Category Archives: Duathlon

Outdoor Sports Stock Photography

For those working in the Outdoor Sports market, getting a source of stock photography can be difficult.  There are lots of outdoor sports photographers out there, but many just take images they can sell to the competitors, these tend to be very personal shots capturing the individual rather than the the atmosphere of the event or sport. Racing Snakes has now added a Gallery of photos suitable for Outdoor Sports Stock Photography. The album of stock photography can be found here Outdoor Sports Photography 

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

3 Peaks fell race winner Ricky Lightfoot summiting Ingleborough, available in the Stock Photography section

In addition to the stock photography Racing Snakes Photography service can also be hired to take Outdoor Sports  brand, individual and event photography. Advanced booking essential as many events book 12 months in advance.

Racing Snakes specialises in outdoor sports such as Cycling Sportives, Ultra running events, Trail Running Events, Mountain Marathons, Mountain Bike Events and Adventure Racing. Clients have included the Wasdale triathlon (the hardest triathlon in the World), The Spine Race (Britains most Brutal ultra race), Open Cycling organisers of ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Wales in  a Day’, Patagonia (Sponsors of the Fellsman), Etape Du Dales (Iconic Yorkshire Sportive), Inov8 athletes retreat, Salomon athletes retreat, Sky Running UK, Ilkley Triathlon, Rather be Cycling,

Other events also covered  have included the 3 Peaks Fell Race, The 3 Peaks Cyclocross, The Fellsman, V3k.

Sports Event Photography 2017

The benefits of having professional sports event photography and media of your event is essential to any well run event. A professional service for your sports event not only brings back memories but also provides future marketing material. It also brings added benefits for sponsors and supporters. There are some professional photography services that take images of competitors but offer little else, read on to see why racingsnakes photography offers much more for you and your sports event.

Event Photography

Photograph of sports event showing watermarked logo on image

Event Photography

The are many options for getting the most out of your images and depending on the sporting event and sponsors requirements these do vary. Racingsnakes can provide advice on what will work best for your event, this maybe to maximise reach of the sports event using social media or maintaining that valuable relationship you have with your sponsors and supporters.

Event photography can be broken down into two types, ‘photos of people’ and ‘photos for marketing’. Here at racing snakes photography, both types are catered for.
People Photography – There are some event photography services that stand in one place (usually at the side of a road) and take similar images of every athlete. They don’t like to venture to far from their cars! Fine for some, and they do sell to athletes that just want a picture of themselves competing in the sports event on the day. The other and prefered option of racingsnakes is to get athletes in the best location on the course. This maybe a climb or descent on a sportive with a great backdrop or mountainous checkpoint on a ultra run with moody skies that reflects the true feeling of an event.
Marketing Photography – This is very different from the ‘athlete running shot’. If you are planning on expanding your event or just need professional photographs of your event for flyers, banners and your website. Athlete photos are fine for the individual but often these lack the requirements of capturing the bigger picture and perhaps the key selling point of the sports event.

Escape to Gisburn Mountain Bike Enduro photos

Images provided for Escape Bike shop for the Escape to Gisburn Enduro race

Share The Love – The Racingsnakes Photostore

Having great imagery for the athletes and yourself is just the start of it. You will need a way to be able to share the images and more. Here at Racingsnakes there are great professional options for doing just this.
Share the professional sports photography on the photostore. This allows for images to be instantly downloaded or prints ordered, but that’s not all. Voucher codes can be used and prices set for each gallery of images, so depending on your needs you might wish to choose to offer your competitors free images.
The photostore allows for other professional photographers to also upload their images from the sports event and sell within the photostore making sure all the images from the event are kept in one place and easy to find.

Racingsnakes uses professional Nikon photographic equipment

Clients of racingsnakes professional sports event photography include;

Open Cycling
The Montane Spine
Patagonia UK
Rather Be Cycling


forest with runner, sunlight, event photography, spine race

Event photography for The Montane Spine Race



Helwith Bridge Duathlon

Helwith Bridge Duathlon takes place om Sunday 13 October 2013.  The photos from Helwith Bridge Duathlon will be posted on and facebook/ soon after the race.  Helwith Bridge is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Horton in Ribblesdale and Settle. Helwith bridge is also the start of the 3 peaks cyclocross race.  I will be taking photographs of the duathlon at various points of the race.  High res photos of the Duathlon will be on sale, please support racingsnakes by purchasing the photos if you like them.

Helwith Bridge Duathlon

The Helwith Bridge Duathlon route starts with a 4 mile run.  The route heads the runners out from Helwith Bridge  to Little Stainforth, there is a great campsite here called Knight Stainforth.  The run route of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon heads down the small lane at the side of the campsite and over the very narrow bridge over the river Ribble (located at the side of the bridge on the campsite side is Janets Foss waterfall, at this time of the year Salmon can be seen jumping up the Foss in their annual trip to spawn).  The runners head up the short sharp hill to the main road, here they turn left and head back towards Helwith Bridge and the first transition.

Once at Helwith Bridge the ahletes put on their cycle helmets and bike shoes and head out on the second stage of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon. The cyclistshead out on loop round ingleborough in an anti-clockwise direction.  The riders head out to Horton in Ribblesdale and continue towards Selside and the famous Ribblehead viaduct.  From here there is usually a head wind as the riders head towards Ingleton passing the White Scar caves.  Just on the outskirts the riders take a left on Clapham Old Road.  The first 2 miles along this road is a good steady climb towards Cold Cotes junction (this is where the 3 peaks cyclocross racers rejoin the tarmac after scaling Ingleborough).  Once at Clapham the riders head towards Austwick.  There is a point where riders have previously had to do a short section on the A65 (a notorious accident blackspot) a new cycle path has been put in place here.  Once the riders reach Austwick it is a steady mostly uphill ride back to the next transition at Helwith Bridge. (except for the last half mile which is downhill).

helwith bridge duathlon bike

The final run retraces the first run route.

The overall distance of the Helwith Bridge Duathlon is 8 mile run and 23 mile bike.  The 8 mile run is actually two four mile runs, broken up with the cycle stage.