Alastair Aitken reports on .......
|JIM McNAMARA an IRISH LEGEND (May 2013)|
|Mike Gratton Looks Back (April 2013)|
|Aldershot Champions Again (April 2013)|
|NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK WOMEN'S RACE (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK 5 WITH MARTIN & HICKEY (April 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Three (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Two (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part One (March 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Three (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Two (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part One (February 2013)|
|MIDDLESEX CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (January 2013)|
|HARRY TEMPAN RETIRES AT 87 (December 2012)|
|Running Still - 133 years of Highgate Harriers (August 2012)|
|FRANK SANDO (14/3/31 - 13/10/12)|
|GREG RICHARDS (October 2012)|
|THE MIDDLESEX & OPEN 10K (September 2012)|
|NINA ANDERSON (September 2012)|
|MO FARAH - HIS BREAKTHROUGH YEARS (August 2012)|
|WILLIAM SHARMAN (August 2012)|
|DWAIN CHAMBERS (August 2012)|
|JOB KINYOR from Kenya (JULY 2012)|
|CHRIS TOMLINSON (July 2012)|
|ARIES MERRITT (July 2012)|
|TYSON GAY in London (July 2012)|
|CHRISTIAN TAYLOR TRIPLE JUMP WORLD CHAMPION 2011 (JULY 2012)|
|DON TAYLOR (1936 TO 2012)|
|THE MAN WHO CHANGED 10,000m RUNNING HISTORY (JULY 2012)|
|THE LAST TWO BRITISH OLYMPIC WALK MEDALLISTS (July 2012)|
|JIM RYUN with MARTY LIQUORI and JOHN WHETTON (JUNE 2012)|
|TWO OF THE GREATEST OLYMPIC THROWERS - JANIS LUSIS and AL OERTER (JUNE 2012)|
|BASIL HEATLEY THE GREAT ROAD/CC/TRACK RUNNER (MAY 2012)|
|RON RODDAN COACH TO A 1992 OLYMPIC CHAMPION (MAY 2012)|
|BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI STEEPLECHASER '1960's to 81' (MAY 2012)|
|GASTON ROELANTS 'THE STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1960'S' (APRIL 2012)|
|JOHN DISLEY THE UK'S OUSTANDING STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1950'S|
|MEN'S NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2012)|
|Women's National 6 Stage Road Relay (April 2012)|
|THE 46th VICTORIA PARK '5' (April 2012)|
|SIX OUTSTANDING OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS- 800m to 10000m (APRIL 2012)|
|EIGHT AFRICAN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (March 2012)|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 3|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 2|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 1|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 2|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 1|
|THE LATE BMC COACH FRANK HORWILL (FEBRUARY 2012)|
|SEAA Cross Country Championships - Juniors (January 2012)|
|SEAA Women's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|SEAA Senior Men's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|Six Olympic 110 Hurdles Champions Talking (January 2012)|
|CHRIS FINILL'S RUN ACROSS AMERICA IN 2011 (January 2012)|
|'HUSTLING HERB' ONE OF THE FIRST JAMAICAN OLYMPIANS (January 2012)|
|SEAA Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships 10/12/11|
|Dick Taylor and Allan Rushmer (60's,70's & 80's)|
|Lynn Davies (Looking back in November 2011)|
|Scott Overall (October 2011)|
|Keith Gerrard (October 2011)|
|National Six Stage Relays (October 2011)|
|National Four Stage Women's Road Relay (October 2011)|
|David Hemery (1968 & 75, Updated October 2011)|
|Tony Simmons an Underrated 'Star' Performer (September 2011)|
|Kenya's First 'Great' Sprinter - Serapheno Antao|
|The Vets Athletic Club's Championship (August 2011)|
|Mel Batty (August 2011)|
|Tiffany Townsend (August 2011)|
|Coach John Smith (August 2011)|
|Jason Richardson (August 2011)|
|Lisa Dobriskey (August 2011)|
|Mark Lewis-Francis (August 2011)|
|David Rudisha - IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2010|
|David Morwood (June 2011)|
|Rosemary Chrimes - A Star for 40 Years (June 2011)|
Rosemary Chrimes, to my mind is the best example of a 'Class Athlete' still athletically excellent in old age.
At 78, despite the fact that in the British Masters at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham in June 2011, she smiled and said she was creaking and arthritic.
She was born in Kelso in the Scottish Borders on 19th of May 1933. I think Rosemary looks more athletic now, with her slimmer build, than she appeared when winning the Discus Commonwealth Gold medal in Edinburgh in 1970, as Rosemary Payne. Then she was essentially a thrower but now sprints, as well with great success in the W75 age bracket. I tend to think of Rosemary Chrimes as a ' Frontiers Lady' opening a path for other people to follow in older age in years to come. She pushes back the boundaries of what can be achieved at an older age. Rosemary was married to Howard Payne, who won the hammer competition in the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh in 1970 and she won the discus for Scotland at the same meeting with 54.66.
