A Solstice Saunter On The Longest Day

Nights are drawing in! Well, not really, but the longest day was on Monday - the sun set as late as it's going to this year, here in West Yorkshire. To celebrate, commemorate or commiserate, our local hospital's running club, the Airedale Dodgers, organised a five mile run in the grounds of Bolton Abbey. This was in aid of Manorlands, the Sue Ryder hospice close to where ickledot lives in Sunny Oxenhope. And ickledot was there to photograph the event.

It was a beautiful evening, warm but not hot or muggy. Very pleasant, until the midges came out to bite later on. The start and finish points were quite close to each other so ickledot was able to get in prime positions for both. There was also plenty of time to get a few shots of registration and warming up ahead of the start.

The Start

Despite the fact that the England football team was playing in the European Championships the evening was a sell out. Seventy five percent of the entry was female, we were told, although whether that had anything to do with the footy was unclear.

Robin Outtersides - First Home

Robin Outtersides - First Home

It being a relatively short race, organisers had to move across to the finish point quickly to be ready for the fastest runners. As you'll see from the finishing pictures, ickledot was shooting straight into the setting sun as runners crossed the line. Slight panic to begin with but I think the results were quite pleasing and dramatic, with many finishers being backlit, their hair and shoulders glowing.

Bethan Knights - A Close Second

With the whole event being in aid of Sue Ryder, ickledot's not directing you to the ickledot shop this time. If you entered the race and would like to download an image from the gallery here, please consider donating to Sue Ryder.

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