Mudathlon http://www.themudathon.com/
Sun-25-09-2016 Winchester Half Marathon www.winchesterhalf.co.uk
Sun-25-09-2016 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon http://kingstonhalfmarathon.com/
Sun-02-10-2016 Basingstoke Half http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BasingstokeHalfMarathon
Sun-02-10-2016 Clarendon Marathon http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/
Sun-02-10-2016 PP Reading O2O 10k http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/races/reading-o2o-10k-
Sun-02-10-2016 Tonbridge Half http://www.tonbridgehalfmarathon.co.uk
Sun-02-10-2016 Warrior Run http://www.warrior-run.co.uk/
Sat-08-10-2016 Brutal Run brutalrun.co.uk
Sun-09-10-2016 Herts 10k http://www.herts10k.com/
Sun-09-10-2016 Chichester Half http://www.chichesterhalfmarathon.co.uk/
Sun-16-10-2016 Kelly's Cross Country Challenge https://charity.kellystorage.co.uk/Events/2016/Cross-Country-Challenge/Details
Sun-16-10-2016 1066 Way to Battle http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/article.php/79/1066_way_to_battle
Sun-16-10-2016 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k http://www.townandgown10k.com/
Sun-23-10-2016 PP Water of Life http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/
Sun-23-10-2016 Abingdon marathon http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk/index.php
Sat-29-10-2016 Beachy Head http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx

See you next weekend at Richmond or Winchester - and get your entries in !

Some pictures from Reigate...
The scale of the challenge was yet to be realised

Run out first and give your friends a wink and a wave

PR team busy getting their pre race soundbites

Charity fundraising achieved !

Reigate zoo are yet to acknowledge the escape

best of the smiles through the day - there were a lot

closing in on the finish line

Desmond made it for the win

good to check in with the family at the finish

Good to see Paul back out and racing strongly for the Half Marathon win in 1h13m

Fiona Flying in for the win in 1:25 at the Half

Good fundraising teamwork

Putting the Passion in

A bit of blocking going on behind Epsom ?

A world record attempt for a Camel in a Half Marathon - we await news

Surrendering

More surrendering

Surrendered and taken prisoner

Suzie looking light on her feet as a pacemaker

Just a quick work email, won't take a second

Top teamwork

Little did Deano know that Gemma was getting a selfie with him

This Mr Bolt, is how you do it.

Top finishing high-fives

Your top dogs from the day

Oi Daimler - you're looking the wrong way

There was a point when I panicked inside - what if everyone tries to high-five Kelly ?

Not sure She agreed with him

yes just 9 more miles.

Rising up the second hill out of town

Buzz gave it some

Where are all the Knights with capes to keep one's shoes clean ?

Nothing is as good as Mummy Hugs

Working the crowd on the way in

the joy of the countryside

going well

everything is ok

spot the race number - yes you have to read the luggage tag

Batman on a Unicorn and Wonder woman. I bet they have fun in that household.

Looking strong at the finish of the junior run

Not quite sure why the interest in my greying hair, but hey ho, I guess she was too shy to ask for a selfie ?

Batman training hard for his next Gotham city job

Too Much cuteness

Meanwhile in Hull

This chap couldn't wait for his race photos...

until next time !
Anthony


Friday, 16 September 2016

Today's Friday Fidgety Feet Fix - End of September 2016

This Man Says you should do some running next Sunday - past his old house, or past the Cathedral in Winchester where his Daughter  Mary Tudor got married. Risky business...



A quick call for entries to sort out your Friday Fidgety Feet Feeling- 

Next Sunday, no not this sunday, NEXT Sunday - The 25th September

Two classic races - and both new ones - so a chance to get a Personal Best !

25-Sep-16  The Winchester Half Marathon http://bit.ly/Winchester-Half SSP10
25-Sep-16 @ 8:30 AM Start Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon http://bit.ly/kingstonhalfmarathon SSP10RBK

The Winchester Half marathon is organised by the same team behind the very successful Southampton Half Marathon and runs through some glorious countryside around Winchester - with race numbers looking very strong there are still spaces. It's going to be a fantastic race through the historic city centre, with everything you'd expect from a fully geared up Half Marathon experience.


