Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Abingdon Marathon and PP Water of Life 2016 now live

Both the galleries from the weekend are now online,
A busy yet gentle start to the 2016 Abingdon Marathon
With fog and mist on the way to events this Sunday it was a pleasant Autumnal sun that burnt through to give clear skies, not helped by a slightly chilly easterly wind from the Baltics. So first event back into the winter waterproof trousers and big coat and gloves. If you see me with my camera covered in (special) plastic bags, it's to keep my hands warm, not to keep the rain off (but they do that too).
A quick thank you to Gary the race director at Abingdon who is now handing on the reigns - although not disappearing he's done his fair share of putting on a fantastic event over the years and for that we are very grateful.

Here are the latest Gallery links:
Date Event name Gallery or event website
This weeks races
Sun-23-10-2016 PP Water of Life http://bit.ly/PP-Water-of-Life-Gallery-2016
Sun-23-10-2016 Abingdon marathon http://bit.ly/Abingdon-Marathon-Gallery-2016
Last weeks races
Sat-15-10-2016 Spooky Sprint Tonbridge http://bit.ly/Spooky-Sprint-Tonbridge-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 Kelly's Cross Country Challenge http://bit.ly/Kellys-Cross-Country-Challenge-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k http://bit.ly/Cambridge-Town-and-Gown-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 1066 Way to Battle http://bit.ly/1066-Way-to-Battle-Gallery-2016
Future Races in 2016
Sat-29-10-2016 Beachy Head http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx
Sat-12-11-2016 Brutal Spider Hill http://brutalrun.co.uk/race/spider-hill/
Sun-13-11-2016 PP Grand Union Half http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/races/grand-union-canal-half-marathon-
Sun-20-11-2016 ETL Molehills http://www.eventstolive.co.uk/events/information/three-molehills
Sun-20-11-2016 Brighton 10k http://www.brooksbrighton10k.co.uk/info
Sun-04-12-2016 The Hogs Back http://aat-events.com/race/hogs-back-road-race
Sun-04-12-2016 Seaford Mince Pie http://www.seafordstriders.org.uk/mincepie.html
Sun-11-12-2016 HollyRun https://www.rpac.org.uk/index.php/2015-02-28-17-16-06/the-holly-run

2017 Races and free race galleries

Bookings are up for free race galleries in 2017 - it's not just medals and TShirts any more. Race galleries that Runners can download for free make up more and more of the events we cover, and on the busy weekends becoming a tipping point for the undecided entry. I mean - we like to think we help bring a certain quality endorsement to the races and the event directors that we work with , but free race photos do make a difference for everyone.

Event organisers have the choice of free downloads, or to use Pic2Go that gives the photos directly to the runners and also helps them get those additional sponsors onboard with the massive additional exposure that race photos on social media can bring - when we quote "Millions of page views" people find it hard to grasp and understand, but yes that's what we can do for your brand.

Prices for free downloads start from only £1+VAT (*depending on race size), so tell your favourite race director to get it sorted out for your bestest race next year now ! Or if you're a potential sponsor, get in touch and I'm sure we can find you a suitable race... info@sussexsportphotography.com
Abingdon 2016
They only just missed the cones as they came up the road - potentially embarrassing ! Great lead marshalling all the way around at 12mph

A bit of local teamwork

Always good to have support buzzing around the course

World record attempt was looking strong at the half marathon point

A wave to Wilma and he was off again

And then he found the wall

good teamwork

Top work as rear sweeper, all the way round at 5mph is not easy

Not quite sure who she's telling off here...

All going well together

I hear he's going to release a new clothing line soon

Strong into the last bend

Slightly pleased about it 

He forgot to drink the water, makes things very heavy

All done with teddy in hand

A bit of impromptu Morris dancing to celebrate

Finally Mel had broken away from Sue for the win

Almost a mobot across the town square

Somewhere there's a Serpintine runner without a right glove

For the win !

Meanwhile at Marlow and the Water of Live event with Purple Patch

It was all so good at the start of the 10k

Safely away on the half

not sure who's leading who here

Chris Takes some  low fives

excellent ! - yes, we can't read them in your pocket

strong teamwork coming off the bridge

looking to hitch a lift, but wasn't prepared to wait

A tricky running technique, but seemingly effective

"Gazelle meets soaring eagle" is also a tricky north american style of running

He went for the slap but was blocked

He left the loo seat up, so alas we couldn't see his number...

