Harlem, New York's toughest residents became P DIDDY's unofficial security guards when the rap mogul lost his minders during Sunday's (02NOV03) NEW YORK MARATHON.

Police had provided Diddy with a group of distance runners, who were there to protect him in the event of a threat on his life. But they lost the rapper when they went to fetch him some water.

Diddy says, "They lost me in the crowd and so, from 15 miles on, I was just by myself.

"I was running through my neighbourhood of Harlem and there was like 100,000 people there jumping over the barricades, and a crew of cats in the street started becoming my security team - helping me to get through the crowds. It was a lot of love."

06/11/2003 01:30