In recent times World records or British age records often come when she is doing several events in one day.
As a 'W75' she recently achieved A World W75 age record of 9.60 in the shot and 29.07 in the discus. Back when she was 35 she threw 58.02 for the discus, for a British W35 Best in 1972, the year she competed in the Munich Olympic Games. Ever since she has been enjoying athletics and breaking age records.
How did it all begin for Rosemary Chrimes " When I was still at school and I was 16/17. My older sister was married to Harry Duguid who was a discus thrower when he was at university' (British Record holder in 1951 with 155'3/47,32). ' He said ' I think you should try it.' I think you would quite enjoy it!'
Up to then Rosemary did not know anything about throwing the discus!..
' Athletics in a little town like Kelso did not have a track. We used to run round the rugby field'
' For a good many years I was married to Howard Payne. He was a mad keen athlete. I would possibly not have kept going if it was not for Howard who said to me ' You can improve. You can do this! He had a big influence.'
In those days when they were competing there were problems with throwing implements, as there is in other ways these days. ' I remember Howard and I wheeling a barrel full of concrete to put down a patch of concrete but sadly now health and safety are going crazy. It is very difficult for a thrower to find any place to practise because of health and safety. Even back in the University of Birmingham, where we trained for years, there are no event nets or anything. They are all locked up. You can't throw. How do you get throwers facilities if there is no facilities--So few--where you are allowed to use them.'
Rosemary pointed out ' Another thing is you have got to have the strings around the track. With health and safety they are bringing the nets in so close for throwers It is almost more dangerous because, you keep hitting the thing so, today has got it's problems as well'
I did say to Rosemary "When you see how commercial the Olympics are these days it must have given her a lot of pleasure to have been in athletics when it has been for genuine amateurs so, did she think it had lost something?.
' I think it has but the standards are improving. I think when we were genuine amateurs we actually enjoyed it to some extent. We enjoyed it more! We were keen but it was not so cutthroat and there was not so much suspicion around. Drugs testing, sex tests and whatever. Mind you there is still camaraderie in vets.The vets is ' purer.'
Looking back with the richness of time, winning a Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1970 must be very special in her book.
'That is true. Particularly as it was in Edinburgh. The right place to do it.'
All those years between she has enjoyed athletics?
' That is true too and it keeps you fit and reasonably healthy. Everybody including myself think I am a bit crazy but never mind. I have got to keep going till I am 80. There are some records up there to be broken, If I live that long! she
remarked in a light hearted way.
Rosemary has met some interesting people and been in some interesting situations when she competed as an international
' Indeed yes. Going back a long time to 1963 when the' Iron Curtain' was down. The
Russians, I don't think had seen crazy Westerners ever. So, that was a great experience. We went to Volgograd. Often when you go to foreign countries they say 'Would you like to see the Cathedral and art gallery and so on. In Volgograd they said ' Would you like to see our hydro electric Power Station'
'Yes! as they then snatched everybody's camera--Funny guys in suits were following us around. That made us realise what freedom we had. I remember one of our coaches talking to one of the Russians who knew English and the coaches love to exchange ideas. He said to one of the Russians Come up and see, either a book or picture something! in his room. The Russian coach was three steps behind when, suddenly 2 guys appeared at each elbow so he could not make a move'
Talking of Russians there was an interesting case in the British National Newspapers when the Russians came over to England in the '50's!
" I always remember, said Rosemary, 'The Lady With the Hats' (That person was Nina Ponomaryova who was third in the Olympic discus of 1956 and won in 1960. She was arrested as the C & A detectives thought she had scooped the hats up under the cover of a paper bag from another store. She said she had not stolen them but paid for them but had not remembered getting a receipt. However the judge said ' I think the interests of justice will be served if I discharge the prisoner absolutely on payment of 3 guineas costs." Foreign news The Time 22nd of October 1956).
' I competed against her 30 years later in the Vets after we had competed together 30 years before in an ordinary international. I must say I was pleased to get my revenge. She was a great character.'
