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Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 2 October 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Just 19 minutes away from a record breaking victory for No. 1 Martin Mathathi.

Mathathi followed in the footsteps of 12 of his previous countrymen when winning the men's race ahead of team mates Jonathan Maiyo and Emmanuel Mutai the first podium clean sweep of the medals from the east African nation for a decade.

The 25-year-old who is based in Japan sliced nine seconds from the previous course record belonging to Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese with his fantastic time of 58 minutes 56 seconds.

Behind him Jonathan Maiyo better known as a pacemaker in major global marathons took second with a time of 59:27 while pre-race favourite Emmanuel Mutai had to settle for third in 59:52, albeit that was a personal best for this year's Virgin London Marathon winner.

The race started slowly before Maiyo edged his nose into the lead just after five miles with a change of pace which was good enough to draw himself and Mattathi clear of a small pack which was led by Mutai.

However Mattathi despite a small 10 yard gap opening always looked the more comfortable of the two and between seven and eight miles which he passed in 35:57 went into the lead before proceeding to go even faster.

The 2007 World 10,000 bronze medallist and fifth in last month's race in Daegu, having been told he could break the course record made that a possibility when passing 10m in 44:41 just seven seconds slower than Tadese achieved in 2005 and then at 12 miles was 10 seconds ahead of current World record holder's split at that point.

Then he again switched gear to write himself into the record books when he swiftly ran the remaining 1.1 miles towards the finish with a performance he hadn't expected.

"I expected to run 60/59 (minutes), " said Mathathi a former World junior record holder at 10 miles and who has been based in Shizuka, Japan, for the last eight years where he is sponsored by the local motor company.

"But my manager (Ricky Simms who was travelling in the nearby media vehicle) told me that if I kept going at the pace I was I was going to run 58 minutes," he said.

"I had a done a lot of speed work before I came here, but I didn't know what the course was like. However the further I ran the more I began to like it," added Mathathi who plans contesting the 10,000 at next year's London Olympics before stepping up to the full marathon distance.

Event: Great North Run
Where: South Shields
When: 18th. September 2011

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2 Oct 2011 5:13am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Lots of runners from Africa end up in Japan, where sponsors pay their way to run in events. Many stay and become well established in Japan.

2 Oct 2011 6:50am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You should get a job as a sports commentator!

2 Oct 2011 7:12am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Excellent shot and great reporting, Curly!

2 Oct 2011 7:26am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

We feel Kenya runners familiar.

2 Oct 2011 7:39am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A wonderful B&W

2 Oct 2011 7:45am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

a perfect b&w sports documentation.
absolutely stunning shot and great information.

2 Oct 2011 7:59am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Love the framing, a feeling of the lone runner. interesting information too

2 Oct 2011 9:08am

Florence from Paris, France

How brave they are to run, while it seems to rain and temperature cold...great sport reporting shot.

2 Oct 2011 9:32am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

oh ! very nice competition !
and great athletes !

2 Oct 2011 9:55am


That sort of photos I like; interesting information added.

2 Oct 2011 10:22am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful and effortless running action from the Kenyan champ!

2 Oct 2011 11:34am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

wow .... I so admire people who take part in marathons - amazing dedication and determination!

2 Oct 2011 12:07pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The legs moving in the cycling and athletics ... Exclente to take the picture when Curly!
Thank you very much for your text ... very interesting... A hug, Adela

2 Oct 2011 12:34pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent action shot... I like the polaroid presentation too, it ads something special. HAve a lovely sunday :)

2 Oct 2011 1:40pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What a fabulous shot! I have always admired these folks who can push their bodies to such extreme measures. Their dedication to the sport is incredible, and this image really shows that!

2 Oct 2011 2:17pm

Landy from Miami, United States

good processing greetings in this image

2 Oct 2011 2:24pm

Dokmateo from Manila, Philippines

A very nice reporter's shot...well documented. I like the framing. Nice tones.

2 Oct 2011 3:15pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Excellent capture, Curly - and wonderful narrative! I really honor these athletes who fine tune and train their bodies to achieve such excellence!

2 Oct 2011 3:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot and description of the race. Wonderful processing!

2 Oct 2011 3:37pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Good sense of motion.

2 Oct 2011 3:48pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

So much energy here, I love it !

2 Oct 2011 4:07pm

Deisu from Valencia, Spain

Me gusta mucho por la presencia de movimiento en la foto, además la idea es muy buena, buen trabajo ;)

2 Oct 2011 4:10pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

is he being paced there?

(I can't understand how you can struggle so much at home, and since the investment in defenders who are a step up on what you had before. Is the party lifestyle the issue?)

2 Oct 2011 4:42pm

@Ted: Hang on a minute.........it says something when they have to go down to The Tall Trees in Yarm to find a party atmosphere! The issue is a manager who cannot play personnel in the positions best suited for them, nor can he rebuff the approaches of richer clubs for decent strikers greeding after more cash! Beats me why anyone might think a move to the UAE will be career enhancing. Oh yeah, we was being paced.

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice shot, and blog on the runners.

2 Oct 2011 4:56pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice capture, I like the monochrome.

2 Oct 2011 5:24pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

the three things you'd change then if you could...?

2 Oct 2011 5:34pm

@Ted: The left back, Richardson should ALWAYS be played in behind a striker, O'Shea is a shoe in at left back. The manager, he is questionable at Premiership level, I'd like to see Davey Jones up here, and finally bring the players to South Shields (the Academy of Light is already within the borough) and let them see a real party atmosphere!

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très belle prise

Bonne soirée

2 Oct 2011 6:53pm

TheoF from Emden, Germany

excellent in b&w, good tracking of movement

2 Oct 2011 7:20pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

very nice

2 Oct 2011 7:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fine capture

2 Oct 2011 7:51pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Well done for capturing. He is a great runner - sign him up. You need all the help in midfield!

2 Oct 2011 8:08pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful B&W sports shot Curly! He definitely looks like a gazelle! ;-)

2 Oct 2011 8:35pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Gotta love the energy in this one. Nice work Curly!

2 Oct 2011 10:34pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

You're there with the action, good shot in polaroid format.

2 Oct 2011 11:01pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

history in the making, nice timing...

3 Oct 2011 12:09am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

You did a wonderful job panning these shots for just the right amount of motion.

3 Oct 2011 12:58am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely action shot.

3 Oct 2011 6:16am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This catches so well the sense of isolation of the runner . . a man, really, competing against himself.

3 Oct 2011 6:35am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot..

3 Oct 2011 8:04am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Excellent capture!

3 Oct 2011 11:39am

klausz from Kufstein, Austria

this joung guy is pretty good! no doubt! so you had to bike hard to hold his speed!

3 Oct 2011 12:13pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nicely captured

4 Oct 2011 6:12pm