The plan for yesterday had been to spend the day at Cape Point, South Africa with a group of Instagramers; the most south-western tip of the continent and described as the meeting place of two oceans. It sounded like an exciting day was in store, especially as some secret locations were being offered, I was really looking forward to the chance to take some great images.
However, even the best laid plans fall apart sometimes, and on this occasion, the gods of fate decided my destiny was not to make the meeting point. The reasons why I didn’t end up on a coach heading for Cape Point are irrelevant now, but one unexpected reason also became a blessing.
Arriving at Century City where I was due to meet the rest of the group in 20 minutes, we stumbled upon a fun run which was being held around in the area. The taxi driver decided it would be quicker for me to walk, so jumping out, I headed in the general direction of the meeting point. I also grabbed the opportunity to take a few pictures of the runners on my way.
After searching the large shopping mall area for a group of people clutching iPhones, Samsung’s and other smartphones, and failing miserably. it became clear I had missed the chance, as well as the transport.
It seemed wise however, to make the most of a bad situation and capture some more images of the runners. The great thing about races organised in a hot climate is they are arranged early in the morning, before the heat really gets turned up. The sun was still rising in the sky for this race, and provided some lovely lighting, especially on long stretch of road, lined with palm trees, and the Century City arch.
The race is the ’10km Express’, as the fast, flat course is good for setting personal bests. There is also a 2.5km family fun run, and most of my images were probably of these.
It seemed a popular event, taking place in Cape Town certainly helps, with the iconic Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop.
The event was totally unexpected, and capturing a little of the drama of a fun run almost made up for missing the main event. The agony, and ecstasy is easy to see on many of the runners faces, and although there weren’t many spectators to cheer them on, the officials did their best to encourage, each runner.
The result was these images, and although it wasn’t Cape Point, I was grateful that we stumbled into the fun run, and given a chance to share a little of these runners sporting achievements.
It just goes to show, there’s usually a silver lining to every failed plan.