Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RacePix.com Photo Competition

For your chance to win a Garmin Forerunner 610 simply take and submit an athletics themed photo to be voted on by the followers of RacePix.com. This competition is open exclusively to our social media followers - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and entries will only be accepted by these means.

Once you add your photo into the competition it will immediately be available for voting in that weeks votes and subsequent weeks while the competition is open. Each week the two photos with the highest votes get put forward as a finalist to the Grand Final Week on the 16th September.  The overall winner will be the finalist with the highest votes on Grand Final Week.

Votes on photos can only be cast by followers of the RacePix.com Facebook Page. 

How to Enter

Enter through the RacePix.com Facebook Page:

  • Go the Competition tab on our Facebook Page
  • Fill in the entry form and upload a picture
  • Please note you must like the RacePix.com Facebook Page to be able to access this area 

Enter through Twitter:

  • Tweet your picture with the hashtag #RacePixPhotoComp
  • Please not that you must follow @RacePixCom on Twitter so that we can access your picture

Enter through Instagram:

  • Upload your picture with the hashtag #RacePixPhotoComp
  • Please not that you must follow @RacePixCom on Instagram so that we can access your picture

RacePix.com Photo Competition Terms and Conditions

1. To be eligible to enter the competition entrants must be over 18 years of age and resident in the Republic of Ireland.

2. Only pictures uploaded through the RacePix.com Facebook page's competition tab (http://www.facebook.com/racepix) or tagged with the hashtag #RacePixPhotoComp on Instagram or Twitter before 13/09/2013 will qualify.

3. Entries open on 05/09/2013

4. The winner is determined by a multi-stage voting process. The two pictures with the highest votes each week will go forward into the Grand Final Week. The entrant with the highest number of votes at the end of Grand Final Week will be deemed the winner.

5. Weekly voting dates are defined as follows:
Week 1 - 05/08/2013 09:00 to 11/08/2013 18:00
Week 2 - 12/08/2013 09:00 to 18/08/2013 18:00
Week 3 - 19/08/2013 09:00 to 25/08/2013 18:00
Week 4 - 26/08/2013 09:00 to 01/09/2013 18:00
Week 5 - 02/09/2013 09:00 to 08/09/2013 18:00
Week 6 - 09/09/2013 09:00 to 15/09/2013 18:00
Grand Final - 16/09/2013 09:00 to 22/09/2013 18:00

6. Votes do not carry over between weeks or into the Grand Final Week.

7. Any person connected with this competition are not entitled to participate.

8. Entrants must consent to the disclosure of their name as a winner (If successful).

9. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them, which they own full Intellectual property rights and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

10. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to RacePix.com to feature any of the submitted images on their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

11. Photos will be screened for appropriateness before being considered for voting. Photos that are inappropriate in nature or do not have a sporting theme will be void

12. The prize is defined as follows: 1 x Garmin Forerunner 610

13. The winner will be notified by email, using the details provided in their entry form, by September 26th 2013 and will have  14 days to respond to the Promoter to accept their prize and to provide their delivery address for delivery of the prize. If the winner does not respond within this time the Promoter shall select another winner at random from all remaining valid entries.

14. In the event for any reason the prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that element of the prize.

15. The Judge’s decision is final and binding on entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering into this competition entrants agree to abide by the terms and conditions

Friday, June 21, 2013

This is me!

The latest piece of development to come off the RacePix.com shelves is the linking of a photo on RacePix.com with your profile on Facebook. Nice eh?

So what exactly is happening and what is the benefit?


The first thing you have to do is find a picture of yourself on RacePix.com

Found one? By clicking the "This is Me!" button we send a quick message to the people at Facebook to identify you.

At this point you will either need to say "Yay" or "Nay" to Facebook giving us the basic information required to continue. If you’re happy for us to know that you really are you then press yes. This will only happen the first time you make the call. The rest of the time Facebook will remember that you’ve given us the necessary permissions. If you don’t accept this then we won’t be able to verify that the picture is you and you won’t be tagged.

That’s it. The photo is now tagged as you on RacePix.com. There’s an optional chance to post the picture to your profile on Facebook at the very end. You can “Yay” or “Nay” that too.

