The Great North Run (the world's largest half marathon) came to South Shields again on Sunday.
Rather than following the runners around the final few miles of the course to the finish line and bringing you as much flavour of the event as possible, I decided, after the elite athletes had crossed the finish line, to photograph the massed crowds of the 56000 fun runners from one location as they entered South Shields on the 13 1/2 mile run from Newcastle. I chose Newcastle Road on a spot just east of the Lindisfarne Roundabout with the intention of capturing the sheer mass appeal of the event. I was located on the only footbridge above the course in South Tyneside with good views from overhead in two directions, even though the bridge was vibrating and shaking beneath my feet as running shoes pounded the road below. Shooting some short exposures to freeze the action and a lot of longer exposures to create an artistic impression of mass movement. I hope you enjoy this short series.
Shot from directly overhead as the runners passed my position.
Mrs. Curly and I are meeting old friends from "dahn sarf" today, it's a rare opportunity to catch up on things, so I'm afraid visits and comments will be quite rare.
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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