If there is one event the onEdition team know like the back of thier hand its the London Marathon, for many years we were the official photographers for Flora, during their sponsorship and have worked with many of the charities involved.
This year we are working with Lucozade, who are the official sports nutrition partner and helping them deliver their sponsorship to the worlds media. Lucozade are no strangers to the event having been sponsors of the Marathon for 13 years and have helped many thousands of runners over the years, keep hydrated and make the finish line.
This week, in the run up to the start (no pun intended), we have been shooting Lucozade’s involvement at the Virgin London Marathon EXPO at ExCeL. We had many excited visitors picking up hydration tips on the stand, not just from Lucozade’s nutition experts but also from real live Marathon gods, including multiple marathon champion, multiple Paralympic gold and all round good guy David Weir and expert running coach Martin Yelling.
The London Marathon is a joy to work on as a photographer, in all conditions, and over the many years we have been working on the race we have experienced everything from driving rain to really warm sunny days. But whatever the weather you can be sure of a great days action; from the elite athletes competing right through to the fun runners, which get more extreme as the years go by, but are now an integral part of the Marathon.
We have shot literally along every mile of the course and though we have our favourites, the start, Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Parliament Square, for us the best spot is always the finish line from the gantry overhead. It is here that you get to witness the emotion of the race -what it exactly means to run 26.2 miles around the streets of our capital city and to cross that finish line. The most humbling time, is when many of the media have left for the day, around 5 hours after the start of the race. This is when you get the ‘stragglers’ crossing the line. Those runners battling with the personal monstor that is a marathon and it is these humbling moments, when people are at their most vulnerable that we often get the strongest images of the race. These are the photographs that show pure raw emotion and we cannot wait to get out there and capture it. Roll on Sunday, it will be a long tough day for all of us out there on the course -we cannot wait…