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Rex Recruits Real Runners For R.Wedding Coverage – Beats 3G!

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Trent Park running club after racing back to Rex’s Clerkenwell base. Photo by Scott Aiken
This in from UK based photo agency Rex Features:
Rex adopts a not-quite-so-novel approach to gathering its coverage of the Royal Wedding day.
Faced with the enormous financial outlay of either leased lines or installing a wireless network to get images back from our twelve positions, and considering everyone’s dire warnings that the 3G network would not hold up to the thousands of people uploading their camera phone snaps to Facebook and Twitter, we formulated a plan….
We contacted Trent Park running club to provide messengers !
Dressed in hi-vis vests and carrying walkie talkies they made contact with our photographers in all locations along the route – collecting the first picture of ‘The Kiss’ just moments after it was shot. As other photographers struggled to squeeze out more than a few fames over the 3G network, they raced home to Rex where our team of editors made swift work and provided one of the first agency websites with comprehensive coverage of the big day