At Kingston it's a new Half Marathon in the area - (and much less crowded that several other races going on in roughly the same catchment area which are already sold out). This is your chance to still take part in a very well organised race with all the trimmings - from the same team responsible for the Hampton Court Half and Harry Hawkes 10 - it runs along stretches of the River with fantastic views for a London race - it's one of the most scenic races possible with fantastic London history and views around every corner.

So get yourselves signed up and we look forwards to seeing you NEXT Sunday, the 25th.

See you soon on this stretch of River at the Kingston Half 
Until next time,
Anthony

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Reading Tri, Chestnut Tree House 10k, Bacchus and Pilgrim 2016 galleries now live


Not the usual Headline shot, but it captures what it means to complete these races, the achievement of the individual and the joy of support and camaraderie from fellow participants. I hope your race weekend was *THIS* good too !!

Well done from another perfect weekend weather and action.

First up - yes the Reading Triathlon gallery is now up - there's a story behind the delay - and that's at the bottom after some photos...

Other galleries now up are the new and improved Chestnut Tree House Littlehampton10k, - a new route, fantastic organisation - always perfect weather, chip timed - a very fast and flat course on the promenade and into the closed roads of the town. Deserves to be a 2500 person race - if only they would include it on the Sussex GP races - or at the very least - not clash on dates - it's certainly one of the best around. It's grown to 1200 this year - I hope it gets even bigger next year and raises more money for the charity. Did I mention that our profits go to the charity ? So please make sure you buy yours today !

The fabulous Bacchus and Pilgrim half marathons and marathons are also all online - fancy dress and wine - then Events to Live will put you right at Denbies, and if a classic off road trail run is your thing then you won't go far wrong with the excellently organised Pilgrim route.

Archive 2016 - is now going up and in full swing on our new photoshelter gallery here: http://uksp.photoshelter.com/page2  so if you have missed a gallery earlier this year - check it out.

Survey
The current survey responses says you mostly like the gallery links and the photo captions, so that's what I'll try to keep it to as the main front end content, and every now and again - there will be a tale or something about what is going on somewhere at the bottom end - this will probably depend on the time of day/night/early hours I end up working on writing these blogs !  Have some input - the survey is on the gallery front page here: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com

The Latest Gallery lists 
Date Event Name Gallery or website
Last week - -
Sat-03-09-2016 The Nuts Sat Challenge http://bit.ly/Nuts-Sat-Sept-Gallery-2016
Sun-04-09-2016 The Nuts Sunday Challenge http://bit.ly/Nuts-Sun-Sept-Gallery-2016
Sun-04-09-2016 PP Maidenhead Half http://bit.ly/PP-Maidenhead-Half-Gallery-2016
This weeks new galleries - -
Sun-04-09-2016 Reading Triathlon http://bit.ly/Reading-Tri-Gallery-2016
Fri-09-09-2016 Ride Across Britain http://www.rideacrossbritain.com/ - you can sign up for the free Pic2Go galleries on the event website.
Sun-11-09-2016 Chestnut Tree House 10k http://bit.ly/Chestnut-Tree-House-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-11-09-2016 ETL Bacchus http://bit.ly/ETL-Bacchus-Gallery-2016
Sun-11-09-2016 Pilgrim http://bit.ly/Pilgrim-Gallery-2016
- - -
Future events - Please Enter them now (Otherwise we won't meet up will we!)
Fri-16-09-2016 Energy Against Hunger Challenge http://www.thehungerproject.org.uk/
Sun-18-09-2016 Hull Marathon http://www.thehullmarathon.co.uk/
Sun-18-09-2016 Reigate Half Marathon http://www.runreigate.com/
Fri-23-09-2016 The Mudathlon http://www.themudathon.com/
Sun-25-09-2016 Winchester Half Marathon www.winchesterhalf.co.uk
Sun-25-09-2016 Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon http://kingstonhalfmarathon.com/
Sun-02-10-2016 Basingstoke Half http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BasingstokeHalfMarathon
Sun-02-10-2016 PP Reading O2O 10k http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/races/reading-o2o-10k-
Sun-02-10-2016 Clarendon Marathon http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/
Sun-02-10-2016 Tonbridge Half http://www.tonbridgehalfmarathon.co.uk
Sun-02-10-2016 Warrior Run http://www.warrior-run.co.uk/
Sat-08-10-2016 Brutal Woolmer brutalrun.co.uk
Sun-09-10-2016 Herts 10k http://www.herts10k.com/
Sun-09-10-2016 Chichester Half http://www.chichesterhalfmarathon.co.uk/
Sun-16-10-2016 Kelly's Cross Country Challenge https://charity.kellystorage.co.uk/
Sun-16-10-2016 1066 Way to Battle http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/article.php/79/1066_way_to_battle
Sun-16-10-2016 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k http://www.townandgown10k.com/
Sun-23-10-2016 PP Water of Life http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/
Sun-23-10-2016 Abingdon marathon http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk/index.php
Sat-29-10-2016 Beachy Head http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx

Reading Tri

Top T Shirt

All going well out of T1

Clearly surprised he's doing so well !

Steady and ready for the bike

All going ok

Look - no hands !

Top tandem team riding


Going very smoothly on the run

Made it out of the swim alive, this is OK

The water tastes fantastic


Always give your friends and family a wave

Chestnut Tree House - Littlehampton 10k
perfect sunny conditions at the start

Its getting more popular each year - you should be here !

at the 1.5k mark and starting to run towards town

always give the camera a wave

Give your friends a wave

keeping step together

Ed ran in a PB on this fast flat course

concentrating on the way at 4.5k

always run with a balloon if you have any excuse to

let your friends know how things are going

Amazing win of the womens race

Just needs something else ? but what ?

a sword and a helmet - that's what you need !!

Great running into the really well set up finish = excellent branding from the Chestnut Team


Bacchus Half and Full Marathon
very scary spice

'allo 'allo I will post this only once.

everyone had an absolutely fabulous day out dahling

Get out of the water

Pink Flamingos, honestly - what were you thinking ?

Starting to see triple yet ?

Marvellous

For a moment they forgot their selfie-duties

just watch out behind you. Oh you do. Careful now.

Makapaka to the rescue

Time to find some pollen

Romans on the lash

The Dictator pays homage to the Mo

There's always someone who looks too bloody good at running


Apt choice of costume for the days antics

So, what did little Red Riding Hood have in her basket after all ?

Drunk#2 left Drunk#1 to explain...

Ave Romanus

Bananas in Pyjamas. Well Quite.

All we needed now was a massive Donkey Kong

Quite the most disturbing morph costume I've seen so far. Excellent.

The Hills were very much alive

Bonjour et Voila !!


Where do I photoshop in the rainbow again ?

On your marks...

This is starting to look like an overbudget Stag/Hen night

Mad as one!!

I Don't understand any more....


Tuff Fitty Tri Club turned up in their normal workwear

Minionesque and ticker tape to celebrate

Pilgrim Half and Full Marathon
All good into the village past the pub

Fantastic woodland trails

Great Paths along the Pilgrims Way

Plenty of space for Aldershot to overtake (as usual)

Homage to Mo

Double Thumbs up at the top of the Common

Sarah had a good run out 

What a view. Don't know why Colin chose to Run it instead of work...

At the top of the hill, all smiles

Only two more laps to go

This is ripe for photoshopping in cars, hurdles, high jumps, karate targets etc etc

Do 100 Marathons. Get a Trophy. Thats a target...

