Liverpool to Chester Bike Ride 18.7.10

29 07 2010

Some 2000 plus cyclists set off from Liverpool on Sunday July 18th July. Fantastic day despite the poor weather at the beginning of the event. People of all ages and fitness levels take part. The complete route fro Liverpool to Chester is 60 miles. The Queensway Tunnel is closed for most of the day to allow competitors to ride through on their bikes. After covering this event each year I always come away determined to cycle more!

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Alan Edwards  July 2010

Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships 2010

28 07 2010

Covered the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships at Stoke on Trent on the 10th July.The arena at Fenton Manor Sports Centre always provides a challenge. Typical meter readings are 500th second at F2 with a film speed of 2000 asa. The mat the gymnasts perform on is light in colour and this does help reflect some light from the overhead fluorescent lighting. This year with so many entries the Championships ran over three days. I drove down to Stoke on the Saturday and was able to photograph the Seniors,Juniors ,Age Groups and GMPD gymnasts.

The grace and artistry of these gymnasts is clear for all to see.

Francesca Jones from City of Birmingham celebrated a full sweep of five gold medals at this year’s British Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at Fenton Manor Leisure Complex.  She won her fourth British overall title with a total of 94.475 pts, 5.175 pts. ahead of Lynne Hutchison (City of Bath), 89.300, with Francesca Fox (also City of Bath) following closely in third place, 88.475.

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Alan Edwards  July 2010

British Trampoline Nationals 2010

27 07 2010

British Trampoline National finals NIA Sunday 24.7.10.

Sunday 25th July.Off to cover the British Trampoline Nationals at the NIA in Birmingham.
Traveling by train.Decided to take two lenses and two camera bodies. Settled on the 200 f2 and the 70 -200 2.8 along with two D3’s bodies. Hopefully inside the podium the 200 telephoto should be sufficient to fill the frame.
Using the ThinkTank Photo Glass Taxi bag along with the Artificial Intelligence for the Macbook Pro. Twenty minute walk from New Street Station to the NIA so far so good.Seems easier than the roller.Shooting at the NIA usually is fine with the following meter readings 1600 asa with a shutter speed of 500s.I chose to shoot with a faster shutter speed and pushed to ISO to 2500.This gave me a working shutter speed of 1250 at f2.

NTGA’s James Higgins took his fourth successive Men’s British Trampoline Title with City of Liverpool’s Emma Smith taking the Female Championships.

James Higgins Mens Champion.

Emma Smith Womens Senior Champion

Michael Barnes in action during the Senior Mens Tumbling Competition

Action from the Double Mini-Tramp Competition

Competitor in the Girls U19 Competition

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