A series of twists
I do quite a bit of walking. I’m not talking about gentle strolls on a Sunday afternoon but some quite fast walking in a range of road events. During this year I have taken part in events ranging in distance from 7 kilometres (close to 4 and a half miles) to a full marathon (42.2 kilometres or 26 miles 385 yards). I have been in reasonable form this year and achieved a personal best half marathon (21.1 kilometres) time down in Christchurch on 1 June of 2 hours 15 minutes. As an aside, this is an average of 6 minutes 25 seconds per kilometre so if you want an idea of the speed I would suggest measuring out 1 kilometre and see how long it takes you to walk it. Needless to say I was looking forward to my club’s half marathon which took place last Sunday (10 August). Unfortunately, on 8 July I was out training in the dark after work when the first twist occurred – an ankle sprain.
So there I was walking along when I found myself on the ground after twisting my right ankle. The physiotherapist told me it was a high ankle sprain that normally takes 4-6 weeks to come right. It was also apparent it was at the more severe end of the spectrum. To cut a long story short I wasn’t able to take part in the club’s (Manawatu Striders) half marathon.
That leads me to twist number two. The club was keen for me to take photos of the event. The task was to take photos of members supporting the event and to also take photos of the competitors at the start/finish line. I should explain that there were running and walking events over 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres and the half marathon distance.
So there I was, sitting on a chair near the finish line taking photos as the participants came in when the next twist occurred. A person came up to me and explained he was a journalist for the local paper. He then indicated he had a predicament in that his photographer had been called away to another story and he was hoping to have photos of the first male and female runners in the half marathon to support his story. The only equipment he had for the purpose was an iPhone. So we exchanged details and I promised to do the best I could to obtain a suitable image.
Capturing the male winner went okay and I was able to provide a few photos that the paper could choose an image from. The following is the image that appeared on the back page of the paper:
The next twist then occurred. At this point there were a lot of people finishing – the half marathon walkers started before the runners so they were coming in, as were the 5 kilometre and 10 kilometre participants. Unfortunately both the reporter and I missed the leading female runner coming in so in the end the reporter’s iPhone came into use when he took a photo of the winner while interviewing her.
I can’t finish this story without showing you a few photos of some walkers at the finish line in the half marathon.
Finally a few more shots from the day.