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Lancaster cycling club open hill climb 2011 – jubillee tower

(photos by Gillian Reid)

Lancaster cycling club held their annual open hill climb contest this morning on the 1.85 mile long Jubille Tower Climb.

Although the day brough rather damp conditions with a slight headwind up the hill the temperature was almost perfect for an event like this (not too hot!).

The event was won by Tejvan Pettinger (SRI Chimnoy Cycling Team) while Local rider Lynn Hamel (Team Herballife/Wheelbase) took the ladies prize.

Click through the phot below for a selection of racing shots taken by my partner, Gillian. the eagle eyed among you will notice the reason I was not taking the photos was that I decided to ride for a change!


The lighter side of the Bupa Great North Run

It’s not all pain and suffering at the Great North Run (Well maybe a little!). Once all the scarily thin uber-serious runners have passed by along come the club, charity and ‘fun’ runners. From the enthusiasts, hoping to set a good time to the lunatics who for some reason decide that just running isn’t enough and decide to don all manner of wierd and wonderful outfits (such as the penguins pictured above). All in the name of charity of course!

It’s certainly a spectacle to watch!


Bupa Great North Run 2011

Apart from the occasional shower, today saw almost perfect conditions for the 31st Edition of the Bupa Great North Run. In addition to over 30,000 ‘fun’ runners Elite runners and wheelchair athletes from across the globe too part with great results being posted in all categories.

The elite men’s event was won by Kenyan Martin Mathathi in a time of 58mins 56secs for the 13.1 mile (half marathon) course, setting a new course record in the process. In the elite women’s event Lucy Kabuu took the win to create a kenyan clean sweep of the elite categories.

In the wheelchair event the women’s category saw a British winner in the form of Shelly Woods while the men’s title went to Canada’s Josh Cassidy.

Eventual Winner Josh Cassidy leads the wheelchair race over the Tyne Bridge

Eventual Winner Josh Cassidy leads the wheelchair race over the Tyne Bridge

Shelly Woods (green top) takes shelter behind another rider before making an early break for glory
Shelly Woods (green top) takes shelter behind another rider before making an early break for glory

more photos to follow from the ‘fun’ event over the next few days!


Photo of the day #9 – wedding guests

As I’m heading off up to Dundee this afternoon for my girlfriend’s dad’s wedding (which we’re taking photos at) I thought I’d take weddings as a theme for today’s photo.

Taken on the walk back down the track to road after a wedding service in a small chapel in the hills above Fort William. I loved slight absurdity of a group of smartly dressed people walking through a forest and the way my friends were walking in single file despite the wide track and had to grab a snap of them.

No photo tomorrow for obvious reasons and Sunday may be difficult too. Usual service will hopefully resume on Monday!

Have a great weekend folks, whatever you’re up to!



Photo of the day #8 – Thirlmere, The Lake District, Cumbria

A photo from my first digital camera today. In fact one of the first photos I took with it just over ten years ago.

This was taken while I was back in England for Christmas during the 7 months I spent working as an English Language assistant in France. This was just one of those perfect winter’s day with very little in the way of wind, resulting in great reflections on the water.

Although the image quality isn’t great I reckon, considering the age of the camera and the fact it was only 1.3 megapixels it’s actually pretty reasonable. This is as it came out of the camera without any editing.


Whitley Bay Kite Festival 2011

Whitley Bay’s annual Kite Festival took place this weekend on the links.A spectacular array of kites and inflatables made for an interesting trip out. It’s just a shame Saturday saw grey skies for the majority of the afternoon.


Becky & Edd’s Wedding

Some photo I took over the weekend at my Cousin’s Wedding. A lovely wedding with a great relaxed atmosphere. Couldn’t have asked for better weather too.

Congratulations again to the happy couple!


Northern Rock Cyclone Criteriums 2011, Leazes Park Newcastle Upon Tyne

Photos from the annual criterium event held in Leazes Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne. A great evening of racing finished off by an action packed Elite criterium where a group of 5 riders managed to gain a lap on the main bunch resulting in major headaches for the commissaries! In the end all but the 5 riders were eliminated with 3 laps to go, leaving the way clear for the small but select group to battle it out for the win. Team Endura’s Ian Wilkinson was the eventual winner, winning by a convincing margin from Alex Dowsett and 3rd placed Dean Downing.

More photos to follow from the senior and go-ride events


Fort William MTB World cup 2011 #4 – DH and 4X Practice Sessions

I’m finally managing to work my way through all the practice shots form Fort William.

This album will continue to grow over the coming days as I finish processing 4x and DH photos


Fort William MTB World cup 2011 #3 – DH Qualifying

Another bunch of photos from the Fort William round of the UCI MTB world cup.

Photos taken during the saturday qualifying session.

results here

More photos to come from saturday and sunday practice sessions in DH and 4x