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Tri of the Tiger at the Lough Cutra Triathlon 2017

Locked and loaded minutes before the winning triathlete reaches the 70km mark (where I’m positioned for today’s photographic extravaganza), I decide to blast out Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger and put it on repeat because, well, it’s a gosh darned … Continue reading

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One for the Family at the Lakes of Killarney Marathon 2017

A car exploding into flame on my route down to Kerry for the Lakes of Killarney Marathon 2017 meant that traffic on the motorway was halted for about half an hour. It always hits me as strange how there’s a … Continue reading

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Smiles & Miles at the Great Limerick Run 2017

“What are you taking pictures for?” One of a trio of ladies asks me as she’s going by. “The Galway Cow, missus,” I say, “have you heard of it?” “Arrah, no,” she says, “but sure you can take our picture … Continue reading

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On my Knees Photographing the London Marathon 2017

Even carefully laid plans often go tits up, or maybe I am just unfortunate. The following details my experience taking around 16,000 photos of the London Marathon 2017. (There is a total of 17 albums of photographs of the 2017 … Continue reading

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Children of the Road at the Clonakilty Marathon 2016 (Part II of II)

Trapped! It looks like I’m going to spend the whole day locked in this house in Clonakilty instead of photographing the marathon here. (Photos here -albums: #1, #2, #3 ) “If you’re last out, lock the door and leave the … Continue reading

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More Than a Marathon in Clonakilty 2016 (Part 1 of 2)

Hospitalisation seeming like a very real necessity to him, at mile 97, is the climax of Ray O’Connor’s humourous description of his first ever attempt to run 100 miles in the annual Connemara ultra run of which he is the … Continue reading

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Play Misty For Me at the Eddie Murphy Memorial Marathon 2016

“You wouldn’t put a cow out in it,” jests one of the competitors in reference to how cold the day is. Alas, I’m a bit slow and it takes a second before I realise he’s referring to me. (All photos … Continue reading

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A Winter’s Tale at Ballina’s Belleek Woods Trail Marathon 2016

Winter is death. Leaves flutter from trees leaving the skeletal branches as exposed and bare as a body without flesh. Summer’s aromas have left the air and the once green leaves turn to a brown mush underfoot. (All marathon photos … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle at the Ballinasloe Marathon

Never again, I say to myself as I spend hours upon hours ploughing through the ridiculous amount of photos I took at the Dublin marathon. It’s Thursday night before I finish going through and uploading all the photos I took … Continue reading

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The Halloween Rising of the COW at the Dublin City Marathon 2016

Impossible, I think, it’s going to be impossible for one man to photograph around 20,000 marathon runners in any meaningful way. But that’s why the prospect excites me. (Thousands of photos here). My alarm goes off at 6AM and I … Continue reading

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