Evesham Vale 10k Race 2009
These are photographs from the second of the 10K races (the first having been in the previous year), and was the only one I was I was the official photographer to.    Further changes to the Race Management in 2010 resulted in the decision to bring in a team of professional photographers for that event, and I was not asked back.   In fairness, I think this was probably the correct decision as there was only so much I could do by myself, and it freed me up to work both days of the River Festival.   The 10K run was the first event to make a positive enquiry about my work, and without it, I probably wouldn't have been asked to do the River Festival.
 
The main strategy I used in both years was to attempt to photograph the runners as they approached the finish line.   This worked reasonably well in 2008, but that year I had no other officials to contend with.  In 2009, the race management put an official on the line to encourage the runners as they came in, a fact I was not aware of until it was too late to switch to a backup plan and as a result I had a more limited "field of fire" than I had planned on.   A lot of the photographs in their original "as taken" format were, quite frankly, disappointing, but Paint Shop Pro came to the rescue, and a session that could have been a disaster eventually turned out work that I was proud of, although the overall quality was still somewhat variable.   Some further work was done in 2016 as a result of finally adding this session to my photograph database. 
 
This collection (expanded in 2017) represents about a third of the photographs I took during the event and features 120 of the 700 or so runners in the event.   The photographs featured are those I consider to be the best of the session, and I don't plan to add any more to the collection as I feel the remainder are not as good quality images.   I also don't plan to make the images in the collection available for sale due to the variable quality of the images, but I will still make copies of the image files available free-of-charge to the competitors if requested. 
 
As to whether I might return to this event, at the moment I think it is highly unlikely I will do so in an official capacity working by myself .   I might possibly return in an unofficial capacity, but I feel that this event really needs a team of photographers in place to record it properly.  
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Runner 1
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Runner 17
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Runner 21
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Runner 27
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 Runner 28
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Runner 34
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Runner 35
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Runner 38
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Runner 40
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Runner 48
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Runner 59
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Runner 75
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Runner 76
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Runner 79
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Runner 85
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Runner 102
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Runner 113
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Runner 124
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Runner 130
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Runner 140
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Runner 142
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Runner 143
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Runner 153
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Runner 154
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Runner 156
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Runner 159
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Runner 160
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Runner 163
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Runner 169
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Runner 171
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