2016 British Indoor Athletics Championship - English Institute of Sport

March 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hello sports fans,

I have had a couple of weeks off but keeping my eye in as I was photographing the 2016 British Indoor Athletics Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for Action Plus Sports Images. The Championships held over two days attracted many of the top British athletes in their build up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games this summer.

I arrived early on Saturday to collect my accreditation and photographers bib and set up a base in the media room. The room was spacious and plenty of opportunity to pick up a drink and food during the two days of competition. After meeting the Event Photography Manager, all us 'togs' were given the guided tour of the EIS track and field facility to learn more about where we could go and more importantly to them where we could not go. Due to the tight space, it was important that we did not impede or hinder any athlete or official during the competition. There was approximately half of the track side space available to us. At the end of the 60m sprint the facility had ensured that there was a number of eye level viewpoints for photographers to capture head-on shots as the sprinters raced towards the finish line. 

The EIS is a a 200m banked track for sprints and endurance events (200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m and walk). Inside the main track there is a selection of 60m sprint straight track (sprint and hurdles) and field events (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault and Shot Put). With the track and being elevated and the spectator seating being low, it was necessary for us photographers to sit on the floor to ensure we did not obstruct any views. This was after a while hard on the knees and back but you persevere. The track infield required approval to enter and a different bib. There was a limited number of bibs available so as not to have too many photographers crowding the events. You put forward your selection of events you wanted to cover from the infield viewpoint and sometimes you got lucky and was allowed to enter under supervision. This was especially great for head on shots of the long and triple jumps.

During the weekend, there was a constant requirement to capture the action and then regularly download, edit, caption and upload the images to the agency for wide circulation to the various news picture editors. On Saturday the Championships mainly focussed on heats and semi's and some finals. On sunday, the majority of the events were finals. It was great to capture these athletes performing as they improve and achieve Olympic qualification.

You can view a selection of my images on the Action Plus Sports Images website - Day One, Day Two.

Regards

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