Runner films long-distance video

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It might have been titled The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – except that athlete Charley Wilcock was surrounded by hundreds of other competitors as she recorded a step-by-step film of a Portsmouth race.

The 26-year-old strapped a camera to her body which took a picture every two seconds as she ran in the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon. Charley got the idea after seeing rapid-frame movies taken by extreme sports competitors.

Charley Wilcock after completing the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon and, inset, her dog DD

Charley Wilcock after completing the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon and, inset, her dog DD

She said: ‘I borrowed the camera from Southampton Solent University, where I work, and tested it by recording my journey as I took my dog for a walk.

‘I have had a lot of reaction to the marathon video, not least because there are bits in which you see other runners apparently floating past on one leg!’

Charley, who is 26 and lives in Hedge End, says her next project could be to strap a camera to her Jack Russell, DD.

‘She’s deaf and I ran in the marathon to raise awareness for the Deaf Dog Network’ said Charley. ‘It would be good to strap a camera to her and let people see a muted film showing the world through the eyes of a deaf dog.’

DD

DD

Charley’s film lasts for just over five minutes. She finished the half marathon in ‘a very modest’ 2 hours 21 minutes.

For information about the Deaf Dog Network visit its website here