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Thursday, January 9, 2014
At the age of 84 Ken Bray continues to snap away for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies Athletics Club, but now is the time that he’s decided to take a back seat.
And although he’ll continue to take photographs as and when he desires, he will not be doing so on a permanent basis, in the hope that someone younger can take up the mantle.
“I have been doing less and less over the years but I haven’t stopped entirely,” said Bray.
“I won’t be doing it every single week from now on, if I want to go out to an event and take a few photographs, I will.
“I’d love to see someone else help the club out. One of the runners, Alex Wardle takes some when she isn’t competing, but it would be great if someone could take it up full time.”
Bray has been taking photos ever since the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games and, while being a keen runner, his interest in photography quickly escalated, and he’s never looked back.
“I did do a little bit of running when I was younger and that’s where it all started really, “ said Bray.
“I did take part in the first ever London Marathon when I was 50 and it was quite pleasing to do it under three hours, but my interest just grew into photography.”
His career in photography has seen him ‘snap’ some of the greatest athletes of all time, and included the famous moment when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.
Sebastian Coe also springs to mind for Bray, but a Woodford Green runner holds a special place in his memory.
“I have had some great moments photographing athletics all over the world,” he added. “To see Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile was special, but to see the photographs come out nice was extra special!
“I have some outstanding memories, I have photographed an awful lot of athletes over the years, but Matt Shone has always been a favourite.
“He’s a middle distance runner at the club and he’s always wearing his heart on his sleeve, and you can see that when he’s running and I have had some good ones of him over the years.”
Bray is happy to help out any volunteer who is interested in helping out, and can be contacted on 020 8504 9318 or on firstname.lastname@example.org.