Last year I was asked to photograph an event in aid of a local children’s charity. Lagan’s Foundation was set up by the inspiring Carren Bell. The charity helps young children with heart defects and feeding issues across the UK.
Since photographing for them last year I have been hooked on their cycle event like no other. So it was no surprise that I joined in this year as well. And I will be sure to come back to photograph for them again next year.
The event or should I rather say the challenge took cyclists across a distance of over 70km with 4165ft of incline running over the amazing backdrops of Bolton’s Rivington hills.
This year we were blessed with glorious sunshine and although it wasn’t the warmest of days there was no chance of feeling cold whilst chasing all the action of the day.
The gruelling race is not for faint hearted and not all make it to the finishing line…
Not your average cycle race
Apart from raising money for this worthy cause, the idea behind the race is to get the riders to feel the pain. The aim is for the cyclists to work hard for a few hours just like all of the heart kiddies, supported by the charity, do every day of their lives right into their adulthood!
For them, they do this ride constantly even when trying to eat their meals…… The time limit for the ride is 5 hours!
And I must admit that I was well out of breath chasing those lot by car as this event photographer!
With 91 riders registered / taking part, 67 made it to the finish.
With the current fastest time of 2 hours and 13 minutes by Gareth Balshaw from Team ASL in Bolton.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this unique event and I’m already looking forward to the next year’s challenge!
Please see the below selection of my favourite images from the day. For full gallery and to download the images free of charge please scroll to the bottom.
And if you’d like to show this great cause support or are interested in registering for the race in the future you can find more information on the foundation’s website: http://www.lagans.org.uk
To see all images from the race follow this link: 2017 Lagan’s Challenge to download for free use this pin: 4275.