This ties together nicely with the new “Find my friends” button on every race page. By selecting this you’ll be able to find photos of any of your Facebook friends who’ve tagged themselves on RacePix.com. Give it a try and let me know how you get on.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

RacePix on the Road: Cork City Marathon Photos 2013

I don't know what it is about the bank holiday weekend but it's by far and away my favourite weekend on the calendar. Everything good happens at this time of year - In primary school the weather picked up, you could play on the grass and wear shorts to school! In Secondary school it signaled holidays. In College it meant a summer in the US was just around the corner and now it means a weekend in Cork for the Cork City Marathon.

I've taken photos in Cork for the past few years and regardless of the weather I was always stunned by the numbers of people who came out to spectate and cheer on family, friends and strangers.

This year was no different. At the start on Patricks Street there were already hundreds out cheering the thousands of marathoners going by. The race started with a familiar feel to recent Irish marathons with Gary O' Hanlon taking command and leading out the first group.

Minutes later the bulk of runners started to come through

By 17 miles the runners had thinned out and O'Hanlon and Polish athlete Bartosz Mazerski had a few minutes gap over the rest of the field. In the women's race Pauline Curly had opened up a slight lead of about 100 metres at 17 miles.

By the end of the race it was Mazerski who had more in the tank to pull away from O'Hanlon to take the win - preventing Gary from adding to his 2013 honour list of winner in the Connemarathon, Limerick Marathon, Kildare Marathon and Newry City Marathon. Pauline Curley extended her lead over the final 8 miles and was in the end a comfortable winner.

For all the Cork Marathon Photos check out RacePix.com For live photos from races follow RacePix on Instagram.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Introducing a Neater RacePix.com

Over the past few days RacePix.com has released a number of changes to the look and feel of the website. It may appear that not much has changed  when you first look at the home page, it has only changed from
But looking further in a lot has gone on. The developments include new buttons and fonts, better picture presentation, improved layouts with more spacing and a mobile-friendly responsive design.

Being kind, RacePix.com functioned if you really, really wanted to find them elusive marathon photos on your mobile phone. I can only imagine in the days after the race, people sitting at work, legs aching, scrolling through thousands upon thousands of photos and cursing me for never having considered this situation. Well, now I have and I give you the mobile friendly RacePix.com!

The new layout isn't only mobile friendly but tablet friendly too. No matter what device you decide to use when looking for race photos RacePix.com should now have you covered.

Clutter Clear Out

Another welcome addition to RacePix.com is extra space. On the previous layout there was a lot of wasted real estate. Now on every page there is more room to see what’s really important on a given page. The benefits of this can really be seen on the Race Calendar and if you’re looking for information on future races.


It isn’t so long since the Photographer Portal was introduced to existing contributors. This section affects how photos from third party services are pushed to the RacePix.com. Up until now most photos were tagged with unique code and RacePix.com searched to find these photos around the web. This led to issues as sometimes a typo in a tag meant that the photo couldn't be found by RacePix.com searches. Now a photographer can simply login to RacePix.com and link their photos from Facebook, Flickr, Zenfolio, Google Picasa (and more to come) to Galleries on RacePix.com.
New features are in the pipe line to be introduced to this portal to give photographers more insight and control over their photos on RacePix.com.


As RacePix.com is targeted at photographers and race participants I value the feedback and ideas to the services offered from both. Please feel free to drop me a mail about any issues you have using RacePix.com. I've also opened up a forum where users can suggest new ideas or improvements to RacePix.com and vote on ideas submitted by others. I'll continuously monitor this and try my best to implement the most popular. Check out the ideas of fellow RacePix.com users.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RacePix on the Road: Belfast Marathon Photos

I like this time of year – the time where I get to combine my photo taking at races with weekend breaks away. First up – Northern Ireland and the Belfast City Marathon. This one I properly milked as the race falls on the May bank holiday weekend which meant I got to spend extra time taking in the sights of Belfast and surrounds. Some good learning was done about the Titanic and more importantly some good food was eaten in some fine Belfast eateries.

All the relaxing didn’t stop me from making it to the start line before 9 to see the crowds gather in front of City Hall

Thousands, upon thousands start the Belfast Marathon, Relay and 9 Mile Walk

After checking out of the hotel I made tracks towards the 24 mile mark just in time to see the leaders cruise by, not a bother in the world to them!

RacePix in Action at the side of the road.

