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)|
Jason Richardson (born 4th of April 1986) coached by John Smith, became the sensation in the high hurdling World in the middle of the Summer of 2011. He came into the year with a personal best of 13.21 before coming third in the USA Championships in June.
Quite suddenly, on the 29th of July, he put himself amongst the top half dozen hurdlers in the World. It was in the high hurdles Final in the Samsung Diamond League in Stockholm where he won in 13.17 with his fellow American and, easily the favourite for the race, David Oliver, second in 13.28 and Dwight Thomas of Jamaica third in 13.40.
It was no 'Flash in the Pan' as Jason Richardson as on August the 6th at Crystal Palace he came second in the Final of the 110 Hurdles in the Aviva Grand Prix in 13.08, a personal best behind that 'Great' hurdler Dayron Robles of Cuba, who ran 13.04. David Oliver was third in 13.09
Going back to June, before his tremendous breakthrough the first four in the Final of the American Championships, in Eugene Oregon were 1 David Oliver 13.04, 2 Aries Merritt 13.12 3 Jason Richardson 13.15 and 4 Terrence Trammell 13.53.
" You won in Stockholm and that was where you came to the fore at World Level?
" That for me was an extension of the USA Championships. We switched from the previous ideas of the 8 step start and went to the 7 steps and, it gave me a lot of trouble during the indoor season and the beginning of the outdoor. That was the decision we made and the decision we stuck to and, I am thankful for that.'
' At the USA Championships it started to begin to click. I had three efficient starts but the problem I ran into was that the 7 steps and the rhythm and the cadence it created was that, I kept hitting hurdle 7. There were a lot of times where I was with Oliver or Merritt, and even a little ahead of them in the middle of the race then, after 7 I would fall back.'
' What happened at Stockholm was I cleared 7 and was clean throughout the race. I was able to get the time and position that I did."
Now for his start in athletics
" I stated athletics in seventh grade. It was something I picked up.My sisters were older than me.
' My Dad made a comment that ' It would be easier to pay for school with an athletic scholarship'. I randomly overheard that and said 'Let me pick up a athletics at school' I just started in 7th grade to try to see what athletics was like.'
' When I actually took track seriously I was pretty much a senior in High School and track became something I wanted to do. I went to Cedar Hills High school. As a junior I won the 'State' in 13.51 and as a senior I ran 13.38 and 49.75 for the 400 hurdles.'
Did his coach John Smith think one day he would do the 400 hurdles'
'We have talked about it and we might persue it later on. Right now we are concentrating on the 110 hurdles.'
When did he first meet his coach John Smith
' I met John Smith in 2008 in Monaco. I ran the Olympic trials but they did not go so well as I had severe muscle cramp.. I rested and got into Monaco that same year and met him again in 2009 at Monaco and, I just remember that dynamic that we had and conversation.'
'His experience as an international athlete and his qualities are good
'Absolutely. John is very professional and very structured. He lets you know this is a profession and this is our job.
I think that is why we are so successful .We take the extra mile. If you are doing a regular 9 to 5 work you would be held accountable. The sport can be very free flowing and very lax so it takes self discipline to succeed. We are held accountable by John which I think is really good'
'I notice you have a snap down off the hurdle like Renaldo Nehemiah had? ( As a pure matter of interest I interviewed Renaldo Nehemiah for Athletics Weekly in October 11, 1980 edition and his picture was on the front cover.)
' It is an honour to be talked, even about in the same sentence as Renaldo. He had a very prolific career. he had the Collegiate record with 13.00.'
`' I have never really been a very good technician. What I have relied on a lot is my heart and raw speed between the hurdles. Prior to this year (2011) training with John Smith, I never really looked at different athletes and how they hurdled.'
' I'm always open to change because John and I have such a good coach and athlete relationships. We realise that this may not be my set form. We are always willing to seek out new ways of being faster. What we also know is to tap into a primal inclination to run. Just having to tap into what you know and just go out there and compete.'
' I was never taught technique. It was something earlier you pick up recreationally. ' For me I just got over and, when you get over at a certain speed you find in college it becomes set. A lot of coaches want to tamper with it or make many changes in High school. The technique I have I had at High school and college.'
' A lot of changes had to be made with my lead arm, with John being the coach with a large sprint repertoire he was able to help in that direction.Taken from that the sprinting position between the hurdles, really getting my hips under me also translates to being more efficient body wise over the hurdles. There is a lot of openness to my technique that we are going to work on."
FAITH IN GOD
"There was a defining moment before the US Championships, I just wanted a better relationship with Christ. More content more empowered in my life. I made the decision to go back to church regularly.'
Travelling round to the big events abroad where there is time at hotels, he said " From June 28th to August the 4th I have read half the Bible. That was 2 hours a day.'
' A huge spiritual element in running..I enjoy where God is taking me and, where God has continued to take me so, I have certain peace when I get on the line that I have not had in the past. When you are doing it day in day out for the right reasons you can't really fail, when you have put in the hard work and respect your coach and respect your talent and your creator, everything is in line. I may hit a hurdle but overall I am finding enjoyment in it that is what it is all about'
'I would love to have a long career in hurdling as I am 25 now. I would love to see where my talent takes me. Hurdling became second nature to people like Allen Johnson at a later age. He had that fluency ingrained in his hurdling. He is one of my idols in a sense. His technique was flawless. Terrence Trammell is another competing for 10 year at high level.'
' Being able to do so well at this level at my age, it is going to be a fun run."
|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)|
|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|