I had the great pleasure of being the official event photographer at the 2011 Bath to Bournemouth cycle ride on October 2nd. The setting for the start couldn’t have been better Royal Avenue Bath on a very Barmy October morning. The sun was bright but very low in the sky so created harsh contrast of bright highlights and deep shadow.
The event organiser Andrew Cole and team had set up the registration and starting points before 7:am to make sure everything was ready for the cyclist as they arrived from all over the country as well as some from Wales. Over 300 registered for the bike ride, raising money for the British Heart foundation appeal “Mending broken hearts”. I could see Lots of happy smiling faces and a few nervous smiles as some people arrived having never covered this distance in one day before
As an event photographer I enjoy a new challenge. I have covered cycle events before but
never a point to point. Usually events start and finish at the same place. This was a first for the BHF event team and a first for DN7.com event Photography. The challenge as a photographer was timing, the first cyclist left bath at 8:am last ones about 9:am the next place for photo opportunities would be Longleat House. So it was a mad dash 20 miles down the road with the knowledge that the first cyclist had a one hour start on me.
I managed to get access into the grounds and the view of Longleat house is stunning and all the cyclists passed comment on the excellent job the events team had done with the route. A drinks and break area was available at the house to allow cyclists chance of a rest, although some people carried on and headed on towards the next planned refreshments at Shaftsbury.
Once I had finished at Longleat I headed down to Bournemouth and parked up at Kings Park. The events team had set up the finish line and greeted each rider with a medal and a much needed bottle of water. A good crowd of supporters and well wishers had turned up to cheer everyone on as they finished. First person was back by 1.15:pm and then a steady flow arrived during the day. The arranged shut of time was 4.30:pm but due to the heat and the long distance covered the event was extended till 5.30:pm.
You don’t have to cycle 80 miles you could walk the great wall of China
you could help with organising, marshalling or part with your hard earned cash by sponsoring someone else who takes part in a fund raising event.
You can find out more about the amazing work the British Heart Foundation do here
If you would like to donate towards the life saving research follow this link
Ever thought of fundraising well they have lots of fund-raising ideas here
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