Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dublin Half Marathon 2009

After the number of photos, comments, emails, visits to the site after this race I thought it needed its own wee blog post to recap on everything...

On the race...
First home out of the 8,000 people that took part was Kilkenny's Brian Maher in 67 minutes and 20 seconds. Brian's been a busy man over the past few weeks. Only a week beforehand was he caught by winning the Lakeshore Striders 10km race. I'm always happy to find out that the people in the photos are finding the photos here... that's why the site was setup! It was a nice touch for Brian to stop by and leave a comment on the site, thanking the photographers for all their excellent work. Considering Brian has featured in at least five races on this site over the past few months it's good to know he knows where to go when looking for an action snap of himself! Following Brian home in the race were two friend's of RacePix's - DSD's John Eves and Sportsworld's Paul O'Connell (who recently added a gallery to Sportsworlds website).

Annette Kealy also had a clear victory in the women's race in a time of 78 minutes 29 seconds. Donna Mahon (who I know found her pictures here!) was second with Patrycja Wlodarczyk , one of our Polish fan's, in third place

On the photos...
Wow! What else can I say? I was absolutely blown away by the number of photos that appeared here after the race. Everytime I've checked to see how many pictures have been uploaded there's been more. The last count has it at an astounding 3,114 photos for the race. These photos were all shared by hobby photographers and athletics fans who wanted their photos to be viewed by the people who'd probably appreciate them the most, those that took part. More than half of the people who shared their photographs with the community at the race were first time contributors. The numbers of photos shared by each person varied from just a few photos to hundreds of photos in some cases. Thanks again to all of you who contributed - hopefully we'll be seeing more of your shots appear here at future races.

On comments...
Another thing that made this race from my end was how well the new commenting feature went down. It got it's debut run here and plenty of you made use of it. I believe that by letting the person who shared their photos know that you found the photo and appreciated their time and effort, taking and uploading the photos, will help to ensure they'll be back in the future with more photos, and possibly encourage others to share their photos.

On "what's next?"
I believe there's some race or other at the end of the month that a lot of our visitors this week are striving for. The exact details escape me at the moment!! I'm sure there'll be a camera or two out on the course.

For those of you not marathoning there's plenty of upcoming races that photos from will appear on in the next few weeks. Off the top of my head I can think of the Simon Community Fun Run, the Rathfarnham 5km, Gerry Farnan XC and the next BHAA Cross Country. Enough to keep anyone busy you'll agree!

Stay Classy,

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