The weather could not have been better for today’s marathon at Haileybury College in aid of The Muscle Help Foundation.
I first became involved in this event last year when I stepped in at the last moment to cover the races – a 10K, 5K and 1K “toddle” for children.
The first must-have photo opportunity is the warm up in which contestants are taken through a warm up routine to prepare for the race.
The presence of a nearby fire escape gave me the perfect vantage point to capture a nice wide view of the warm up, with an excellent backdrop of marquees and a well tended cricket pitch.
The race begins shortly after the warm-up and takes in a course that covers a variety of surfaces, including tarmac, grass and footpaths.
Whilst I spend most of my time around the start/finish line, I do try and get around to other parts of the course, especially those with good vantage points or backdrops, such as Terrace, which faces south and catches the sun perfectly.
More opportunities come at the end of the race as exhausted runners cross the finish line, catch their treath and quench their thirst.
Finally there’s the presentation of the trophies by charity founder Michael McGrath. I used fill-in flash for these shots as the sun was directly behind the subjects.
For more pictures, visit the gallery at www.stevebeeston.co.uk/galleries/10k2012, where you can also learn more about the event photography services that I offer.
The Muscle Help Foundation exists to deliver amazing and unforgettable experiences in the UK for children and young people suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. You can find out more about the charity by visiting their website at www.musclehelp.com.