Find photos from the Belfast Marathon 2013 on RacePix.

To keep up with the travels of RacePix on the Road follow RacePix on Instagram.

Next stop Cork…

Monday, April 15, 2013

That Awkward Moment...

... when you hand your camera to someone and they take a better picture than you!

It has come up before and I hoped it wouldn’t happen again. Before it was handing the camera to RacePix’s Mum while I took part in the Dunboyne 4 mile road race. While I raced she pointed the camera and clicked and clicked. One of her photos that day ended up in a local newspaper!

This time I was taking photos at the Great Ireland Run. RacePix’s Wife was at the sidelines, offering support to the masses going by. As I can’t multi camera after a while I asked her to take a few photos with my phone so that I could possibly stick one or two up on my twitter account. The result...

Great Ireland Run 2013
Photo Copyright RacePix's Wife!

For more live RacePix.com race photos follow us on Instagram

Monday, April 8, 2013

Irish Running Tweets of The Week #2

In the latest edition of Irish Tweets of the Week we look at the AAI Road Relays as they happened, the announcement of Athletics Ireland newest Endurance Coach, results that were tweeted from around Ireland and upcoming races.

AAI Announces new Endurance Coach


AAI Road Relays

New Issue of Irish Runner

Upcoming Races

To be included in future Irish Running Tweets of the week simply follow @RacePixCom and tweet us the following message "Include Me #IrishRunningTweetsOfTheWeek".

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Irish Running Tweets of the Week

This week features results from Wexford and Omagh, the funding controversy and news from Cork.

To be included in future Irish Running Tweets of the week simply follow @RacePixCom and tweet us the following message "Include Me #IrishRunningTweetsOfTheWeek".

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Photographer Portal

Facebook, Google, Flickr and Zenfolio all welcome.

April 2013 is a massive month for RacePix.com. Finally, Phase 1 of the new Photographer Portal is now live.  This signals the start of an easier way for photographers to contribute their photos to RacePix.com and from more sources than before. Photos sourced on Facebook, Flickr, Zenfolio and Picasa can now all be shared on RacePix.com

Up until now photographer’s had to tag photos a specific way on their own website to get them to appear on RacePix.com. While this worked well for many years it had drawbacks. The first being that the number of sources was restricted to those that allowed photographers to tag their photos in a way that the RacePix.com searches could find them. Typos and privacy settings on third party website that users weren’t aware of also meant that photos that the photographers wanted to appear on RacePix.com couldn’t.

Enter the Photographer Portal and simplicity to make things easier…

Now all a photographer has to do to get their photos to appear on RacePix.com is register with RacePix.com and synchronise their photos with RacePix.com. Already Registered? Then login to the portal.

Other features available for photographers include statistics such as Top Photo, Total Views, View this week and when their last photo was added. More instructions on how a photographer can add their photos from each of the available sources are available in the "How it Works" section of RacePix.com.

Tagging is about to become a thing of the past

While tagging won't be cut off just yet, we're envisaging it being largely removed by the end of June 2013.

Keep your eyes on the site over coming weeks and months for new features, big and small.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holidays Are Coming!

It's that time of year again. Christmas and road racing tend to go hand in hand in Ireland. Surely only May can have more races per days of the month than December?

Last weekend things kicked off with the Jingle Bells 5km race in the Phoenix Park. Much like the first time you hear a "Fairy tale in New York" on the radio, the Jingle Bells 5km really does indicate that Christmas is just around the corner! The races up front were won by Paul Robinson  and Linda Byrne in cracking times, 14.18 and 15:55 respectively, but we can be sure that on such a perfect day that PBs were set throughout the field of 1,200 athletes.

In Dublin the Christmas themed races continue this weekend, the 8th December, with the Aware 10km taking place, again in the Phoenix Park. On the 16th Clonliffe Harriers will have their second annual "Christmas Cracker 5km", starting at Morton Stadium, Santry.

Over the days of Christmas the GOAL mile will be taking place nationwide. Be sure to check their website for information about your local event. Straight after Christmas the well established Fields of Athenry will give everyone a chance to run off the turkey on Stephen's Day.

What better way to start the New Year than by setting a marker in a 5km race. Liffey Valley AC provide the oppertunity in their annual Tom Brennan 5km race in the Phoenix Park. 

