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Great North Run 2016

Mo Farah

Didn’t realise how long it’s been since I last posted on here. Anyway, as usual I was out and about at the weekend taking photos at the Great North Run. Once again Mo Farah stamped his authority on the mens race in what was a somewhat warm but fine day for the event.

Well done to all my friends who took part in the event and special congratulations to Tony the Fridge who has amazingly completed 100 runs of the Great North run in 100 days, completing his last run in the race itself!

photo ID 0212 - Great North Run 2016, Tony The Fridge 100

As usual click on the photos for lots, lots more!



Vulcan XH558 Farewell to Flight Tour – Sunderland

Photo ID 1 - Vulcan XH558 Farewell to Flight Tour - Sunderland

By chance yesterday I happened to see that one of the remaining vulcan bombers to still be airworthy was doing it’s farewell tour and was passing by about half a mile from my house. Thankfully my main camera arrived back from the repair shop yesterday so I popped out to take a few piccies to savour the occasion.

The Vulcan has always been special to me as I passed by one of these outside Blackpool airport when I was younger and it really stuck in my mind due to it’s incredible shape. It was great to finally see one of these monsters in flight.

As usual, click on the photo to get to the full set on flickr.


Le Terrier 2014 – Photos are live!

2 COLT rider tackled the fearsome Cross of Greet climb
2 COLT Riders tackle the Fearsome Cross of Greet Climb

After a busy week of trying to fit editing photos around my day job, I’m pleased to say that all photos from Le Terrier are now uploaded and available to view in my gallery.

Well done to all riders who managed the rider, be it the short, medium or the vicious long route. It was certainly a great day for it – much better than the cold wet and windy day when I tackled the medium route 2 years ago!

If you’re interested in buying photos please use the ‘add to cart’ feature in the gallery section rather than the link at the top of this blog for (pre 2014) flickr photos as it makes life much easier for me in tracking and dealing with order.


Le Terrier 2014 #3

Ok, here we go. The First batch of photos from Le Terrier are now live on my I’ve tried my best to identidy riders so finding yourself should be as simple as sticking you name into the search box In the top left corner. For those of you who’s number I couldn’t see or identify, if I managed to catch you, your photos will be at the end of the gallery. There are currently over 300 photos on the site, taken on boundary Hill with more to come from cross of greet as a soon as I can manage to get them sorted (I do have a day job too!). I’ll also be doing work to tidy up and streamline my new sales platform so I’d be grateful for any feedback you have.


Le Terrier 2014 #2

I just thought I’d post a quick update on Le Terrier photos as I’ve had a few people asking when they’ll be online. In the words of Douglas Adams’ famous guide to the universe ‘Don’t Panic’. As you can see by the photo below I’m currently hard at work trying to get photos processed and ready to go online. Fingers crossed I should be able to get the first batch (taken on Trough of Bowland, Boundary hil) up at a push tonight but more likely tomorrow evening.

More updates here as photos appear online.



Bupa Great North Run 2013

Arguably the annual sporting event to take place in the North East the Bupa Great north run took place this year under decidedly threatening skies. Thankfully the threat of rain turned resulted in just a few heavy showers.

Despite the weather, with sporting heroes such as Mo Farah, Haile Gebrselassie and David Weir competing this year the crowds were bigger than ever.

Unfortunately, unlike the runners I was a little slow in getting into town this year and missed the wheelchair racers but as usual, click the photo for my full photo set from the race.

For official results and news from the evbent visit


CTT National Team Time Trial Championships 2013

It’s been a busy weekend for cycling in the North East. Following on from the circuit races on Friday evening, the Stockton cycling festival has continued with a sportive event yesterday (saturday) and a road races for all ages and abilities, starting from Stockton Town Centre, culminating in the Stockton Grand Prix (Part of the British Cycling Premier Calendar elite road races).

Meanwhile The highlight on the time trialing scene this weekend must surely have been the national team time trial championships, this year promoted by Tyneside Vagabonds CC. Starting from the village of Ponteland the 3 riders teams tackled 2 laps of a rolling 18 mile circuit.