' I remember the East German discus thrower Karen Illgen (3rd in the 1969 European Discus Champ's . Had a best of 63.66). Rosemary continued " She was one of the best throwers in the World and still doing the Vets. When she came over to England back then she was not in the hotel in time because of the curfew was. 9'0'clock or something. Next morning she was on the carpet and told off by the coaches and Team Managers because she had broken the rules and was told, she would never compete again for her country' Rosemary said she spoke some English and told her that the worst thing at the time, was girls she competed with her on the team, if they saw her coming down the street they would cross over the road rather than be seen with her. 'Discipline incredible!' thought Rosemary.
|Paul Dickenson Commentator and Athlete (June 2011)|
|Larry Achike (May 2011)|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 3 - SEB COE|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 2 - JOHN WALKER|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 1 - SYDNEY WOODERSON|
|Three very great curve runners of the past and their views|
|Derek Ibbotson (Interviewed Oct 1962 - updated 2011)|
|Walter Wilkinson (Interviewed Summer 2000)|
|Dave Chapman (Interview Autumn 1998)|
|'Never Say Die' Les Roberts (April 2011)|
|David Cannon (Interview April 2011)|
|Bruce Tulloh (Interviewed April 2011 and September 1962)|
|Geoff Harrold remembered (Born 25/5/39 died 1/4/11)|
|Nick McCormick at the Victoria Park '5' (March 2011)|
|The Victoria Park '5' A World Renown Road Race (March 2011)|
|Bernard Plain MBE (March 2011)|
|South London's Historic Mob Match (March 2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 3 (2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 2 (2011)|
|World Trials, Inter-Counties and Mike McLeod (2011)|
|North of the Thames Championships - Kingsbury (Feb 2011)|
|Memories of Peter Hildreth (1928 - February 26th 2011)|
|Jonny Hay and Richard Goodman at the English National Junior 2011|
|Louise Deman and Hatti Dean at the English National 2011|
|Steve Vernon - English National Champion 2011|
|Chris Smith and Serpentine - Outstanding in the Met League Final (2011)|
|Nielson Hall and others at the the SEAA Championships 2011)|
|Dave Clarke (The Great Runner from Hercules Wimbledon)|
|Chris Finill the Outstanding Ultra Distance Runner|
|Three New Stars at the 'PREMIER LEAGUE' Jo Smith Cup (Sept 2010)|
|Gladys Bird - Woodford Green & Essex Ladies|
|Bob Smith - Newham and Essex Beagles|
|Richard Thompson - August 2010|
|Danielle Carruthers - August 2010|
|Angelo Taylor - August 2010|
|Michael Rimmer - August 2010|
|British M45 javelin record holder Roald Bradstock|
|James Shane with his Coach Martin Brown JUNE 2010|
|Tony Jarrett JUNE 2010|
|Andy Turner Interview JUNE 2010|
|Southern Counties Track & Field Championships at Crystal Palace JUNE 2010|
|The Aldershot National Womens 4 Stage Champions 2010|
|Grenville Tuck Interview (May 2010 and in 1975)|
|The stage winners at the National 12 Stage Relay - Sutton Park - April 2010|
|Anthony Whiteman Interview - April 2010|
|Bill Adcocks Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Wendy Sly Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Peter Clark A Forgotten Hero|
|Dic Evans A Runner for Wales for 45 years interviewed in 2009|
|Douglas Alistair Gorden Pirie (Born Leeds 10th February 1931 Died 7th December 1991)|
|Peter Browne: British Milers Club and Racing Against Ovett and Coe|
|Peter Browne: Born 3rd of February 1949|
|Six of Belgrave's Winning 12 Stage Team|
|Newham & Essex Beagles 6 Stage Winners and Course Record Breakers 2009|
|Dave Moorcroft Through the Years|
|Bob Smith the Successful Newham & Essex Beagles Manager August 2009|
|Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie Interviewed in London Summer 2009|
|Martyn Rooney at Croydon July 2009|
|Felix Sanchez in London 2009|
|Kerron Clement interviwed on 24th of July 2009|
|Simeon Williamson in London (July 25th, 2009)|
|Dayron Robles interviewed in London 2009|
|Irie Hill at the British Master Championships 2009|
|Roy Fowler - The Red Fox|
|John Hall - Race Walker|
|Mara Yamauchi - Outstanding British Performer in the London Marathon 2009|
|Nick Goolab - The Revelation of the UK Cross Country Season 2008/2009|
|Joyce Smith M.B.E|
|Mike Barratt The 'Evergreen' Running Legend|
|Clare Elms A Revelation of Age Athletics|
|Harry Tempan The Rennaisance Runner|
|Kermit Bentham - A man who has run over 500 one lap races in his life!|
|Andretti Bain 2008 Olympic 4x400 relay silver|
|Bernard Lagat in London July 2008|
|Usain Bolt in London|
|Charlie Williams - Outstanding Master Sprinter|
|Where Are They Now - John Greatrex|
|The Truly Remarkable Tony Bowman|
|Gerry North - The Most Consistent cross-country runner of the 60's|
|Robert Slowe - Outstanding Clubman|
|Anthony Noel - World Masters Champion|
|Andre Bucher - 2001 World 800m Champion|
|Wallace Spearmon (2006)|
|Derek Johnson (1985)|
|James Carter - USA 400m hurdles Champion 2002 and 2004|
|Dorothy Manley - Silver medalist London Olympics 1948|