Selfie Face frames are all a bit of a popular thing at the moment

Now this does almost remind me of a Monty Python sketch from the meaning of life

All going ok here

Dougal (that's the dog in the background) gave chase, fortunately the runner had a life jacket on in case he was chased into the water.

Finishing fives and another Purple Patch event done
So next weekend Saturday is the epic that we call Beachy Head, a slightly different affair to the ever flattest Abingdon Marathon, in that it goes up and down a considerable amount. Even the winners add 30 minutes to their marathon time, and a sub-3hr win is very rare even in ideal conditions.
The long range weather forecast hasn't quite made up it's mind - but early indications are looking promising, if cloudy. Fingers crossed for the light winds - because it's never boring on the top of those cliffs !

Until next time

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

All live - Cambridge Town and Gown 10k, 1066 Way to Battle, Parkinsons Spooky Sprint and Kellys XC Challenge 2016

The Start of the Spooky Sprint at Tonbridge - not a clown in sight !

It's been a busy one again this weekend with four events, two of which were free downloads and one of those was live during the event using Pic2Go to give participants their photos as fast as technologically possible. More about Pic2Go.com technology here

Only a total of 69,029 images fully catalogued and delivered online by Monday afternoon this time. We're very proud of our back office team that bring the hard work from the photographers to you as soon as possible in an easily searchable and full gallery - good work team ! (FYI if you're wondering how we do it - it's either barcodes or by hand - OCR isn't accurate enough nor fast enough - now there's a challenge to any interested programmers).

Here's the latest list of galleries - enjoy !

Date Event Name Gallery or Event link
This Weekend
Sat-15-10-2016 Parkinsons Spooky Sprint Tonbridge Free Downloads - http://bit.ly/Spooky-Sprint-Tonbridge-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 Cambridge Town and Gown 10k http://bit.ly/Cambridge-Town-and-Gown-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 Kelly's Cross Country Challenge Pic2Go and Free Downloads - http://bit.ly/Kellys-Cross-Country-Challenge-Gallery-2016
Sun-16-10-2016 1066 Way to Battle http://bit.ly/1066-Way-to-Battle-Gallery-2016
Last Weekend
Sat-08-10-2016 Brutal PyeStock http://bit.ly/Brutal-Pyestock-Gallery-2016
Sun-09-10-2016 Herts 10k http://bit.ly/Herts-10k-Gallery-2016
Sun-09-10-2016 Chichester Half http://bit.ly/Chichester-Half-Gallery-2016
Next Weekend
Sun-23-10-2016 Abingdon marathon http://www.abingdonmarathon.org.uk/index.php
Sun-23-10-2016 PP Water of Life http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/
Future Events in 2016
Sat-29-10-2016 Beachy Head http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon.aspx
Sat-12-11-2016 Brutal Spider Hill http://brutalrun.co.uk/race/spider-hill/
Sun-13-11-2016 PP Grand Union Half http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/races/grand-union-canal-half-marathon-
Sun-20-11-2016 Brighton 10k http://www.brooksbrighton10k.co.uk/info
Sun-20-11-2016 ETL Molehills http://www.eventstolive.co.uk/events/information/three-molehills
Sun-04-12-2016 Seaford Mince Pie http://www.seafordstriders.org.uk/mincepie.html
Sun-04-12-2016 The Hogs Back http://aat-events.com/race/hogs-back-road-race

Pic2Go continues to go from strength to strength every week with more events showing an interest in providing participants with their race photos just as fast as the race results (if not before - during the race!). There's a new logo, and there are new and exciting developments in the pipeline too. If you're an event organiser and want to give your runners something more personal than a medal - then get in touch info@pic2go.co.uk  It's more affordable than you think.
And if you're a runner or even a potential sponsor who wants something tangible and measurable to show for your investment in local running - tell your race organisers to get in touch soon !!

If the event organiser doesn't want to go the full way with pic2go, then a download gallery can be made for a race from as low as £1 per runner (subject to conditions) and we will be promoting these services much more into 2017 and beyond !

and now...
This weekends pictures !

