British Gymnastics Championships 2015

5 04 2015

Photos online from the British Gymnastics Championships 2015. Nikon D4S and Nikon 70-200 2.8 combination used for the majority of the photos. focusing quick and accurate with the D4. Some images below. The rest of the photos can be viewed at

Daniel Purvis British Championships Individual  Apparatus and Masters Finals 29.3.15 British Championships Individual  Apparatus and Masters Finals 29.3.15

English Gymnastics Championships 2012

6 03 2012

Covered this event for British Gymnastics at the weekend. It was held at the Europa Gymnastics Centre in London. Great venue 12 apparatus pieces working at the same time.

Photos online at

Kristian Thomas and Jennifer Pinches English Champions 2012

Report from British Gymnastics below:

On the 2nd-4th March, the women’s and men’s artistic English Championships took place at the new Europa centre in Kent. One of the first major competitions in the artistic calendar, the championships saw many big names fighting for the various titles up for grabs.


In the senior women’s category, Jennifer Pinches from the City of Liverpool took the title ahead of : Francis in silver and Niamh Rippin from Notts in bronze. Beth Tweddle MBE only competed on the bars but produced an almost flawless performance to score 15.9 and take the apparatus title.

In the junior competition Gabby Jupp from Sapphire comfortably took gold, with impressive scores on the vault, beam and floor. Charlie Fellowsfrom Sandbach took the silver with Katy Bramley from Notts in bronze.

Tyesha Mattis of East London took the espoir title with a huge score of 52.5, ahead of the younger of the Downie sisters, Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler from South Durham in the bronze.


In the men’s senior competition, Kristian Thomas took the top spot with South Essex team mates Max Whitlock and Reiss Beckford in second and third respectively. Louis Smith took the pommel horse title with 15.400.

In the men’s Senior B category, Frank Baines was crowned the champion, with Brinn Bevan from South Essex taking the junior title and Donell Osbourne from Earls taking the boys.

Penalty Shootout

31 08 2011

Covering a Junior Football Tournament recently and was fortunate to catch this group of young players during a penalty shoot out.I had to run the length of two pitches to get the shot,not easy as I was carrying a 400 2.8 and an 70-200 2.8.I think it was worth it though. The enthusiasm of these young players deserved to be captured.

Penalty Shoot Out by Alan Edwards

The rest of the images from the shoot can be found at

Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championships

7 02 2011

Covered the Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 5.2.11. This is the first time I have covered this event for a number of years. Glad to see not much changes in cross country running especially the rain and mud.

I used one camera and one lens for all the races. A Nikon D3 and the 70 – 200 VR 11 lens,well protected by an old Tenba rain cover designed originally for a 300 2.8 manual focus lens.

Despite the rain the temperature was mild for February and Sefton Park in Liverpool proved a good venue.

This is part of a larger commission for an Education Publisher. Several more events are scheduled for early spring and summer.

Photos can be viewed at the following link

Merseyside Schools Cross Country . Photo Alan Edwards

Merseyside Schools Cross Country . Photo Alan Edwards

Merseyside Schools Cross Country . Photo Alan Edwards

Alan Edwards

Luke and Cameron win in South Africa

6 12 2010

Luke and Cameron win in South Africa
The new Commonwealth Games All-around Champion Luke Folwell rounded up the most successful year in his career by winning the victories on Rings and P. Bars, Silver on High Bar and Bronze in the All-around and Pommels at The Bumbo Cup in Johannesburg (South Africa), Saturday, 4 December 2010.

Further photos of Luke can be found at


Luke Folwell in action at the Mens British Championships

Sports Acrobatics Gymnastics British Tournament 28.11.10

1 12 2010

Covered the the event for British Gymnastics on Sunday.The drive down to Stoke was fine despite the snow showers.

Used a D3 and 200 f2 combination. The sports hall at Fenton Manor is not the best lighting. Was shooting at 2000 asa at 1/320s at f2. This was fine for the balances but almost impossible to freeze any of the tempo routines. Looking at upgrading to the D3s for the extra stop that would give in this situation.

Also is anyone using the new  Nikon 200 f2 vr 11 lens?I bought my original 200 f2 lens right after the Athens Olympics and have used it at every gymnastics competition since then. Is the new one worth the extra cost to upgrade?

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased at

Mens British Gymnastics Championships 2010

7 11 2010

Purvis and Hunter share the British title!

Sam Hunter & Courtney Tulloch

Kristian Thomas

Daniel Purvis

Sam Hunter


Daniel Purvis (Southport) and Sam Hunter (Unattached) both scored 86.250 to dramatically share the 2010 Men’s British Senior All-around title.

Arguably the most consistent performers in the historically successful British Team throughout the year; it is a fitting end that they share the title. World and European Floor Bronze medallist Dan Purvis has shown he can handle the pressure in the big competitions but it was Sam Hunter, back from injury in 2010 who had the pressure going into Rings, his last routine where a 14.550 score left him in a dead heat with his British teammate.

Ruslan Panteleymonov of Hinckley also a member of the British Team, competing in his ‘home gym’ took the Bronze with 85.900.

