Category Archives: Fell Race

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

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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



Scafell Trail Marathon photos

Scafell Trail Marathon

Scafell Trail Marathon photos. Sunday 15 June 2014 the Scafell Trail Marathon took place, the photos can be seen of most of the runners on

Kim Collison leads Cristofer Clemente off scafell pike

Kim Collison leads Cristofer Clemente off scafell pike

Cristofer Clemente Wins after Ricky Lightfoot Makes Navigation Error

The 2014 Scafell Trail Marathon was won by Cristofer Clemente who beat Ricky Lightfoot into second place.  The race was in warm and mostly dry conditions but the weather was certainly a factor in the top three positions.  On the climb to Sty Head Ricky Lightfoot had a good few minutes lead on the chasing duo of Kim Collison and  Cristofer Clemente,  Once they reached Sty head visibility was very down to a few meters and Ricky made a navigational error coming off Scafell Pike.  Kim Collison used his compass skills and navigated with only a minor error off the summit.  Cristofer Clemente was playing a very wise game and letting Kim lead the way whilst he hung on to his shirt tails.   Once off the mountain Kim was finding the pace hard to maintain and Cristofer pulled away from Kim on the climb to Watendlath, Ricky was making big gains into the leading pair and overtook Kim to finish second.

Ricky Lightfoot

Ricky Lightfoot having to make do with second place after a navigation mistake


The 42km Scafell Trail Race took the runners from just outside Keswick to summit Scafell Pike and then return to finish at the Lakeside in Keswick.  The race was organised by High Terrain events and attracted some high profile sponsors with Salomon, Suunto and 9bar all backed the race.  This year the Scafell Trail Race marathon was part of the EMM (the European Mountain Marathon series)

The race starts off following the shores of Derwentwater from Nichol End Marina, before then making its way up the Borrowdale Vally to Seathwaite.  There is a feed station here that provides the racers with food, water and a chance to take on some 9bar energy food.  The race then ascends the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike) via Styhead and the corridor route.  This year (2014) sees a prize awarded to the fastest Male and Female runner up the mountain. This is where racingsnakes took the photos  of the Scafell Trail Race.  Once the Scafell Pike has been summited the race descends back to Seathwaite via Esk Hause.  The race still has a kick in its tail though as there is a further climb up to Watendlath before the final undulating descent to the finish in Keswick. There is also a chance just after Watendlath to refuel at a feedstation.

3 Peaks Fell Race Photos 2014

On Saturday 26 April 2014 the Three Peaks fell race takes place.  The 3 Peaks Fell race photos from 2014 (pics) can be seen on using this link Pictures of the 3 peaks race were taken on the top of Penyghent and Ingleborough.

Rick Lightfoot 3 Peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot mens winner 2014

Victoria Wilkinson 2014 Ladies winner


Pos. No. Name Club Category Progress Result
1st 998 Ricky Lightfoot Salomon International Team M Horton 02:53:16
2nd 513 Tom Owens Salomon International Team M Horton 02:56:13
3rd 52 Robert Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 02:59:57
4th 383 Adam Osborne Leeds City AC M Horton 03:03:29
5th 259 Matthew Roberts Eryri Harriers M Horton 03:05:49
6th 512 Thorbjorn Thornson Ludvigsen Salomon International Team M Horton 03:06:09
7th 414 Hugh Aggleton Mynyddwyr De Cymru (MDC) M Horton 03:07:40
8th 79 Chris Steele Borrowdale Fell Runners M Horton 03:09:11
9th 101 Karl Gray Calder Valley Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:09:29
10th 536 Kenny Richmond Shettleston Harriers MV40 Horton 03:10:48
11th 397 Simon Harding Macclesfield Harriers & AC M Horton 03:11:15
12th 122 Alex Whittem Calder Valley Fell Runners M Horton 03:18:00
13th 410 Pete Vale Mercia Fell RC MV40 Horton 03:18:04
14th 206 Tom Brunt Dark Peak Fell Runners Club MV40 Horton 03:19:59
15th 449 Jayson Cavill Pickering RC M Horton 03:20:45
16th 51 Andrew Jebb Bingley Harriers & AC M Horton 03:21:18
17th 860 Victoria Wilkinson Bingley Harriers & AC F Horton 03:21:32
18th 85 Richard Mellon Bowland Fell Runners MV40 Horton 03:21:50
19th 643 Nicholas Charlesworth Wharfedale Harriers MV40 Horton 03:22:15
20th 33 Nick Treitl Barlick Fell Runners M Horton 03:23:25
21st 701 Nigel Wood FRA M Horton 03:24:36
22nd 204 Will Boothman Dark Peak Fell Runners Club M Horton 03:27:22
23rd 706 Robert Barnby Unattached M Horton 03:27:44
24th 497 Ashley Holt Rossendale Harriers & AC M Horton 03:28:08
25th 282 Lee Knight Helm Hill Runners M Horton 03:29:31

