The Wellington Marathon was held this last Sunday 23 June and I decided to get down to the start/finish line early to see what I could find. Other events that day included the half marathon and 10km run/walk and the kids magic mile. I chose to position myself next to the event photographers with their Nikon D3’s and 7200mm zoom lenses (which I was told was very fast) and their remote flashes. My aim was to capture images of the top 5 male and female runners of the 10km event (which I did) as well as anything else that presented itself.
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When the start gun went off for the Kids Magic Mile, it looked like a lolly scramble. This young man at the head of the pack seems to be enjoying (and relishing) the challenge.
It was great to see the participation by children doing the Kids Magic Mile race and that parents were getting out with them.
As with most of the days photos, I tilted the camera on a slight angle to show movement as with the people in this photo.
The event photographers I stood next to were calling out to people asking them to smile for the cameras. In this particular instance, they called out to the woman “looks like you’ve got everything in there and the kitchen sink!”, the response was this smile. This is something I’d never thought of doing as a photographer, but if you can get good shots, then they will sell.
Mens 10km run winner. I had underestimated how fast these athletes can move, so will crank my ISO up further in future to get a faster shutter speed (it was an overcast day).
Then out of nowhere this man walked along the concourse where all the runners were coming in with motorcycle helmet in tow. He was walking directly toward my line of sight, so I raised my camera, ‘click’.
The womens 10km run winner.
A couple of spectators prepare to cheer home event participants.
Its interesting to see the dogs getting to know each other while the owners stand apart.
Speeches were made by the event organisers and the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown (right most frame) was invited to address the event participants at the prize giving ceremony.
The event would not be possible without sponsors. These images were taken at the prize giving ceremony, where representatives from various companies presented prizes and medals.
The major spot prize, a return trip ticket to London and entry into the 2014 London Marathon is awarded to the lucky individual by the mayor.