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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Pride 10K 2017 - Gallery now live

Start of this years 10k run

We've been enjoying a quiet August so far allowing plenty of time to plan and prepare for our super busy Autumn season, but last Saturday we were out in action at the Pride 10k. There's always a fabulous atmosphere within Victoria Park during the race and due to the multi lap nature of the course friends and family have plenty of chances to cheer on the runners. The team at Front Runners put on a good race and after party!

SSP HQ was a hive of activity Saturday evening to make the gallery live on Sunday. You can see the images here -

Other recent race galleries for you to browse
DateEvent NameGallery Link
19-Jul-2017Wakehurst Willow 8k
23-Jul-2017PP DTUF Half
12-Aug-2017Pride 10k

Future Events for you to enter
DateEvent NameEvent Website
26-Aug-2017REP Adur swim - Free Photos
27-Aug-2017Arundel 10k - Free Photos
02-Sep-2017The Nuts Challenge
03-Sep-2017Reading Triathlon
03-Sep-2017PP Maidenhead Half
03-Sep-2017The Nuts Challenge
09-Sep-2017Ride Across Britain - Free Photos with Pic2Go
10-Sep-2017Farnham Pilgrim
10-Sep-2017Chestnut Tree House 10k
17-Sep-2017Run Reigate Half Marathon

Derek, The Race Director alongside actor Cyril Nri and Pride in London co-chair Alison Camps

Strong start for the overall winner (in yellow)

Guess who spotted Tony

Good smiles

Powering along the main straight

Wonderful wings

4 Star Ninja?

Enthusiastic photo bomb 

10 points for effort 

worn with Pride

Strong finish

Spiderman has the perfect finish technique 

Perfecting the finish technique with double thumbs up

Introducing the winners and starting the party

Smiles with the celebrities

This weekend it's a fun, muddy Brutal, entries still available at and you have choice of 5km, 10km or 20km. We hope to see you out there. 

Until next time, enjoy your running
Tony - not Anthony (yes, two people in the small office with the same name...)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Oxfam Trailwalker 2017 - gallery now live

The view from the Finishing line for the Oxfam Trailwalker

The Oxfam Trailwalker 2017 gallery was made live on Monday, with all the action from Saturday's and Sunday's hard walking along the 100km route along the South Downs Way.

How to find your pictures
With the rain at some points it's possible your number wasn't visible to the camera. You may need to search through the photos to find them and get them changed.

Use your full race number to search for your images, for example "304A", and then also search through using just "304" and also the "000" results. If you find any images that are not correctly tagged with your full race number - add them to a lightbox and share it with us on - that way we can correct the image and it will be included in a collection of all your race photos.

Please make sure any collection orders are made with just you as the subject of the image, this helps us to speed up the order processing. Thank you.

Other recent race galleries for you to browse
Date Event Name Gallery Link
19-Jul-2017 Wakehurst Willow 8k
23-Jul-2017 PP DTUF Half
29-Jul-2017 Trailwalker

Future Events for you to enter
Date Event Name Event Website
12-Aug-2017 Pride 10k
19-Aug-2017 Brutal Pyestock
26-Aug-2017 REP Adur swim - Free Photos
27-Aug-2017 Arundel 10k - Free Photos
02-Sep-2017 The Nuts Challenge
03-Sep-2017 Reading Triathlon
03-Sep-2017 PP Maidenhead Half
03-Sep-2017 The Nuts Challenge
09-Sep-2017 Ride Across Britain - Free Photos with Pic2Go
10-Sep-2017 Farnham Pilgrim
10-Sep-2017 Chestnut Tree House 10k
17-Sep-2017 Run Reigate Half Marathon

Fitting a silencer to the latest handheld special issue gadgets at the start

High fiving their way out of the start

That knowing look at the start
Smurf standard issue leggings

over here !! No, just show us your number ok.

Striding out with a smile after the downhill in the background

This events computer wallpaper for you to download

Overkill on the sunglasses to be honest

Theresa May and the fields of wheat, re-imagined

Bignor Hill transmitters are all ok in the background

she walked the whole way doing this. Massive battery in her backpack.

"It's raining, she won't share her umbrella, so just get me an Uber and meet me at the Amberly checkpoint. Car for two" 

When an Englishman goes out in the midday sun

There's no "I" in Team. nor umbrellas.

"I spoke to the Race director, and then he said that they also do this event in Summer!"

Still not raining early on so all ok - you can see the transmitters of Bignor in the left horizon background (just)

Why is it raining again !!

No heavy petting on the slopes please

Bring your own light source

Yes, everything under control. Going well. Cheers. yes, look away now. #ponchofail

Stand Easy. Wind affects play.

Vive le France !

Good to see the Italians advancing forwards.

That finishing line worth waiting for !

Excellent performance from the Ghurka Regiment
A very well done to many of you over the weekend of the trailwalker. It was a big ask all round, I had 9am to 5:30pm sat in one spot on Bignor hill on Saturday and watched the rain wash in and out several times until the cloud levels literally became unreasonable.  To all those who walked past and offered to swap,  why did you all chicken out when I said I was sat in a puddle on the chair and had put in an 8 hour shift without a break whatsoever ? It's easier to run the route next time is my tip !

It's a very quiet weekend coming up, although there is the Isle of Man Tough Mann to enter and take part in if you're feeling like you need a quick break. We help out with the event and provide the Pic2Go technology, but don't go there ourselves, but it's a great event if you're going in that direction !

