The Hairy Helmet Relay

June 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Hairy Helmet Relay is a charity run held in Darley Park, Derby every year.  Sponsored by Real Ale Derby, it consists of teams of four, each member running a 2.3 mile courses around the park before handing on the baton to the next team member.  I'd never heard of it before, but having been told about it, and with a couple of hours to kill on that side of tow while my son was at band practice, I thought I'd take a look.

Of course, as soon as I got there, the heavens opened, which is not the best thing for any camera.  I found a good spot though, under some very thick trees, where I could photograph runners as they rounded the last corner, just before the finishing line came into sight.  It was a great place actually, because they had run far enough for their faces to be showing it by then!  I was also standing next to an incredibly encouraging steward who really cheered each runner on for that last push.

It was a great event, with runners of all (or no) abilities - from teams of runners in fancy dress, to teenagers (they made it look completely effortless!) to the running club runners, who took it all quite seriously. I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to next year.

 


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