Three Beefcakes spotted on Portobello Beach taking part in Photo Shoot by Ed

@ Portobello Beach

After a little bit of interest from the press earlier in the week, we had almost forgotten about it. Chris phoned me at lunchtime today, the Edinburgh News wanted to do a Photo Shoot today, somewhere relevant to where we run. Chris suggested Portobello Beach as we both regularly run there. No problem, so off I headed with Jack, Grandad & Grandma (for moral support and babysitting) to meet Chris and photographer at 2:30pm.

Despite the nice weather the last few days it was cloudy and reasonably cold by the time we were due to perform for the cameras. Wearing the dam sexy purple vests, Toby (photographer) wanted us to run along the beach towards him (he was lying down), next to each other. He wanted us to run crouching, leaning forward, close, almost racing. I am sure I heard him say snarling at one point? Now I don’t know if you have ever ran in sand, its quite hard, harder when we both were resting through injury and even harder when you have to do it ten times in a row :-)

He had clocked Jack from the offset and thought that we should do some shots with the wee man. For the cute lovers amongst you he said:

  • Hes a right bonny lad
  • He has a cracking smile
  • It would be a shame not to get him involved in the photos

So, enter Jack, the J Man, Big Boy Jack, JR, the Heed…

Wearing his highly appropriate Army camouflage trousers and camp rugby top, paired with silver trainers, he slotted right in to the photos :-)

Toby asked us to run some more but this time, holding Jack’s hand each. We did it different ways and probably about five or six times. Closer together, further apart, duck a bit, stand up more, lift Jack more, let him run, hold him in the air. All good fun but still hard work.

Jack was a star and it only took one time for me to explain to him what he needed to do and he did it absolutely fine (if only that was always the case). I told him that we were going to run over to Grandad (who was behind Toby) when Daddy said GO and that he had to run as fast as he could but hold onto Daddy's hand and Uncle Chris' hand. He did it every time, no problem. He had a ball and kept saying more.

Team talk, explaining to Jack AND Chris what to do, where to run and whose hand to hold :-)
Team talk, explaining to Jack AND Chris what to do, where to run and whose hand to hold :-)
Go!
Go!
Full speed ahead as Jack runs in mid-air!
Full speed ahead as Jack runs in mid-air!
Smiles all round as we do another take (you can just see the photographer in the bottom right)
Smiles all round as we do another take (you can just see the photographer in the bottom right)
Jack wins by a foot!
Jack wins by a foot!
A behind the scenes exclusive showing Toby (the colour blind) photographer positioned on the sand
A behind the scenes exclusive showing Toby (the colour blind) photographer positioned on the sand

To summarise, a fun photo shoot (hard work as well) as we ended up doing about 15 takes. Half of them without Jack, half with. Some rest day!

Toby checked he had our names spelt correctly and thinks that we might make it into the Edinburgh News sometime next week. The photographs don’t always make it into the online version but if we make it into the paper, we will definitely get a copy of the photo that made it.

As always, thank you to Mum & Dad for entertaining Jack, moral support and taking some photos.

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