Coney Island

Coney Island: ‘Nathan’s hotdogs’, ‘The Cyclone’ and ‘Freak shows’…what isn’t there to like?!

We went to visit Coney Island on the Eve of Hurricane Irene 2011; it was a little blowy and relatively quiet as we wandered along the seafront and through the maze of clunking machines.

Nevertheless it was still a treat for the eyes, so we invite you to roll up, roll up and enter our world, our Coney Island experience….

Got your happy face ready?

First thing first, you must buy your tickets for …

But it’s a busy place so make sure you take part in all activities…

but don’t get worn out…

Sometimes you just don’t want to leave…

But remember you can always come back.

Coney Island is an institute, a place beyond the realms of normality, a place of dreams, we’re just not sure whose dreams!

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye

Geoffrey Mutai wins NY Marthon!

Congratulations to Geoffrey Mutai who has just smashed the NY marathon record, racing past the finish with an unofficial time of 2:05:05!

Huge win for Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado who won her debut NY race in 02:23:15!

Good luck to all the runners competing in this great marathon!

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye

Berlin Marathon

The Berlin marathon is always watched intently by runners as the flat course leads to a record breaking race. This year was no different with all the attention on Haile Gebrselassie. Elite runners Hahnel, Farsoeht and Pakhoi weren’t to know that two of them would finish a race that Haile dropped out of.

Hahnel: 02:28:04 Farsoeht 02:21:04 Pakhoi: dropped out

Paula Radcliffe may have been nervous before she started making a quick stop in the portaloos but she proved that she is back on form finishing 3rd behind Florence Kiplagat and Irina Mikitenko.

As with all of these races it’s the thousands of amateurs racing to achieve personal bests and the thousands of locals lining the streets that create the true atmosphere. Here’s a few photos of competitors and street scenes that made the day such a fun one.

Oliveira, Antonio 02:28:44

Halfway point and ‘where the **** is the finish line?’ is already in the thoughts of many!

Steffen Zeyer seemed to benefit from the extra support running his fastest km at this half way point, finishing with a great time of 02:53:45.

Bands lined the streets…

The other half of Wonkyeye: Andy Greaves did me proud finishing in a personal best of 04:01:26

Impossible is nothing…

For some the hot weather couldn’t be quenched by a drink and they sought relief running through the spray of the Berlin city Fire Brigade trucks

As we left to go and enjoy a bratwurst and beer the thousands were still streaming through, battling against the pain to finish the last few kms.

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye

Berlin, Berlin!!

We just spent last weekend in Berlin: half of Wonkyeye running a marathon and the other half taking photos, good times!
I managed to catch Paula Radcliffe coming out of a ‘portaloo’ and on the flight home sat beside Kyle Shaw who told me how he has his sights set on a place in the 2012 Paralympic in London. In between all the meetings there were photos, lots of photos! So please check back in a few days when we get a chance to write a blog.
In the meantime why not have a look back at the “Emmanuel Mutai wins the London Marathon!” or “Great North Run” so see some of our other sporting events. You’ll see lots of familiar faces like, Berlin marathon winner Patrick Makua.

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Great North Run 2011

The great north run is truly a challenge, a hilly half marathon where you battle amongst 54,000 for your place on the road.

Not for the faint hearted this races allows the amateur to enjoy the crowds and the challenge, the enthusiastic to push themselves and the professionals battle to break records.

Kenyan stars Martin Mathathi and Lucy Kabuu raced through with phenomenal speed and style to come first in the men and women’s sections.

From the comfort of the hill fans watch Lucy Kabuu race far beyond the field to win in 01:07:06

Martin Mathathi sped home in 58 minutes 56 seconds

We had previously photographed Emmanuel Mutai as he won the London Marathon 2011 on a hot April day amongst the excitement of the streets of London so it was slightly strange to see him run the streets of newcastle on a bleary, wet day.

Mutai came third with a time of 00:59:52. He was beaten by fellow Kenyan Jonathon Maiyo

Maiyo came second with a time of 00:59:27

From 01:00:00 the rain started to pour and the athletes started to pour home:

Stacey Rogers was egged on by the mural on the house wall to come 17th in the womens category with a time of 01:21:09, while James Douglas pounded towards the finish line with a time of 01:08:20.

The important thing to remember is that aside from record breakers, fancy dresses and celebrity runners the majority of runners pounding the pavement were running to raise awareness and money for their chosen charities.

So as always if you think you have what it takes why not enter yourself for September 2012.

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye

NYC Skyline

Here’s some more of our favourite images taken recently in New York, in the closing hours before Hurricane Irene was due to hit the city.

NYC: Ground Zero

This past weekend marked the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. We felt it was time to share some more photographs from our recent visit to New York City; in particular these images from the Ground Zero site in Manhattan taken two weeks ago, including the construction of the new Freedom Tower.

We’ll be sharing more of our photos from our time in NYC very shortly.

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye


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