Full Results cab found on the official 3 Peaks Website 

3 Peaks Fell Race stats (Three Peaks Fell Race stats)

  • Distance of the 3 Peaks Fell Race is 37.4km (23.3 miles).
  • The 3 Peaks fell race has 1608 meters (5279 feet) of ascent.
  • Andy Peace holds the fastest time on the current route, he set the 3 peaks mens record on 28 April 1996 with a time of 2 hours 46mins 03 secs.
  • The ladies 3 peaks record was set in 2008 by Anna Pichrtova with a time of 3 hours 14 mins 43 secs.

In 2008 the 3 peaks was the ‘World Long Distance Mountain Running Race ‘The race route has changed a number of times, there was a minor change in 2013 with a path upgrade over Whitber Hill details of the change but this was not significant enough to call it a new route (in my opinion the change in 2013 will make the course slightly quicker)

Rob Jebb the three peaks fell race record holder

Rob Jebb


Fell Running Photos

Fell Running Photographs – Fell Race Photos

Racingsnakes has a great selection of fell running photos, pictures and images taken at Fell Races throughout the Country. Most of the big fell races have an an album of photos.  The fellrunning photos can be purchased from the website in both digital image or printed photographs.  The images and Photos of the fell runners at fell races  are contained in albums on the racingsnakes website on the photo page.    Many of the fell-running images and photos are also shared as albums on  Most fell races take part in the North West of England in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.  Many of the pictures of the fell runners have been taken on Mountain Tops and remote areas to capture the essence of the fell races.  Fell running races are mostly carried out in the North of England on rough mountainous areas.  Fell races are common in The Peaks District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland  and the Lake District (Cumbria).  The term ‘fell’ is taken from Old Norse name, fjall, meaning “mountain”.  Fell running races take place throughout the year. The governing body for full running is the FRA (Fell Runners Association).

Ricky Lightfoot, 3 peaks winner 2014

Ricky Lightfoot the winner of the 2014 3 Peaks Fell Race

Each year there is a British and an English Fell running championship.  Details of the 2014 British and English races can be found on this link.

Other notable fell races are the Lake District classic fell races (a series of fell races in the Lake District National Park), which are made up of the fell races, Ennerdale Horseshoe, Duddon Valley, Wasdale, Borrowdale, Three Shires and the Langdale Horseshoe.

The Ben Nevis Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Great Britain.  The Snowdon Fell Race – This race summits the highest mountain in Wales and th The Three Peaks fell race – A 26 mile races around Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Rhys Finley-Robinson at Black Comb Fell Race 2014

Most fell races are listed on the FRA website and also although there are some held locally my other running clubs that do not appear on the website.  Strict safety rules usually apply as the fell races often take place in remote and mountainous areas.  This includes carrying some mandatory kit usually including full waterproof body cover, map, whistle and compass.  Apart from the mandatory kit little else is required apart from some grippy running shoes (fell running shoes). Some races are marked out with flags and tape but most of the longer races are not and offer open route choice from control point to control point.   The fastest person to run the course wins, there are often team prizes for running and fell running clubs.

Dunnerdale Fell Race Photos

Dunnerdale Fell Race Photos will be published on soon after the race. The photos of the Dunnerdale fell race will be taken out on te course with the aim to get the best photos possible that reflect the pasion of the fell race. The Dunnerdale fell race is held on 9 November 2013. The race often attracts around 250 runners, with the fastest runners completeing the course in around 40 minutes. The Dunnerdale fell race is held in the lake district National Park and he start is from Broughton Mills. The Dunnerdale fell race is organised by the Black Combe Runners.  The race is clseed as a ‘short classic’ race, the distance is 8km with 550 meters of ascent (and descent).The racefollows a circular route with checkpoints at

  • The Knott: SD 2233 9195
  • Raven Crag: SD 2229 9294
  • Stickle Pike: SD 2111 9281
  • Great Stickle: SD 2109 9161

The race climbs out of Broughton Mills climbing The Knott and Ravens Cragg, at this point the race descends to the road crossing before climbing back up to Stickle Pike, the route then descends before undulating towards Great Stickle. From here the race descends back to the start at Broughton Mills. After the race there is food provided in the local pub.fell runner lake district

Dunnerdale Fell race Map

Great Whernside Fell Race 2013

The Great Whernside Fell race Photos can be seen on  The great Whernside feel race starts at 11:30am on Saturday 26 October 2013 from the old campsite in Kettlewell.  Photographs of the race will be available soon after the race.  Kettlewell is a pretty village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The race route of the Great Whernside fell race leaves the old campsite and heads up for a steep start, this gets slightly easier for a while and heads up to summit Great Whernside. (not to be confused with Whernside – one of the Yorkshire three peaks).  The fell runners descend at breakneck speeds and it is great spectators sport.  Although this is a short race of 4miles, the route ascends (and descends) nearly 1600ft of climb with mixed terrain for the runners to cope with. There is a mix of good short grass fields, slippery rocks and boggy marshes which captures out more than the odd runner out.

