May 2018

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hello All

In the last month I've had a brief trip to Bremen where I took in a football match on the 5th.  For photography however, I was limited to a few mobile phone shots...it was my sons stag do after all!

The Waterbeach Running Festival took place on the 12th May and again the event continues to grow.  It was the third year that the event has been held and I have been there each year.  I hope that the numbers will continue to grow in the future although the prospect of development on the site does cast some doubts about just how long the event can continue.  A flat hard surface which is traffic free...there simply cant be too many of those around these days. Below are the winners of the 10k.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But as you can see, everyone had fun.

The grass track racing on the 13th that I planned to attend was cancelled.  The overnight rain simply meant that the track would have been rendered unusable for later in the year had it taken place.

It was a fairly cold and windy evening on the 16th which may have accounted for only 6 riders turning out for the Team Cambridge Cycle time trial in my village.  On speaking with one of the riders however, he assured me that the cross wind wasn't as bad as was expected.

My next event was the Southern Athletics league meeting on 19th May.  Whilst the photo below is nothing special, it is significant.  It was a clearance of 2.55m...A British record for over 65 females.

The following day I went to Silverstone for a series of races, the feature race being the Blancpain GT Endurance cup.

It was quite a chilly evening again on the 23rd for another Team Cambridge Cycle time trial and a few more attending this week.

It was a warm evening on the 25th however when I went to Elsworth for a motorcycle trial being run by the Cambridge Matchless Motorcycle Club. 

My last sporting trip of the month was the following day.  A visit to the Cycloparc near Gravesend for some BMX riding.

Here are the events for the next few weeks that I am planning to attend, either officially or unofficially. 

June 2nd - Cambridge Parkrun

June 15th - University May bumps

June 16th  - Netherhall Archers

June 17th - Stewartby Lake Triathlon

June 23rd - 40th Birthday party - studio shoot.

June 24th - Water skiing at Gosfield Lake. 

June 27th - Team Cambridge Cycle time trials

June 30th - Cambridge parkrun

July 1st - Caldecote cross-country

July 4th - Eastern Masters Athletics League at Cambridge

July 6th to 8th - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

July 14th - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April 2018

April 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hi All

I went to Cambridge parkrun on the 31st March, my first visit since the previous September and received a warm welcome.  I will be returning but perhaps not on the monthly basis that I have done in previous years.  It was very wet underfoot and there was a fine drizzle throughout...far from ideal conditions for me but it seemed that the runners had fun.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, I went over to Horseheath for some point to point racing.  From the photography point of view, I must say that it was far better than Cottenham as you could get closer to the action and there were no distracting adverts on the fences.  I will be returning towards the end of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 11th April, I raced home to catch the first of the local cycle time trial events of the year only to find that it had been cancelled.  Hardly surprising really as you could barely see more than 100 yards, so it would have been far from safe.  There are a few more similar events during the course of the summer so no doubt I will catch at least one of them.

 

I had a "Film noir" style studio shoot on the 20th April and then on the 21st April I had a trip down to Lee Valley White water centre for world championship qualifiers in extreme canoe slalom.  An interesting and exciting event with men and women competing on level terms and in 3's or 4's over a knockout competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cambs Hunt pony club hunter trial on the 29th April was postponed until September as there were fears that the large quantity of horseboxes would result in many of them getting bogged down in the mud.  However hard standing for a smaller number allowed  a rally to be held instead.  It was another grey April day but at least it didn't rain.  As for the participants, some had a chance to practice over the fences whilst for others it was a chance to take their ponies through water, perhaps for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the future events I am intending to attend either officially and unofficially.  Nothing next weekend as I am away but then I hope the weather improves for you can see I have quite a busy time ahead.

May 12th - Waterbeach Running Festival... I also have some prints exhibited at the Bottisham and Burwell Camera Club annual exhibition this date.

May 13th - Cambridge Autograss Club meet at Stretham.

May 16th - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial

May 19th - Southern Athletics League meet at Cambridge

May 20th - Blancpain GT Endurance cup at Silverstone

May 23rd - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial.

June 15th - University May bumps

June 16th  - Netherhall Archers

June 17th - Stewartby Lake Triathlon

June 23rd - 40th Birthday party - studio shoot.

July 1st - Caldecote x-country

July 4th - Eastern Masters Athletics League at Cambridge

July 6th to 8th - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 2018

March 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Folks

Its been a while since I did my last blog entry so I had better start with an explanation.   My confidence took a massive hit last September when I failed to get a distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.  Couple that with some abuse received at both Cambridge and Wimpole Junior parkruns together with work commitments and I actually didn't pick up a camera after the Gransden Show until earlier this year.  Anyway, I am back to taking photographs now and have been booked for a number of events during the year.

So...going back to last year here are a couple of photos from Gransden show...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I went to Chatteris to watch Comberton United.  Very much split loyalties on the day as I personally know the new Chatteris Town manager.  Pleased that he got his first win, just not so happy it was at Combertons expense.

I have had my first trip to Silverstone for the Hankook 12 and 24 hour races.  However, this was really an exploratory trip for outings there later in the year.

