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)|
Lisa Dobriskey talked to me the day before she won the Grand Prix 1500 at Crystal Palace in 4:04.97 from Hannah England 4:05.73 and Shannon Rowbury of the USA 4:05.73. Her Best time was at Zurich in 2009 when she ran 3:59.50, which put her on the list as the second fastest ever UK runner behind Kelly Holmes.
Lisa was born on the 23rd of December 1983. She is now coached by her husband Ricky Soos who ran 1:45.70 in the heat at the Athens Olympic Games of 2004.
" I started running at the school sports day in my first year in Southlands comprehensive school. I just won the 800 then the 1500. I just took to it very naturally, compared to my classmates who really did not enjoy it.
Was it at Ashford athletic club where she really started to enjoy her athletics.
"I was fortunate to have coaches there who were basically into enjoying sport. I was never pushed, although I came with an obvious talent at middle distance running, I was never pushed down that path. It was a case of try the multi events, everything you wanted to try.'
Were there special runners you admired at that time
" Definitely.Just as I joined Ashford they finished building the Julie Rose Stadium.She was somebody I instantly admired and I had learnt a lot about her and her life was cut short at a very early age. We had the stadium built in her memory. We had a Julie Rose 10k set up and, I did the fun run..I just aimed to try and beat her records. That inspired me at that age at club level and I broke her 800m record with a time of 2:11.That was my memory of an inspirational character.'
You gradually went on and blossomed as an international. At what time did you feel you could run at a good level
"I really started to enjoy my athletics when I started University at Loughborough. That was when I started to think I could do this as a profession. I had a couple of years as a junior where I struggled. Just worrying and changing shape a little bit, all the kind of things that go with it. That was quite hard because I had been very successful as an Under 15 and under 17 then, I had a bit of a dip and my first year Under 20.Then I started to get a bit of momentum.' (She was AAA's Under 15 & 17 Champion at 800.)
Races that stand out around that time
" I remember the European Under 23. I was 3rd in that race (4:12.95 in 2003 Bydgoszcz). The girl who was 2nd was disqualified for a doping offence so I was actually bumped up to second in the end. That was an enjoyable event. The whole Championships was really good fun and I really enjoyed it."
That must have given you the taste for international competition
" I have always had a few problems with injuries,just the way I am built. Got quite a difficult lower back and left hip.That has always been a challenge. I have worked on improving my posture and strengthening in 2007.'
' I had a had a breakthrough year the following year as a result of doing that and it improved massively for me.I was able to invest more time into sport and
The races that must have meant most to you must have included the World Championship silver medal in
Berlin in 2009 (August -1. Maryam Jamal (BRN) 4:03.74, 2 Lisa Dobriskey (GBR) 4:03.75, 3 Shannon Robury 4:04.18) and 4th in the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 in 4:2.10.
" The Olympics were a big memory but mixed emotions'
Malinsowski finished 4th in the Olympic steeplechase in 1972 and said to me, there was no worse place than fourth but then again you were fourth in the World by coming fourth in the Olympics!
" Yes it was quite good.Perhaps I have been a bit of a ' Nearly There' in the Olympics and, in the World Championships, missing by 1/100th for a second.
The Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 you won in 4:06.21.
" I was injured for the last one. I was only 22 when I won the Commonwealth so, I kind of thought I had out performed my expectation, perhaps the people's expectations. I just found it quite hard since then. It is very different if you win a race and you don't expect to win. Actually going into a race and wanting to win and executing it successfully, there is a big difference. I found that quite hard to pull it off. It is a very different challenge.Going into a race with no pressure it is a lot easier than having higher expectations put on you by people. I found that difficult to cope with successfully.'
A very fit athlete is so often so close to injuries or being in top shape and, it is often so close between winning and losing a race.
" A fine line being between being immensely happy and just rock bottom it's such a fine line. That can be a stride. A few 100/th's of a second.and, how your racing can be or respond to it..It is difficult but it makes the sport but it is a challenge.'
Being in the right place at the right time
I always remember a runner who one would not have been necessarily, considered amongst the best in the World but he achieved so much. John Whetton was his name. He ran in two Olympic 1500 Finals and was brilliant as an indoor racer and a European Champion outdoors etc. He could read a race correctly every time. He was a great tactician and won the European in Athens in 1969. He told me after that race in Athens. ' If it had been a few yards further Murphy of Ireland would have beaten me but it was 1500m and not 1500 plus 10 yards'!
" Athletics is very interesting and is exciting. It is always easy to look back on races with hindsight. Before a race you never know what is going to happen. you never know how it is going to unfold. You sit back and watch the race and it is so easy to say ' I should have done that or I should have gone there. It is quite difficult to view a race and look back and be productive about what you have done and try and nit pick and move it forward'
You got married in December 2009 to Ricky Soos a very good runner himself
" He has run 1:45 for 800 and went to the Olympics when he was 21.He has had terrible injuries though and lots of problems but he is running. He has always kept training and trying but whether he will ever reach the level of that I don't know. I think he just enjoys his sport and being part of athletics. He really understands about athletics. It makes a big difference to me wanting my success.'
Is there a race over all the years that gives you satisfaction for any reason at all
' I think the Commonwealth Games was the biggest one for me.There is nothing like winning a race. It was just amazing the whole thing.It was unbelievable.The best feeling I ever had. A nice memory to come back to."
' Which is your favourite event
' The 1500'
' Do you think you will continue for quite a while'
" I would like to. I love athletics and I can't see my life without running.'
' Even at my age of 71!'
' It is just a sense of freedom. We live quite near a nature reserve and I ran along by the canals. I think the best time to run is early in the morning.I always get up quite early on a Sunday.Ricky runs with me but hates getting up at 6'O'clock on a Sunday but there is no one about it is just really nice.'
What sort of training do you do in the week that enables you to get sharp enough to run internationally in the Summer
' It varies through out the year. Winter we would be focus on building a base and get stronger. In the Summer we reduce the miles and do sharper stuff specifically for the 1500 with 800 sessions. I do like the 800 but I find it a difficult one to get right. It is an event when you go slightly too fast on the first lap and it really hurts.The 1500 you have got a little time to pull yourself back and re-group.'
I found the third 200 was the hardest part when I did the 800/880yards with my club Highgate Harriers in the late 1960's
' I think 800 is almost a sprint. It kind of falls into a sprint category.A 1500 you can feel a nice rhythm and relax. Jenny (Meadows) can sit at that 800 pace naturally. Ricky my husband when he runs the 800. He makes it look effortless but if you send him on a long run he is so uncomfortable.He does not feel right.Each to their own isn't it.' (Lisa's personal best was in Zurich in 2010 when she ran 2.00.4)
Do you remember a certain time it was your breakthrough
"I think it was 2008 was the year. I had come from just being on the scene to being World class and that was when I ran four minutes.I have run that a twice in two consecutive years."
What are your favourite things
" I like spending time with my family and that is quite important to me. I think things you take for granted with your life style. Go out for a meal and have puddings and a glass of wine and that sort of thing really.The social side of life you miss out on a little bit, when you have to be quite strict with yourself in the Summer season.Early nights,naps in the afternoon and training schedules three times a day, quite anti-social.'
|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)|
|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|