This is my cut after hearing the music one evening at the end of an episode of “A Person of Interest” on Netflix. It’s a great track.
Faces of The Race
Its more than just the runners…
Mad In Marrakech
The Trans Atlas Marathon has been a truly beautiful experience from every perspective. The mix of the best Moroccan runners, some European runners, small Atlas villages, local people working the race and fantastic “tough race” conditions has culminated in a brilliant last stage. It set out from the village of Siti Fatma deep in the valley and took the following brutal profile.
The lead mens runner Ali Naciri by this stage was always going to win barring a major accident and he rolled home in Imlil in 32h57 for the 280km to cheers as he came down the street packed with residence cheering on their local heroes. He was followed closely by Samir Akhdar a regular at the MDS.
Winning lady was the incredible Aziza Raji, in 39h52. Aziza is a marathon runner of 2h 50 and the hills just never seemed to affect her. What a great competitor and role model for other Moroccan women. Another female competitor, Aicha Mrabet-Bensalah who ran her first race ever also completed. Half Moroccan half swiss, she came in at the end of the day to massive cheers and admiration for a truly brave and well run race.
The final stage of the event is a stand alone Marathon stage as well as being part of the Ultra. This allows other locals to enter without the fear of a huge first race or simply just to run a marathon. This years race was won by 2014 Marathon des Sables winner Rachid El Mourabity in 4h 46.
To summarise, as a new race I can only say good things about the Trans Atlas Marathon. I think it will grow fast but it will also be restricted in terms of numbers to keep the atmosphere that makes it so special. Sign up now if you are tempted. www.transatlasmarathon.com
Mens Results: 1st – Ali Naciri (Maroc) 32h57, 2nd – Samir Akhdar (Maroc) 34h40, 3rd – Smayri Rachid (Maroc)
Womens Results: 1st – Aziza Raji (Maroc) 39h52, 2nd – Magdalena Martini (Ger) 48h32, 3rd – AichaM’rabet-Bens (Maroc) 61h54
42K Results: 1st – Rachid Mourabity 4h46, 2nd – Abderahim Goumissa 5h02, 3rd – Abdeallah Ait Tazert 5h14
Team Winner UVU.
Here is a portfolio of the final stage to browse through.
Other stage profiles
As you can see, some pretty awesome days! Enter now.
Last night I arrived in Morocco for the first time in just over a year. The last time was to shoot for the Marathon Des Sables but I am here this year for a new race, The Trans Atlas Marathon. Travelling and filming with Chris O’Conner of CojoFilms, We were greeted by Mohamad Ahansal. The last time I saw him was winning the 2013 MDS. Since then he and his brother Lahcen have set up their own race and, wow! What a course this seems to be…. Read the rest of this entry »
Our first episode of Streets of Cairo is out on EpicTV. Great working with the guys in Cairo as well as those at Epic. Some interesting projects coming up too.. Here is the link
Each year I provide media for a few races or events around the world. Some of them long and arduous some short and powerful and as the sporting leisure world, or more accurately the business of leisure pursuits, grows I find my self hearing the word athlete along with elite and high performance, being banded around so freely that I was beginning to feel I didn’t understand the definition anymore.. So! On my run today as it was buzzing around in my head I thought I would look it up when I got home and write my thoughts on what an athlete is….
I started to make my images free for download today. For the majority of people it has been so well received on Facebook which didn’t surprise me. Why wouldn’t free images be well received? They are available free only at lo res and for web blog use or general personal use on phones or websites. Everything else like prints, press images or commercial still has to be paid for.
I suppose the way I see it is that I have been paid for most of the work I have done at events, I need promotion and marketing all the time which I could pay for in terms of time or employing a specialist or I could pay by giving away some work. Which ever way I choose its costs me. Time or images. In my business it makes far more sense to pay in images so I get more out there and people who can’t afford to pay get their websites off the ground. Those who could pay but don’t never will anyway so its a kind of win win, really. Lets face it, Im not giving away 2 metre prints framed for the office wall and if you want this you can still buy it. I am not giving away images that will make a double page spread or cover of a magazine. Im just allowing people to promote me via my own work.
So with this in mind, have a shufti through my photoshelter site and if you find anything that appeals for your phone, desktop or latest blog, go ahead and download with the watermark.
I hope this helps at least a few people who would otherwise not get access to this sort of imagery and hopefully one day you might ask me to come and shoot your next big project.