Finally, this last weekend I had a short session watching Cambridge City Mens Hockey team. I shall return, without a doubt.

Looking to the future I already have the following events in my diary for the next few months: -

March 31st - I am considering a return to Cambridge Parkrun in the morning, but make no promises.  Horseheath point to point in the afternoon.

April 11th - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial

April 17th - Studio shoot.

April 21st - Horseheath Hunter Trial

April 29th - Cambs Hunt Pony Club Hunter Trial

May 12th - Waterbeach Running Festival

May 16th - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial

May 19th - Southern Athletics League meet at Cambridge

May 20th - Blancpain GT Endurance cup at Silverstone

May 23rd - Team Cambridge Cycle time trial

June 23rd - 40th Birthday party - studio shoot.

July 1st - Caldecote x-country

July 4th - Eastern Masters Athletics League at Cambridge

July 6th to 8th - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

John

 

 

 

 


September 2017

September 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It was a glorious sunny day for Cambridge parkrun on the 12th August.  Again over 500 runners took part so I was kept very busy....Charge!!!

 The following day (13th), since it was nice and sunny again and the foal show wasn't until the afternoon, I decided to go to Wimpole for the junior parkrun.  I understand there were around 120 happy faces running....along with their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

The foal show was at a good friends. A number of lovely young Hanovarian horses were on display and there was great hospitality too.

It was back to football on the 16th.  The first league game for Comberton United in the Kershaw Premier league and a tough start to the campaign with last years runners-up Great Shelford the visitors.  The game ended up 2-2.

The next weekend it was track and field (19th) with the Southern Athletics league at Wilberforce Road.

 

On the Sunday I decided to have a day away from sport by going to the Ramsey 1940's weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But on the 2nd September it was Cambridge parkrun in the morning and then Comberton Vs Chatteris in the afternoon.  Unfortunately Comberton suffered their first loss in the league to a very good Chatteris team 4-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 10th September was again a very busy day with the second Hardwick playparks fun run in the morning and inter-counties athletics in Stevenage in the afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So...what about the future. I have Gransden Show on the 30th September where I am covering all three horse rings.

 

 

 


August 2017

August 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

My sports photography was a little quieter in July than I anticipated but I have to say that was no bad thing since I was able to crack on with pulling my panel together for my Royal Photographic Society assessment in September...many an hour has been spent deliberating about which photos to use and where in a 10 photo panel.  Yet more time has then been spent slaving over a computer and printer trying to get those images absolutely perfect.  I have to say, I hope it will all be worth it!

On the 8th July I went to Cambridge parkrun.

 

On the 16th I was invited to the 3rd anniversary of the Cambridge Junior parkrun.  I freely admit to loving the taking photos of the juniors and it was good to experience an alternative junior event.  There was a large turnout and some some very keen athletes...so many approaching the finish so very concerned with their times...At their age, I do hope they will not lose enjoyment from running in the effort to go faster.

After a very brief, as their were so few riders, session in my village taking photos of the latest Team Cambridge cycle time trial, it was back to Wimpole for the junior parkrun on the 23rd July.

This time, probably due to it being the school holidays and the fear of a downpour, not many children attended.  However, the rain did hold off and I understand the boy shown above broke the course record with a time of only just over 7 minutes.

On the 4th August I was in Fulbourn for the final of a pre-season tournament (Terry Wilson Memorial cup).  The match was drawn 2-2 with Fulbourn winning on penalties.

My final trip out before writing this blog was to London and the World athletics Championship.  I was hoping to see Bolt winning in his last individual race but that sadly didn't happen.  It was good to see Laura Muir and Jess Judd in the 1500m however...Laura progressing to the final.

Looking forward, I am still planning on going to Cambridge parkrun on the 12th August but I will be delaying my visit to Wimpole for the junior parkrun until the 20th as I am taking some photos of a foal day at a friends on the 13th.  I will be at the Southern Athletics League meet at Wilberforce road, Cambridge on the 19th and will try to take in a cricket match somewhere on the 26th.  I am with the Cambridgeshire Hunt Pony Club for the Gosling Cup on the 27th. The local football season kicks off in August and I note that Comberton are playing at home on the 15th, 22nd and 29th August.  I will probably not go to all three matches but I shall go to at least one.

Looking even further ahead I have the following dates pencilled in my diary for September and I will make a special mention about the 10th September.  The Hardwick playparks fun run is taking place for the second time on that date and I am looking forward to seeing a good number of the local and park runners there...Entries are now being taken!  

2nd   Cambridge parkrun and Comberton v Chatteris (football)

3rd   Cambridge Autograss club at Stretham

9th   Comberton v Linton (football)

10th Hardwick playparks Fun run

16th Comberton reserves V Haverhill A (football)

17th Royal Photographic Society Assessment day - If I am successful, I may issue an extra blog showing my panel.

23rd Comberton V Cherry Hinton (football)

24th Wimpole Junior parkrun

30th Gransden Show - Horse section

 

John

 

 

 

 

 

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