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The 26.2-mile marathon took place on Sunday 6 August 2017, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge in central London. It was set against the capital’s historical and picturesque backdrops.
Timeline’s Sony HDC-4300 2/3 inch UHD HD 4K cameras with Fujinon UHD lenses captured the action from the start and finish area. Timeline also supplied four remote outside broadcast trucks to feed more cameras back to the main OB at the start. Meanwhile, three wireless motorcycle-mounted cameras, a lead car camera and a helicopter captured the action on the move. Timeline relayed the links from the bikes and the car via a fixed wing aircraft, circling overhead at 25,000 feet.
All the RF facilities were monitored and controlled from Timeline’s 4K satellite and production truck, RF1. The truck provides a dual 2.4m dish facility capable of delivering multiple UHD and HD uplinks.
Timeline’s IP 4K HDR outside broadcast truck, UHD2, was on site to provide the live host broadcast coverage of the Marathon and Race Walks. This triple expanding OB facility provides ample space and an ideal production environment for such a major prestige event.
On Sunday 13 August 2017 the unique ‘Festival of Race Walks’ was staged on The Mall, St James’s Park. The 20km races had athletes perform 10 laps of the course, whilst the 50km race consisted of 25 laps of the circuit.
The IAAF World Championships Marathon and Race Walks were shown live on BBC One, Two, Red Button and the BBC website and app.