Reading Tri - took a bit of time didn't it ?
So - what was the delay eh ? Firstly apologies to everyone waiting for their gallery - we fully recognise that late photos "miss the boat" of interest in them, and that is indeed regrettable - however we do try to do our best - and we also know that 16,000 images with little or no cataloguing that can't be searched - also results in no orders - because nobody can find anything.
The other thing about triathlons - and we have learnt this from hard experience - is that if any of the stages are not indexed - swim, bike or run - then sales dive down about 75%. Basically people want a shot of each stage, they want easy search, and they want them very soon after the race.
Always catalogue !
So with this in mind - we always catalogue them, and we always insist on hand numbering at triathlon events (face numbering will do instead) so we can do this. Alas, when the hand numbering doesn't happen - what are we left with ? race timing mat data, bicycle helmet numbers (hopefully on the front), and flapping numbers on tri-belts that are worn on the back (against the rules by the way) - and nothing for the swim stage.
Guess the number !
I'm not sure if you've looked recently - but everyone looks the same coming out of the swim in their wetsuits, and the timing mat is at T1 entry - not where the photos are taken - so if people overtake after the photo then the timing mat data isn't sequential to help with indexing the swim - and wrongly catalogued images are worse than simply no cataloguing.

Finish line first
However at the finish - the timing mat data and people running in has half a chance because some runners do have their number showing and you can work your way down the list in order - shot by shot runner by runner. This sorts out about 3500 images.
That's the easy bit. We then decided to use a new program we have found and trial it with face recognition - using the runner numbers from the finish line shots we had catalogued as the face ID, we left it to ingest the 16000 images, and then try to match them all together. This only took about 12 hours of processing time for a top spec PC, which we couldn't use for anything else at the time.
Finish line - guess the numbers !
Group together
After this, we then went through each face, using the face recognition software to make suggestions and group the same face together. Telling it which ones were wrong, accepting the ones that were right, and then updating the records for those grouped images with the correct Face ID. If your wondering - there were about 370 faces, and this had to be done for each one.
Fortunately - it got more accurate the further through we got...
This identified and helped to catalogue a further 6000 images, leaving about 7000 images without cataloguing - things like helmets, baseball caps and shade and bright light can significantly effect the efficiency of the face recognition systems.
Who hell he ?
One-by-one
Finally, hoping that one image out of a sequence of shots will have been catalogued, or the helmet numbers were visible - we then went back through all the images - one by one - to try our best to identify everyone - and we ended up with only 669 images unidentified out of a total 14,167 that passed our minimum quality standards, and that number probably is enough for people to have a browse through if they get no results from searching for their race number.

Conclusion
So - combine all that with the small task of cataloguing the Nuts Challenge races which we had to do at the same time through the week - where the numbering starts of with the barcodes, and then one-by-one through all the images trying to read hidden tattoos - and yes - that takes time...
Guess the number...
So overall - we've done a quality job on the cataloguing of this triathlon when faced with massive difficulties, however we have probably missed the window of opportunity to actually sell any images. Three photographers costs and the excessive back-office costs of cataloguing these images - essentially three times more work than usual - most certainly won't be recovered from the sales - the only conclusion - put clauses into the contracts to cover the costs of converting the galleries into free downloads without complete indexing - if the hand numbering isn't done - but no event organiser will sign up to that !
So what's the reality - we simply cannot cover races without numbering - we would go out of business almost immediately - and if you hadn't noticed we don't do a whole load of triathlons these days that don't do free downloads - and now you know one of the main reasons why.

So now you know the fun we get up to in the back office when cataloguing - it is an absolutely critical part of the service we provide - and we need your help at events to make it possible - wear your numbers with pride !

Pic2Go Barcodes for indexing and much more..
In other news - we're working with Pic2Go UK and Threshold Sports on the  "Deloitte Ride Across Britain" - a 9 day Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride. Everything is being fully catalogued using Pic2Go barcodes to deliver live images directly to individuals Facebook accounts through each day of the ride. So far we have had over 750,000 sponsor branded page impressions for the event by the end of day three, helping the friends and families see riders progress for each day as it happens !
Fingers crossed for the continuing good weather for the rest of the week !

And final last calls for the Reigate Half Marathon and 10k this weekend - it's a big one...http://bit.ly/Run-Reigate

see you there ?

until next time
Anthony











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