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).
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!
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.
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!
Ever since I missed an apparently brilliant oportunity to see the aurora just a few miles from my house, back in January, I’ve been avidly watching the various ‘aurora watch’ updates on twitter, waiting for them to return.
Finally the levels hit kp7 (high enough to be seen in most of northern england) so I grabbed my camera bag and (along with a rather sleepy girlfriend, determined not to miss the moment!) headed down to the coast.
As you can see, we weren’t disappointing. Ok, it’s nothing like the photos you see from sightings in the arctic circle but nonetheless, it’s pretty spectacular!
Another item to tick off my last of things to see! 🙂
While much of the Britain population were glued to their sofas, watching two men in London batting a ball around a lawn, it was business as usual for a select bunch of Elite racing cyclists.
A new addition to the British Cycling Premier Calendar, the Velo 29 Stockton Grand Prix rounded off the first year of the Stockton Cycling festival.
Starting in the Centre of Stockton the 100 mile race made a bee-line for the countryside where riders would complete 7 laps of a 20km circuit before thundering back into town for a final 6 laps of the course used for Friday’s festival opening Criterium.
From the first Lap riders from Team Raleigh GAC were active with 2 riders going clear on the first lap. After eventually being reeled in it was 100% ME rider George Atkins’ turn to take a flyer, staying away for a few laps. Although other riders attempted to break free of the peleton, it wasn’t to be with the race eventually boiling down to a bunch gallop for the finish line.
Needless to say, with criterium style finish the final result looked like the riders had never left the town centre with Raleigh GAC’s Graham Briggs taking the win over national Criterium Champion Scott Thwaites (Endura Racing) with Another Criterium regular Marcel Six (Scott Metaltek) rounding off the podium.
Prior to the lite riders taking to the course, the senior race proved to be just as exciting to watch.
Following a steady stream of attacks and numerous riders being eliminated after being dropped by the bunch the final gallop for the line was contested by a bunch of around 10 riders. Victorious in this small but select group was Jake Womersley (Sportscover), with a comfortable enough winning margin to begin his victory celebcrations a good few metres from the line. Karl Denton (blumilk.com) took 2nd place with Jake’s team-mate Olli Wood in 3rd.
In the women’s competition Catherine Williamson (Bizhub) took the win. Despite being the only women in the bunch she proved a deserved winner after a gutsy but eventually futile attempt to avoid being lapped when the rest of the group she was in were eliminated to clear the course for the lead riders.