Lancaster Velocity circuit races 2013 – Lancaster Cog Set Riders

In stark contrast to the horrendous conditions met by riders last year, the 2nd edition of the Lcnaster ‘Velocity’ circuit races took place this evening (Friday 29th) in almost perfect conditions, save for a rising breeze on certain parts of the course.

The course, slightly modified from last year’s event, again proved to be a testing circuit for all involved with rough cobbles, sharp bends and a sharp climb over Moor Lane Canal Bridge.

In the Elite event local rider, Jack Pullar (Madison/Genesis) again had to settle for second place, chasing eventual winner Chris Lawless (Kuota) almost from the first lap.

Despite being described as ‘supporting races’ the 3rd, 4th and ladies and youth events also provided some exciting racging with Bill Nickson (Bill Nickson Cycles RT) taking the win in the 3rd/4th/ladies race in a 2-up sprinty against Darius Satongar (Manchester Wheelers) and Mark Donovan (Beacon Wheelers) taking top honours in the youth event.

As usual, click on the photo in this article for more images from the event (I’ll be uploading more over the next few days).


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.


The Witches’ Revenge 10km obstacle race, unedited photos

While many people would have spent easter morning at home enjoying novelty shaped chocolate offerings delivered by the easter bunny, a select (if you can call over 400 people select!) group of athletes (or nutters, you decide) were to be found lugging tyres round athletics tracks, jumping hurdles and running through water filled skips. These were just some of the delights that the organisers had in store for the competitors in the inaugural Witches Revenge 10km obstacles race that took place along the banks of the river lune in Lancaster today.

Ably assisted by my assistant photographer and helper today (aka my dad and fiancée) I was out and about trying to catch some of the carnage.

UPDATE: If you would like buy a photos from this event (or any other event for that matter) simply make a note of the flickr photo set name and the photo-id from your chosen photo(s) and click on the ‘buy photos’ link at the top of this page.

I’ve managed to get a selection of unedited photos up onto flickr so far (click on the photo above to see the full photoset) and will be working on getting all 1400+ photos up online over the next few days and will be launching my new sales platform too. In the meantime if you see anything you like just drop me a message using the enquiries link at the top of this page. All photos are for sale at a very reasonable price of £6 for a full sized digital image file.

For more information about the event check out the event page at www


RAF Sea King over Hadrian’s Wall

I was out on a walk along Hadrian’s Wall today and saw this Sea King approaching. I was somewhat disappointed that I’d not has time to get my camera out to take some photos. But to My surprise, shortly after passing over us it banked round and came in for another pass, almost level with the top of the crag we were standing on and with the winch-man and other crew waving at us as they passed. Obviously, as I saw it banking round I grabbed my camera and started shooting 🙂

Click on the photo for a few more shots of the helicopter and some landscape shots I took along my walk.


Bupa Great North Run 2012

despite the ominous weather forecast yesterday I decided, once again to go and take photos at the Bupa Great North Run.

Fortunately the weather did nothing to dampen down spirits as the runners passed over the Famous Tyne Bridge as the Red Arrows made their annual appearance over the landmark.

I think by now it goes without saying but in case you’re new to my blog, there are hundreds more photos on Flickr if you click on the photo.

After an enjoyable morning, once again I’m wondering whether to enter it myself next year. maybe the madness will pass soon… if not I may need someone else to take photos instead!

News and full results from the event are available at


Photo of the day #16 – Thistles on Dundee Law

Thistles on Dundee Law by
Thistles on Dundee Law, a photo by on Flickr.

It’s been a while since I posted a photo of the day on here. I’ve just come across a post by sony uk on facebook with a photo of my old phone – the Sony Ericsson k800i and it reminded me of some of the photos I’d taken with it and what a great camera it on it. I seem to remember this was one of the many occasions where the rechargeable batteries in my compact camera had given up on me so, as I was in a creative mood, decided to use my ‘backup camera’ instead.

In my opinion the 3.2 megapixel camera on this still way outshines the 5 megapixel offering on my latest phone (motorola defy for the geeks out there) which goes to show it’s not all about the megapixels!

Incidentally I’ve since discovered Energizer (or maplin) lithium AA batteries which are amazing – I honestly can’t remember the last time I changed the batteries in my compact camera. I’d also highly recommend them to anyone using external flashes for the same reason.


Helen’s One Small Step – charity concert.

As some of you may know a friend of mine, Helen Convery has been doing a funraising challenge since the beginning of the year. Helen has Cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. However, being a keen fundraiser for the British Paralympic association she has set herself the challenge of walking 13,000 steps, using a walking frame between the 1st of January 2012 and the end of the London Paralympic games on the 9th September.

During my time working for her as a personal assistant I have become heavilly involved in the challenge, using my photography skills to document her progress. Since finishing work for her I am trying to maintain my support by occasionally accompanying her on walks.

Recently however, a schoolteacher friend of hers, living down south has got on board, organising a charity concert at her school. the concert featured the winning song in a songwriting competition run for her pupils. The video below show above features photos from the concert, along with photos by yours truly and has this song, ‘one small step’ recorded at the concert as a backing track.

for more information on the challenge you can visit Helen’s blog which has links to her facebook and twitter pages along with her justgiving page (her main website is currently down for maintenance).


photos from my garden

It’s been rather warm here in Shiremoor over the last few days. So much so that the birds were already lining up along the fence, waiting for splash about before my girlfriend had finished filling the bath up!

Of course I grabbed my camera to record the fun.


The Queen comes to Newcastle

Another item on my photography must dos ticked off!

By chance I was listening to a local radio station yesterday and realised The Queen and the Duke of Eidnburgh were due to pass through Newcastle today as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour. After officially opening the new Tyne Tunnel the royal convoy passed through Newcastle Quayside and through the city centre before heading on to Gateshead.


Fort William MTB World Cup 2012 – Saturday practice session

2nd update of the day and it’s back to the usual cycling photos.

This time it’s photos from the saturday DH practice session. Practice sessions are always a good opportunity to get some shots of the riders having fun and showing off for the crowd. Well, that’s usually the case but of course there are certain riders such as reigning world Champ Danny hart who are happy to style it up in race runs too!