This is the personal blog of London photographer, backpacker, traveller Mark Coughlan. The intention of the blog is communicate updates from my personal website and on my photography projects and travels both in the UK and worldwide. When backpacking the obscure places on earth, this blog will be continually updated with images and thoughts from the road. [Read more about me]

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Sussex Beacon (Brighton) Half Marathon

Those that have been following my progress on Twitter will be well aware of my impending participation in the London Marathon this coming April. My ability to sprint is in no doubt following a turbulent 'yoof', running from the Rozzers in the ghetto's of West London.

The training has been going better then expected, today was the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon in Brighton and a chance to assess how the preparation is really going.
I have a bit of a habit of storming off at the start of races so today I got eye strain looking at my Garmin to ensure I religiously stick to 5 minute kilometres for the entire race.

I finish bang on my target of 1 hour, 45 minutes and pretty much a constant pace throughout, though the nasty hills at mile 8 and 11 made the final couple of miles a bit of an effort. Total distance was 21.38kms.

Two photo's I was unaware were taken and probably sums up my post race thoughts immediately after crossing the line....

Monday, 16 February 2009

Rageh Omaar in Iran

Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard - ordinary Iranians.

It took a year of wrangling to get permission to film inside Iran but the result is an amazing portrayal of an energetic and vibrant country that is completely different to the usual images seen in the media.

Featured on BBC3, below is the full documentary split into 10 minute segments for easy viewing.

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 1/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 2/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 3/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 4/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 5/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 6/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 7/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 8/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 9/10

Rageh Omaar, Inside Iran - Part 10/10

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