Southend Half Marathon 2018

Sunday 10th June saw me spend my morning photographing the 2018 Southend Half Marathon.  I was doing so on behalf of Havens Hospices for whom the event is a major fundraiser each year.  I managed to shoot 3,000+ photos so if you were taking part there is a fair chance that I snapped you at some stage.  Be sure to visit Havens Events Facebook Page.


I had a detailed plan for how I was going to shoot the event to maximise the amount of good photos for Havens however like all good plans I didn’t stick to it 100%!

I wanted to focus more on runners before and after taking part and not so much on runners actually running.  I shot the starts of the wheechair race, main race and fun run and then the fun runners coming back under the impressive new Havens Arch.  After capturing the first few back in the main race I wandered off to take just a few shots bewteen Gunners Park and the finish as it was quite scenic along there.  I had planned to head back to the village and take shots of people after finishing – with medals and friends etc – but I got carried away and took far too many out on the course.  I then headed back to the finish and captured everyone crossing the line for people finishing in 2hrs+.  Trouble is when I start shooting people finishing I feel guilty about missing people so end up shooting everyone!

I have now processed – as far as I am going to for the moment – the photos that I took and I have finished uploading them to this album on my galleries website.  The photos are grouped into sets for ease of navigation.  If you are looking for yourself then I’m afraid it is a self-search process as I don’t have the facilities (or time) (or inclination) to do number recognition and searching. Apologies if you are one of the very few people I didn’t get a clear shot of – there were times when big groups finished at the same time and a small number of people got blocked by others between them and me.

The photos are in sets, and some of the finish line photos have been edited by me prior to upload.  The remainder have been uploaded pretty much as-shot hence they may be a bit dark or distant.  If you chose to purchase any hi-res versions then I will edit and crop the ones you purchase before forwarding on to you so you get the best possible photos.

All of the photos in this gallery can be downloaded on a photo-by-photo basis as lo-res watermarked images.  These are provided free of charge for personal social media and family sharing only and you are not permitted to crop off the watermark or otherwise edit the images without my express permission.  Be careful when uploading to social media like Instagram that the watermark is not partially or fully cut off by the website as I will pull you up if I notice 🙂

If you would like to purchase hi-res un-watermarked images then these can be purchased direct from the gallery for just £4. Once ordered I will edit and improve the photos you have chosen before emailing them on to you so rest assured in many cases the photos will be much better than the ones uploaded to the site (main race finish line ones).  Hi-res photos are for personal use only and if of a group of runners are not to be shared around the group without my permission.  If you want to use for commercial use on websites / in magazines etc then please get in touch and we can agree an arrangement

If you fancy a better souvenir of the race than just a plain photo then why not consider one of my Souvenir prints like the sample below.  These are available as a digital image for just £8.  Email me if you would like other formats / sizes or if you want a price for bulk purchases.

SOS Half 2018 - Leanne Ward Lo-Res

You can also find my photos on my Photography Facebook Page .  Feel free to share, comment and tag – it is great to see all the comments and feedback – it makes it all worthwhile for me at least!

And finally you can link to pretty much every sporting event photo I have taken in the past few years via my Sports Photography Index Page on this website.

I hope you like the photos.  If you have any queries or feedback then drop me an email or leave a comment below.

Regards, Andy K.

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