As I’d never had the chance to take photos at a TTT before I opted for this event over the Stockton Grand Prix, which I covered last year. Compared to road races and individual TTs where you tend to pick out individual riders, It turns out TTTs are decidedly tricky to get right in photos, ensuring all the riders in a team are in focus/sharp is easier than it looks. Although I have to admit, my ffew shots in this race aren’t my best, I think I managed to get my head round it in the end!

Anyway, enough of me, lets move on to the racing! Waking up this morning I’m sure the riders (and myself) were no doubt relieved be met by slightly cooler conditions than the day before, with a thin covering of cloud to keep the sun’s stength at bay which made for great racing conditions except for a slight breeze blowing through, maing for some reasonably swift times. The title of 2013 Team Time Trial Champions goes to the trio from IG Sigma Sport (Wouter Sybrandy, Joe Perrett andAndrew Griffiths) with a scant margin of 3 seconds over the second place team of Matt Bottrill, Mark Holton andJeff Jones ( who fought back from almost a 30 second deficit as they started their 2nd and final lap. Out of the 2 ladies teams it was a convincing win for the Trainsharp Racing Team (Keely Chalk, Rebecca Rimmington and Bronwen Ewing), winning by 4 minutes from Ilkley CC’s Emily Hallworth, Katherine Church and Leanne Farrow.

Full results are on the Cycling Time Trials site.


Elite circuit race series 2013 – Stockton-on-Tees

The 2013 British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series rolled in Stockton-on-Tees this evening. In stark contrast to last year’s damp evening it appeared summer had finally arrived in the north east with warm weather right through the evening.

Following the 2nd/3rd/4th/ladies category race the Elite riders took to the 2 kilometere circuit based on Stockton’s high street (the widest high street in britain apparently).

As is usual in criterium events the action started right from the gun with the pack rapidly splitting into groups, stretching most of the way round the circuit. At the head of these groups was a lone breakaway rider, George Atkins (100% me) who broke from the lead bunch around halfway through the race and proceeded to lap all but a select bunch of riders, comfortably taking a solo win. In the remains of the main pack Olympic Champion Ed Clancy (Rapha/Condor/JLT) took second in 4 man sprint.

Aside From the winners superb effort the rider of the night must surely be Lancashire rider Matt Cronshaw who, having missed the initial split, leaving him in the 2nd group on the course made an audacious attack, eventually rejoining the main pack after riding solo for near on half the race. Chapeau Matt!

More photos to follow…


Lancaster Cycling club Salt Ayre Circuit Time Trials 27-06-2013

Every thursday evening during the Spring/sumer months, Salt Ayre cycle racing circuit is taken over by Lancaster Cycling club and The Cog Set Go-ride club for their weekly time trials. Normally when I’m over in Lancaster I’d be al lset to join in the races myself. Alas, I’m still recovering from surgery on my stomach at the moment so I thought I’d pop along armed with my trusty Canon D-Slr and as a certain rider put it ‘lurk in the bushes’. Thanks Tim!

Despite heavy rain for much of the afternoon the rain finally abated around an hour before the riders were due to start, resulting in a reasonable evening for time trialing (although a little challenging for taking photos due to the low light levels!).

As usual, click on the photo for the full set on Flickr and if you see one you like, make a note of the photo set name and individual photo ID and click on the ‘buy photos’ link at the top of this page.

I hope you all enjoy the photos and hopefully next time I’m at Salt Ayre I’ll have my alternative weapon of choice, my time trial bike with me 🙂


Lancaster Cycling Club Championship 10 mile Time Trial, Tom Phillips

As is tradition throughout the spring and summer Bank Holiday Mondays, today saw Lancaster Cycling Club members racing on the fast Levens 10 mile trial course. This being the event designated as the club championship, a good field of 25 riders made the trip to the course that has previously seen national competition records set by the like of Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins.

Despite the threat of rain later on in the morning the race was run in good conditions with only a moderate wind for the riders to contend with which didn’t seem to stop riders from posting some highly respectable times.

Full results will be posted on the LCC facebook page ( once they have been verified by the timekeeper.