We mentioned it back in June, but it’s worth mentioning again now — on Sunday, exactly one year after her first night back at home after giving birth, Karen will run a half-marathon.
It’s very impressive stuff (you should support her), and I’ll be there cheering … and taking photos.
I took some photos at a 10 km race this past summer — I meant to snap some photos of a friend, but of course I somehow managed to completely miss him running by. There were still plenty of photos of other runners, however. With the race coming up this weekend, these photos seem a suitable lead-in to this weekend’s race.
When photographing a race, of course, I first get the lead runners:
Once the leaders are photographed, I continue to snap away at those following. These photos are usually thrown out, but sometimes I get something pretty good:
Men and women usually race together, but are counted separately. I keep my eyes open to get the leading lady, though sometimes she can be lost in the crowd:
Once this is done, we get to the masses, and I begin looking for interesting people and situations.
For instance, some people insist on running with their headphones in. I understand why people do this in training, but a race is about more than your own running — it’s about the course, the fans, and the other runners too. It seems wrong to wear headphones while running. But some people do. And for some reason, I found a group of these people clustered together:
Of course, most of the remaining photos are of runners in costume (“fancy dress”, as they say here in England).
First, you get those in lightweight costumes that are unlikely to much impact their performance:
Then you move on to those with more elaborate costumes:
Finally, towards the back of the pack, you find people racing in costumes that make you wonder how they do it. I admire these people:
One last photo before we’re done — the obligatory black-and-white arty photo with the runners out of focus:
Don’t forget to donate to Shelter in support of Karen by clicking here, and come cheer her on in Hyde Park this Sunday.
All photos by Mr. Topp. Photos were taken at the Ascics British 10K London Run on July 10th.