Enjoy the Trailwalker Gallery and remember to search for your images the right way to get the most out of the gallery tagging and maximise your return.

Until next time, Train hard

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Race to the Stones, Harry Hawkes 10, REP Arundel Castle Tri, PP DTUF 2017 all now live

The Fields along the Thames at Cookham during DTUF 2017

Hello Again !
Another fortnightly update on all things SSP - we've had a very very busy weekend previously with the long overnight action from the RTTS. It's an exhausting event for the participants and the event organiers alike. To be honest I was grateful we only had one event this weekend !

For the long ones we get to be up earlier before the event and also provide continuous overnight coverage at two key locations - which inevitably means 4hrs sleep in the back of a car whilst someone else takes over the shift for 6 hours through the darkest hours, and then ongoing work through until 8pm on the sunday.
so that's a friday night on site, 5am start, and then at the end a drive home 2.5hrs at 8pm on Sunday - essentially 52hrs at work over the weekend. Even EU regulations don't cover this much work - when you have a 40-50hr week to do as normal on top of that...

As you might imagine, that wipes us out physicllay and mentally for a few days, but we still make it into the office and get some of the admin done to turn around the high resolution galleries, and of course - all the other event galleries from the weekend !
That's the third overnight weekend we've covered this year, and next weekend is the Oxfam Trailwalker - which ends at Brighton Racecourse - another 100km challenge that is mostly walked in teams of 4, and you get to be supervised by the Gurkha Signal regiment. Click on the link below for details entries are still open

Recent galleries that are now live
Date Event Race Gallery
Sat-15/07/2017 Race To The Stones - #RTTS2017 - Free images with Pic2Go - straight to your Facebook
Sun-16/07/2017 REP Arundel Castle Triathlon - Free race downloads
Sun-16/07/2017 Harry Hawkes 10
Wed-19/07/2017 Wakehurst Willow 8k
Sun-23/07/2017 PP DTUF Half

Take a look at the next races on our timeline - we often get people wondering what to do over the August holiday period - the truth is - most event directors go on holiday as well.
September gets busy - with the Ride Across Britain taking out half the office for 11 days (don't forget to add the days travel to the start and two days back from the finish!) across two busy weekends, and that's just after the ever popular Nuts challenge - which takes an age to catalogue - because of the mud...
Take a look and pick your challenge !

Future Race Galleries over the next two months
Date Event Event Website
Sat-29/07/2017 Oxfam Trailwalker
Sat-12/08/2017 Pride 10k
Sat-19/08/2017 Brutal Pyestock
Sat-26/08/2017 REP Adur swim - Free race photos
Sun-27/08/2017 Arundel 10k - Free Race photos
Sat-02/09/2017 The Nuts Challenge
Sun-03/09/2017 PP Maidenhead Half
Sun-03/09/2017 Reading Triathlon
Sun-03/09/2017 The Nuts Challenge
Sat-09/09/2017 Ride Across Britain - Free race photos with Pic2Go - Straight to your facebook
Sun-10/09/2017 Pilgrim Half and Full
Sun-10/09/2017 Chestnut Tree House 10k

Boating on the Thames is jolly nice

It's jolly nice at this time of year

kindly parked scooter in front of the second camera

better than boating in luxury

mind the dog poo and check the bottom of your shoes

rocking the 80's sweatband look

Sure, for men

all going well, churchill style!

easing into the finish

the two handed wave of victory

good work for the Shanley foundation

Going via the river is technically cheating

So it was all a bit of a different finish for DTUF to previous years at the windsor end, with the finish line a bit round the corner and out of the way - which obviously was a good thing because the big yellow boad didn't knock anything over, but on the other hand - where we're all the pretty flags in the background along the grass bank ?? ours looked a little lost on it's own... There used to be lines of supporters along the pavement and runners streaming down the road. It might have been a 20 yard change in finish location - but it has had a significant impact on the vibrancy of the finish straight and photos. It's this sort of thing you notice after a few years.

The other gallery for this weeks blog was going to be the Wakehurst willow.
But you know when your facebook timeline gets flooded with pictures from friends of friends - and then all your work is there - only this time it's stolen with clear text across it which says "not licensed for use", it makes your stomach turn. It tightens and it makes you angry, and sick, and listless, and fed up.
You work long days, into the evenings, pay babysitters £10 an hour over massive long weekends so you can cover events, but have to spend time away from your kids and that's before you have to pay all the staff, servers, gallery storage, insurance, not even counting the equipment (where do I start with that), or the office rents. You have a passion to do your job. And then you see this...
Blatant image theft from the gallery

It makes me feel slightly ill seeing this, and this is just one of many incidents I saw from last weeks Wakehurst Willow. Facebook removed another one we saw, and in the past they have closed peoples accounts - simply because it's against FB terms and conditions to use unlicensed images. It's not our rules - It's the law. It's illegal. And they FB don't like being implicated !
In the past 12 months we have dropped over 10 events from our calendar - and this is the primary reason for it. 
So if you do see any of your friends using unlicensed images anywhere, please tell them that it costs. It costs a lot of love, and it costs a lot of friendships, and it destroys peoples passion to want to provide a race gallery service, and it's certainly destroying mine. And we all lose out in the end.


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