Dublin Road Races over Christmas

08 Dec - Aware 10km  - Phoenix Park
09 Dec - Santa Dash  10km - Bull Island
16 Dec - Clonliffe Christmas Cracker - Santry
01 Jan - Tom Brennan 5km - Phoenix Park

Galway Road Races over Christmas

26 Dec - Fields of Athenry 10km

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cork Marathon 2012 Photos


The annual RacePix.com road trip to Cork is over now. Everything is done bar the uploading (which is well on course!).

Leaving in the lashings of rain on Sunday afternoon I made a last minute dash back inside to pick up my rain trousers. In the end the last dash should have been for the suncream and shades as the weather Gods well and truly played their part in what was a great event yet again. 

 Runners just after 3 miles...
 First Cork Man - Cillian O'Leary (4th Overall)
The Final 800m

All in all a craicing day... Expect RacePix to make the trip again next year!

All the photos from the Cork Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bandon Half Marathon Photos and Results


Half Marathon Senior Men

1. Kevin Wilmot (Bandon AC) 1:14:26
2. John Meade (St Finbars AC) 1:15:11
3. Eamonn O'Donovan (Bandon AC) 1:16:50

Half Marathon Senior Women

1. Carmel Crowley (Bandon AC) 1:25:12
2. Ann Marie Holland 1:26:03
3. Maura Regan (Eagle AC) 1:32:59

Full Results

10km Results Senior Men

1. Cathal O'Donnabhain (St Finbars) 34:06
2. Timothy Twomey (Leevale AC) 34:24
3. Michael Dullea 34:51

10km Results Senior Women

1. Catherine Keohane (Leevale) 43:21
2. Noreen Crowley 43:45
3. Denise Twohig (St Finbars) 44:04

Full Results


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dundalk Half Marathon Photos and Results


Male Senior Half Marathon

1. Gary O' Hanlon 1:09:54
2. Karl Kildea 1:14:12
3. Don Travers 1:14:40

Women Senior Half Marathon

1. Aoife Parrella 1:32:19
2. Orla Gormley 1:33:49
3. Freda Comeiskey  1:35:19


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Katie Taylor Endorses Terenure 5 Mile

Despite her busy schedule leading up to the London Olympics this summer, Katie Taylor recently took time out to meet some other special Olympians, - members of the Special Olympic South Dublin Sports Club.
It was all part of her enthusiastic endorsement of the Terenure 5 mile run on Sunday May 13th. which aims to raise €10,000 for Special Olympics (Eastern region).
The run, organised by Sportsworld Running Club, is on a 5 mile flat course around Terenure, Fortfield and Templeogue. Race organiser Trevor Lloyd says this is an ideal warm up for those entering the mini marathon being held just 3 weeks later. The race was formally launched last month by Lucinda Creighton, Minister for European Affairs who was one of the early entrants in the race.
With €5 of the entry fee going direct to Special Olympics and the 1st 1000 entrants being guaranteed a high quality technical tee shirt, a big turn-out is expected. Those wishing to have an enjoyable run while helping athletes less fortunate than most of us can register by logging on at www.terenure5mile.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Google Picasa User? RacePix.com Welcomes You!

In the past I may have told a little white lie. I’d been saying that RacePix.com was able to search for photos from Google Picasa. I knew I “could” make it search for photos from Google but as no one was posting photos from there to RacePix.com I never quite finished it. That was until I received an email last Thursday from someone telling me they’d photos from the marathon available on their Picasa account, what did they need to do to make them appear on RacePix.com? Time to get my finger out and get this search functionality working…

I can happily now let you know, without a word of a lie, that RacePix.com searches Google Picasa for photos from races!

If you have photos what do you need to do?

The Google search has a few more rules that have to implemented compared to Flickr.

  • First and foremost you’ll have to get in touch with RacePix.com and let us know your Picasa username to enable us to search your galleries.

  • For every race that you take photos of create a new gallery on Picasa

  • Tag the photos inside them galleries with the tags racepixcom and the unique race tag for each race. The unique race tag can be found on either the race calendar page or the gallery page of each race.

That’s all there is to it. Once you implement them simple steps your photos will appear on RacePix.com. If you’ve any problems or questions simply send us a mail and we’ll be sure to help you out.