Daniel Purvis: “It’s been an incredible year and this is definitely one of the highlights, I had to pick myself up a bit after the excitement of the World Championships and I’m really happy I could pull out a clean competition and take the title. Me and Sam have battled all year and so to come joint 1st is a fitting end really. 2010 has been great, the Team Silver at the Europeans was maybe the happiest moment as it was for everyone but then the Individual European and World medals were just a dream as was the World All-around, hopefully its something I can repeat next year.”

Sam Hunter: “It’s been a great year for me. I have always had my eye on winning the British title as I felt I had the ability, today went quite well and the fact that it wasn’t perfect shows that the talent is there I think. We have some amazing gymnasts who are all competing at a great standard. I hope to now increase my difficulty before looking ahead to the next European Championships.”

All Around

HUNTER Sam – Unattached 86.250 1
PURVIS Daniel – Southport 86.250 1
PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 85.900 3
THOMAS Kristian – Earls 85.100 4
FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon 83.350 5
FIRTH Matthew – City Of Leeds  82.200 6


1 SEAGER Theo – Bury 15.725
1 FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon  15.725
3 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 15.325


1 FERN Samuel – City Of Leeds Gym Club  14.700
2 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley  14.650
3  HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.550


1 SMITH Louis – Huntingdon 14.550
2 THOMAS Kristian – Earls  13.800
3 PURVIS Daniel – Southport 13.550

Parallel Bars

1 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley  14.850
2 HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.800
3 PURVIS Daniel – Southport  14.650

High Bar

1  SEAGER Theo – Bury 14.200
2 THOMAS Kristian – Earls 14.100
3 HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.050


1 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 15.250
1 PURVIS Daniel – Southport  15.250
3 FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon  14.800

07/11 – Under 18’s (Junior)

Sam Oldham (Huntingdon) firstly took Europe by storm at the 2010 Junior European Championships, then became a Champion at the Youth Olympics and has now sealed a superb year by being crowned the 2010 British Men’s Junior Champion.

With the final routine of the competition, on Parallel Bar, Sam dismounted to a big smile and 86.500 point to take the All-around title to add to his Junior European All-around crown. In second place was Max Whitlock (South Essex- 85.200) another gymnast who enjoyed his place on the medal rostrum at the European Championships; Ashley Watson (City of Leeds 83.550) took the Bronze.

Sam Oldham: “2010 has been an incredible year for me, capped of by this title. I started of with a few injuries at the beginning of the year and wasn’t even sure I would compete at the Europeans, but I did and it went brilliantly for me, (All Around, Team and High Bar Gold) and gave me the opportunity to compete at the first ever Youth Olympics in Singapore which was an awesome experience (High Bar Gold). The next thing I know I came back to Britain and was selected as reserve for the Senior World Championships Team! I traveled to Rotterdam and got to train on the podium along with the best gymnasts in the World, which was a really good learning experience. Then finally the British Championships title just seals the year, I went clean today on all 6 pieces, the next big challenge for me is to pass my driving test!”

07/11 – Under 16’s (Youth)

Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus) followed his victory at the 2010 UK Schools Games by taking the British Under-16 title in Leicester scoring 79.350.
Dominick Cunningham of Earls took the Silver (77.100) and Thomas Gibbs of Heathrow Bronze (76.100)

Courtney Tulloch: “I’m really pleased with today, last year I came 2nd and to now become British Champion is really amazing. It’s been a great year; I was UK Schools Games Champion and now this. I think I’m learning a lot and particularly how to perform under pressure, which is very important. Looking ahead to next year I want to keep progressing and hopefully make British Teams for Internationals.”

06/11- Under 12’s

Hamish Carter (Notts School) took the Boys Under 12 British title on the first day of competition at the 2010 Men’s British Championships in Leicester his score of 73.650 enough to take top spot ahead of Giarnni Regini-Moran (Waveney -72.950) and Tom Nicolaou (Pipers Vale – 72.850)

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased  at


Freshers Week at Liverpool Hope University

2 10 2010

Covered the Freshers Week at Liverpool Hope. Weather not good unfortunately.Still plenty of atmosphere  on and around campus as the students settle into University Life.

Enjoying the slide at Freshers Fair

Meeting new people

Getting down to work

First Lecture

All the photos can be viewed at

Alan Edwards

Liverpool Hope University Arrivals Weekend

27 09 2010

Spent a busy two days photography the new intake of students arriving at Liverpool Hope University. The job entails plenty of walking . The Campus at Hope Park is split into two sites and as a rough estimate I  must have walked 4 miles per day.I decided to shoot with one camera a Nikon D3 and a 70 -200 2.8 AFS V11 and carry the 24-702.8 in a waist bag,changing the lens when I needed a wider angle. With a full frame camera though I was able to shoot 90% of the images with the 70-200. Might look at purchasing the new 24 -120 f4 lens. This would be ideal for this sort of walk around job. Looking forward to seeing some test images from this lens.

The weather was good on both days and  the sun lifted the images. However this was a problem early morning with strong shadows needing a little fill flash to balance the photos.In all edited the photos down to about 400 from the two days.The images can be viewed at in the Education Section. Some photos below:

Arriving on Campus

Loaded up with Bags!

The right hat is essential!

Making friends

The new Library at the Crative Campus

The new library at the Creative Campus

Down to work already!

Media Day at British Gymnastics

21 09 2010

Photos now online at from the Media Day at Lilleshall NSC the home of British Gymnastics.

Becky Downie trains on beam

The British Womens Senior Team