I have analysed viewing statistics for 2013 for my site using Google Analytics and grouped the winners into a collection.
The winner is a photograph taken of Gavin Bland descending to Ben Crom dam in the Mourne Mountains in the British Mountain Running Championships. It was taken in mid-March when there was snow in the Mournes. In fact the course had to be altered for the race as parts of the original course were dangerous. Gavin won the race.
Photographs of Gavin dominate the top 20 with some from Ladies Day at Down Royal.
I watched Gavin descend this slope in awe as he skipped at speed from one foot-hold to another like a butterfly flitting between flowers in a garden. Watching a top mountain runner descend a mountain is something that you really have to see to appreciate the skill, dexterity, fitness, balance and nerve required. One mistake and he would have been sprawling amongst large rocks with serious consequences. He was amazing to watch, as foot-holds were difficult to find even when trying to walk down as I recall the difficulty I had getting down to the dam after the race.
I believe this photograph is a worthy winner - I could have lightened it a bit but I wanted to try and capture the day - it was dark and misty in the Mournes - the mist was just above me when I took this photograph. I like the action in the photograph and I was trying to show the speed and balance on display by a top mountain/fell runner.
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