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St Andrews Running Festival 2014

So Sunday saw the second year of the St Andrews Running Festival and again I was along covering it for PK Perspective.

While it was great covering this event as you get to see the determination of those taking park and the reward for all those hours training plus there is always good banter as they pass, I’m beginning to struggle to fight the urge to take part myself. Now that I really enjoy my running I’m always on the lookout for more events to take part in and as the half marathon is my preferred distance this would have been ideal for me.  Well apart from that wind – then again it’s warmer running than standing in it for hours at a time!

Anyway here is a small selection of images from the day that show what a great event this is:

To see all images from the day take a look over at the Half Marathon and 5/10km galleries. (although it may take another 24 hours to complete the full upload)




Sportive St Andrews 2013

So Sunday was the Sportive St Andrews 2013, the second year this event has run and again I was lucky to be invited along to help shoot the event for PK Perspective. Again it was a 3 man (well person) team and we had a cunning plan to cover it.

Ian would try to catch everyone eagerly starting off and returning, mainly still smiling but not looking so energetic. Whilst myself and Sarah headed out onto the route to catch most riders at a point where all the 3 routes went and 2 of the 3 separated off after a single 25 mile lap. The fog was really thick at this point of the route and it wasn’t easy to see the riders, in fact early on when the roads were quite we often heard the riders chatting before we could see them lol

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After that we hot footed it over to the hill before Strathkinnes, this is a spot we shot at last year too and we returned for a specific reason – it’s the biggest and toughest hill of the day. Yes we take pleasure from others pain, although saying that almost all riders manage a laugh, joke, smile, a pose or even a wheelie by one guy on the way passed – so it can’t be that bad right?!?

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Then we raced back to catch more riders getting back to the finish and a rest.

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It was another brilliant event enjoyed by over 400 riders, a few were confused a little by the routes (the 5 mile climb out of St Andrews will make thinking more difficult) and only one gave me a mouthful of abuse despite there being a marshal to ask not the photographers (I’m sure you know who you are – naught boy).

This is only a small selection of the images I took, for more and all from both Ian and Sarah take a look over at the official PK Perspective gallery.


St Andrews Triathlon 2013

I had the pleasure, along with the folks at PK Perspective, to cover the St Andrews Triathlon 2013.  What an enjoyable event it was to watch, yes I specify WATCH, and well done to all those that took part and suffered in the heat.

Here is a small selection of images from the day:

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More will be uploaded to the official gallery where prints or downloads can be ordered/purchased.  Please be patient as we have more then 4000 images to work our way through.

Sportive St Andrews

This blog is a little late but here it is.

Following on from shooting the Muckmedden charity mountain bike event the good folks at PK Perspective were booked for another charity cycle event – Sportive St Andrews.  Again I offered my services to help them out cover an even with over 300 participants.

This time it was a road event which was time trials based rather than a mass start, this with the fact that there was 3 different routes (45, 64 and 80 miles) made it interesting to find locations to catch as many people as possible.

But cover it we did and I had a great time doing it with the majority of the riders entertaining us as they passed, either giving a smile, wave, pose or just a laugh and a joke.

I ended up capturing well over 750 images on the day, which I slimmed down to around 250 decent shots but I certainly won’t be posting them all here.  Instead here is just a few of what I think were the best shots and the ones that summed up the day for me:

Note – following on from this I got the very first sale of my work, via the PK Perspective site at least a handful of my images have been ordered as prints.  I haven’t asked again about how many have been ordered since I found out at least 5 have been ordered, as the fact that some sold was good enough news for me 🙂

St Andrews

Managed to find a spare night so ended up tagging alone on an extended PK Perspective family photographers outing.

The plan was as basic as everyone head for the harbour at St Andrews Fife then we’ll see what we can find to shoot.  So we began around the harbour but soon after we ended up wondering around the coastal path and into the towns streets before ending up in a cemetery back at the harbour.

Here is a selection of the shots I got:

Harbour bridge

Harbour wall

Harbour house

St Andrews Castle and beyond

Some of those that came out to play

Coastal Path

Part of the town wall

St Andrews Cathedral

Some kinda tomb

Cemetery - at least I think it was!

Headstones with St Rule's Tower behind

Most of my shots ended up having to be black  and white, this is because St Andrews is still completely light with horrible orange street lights so all photos taken at night there have no colour other than orange!  So the only way to make it look pretty at night is with black and white images.