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Well, my wife and I ran the Bupa Great North Run 2014 on September 7th under sunny blue skies in Newcastle and completed the 13.1 mile course in 2:51:27 and 1:50:00 respectively. What a fabulous day it was.

The accommodation was great, organisation fantastic and the run itself hard work but very rewarding.

As I write this post, with the help and support of amazing family, friends and work colleagues we have currently raised £471.17 (excluding gift aid) for the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

Our original target was £500 so any donation, large or small that helps us squeak past our target will be greatly appreciated.

You can donate easily from your mobile phone simply by texting CONE99 £5 to 70070

Thank you!

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Introduction

I wasn’t planning on taking any photographs. The storm just rolled in but after just a couple of flashes of lightning I felt an overwhelming urge to capture it. I guess I’m just weird like that.

Below is the best of the photographs that I took. It has proven to be quite popular and has been posted on several popular web sites which has boosted the number of views it’s had on Flickr and perhaps how you found your way to this post?

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Lightning Over Maidstone, 8s @ f/13 ISO 100 18mm

Anyway, taking photos like this with a DSLR, at night, is pretty straightforward. I often receive comments like “great timing” which is nice, but when you read the tips below you’ll realise it’s not really great timing at all. I hate to burst people’s perception of my photography skills dagnabbit!

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My wife and I will be running in the Bupa Great North Run 2014 on September 7th and are raising money for the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

Any donation, large or small will be truly appreciated and every penny will help toward researching, managing and ultimately curing type 1 diabetes.

You can donate easily from your mobile phone simply by texting CONE99 £5 to 70070

Thank you!

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I crossed the finish line mumbling “never again, never again” with the last ounce of energy I could muster. I had just run the hardest 26.2 miles of my life.

Medal and II had trained hard for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon and hadn’t missed a single training session. A few weeks previously I had run my longest training run, 20.4 miles at 8:21/mi pace. I wanted to run the London Marathon at a rather optimistic 8:00/mi pace and figured with the crowds, adrenalin and flat-ish course that I might be able to improve on 8:21/mi over the distance; how wrong I was.

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