Bonnie van Wilgenburg sets new course record for the Women and becomes the first women to record a top ten finish as a number of records fell at the 2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon.
Bonnie shows the descending running form that helped her break the Celtman course record for Women. Throughout the race her focussed determination had been evident but clearly the team has a sense of humour with her support runner choosing highland attire for the final run section.
Click on the image to go to the Celtman Image library by Alligin Photography where details of the other records to fall on Saturday can also be found.
A small tribute from Alligin Photography to the Royal Navy Rugby Union. As so often is the case, it is the Reds that first catch the eye, but gradually as you look over time it is the Blues in this image of a dawn from my home in Skye that take the ascendancy, gradually controlling the attention as surely as the tide coming in. A long day yesterday working with a great group of photographers. Hopefully managed to keep the outputs professional for both sides but naturally pleased to see my former Service take the honours of the Inter Service Title.
A selection of action images from the photography team at yesterday’s Army Navy Match can be found by clicking here.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning;”
The line from Binyon’s 1914 poem must be one of the most remembered and repeated line of verse. He wrote his poem whilst on the North Cornish coast, near Polzeath, looking out to sea. Though written for the fallen servicemen and women serving across the channel in the first World War it serves now a far wider remit. My professional work takes in both rugby and photography. Having spent the whole day reviewing action from the second round of the 2015/16 European Champions and Challenge cups, the tricolour arm bands worn in memory of the Paris victims were particularly poignant. With rugby sharing many of the same values as Service life it brought forward another line from the same poem:
“They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;”
But perhaps in these troubled times, with the particular horrors of modern conflict, the most apt line is the one that follows and is applicable to anyone, from which ever corner of the world they originate who has to endure the news that a dear one will not be returning home that night:
“They sit no more at familiar tables of home;”
Two views of Eigg from my office on the Isle of Skye. A tranquil scene in what is at times a very troubled world.
L208 – Eda Frandsen – 1938 traditional gaff rigged lobster boat originally built in Denmark – enjoying a fair breeze in the early evening sunshine.
At 12:00BST today the multihulls, the greyhounds of modern day sailing, crossed the line for the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Last night the slightly slower Eda Frandsen rounded Ard Thurnish having left Mallaig for a week exploring the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides. The Eda Frandsen no doubts shares more in common with the yachts that must have competed in the first Fastnet race of 1925 but even then she is clearly no whippet of the seas. Instead her natural stability make her an ideal vessel for her new life of providing traditional sailing holidays without a winch in site. The reward for working over 2000 foot of sail by block and tackle? A healthy appetite satisfied by some the best and freshest shell fish you can find. Now that is something that the freeze dried ration fed sailors of the Fastnet would be envious of.