The HFLC diet was going too well - http://bit.ly/diet-doctor

Glowing, even in daylight

The juniors were allowed a late daylight run

A great family fun run experience

A great family fun run experience

No Surrender

Good finishing

secretly they were dragging each other over the line

The Cambridge Town and Gown 10k
Always a bit of a trip down memory lane for me on this one - as I used to cycle across Midsummer Common every day to get to school, but it never used to rain this much !
Kings Parade, as the tourists part 

Flying along

Concentrating hard at the front

All going well so far

Always time for a double thumbs up

Surrendering only at 3k

Almost a Bolt at the finish

keeping a close eye on the race time clock

incoming back pats...

concentratey face

It's almost as if he's looking at the spot on the corner where I crashed my bike once aged 14 and understands the full horror of it. He won by the way.

Wave starts to ensure everyone fitted under the bridge later

look - no headphone wires !

All going very well

enjoying the riverside path

Kelly's Cross Country Challenge - using Pic2Go all the images were uploaded and out to the competitors during and immediately after the event !

Lead by Example

Plenty of Hugs

Take the lead if you have to

Leadership by doing, even if others don't approve

marshalling is exciting

Sometimes dogs can get their wires crossed

only two more laps to go

All going well 

a good run past the Losely house

The starting rush

Recording it for posterity, or the new company PR shoot

Happy to be finishing !!

And the first ever 1066 Way to Battle - celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Norman Invasion and the Battle of Hastings. The Route from Pevensey to Battle is roughly the same route the Normans took, but probably not so quickly.

There's a lot going on here, apart from a finger in the ear, there's a zombie head chasing them past a soldier caught short in a toilet that has blown down. Stunning shot.

Visualising what he was going to do when he got back to his desk on monday morning

Another normal day in Sussex

The race timers happily took 10 minutes off her time. No probs.

Running in genuine medieval footwear

The Super Reliable Mark from SportsSystems - they do loads of race related stuff 

I think this is the first time I've seen James smile when winning a race. (in over 12 years !)

Taking no prisioners

Recreating the Norman army's marching party atmosphere

Re-visioning how King Harold welcomed the Normans

Not a bad backdrop for a race.

Hannah was prepared for all eventualities

Out past the first castle, with Stuart leading the way on his Beachy Head warm up

They brought shortbows

"oooh that smarts a bit"

So a very well done to everyone who put on these fantastic events over the weekend, which was in difficult conditions overnight and early on the Sunday - it makes it very tough on everyone involved, especially the marshals and obviously rain direction limits which way we can point cameras in !

The ever ongoing survey of different things
Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey on the front of the gallery https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NW62YHW  There's only space for 9 more answers so get yours in soon if you want to, and thank you to the 14% who do get their images actually prefer to pay for their photos even if there are free images ! (all we need now is for 100% of people to want their photos...).
Also it's good to know that nobody wants to spend their time wading through unsearchable images taken by amateurs... but I won't thank the three people who tried to use the "other" answer as a search box for their race number - you literally can't believe how many people there are who don't read what is in front of them. Reading is a skill I suppose.

Unlicensed images
In the meantime, unlicensed image copying attempts have remained steady through Brexit at 11.78% of all site visitors - a massive number which significantly affects our business and our ability to employ staff and catalogue and make galleries usable and searchable. Don't kid yourself - "just one watermarked copy won't hurt" does hurt, every time ! (Just think of the photographers children who don't get any beans on toast because of it.)
Please don't do it (well I know you don't!) and if you see any images with our unlicensed watermark out in the wild (probably on facebook) making the world look messy, please don't hesitate in sending us a URL to where it's being used without our permission or license and we will deal with it from there anonymously, usually only drawing the websites administrator's notice to it, who should apply their terms and conditions. Do read Facebooks T&C's by the way, you'll be surprised what they can/will/have done over copyright licenses if you don't read it ! Section 5 refers - https://www.facebook.com/terms

2016 Archive
We're now moving into final phases of testing out our new gallery website by putting all of 2016's races so far onto it.
Whilst it isn't as shiny or amazing as it could be - it is very very quick, functional and effective for finding your race photos and seeing them as fast as possible. We don't think you particularly care for our portfolio of selected images - and you get the best-of here every week anyway.
So - check it out here - still using the temporary name - http://uksp.photoshelter.com/ and see how it works for you and give us your feedback !

T-Shirt Competitons
Finally, recently on facebook on sundays after an event I've been running a Tshirt competition for people who can guess the number of photos taken at an event - so if you fancy a SSP tech tshirt, have a look at our facebook page on a Sunday afternoon and get involved...  https://www.facebook.com/UKSportPhoto/

Until next time

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@pic2goUK as well

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