Category Archives: Triathlon

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



Wasdale Triathlon Photos

Wasdale Triathlon Photos  – link to photographs . The Wasdale triathlon is being billed as the hardest half ironman in the world, and few would argue, the stage is in the Lake District National Park .  I feel privilaged to be the Official Photographer for the Wasdale Triathlon and hopefully Wasdale Triathlon Photos will do its justice.  From a photographers point of view it will also be a hard day out, trying to get the swimmers in action, chasing the lead riders to a good viewpoint and getting back to photo the runners on the Lake District hills (there’s no roads here, so some careful planning is needed to capture the Wasdale Triathlon Photos

Wasdale Tri - run stage

The Wasdale tri, start off’s off with  a 1.2 mile swim in the coldest lake in Britain (technically it’s not a lake!), even with a wetsuit and a couple of swim hats this is a cold swim, but it does say Wasdale triathlon is hard.  At least the bike must be easier – wrong, its a brutal ride over Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass, Hardknott Pass has a 33% gradient and is the steepest gradient road in England, Wrynose isnt far behind with 30% gradient.  The Wasdale tri, is brutal, and to prove it you head down the road around Neaum Cragg, back over Blea Tarn and do the Wrynose followed by Hardknott Passin the opposite direction.  I will surely get some good photos of the riders suffering! as they climb these passes.

Wasdale Tri - Bike stage

After the 56 mile bike leg the Wasdale triathlon goes on to the next stage – surely an easy jog around the lake shores of Wasdale – wrong. The Wasdale Triathlon organiser has a mean streak, he is sending the runners up high into the hills along the corridor route to climb Englands highest Mountain Scafell Pike. This is a hard fell run of 13.1 miles and after the swim and bike will be telling on the legs, the steep sided hills will surely bring on the dreaded cramp.  The run returns and the Wasdale Triathlon finishes at the North East end of Wast Water.

Buttermere Triathlon Photos 2013

On Saturday 14 Septemeber 2013 I took photos at the Buttermere Tri. Buttermere Triathlon photos 2013 links can be found at the bottom of this post. For me this was a first, I have not previously taken photos at a triathlon.  It turned out to be fantastic day, the weather was very kind, good for the race and good for the photos. Over 200 competitors turned up for the Buttermere Triathlon, the event centtre was at Buttermere, the race organise/director is Ian Mulvey from High Terrain Events.  I know Ian from old when we used to compete against each other at Adventure Races.

Buttermere Triathlon swim

There were a few faces I recognised, but mostly I had not come across these guys and girls before.  The lake was flat calm with swirls of mist around hugging the lower parts of the Mountains.The first leg of the tri was a swim was on Buttermere.  Two buoys had been inflated and the swimmeres set off in a clockwise direction heading diagnally across the lake.  There was an impressive amount of kayaks on the lake offering water safety coverage.  It was a mass start and an impressive sight to see 200 swimmersstarting off together,  two swimmers soon got an early lead and looked impressive, the water conditions were calm and kind to the athletes.  The homeward leg on the swim for these triathletes was cold, this is where the entry stream brings in the cooler water and by this time in the race the adrenaline is subsiding and the cold is felt much more.

Buttermere triathlon 2013 tri

Once out of the water there was a 200m run to the transition area, A quick change on to the bikes, the first 200m wason a farm track and care was needed not to punctureon the lead up to the road.  The first couple of miles is flattish running at the side of Buttermere before the first of the big climbs on he bike stage, Hoinistor Pass, this hill kicks up 25% in places.  I had run back to the van and drove to the top of Honistor after seeing the first swimmers finish and just got there in time to see the lead riders summiting the col (two days after the tri, the Tour of Britain is scheduled to ride this mountain pass).  The riders then descended in Borrowdale andtraveled down the side of Derwentwater and made their way to the foot of the next climb Whinlatter pass.  Again this a tough long climb particulalry on tired legs. After this follows a long descent into Lorton and back along the Buttermere valley.  I had positioned myself on the side of Crummock water with the idea that I could photograph both the riders from this area, allowing for the fast racing snakes  who were nearing the end of their race to be photographed alongside those still finishing the last two miles of the ride.

Buttermere triathlon run

The final event of the Buttermere Triathlon was the run which circumnavigated Crummock water.  The West side of the lake has a rough track which to many triathletes is quite alien.  The run route is flattish howver with less than 2 miles to the end there is a sting in the tail with the run Climbing Rannerdale Knotts, as hort steep climb with steps that triggers the cramp for the runners.

Enough of my ramblings, pictures of the race can be seen here,!/racingsnakes/photos_albums

with full resolution high quality pictures available for purchase, enjoy and leave a reply if you like…