Whernside fell raceThe fell race is usually quite well attended and the fastest runners can make short work of the course in just over half an hour. The organiser for this race Pete Jebb.  Say hello if your at the race and I will certainly be trying to capture your best side for that great photo.

Langdale Fell Race Photos

langdale horseshoe fell race

Langdale Fell Race Photos 2013.  Photos of langdale fell race. On Staurday 12 October 2013 the Langdale Fell Race took place.  I decided I would test a new camera lense out, it was all a bit last minute.  The Langedale Fell Race sets off from near the Old Dungeon Gyhll Inn in the LangDales and sets off in the direction of the New Dungeon Ghyll.  Just a quick plug for a friends bunkhouse which is located here, a great spot and close to two lovely pubs and more adventure than you can shake a stick at  The Langdale Fell race continues up the steep gully heading up towards stickle tarn. before heading in an anticlockwise direction taking in Pavey Ark, Pike of Stickle, Bow Fell, Crinkle Craggs and Pike of Blisco.

My plan of action was to climb to the summit of the Pike of Blisco (705m) before the first runners arrived.  The day was better weather than expected with pretty clear visibility on the tops except a bit of cloud cover on Bowfell.  I was hoping to get some shots of the runners of the Langadale Fell Race summiting the Pike of Blisco capturing the stunning backdrop of the Langdale Peaks.  From the summit of the pike you have a great view over towards Crinkle Craggs and it would be psooble to watch the runners descending to Red Tarn before the ascent.  The first of the runners were spotted right on schedule and excitement grew on the peak.  There were about ten people on the summit including marshalls all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first runners.

langdale fell race photos

I got my camera ready and started taking photos.  There were a couple of routes off the summit which could be taken but most took the obvious line.  I spent 20 inutes on the paek scampering around before descending off the hill capturing photos of the runners as they descended.  The art was guessing which line the runners would take, and there were many variations.  I was kept busy running from spot to spot.  The results of the days work can be seen on

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That’s got your attention!  Probably the best way to promote your event is to employ a photographer.  People love to see pictures of their friends, or for the more vain, themselves :-). A sports photographer will come along for a fee, snap away on their digital SLR and at the end of the day you have hundreds of photo’s of your event to do as you please.  If you choose to share these with your customers for free via the likes of facebook it becomes a very powerful marketing tool for your next event.  For every photo that gets tagged it is seen by that persons friends, the average facebook user now has 190 friends, thats means each person tagged is potentially seen by 190 potential racers (and thats without photo shares), add your logo to the event, encourage likes on your page and you have a great marketing tool.  That’s just the start, with other social sites like twitter, instagram etc. along with your blog and website and you soon get the idea of just how valuable a sports event photographer is.

To get the most out of your investment in a sports photographer you should get someone that not only knows photography but also knows about the sport and racing (that’s me!!!).  It’s no good employing a sports photographer that is out of breath looking at a hill never mind climbing one with heavy kit on his or her back, if all the action is taking place up on the hills. As a racer I know the likley best lines the racers will take, ensuring I am at the right spot with camera in hand rather than stood 500m away looking in the wrong direction.   I have plenty of experience in adventure racing/ fell running, mountain biking, ultra running and navigation events.

I will come along to take your event photography, taking high quality sports photographs of your event for a fixed fee (hourly rate + travel).  Post event I will use lightroom to enhance the photo’s  and add logos/ branding as required. I can offer advice on marketing and getting the most from the photographs. Introductory offer of only £130 for full day (£70 half day).

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Three Peaks Fell Race – New Route 2013

three peaks fell race 2013

Three Peaks Fell Race 2013

It looks pretty certain that the route of the 3 peaks fell race will have a small change this year, the path which leads over Whitber Hill has been much improved (previous boggy section) and extended to join the Pennine Way 500m further up the track. There will be no need to recce as the path is very obvious and signposted (it is now part of the official Yorkshire 3 peaks route) . The change will probably reduce the time taken by a couple of minuets as there is less climbing and the path is now very runable.

New 3 paeks route

New Track on 3 peaks fell race