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Battling the "Johnna"

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Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 5 October 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The John Reid Road is a tough uphill challenge for the athletes, it gradually and steadily rises for three miles until they get a tough downhill fall on to the Coast Road. This is where the tough get going!

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

This is part of a very long series of pictures telling the story of the 2011 Great North Run as it ended in South Shields on Sunday 18th. September. The 13.1 mile half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting elite world class athletes and thousands of fun runners raising cash for their favourite charities. I've tried to create the whole series in a "Polaroid style" using black and white and cross processed colours, I hope you all can stick with it and not fall victim to boredom. I apologise if this series ends up being too long, I shot about 400 frames that day and it was a hell of a job to pull about thirty of my favourites out of the crowd.

Oh, finally, can I thank you all for your kind thoughts and good wishes yesterday, I'm humbled. After a day at work, my family and I enjoyed a delicious meal and a few celebratory drinks at one of South Shields famous curry houses, the prawn massala was delicious, explains why I couldn't spend any time on AM3.

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Chris Pereira from San Francisco, California, United States

great b/w love the blur

5 Oct 2011 5:21am

San G. from Encino, California, United States

I love the movement ... both in the subject and the background. It brings me to the moment.

5 Oct 2011 5:44am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

the "speed" of your photo is beautiful and still congratulations!

5 Oct 2011 5:58am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Your sports series of runners is really well done!

5 Oct 2011 6:49am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful capture with great tones and fabulous depiction of motion!

5 Oct 2011 6:52am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

well done

5 Oct 2011 7:08am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice capture Curly.

5 Oct 2011 7:21am

Florence from Paris, France

Don't walk if you can run. Nice again !

5 Oct 2011 9:15am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful sense of movement here been a really interesting series.

5 Oct 2011 9:46am

Mully from carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

A nice sense of motion Curly..well done.

5 Oct 2011 10:34am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot.. nice movement in the image.

5 Oct 2011 10:35am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot and sense of challenge - it's him vs. the hill!

5 Oct 2011 10:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Fine capture.

5 Oct 2011 11:17am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A great sense of determination on his face Curly! The blur gives him a sense of speed! Nicely captured! ;-)

5 Oct 2011 11:30am

klausz from Kufstein, Austria

movement in each detail! great processing and presentation!

5 Oct 2011 11:30am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Nice shot, I can feel the pace of the runner with how you have captured the motion

5 Oct 2011 11:37am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Looking good all this series has been excellent.

5 Oct 2011 12:05pm


One can feel how much he suffers - great !

5 Oct 2011 12:28pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent motion here. I can smell the sweat :)

5 Oct 2011 12:34pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

spectacular shot!

5 Oct 2011 12:42pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Terrific capture of action.

5 Oct 2011 1:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like the motion of his feet, and the pan blur in the background. Well done, Curly.

5 Oct 2011 1:25pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good afternoon Curly,
A fantastic close-up and well-chosen color. The movement of the legs is expressed excellently. 5 stars *****
Have a nice time and all the best. Dear greetings Christel

5 Oct 2011 1:41pm

Nilla´s photo shoots from Östergötland, Sweden

It's nice when you can see movements in the photo. 1/50sec?

5 Oct 2011 1:46pm

Landy from Miami, United States

good work released a greeting

5 Oct 2011 1:49pm

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Perfect panning & timing!

5 Oct 2011 1:56pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The feeling of effort and strain is so apparent in the shot. Again-really good, artistic, photojournalism

5 Oct 2011 2:19pm

STEED from D, France

"Chariots of fire"2...........

5 Oct 2011 2:39pm

Jim from Fort Worth, United States

The runner's movement and concentration are well documented in this image. Like STEED's comment I too was thinking Chariots of Fire when I first saw this except the beach is replaced with the road.

5 Oct 2011 3:03pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great motion blur capturing the essence of the run!

5 Oct 2011 4:39pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

gute Bewegungsunschärfe.

5 Oct 2011 4:41pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Everybody run. Nice move capture.

5 Oct 2011 5:16pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Big chap for a marathon runner, will we see pictures of the birthday tea?

5 Oct 2011 5:17pm

@The Mouse: No! I had to break my diet for one night, so you wouldn't want to see my beer belly, at least not until it looks as normal as others! Actually I didn't bother taking a camera.

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Those that can do, those that are 55 take pictures.

5 Oct 2011 5:23pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Very good sensation of speed..

5 Oct 2011 6:16pm

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

Great tones and clean pan.

5 Oct 2011 7:48pm

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

I love this series! Very creative and refreshing Curly. I thought I came to "wrong" blog first. Nice style and treatment!

5 Oct 2011 8:16pm

franz from Baden, Austria

he sure looks like one of the tough ones ... 3 miles uphill without respite ... that's tough indeed!

5 Oct 2011 8:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent capture of this sturdy runner. I ran a couple of marathons and a few half marathons back in the day and they can be brutal.

5 Oct 2011 9:02pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

I like how you composed this series..especially the motion shot. Beautiful B&W treatment. Thumbs up. Hows your birthday? =))

5 Oct 2011 10:45pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

this one is definitely going : )

5 Oct 2011 11:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful capture. i like the mono and the single runner

5 Oct 2011 11:38pm

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Excellent capture of this runner, Curly! Great action! I can't even imagine running uphill for 3 miles! So happy you had a wonderful birthday dinner! Prawn Masala! Yummm - don't have any of that here in the desert!

6 Oct 2011 1:43am

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Superb !

6 Oct 2011 5:13am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Was the curry house an Asian place? Looks like he's running to get some too. kidding.
Wonderful shot that expresses so much strength and commitment. Wonderful tones n I love your style of presentation. Great picture again!

6 Oct 2011 8:23am

@Nitin: Yes it was a Bangladeshi Tandoori restaurant, very delicious food!

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Nice pan--showing the movement.

7 Oct 2011 10:51am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very nice action/movement capture...

9 Oct 2011 2:54pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great panning!

12 Oct 2011 10:24am