Every year gets bigger and better. I’ve written about the London marathon before, including a lengthy piece on how I best try to capture it., so i won’t get into all that again. I will share a few thoughts and shots though.
This year I was with the terrific team from Water Aid UK at their cheer point on the Victoria Embankment (about mile 24.5). It felt a bit more crowded among the runners this year than last. Shooting the marathon successfully is all about your view. Spending five hours tight against a railing, body swivelled to the left from the hips up and staring through an eyepiece almost all the time is not the easiest or most comfortable position. But it is the job and you get on with it. For me, the worst bit is having to shout out to fellow cheerers to maybe keep their hands or pom-poms or clackers or whatever their cheering with out of the line of the lens. I really dislike being a bossy boots when people are just cheering on as they should be. But I’d risk losing all chance of decent images if I didn’t make a few “requests”.
With only about 50 or so runners to spot this year the pressure was on not to miss too many, especially those that were not obscured or actually spotted us and waved. Fortunately we did ok. The cheerers were amazing and the runners, obviously, inspirational! I am always amazed and impressed with everyone’s effort on marathon day and this year was no exception.