Late on Friday afternoon I got a phone call from Runners World magazine.   They were looking for a photographer to cover the Tarpley 10 mile race, held at the village of Beyton just outside Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.    I had planned to attend Race Retro, but decided that I knew enough photographers there, so any images I required from that meeting could be arranged.

The 20 mile race started first, setting off at 10.30.     The 10 mile race started half an hour later, and just under an hour later the first runners approached the finish line, with the quicker athletes competing in the 20 mile race arriving in just under two hours and the last coming in at just over four hours.

I did do some preparation work by following the route using Google Earth and Google Streetview, but the race is held on fairly narrow country lanes and moving from one location to another wouldn’t be easy as it would be quite time consuming to overtake the whole field in a car, especially considering the other traffic as the roads were not closed.

For anyone covering the race in a similar capacity in the future, I would recommend having one photographer stationed at the start and finish, and then to have one or two roaming photographers, stationed at convenient points where they can grab some shots and then use the few back roads to overtake the field and grab them in a second location.

A selection of shots have been emailed to the magazine, and I will sort the shots into galleries for competitors to view.

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