Birmingham Half Marathon 2013

I'm usually pretty proud of the fact that I was born and raised in Birmingham, but events like this fill me with pride. The Birmingham Half Marathon is an annual event that raises millions of pounds for charity. This years event saw over twenty thousand entrants running for a host of good causes. Seeing as the start point was a five-minute walk from my house, it would have been rude not to of gone out and photographed the day.  

The event itself is exceptionally well organised. Teams work throughout the night and day to lay out the course, help the runners and keep an eye on security. Apart from the minor disruption of closing half the city off, the day itself went amazingly well. Though no new course record was set this year, I'll bet there were thousands that felt amazing as they reached the finish line (though with incredibly achy legs!). 

From a photography point of view, it was a pretty difficult day but I did manage to get a few shots that I liked, though I think my panning shots need a bit of work and it would have been nice to have had the 70-200mm lens. Other than that, it was a great day and may even be tempted to go back next year, maybe even take part!