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)|
The first six completed teams out of 76 clubs:- 1 Aldershot Farnham & District 1:44:51; 2 Birchfield 1:45:22; 3 Newham & Essex Beagles 1:45:30; 4 Leeds City 1:45:33; 5 Swansea Harriers 1:46:15; 6 Bristol & West AC 1:46:48.
Here is my account and interviews which concerned the runners at the sharp end with also the words of the Southern Six stage road relay Champions Newham & Essex Beagles. In the race itself Birchfield tested Aldershot in the latter stages but, mainly due to Aldershot's Andy Vernon running the second fastest time of the day on leg 4, the other big rivals Newham & Essex Beagles found it an impossible task to take the title.A huge gap had developed after the first two runners had completeed stage five well ahead. Newham had the sixth fastest runner of the day Keith Gerrrard on the last leg. However Birchfields' runner on the final leg was no match for International marathon runner Ben Moreau, who brought Aldershot home clear.
Leg 1 The first leg was close 1st was Ricky Stevenson of New Marske (17:06), 2 Dewi Griffiths of Swansea, (17.07), Ben Tickner of Wells City (17.08).
Rory Chesser, 25 in March (Newham & EB) was 9th in 17:28.
" I was pleased with my run"
Did he prefer running 1500 which he did 3:40.20 last year?
" Yes! Up to 5k I am good. I will eventually probably run 5k. I'll have a crack at making it next year. This season has been 'Crap' for me'.
' I started a new job as a teacher. I was just tired all the time. I did 3:42 when I started my season but I was disappointed as I ran 3:40 last year. Things went down and down and I ran 8.30 something for 3k and, I ran that back when I was 17. Hopefully this year will be better. Fingers crossed'
Rory comes from Ennis, County Clare. " I moved here three years ago. I started as a teacher at St Marys and teaching at Sutton now. I used to train round St Marys so I could train with the boys but only at the weekends now because of work."
Leg 2 Johnny Mellor sent Liverpool up 18 places to first place in 16:59.
" I am just coming back into it and doing around 80-90 miles a week. I had a break this Summer but earlier did a pb of 13:36 for 5k. I hope for a good run in the Portsmouth 10'
'I started running when I was 16 and stopped playing football then. I moved to Liverpool Harriers and Dave Evans is my coach there"
Dave Mitchinson took his Newham team from 9 to 6 in 17:44. Martin Mashford of Aldershot was just behind him in 17:57.
DM " I have only just started again as I broke my foot in May and missed a month's training. Been back and training hard and doing the Dublin marathon in two weeks time but it is a race against time. I broke my foot at work (as a policeman) when I arrested someone who was quite large and did not want to be arrested and broke my toe. I missed a month but been back and training hard but it is only my third race back"
Leg 3 Zak Zihara took Birchfield into the lead with a 17:02 clocking, having moved the team up nine positions
Jonathan Hay, the Junior National cross-country Champion from Aldershot, brought his team up from 7-4
Coming through from a junior to being senior must be quite difficult?
" I think it is important always to set your site on the next thing, be one step ahead of the game in that respect. I try not to think in terms of Under 23's but to think as a senior because there are not much under 23 racing'
' However, the Euro Cross I Will be running in that category but focusing on the next track season as a senior in a team of some sort. I did a pb of 13:57 for 5k this season so getting there."
Kairn Stone came in 8th for Newham in 17:46
About that he said "My run was so-so' but pointed to a performance that he did think was O.K " I did 2:21.37 in the London"
Ben Pochee, the Southern Counties Vets cross champion and in his second year as a vet, is the motivator behind Highgate Harriers team that he took from 26 to 25 in 18:29 on the third stage but he has bolts in his legs and also had a bone graft to help with his injuries.It was thought by doctors that he would not be able to run again..
" I was out after the National 12 stage in April till August injured'
' I had spent two years with operations in order to run again. I could not even jog, then you have got to start all over again after the surgery,. How many times have I got to do that! It is a continual saga'
He said wistfully " Part of running injuries!"
Leg 4 This was where the damage to Newham's chances came with Andy Vernon running 16:58 for Aldershot and taking them up into the lead. The first three teams were now Aldershot 1:09.40; Birchfield 1:09.54 and Newham 1:10.31 which was starting to make it an almost impossible task for Newham to win.
Andy Vernon " People were saying you might not be very fit?
Andy laughed at that " The reason I have not been amazingly fit. I had a 2 mile race in Newcastle and ran the next day and both days I did not have that good runs. I got my head down since then. The last 3 to 4 weeks of training has brought me on a lot.' 'Early season it was o.k. 8/10'ths off my 5k time with 13:27.'
'I wanted to go on the Kenya UK trip coming up in a few days. Because of my choice of coaches I think, they did not let me go on it!.'
' My new coach is Nick Bideau and now I am going to Australia and linking up with him in January at Falls Creek'
' I am training through now to the European cross and hopefully if I get selected then hopefully go to Australia in January, Go away for four months and spend the fourth month of those in the States'
'Today I caught Birchfield (Biniam Ande) on the far corner. We ran together, pretty much to the lake. A dog got in the way but I avoided the dog and got a bit of a gap."
Lee Merrien of Newham moved up from 8 to 3 in 17:33 on that stage but adrift of the first two.
"You used to be a four minute miler Lee doing 3:59.8 in 2005 so what made our turn to the marathon?
" I did 5k and had a couple of difficult years under performing and illness. I looked at the standards and thought I had a better chance, firstly to get to the Europeans,World and Olympics would be at the marathon.
" You were seen quite a lot on the TV coming in eighth in your European and ran two other marathons. Which one gave you the most satisfaction?
" Probably the Europeans--My first Summer Championships. I probably performed better than by own expectations
2:20 but it was really hot.
" You did 2:16:48 in London last year and 2:14:27 this year plus 2:16:59 in the World Championships
Which one's were memorable?
" All my races are memorable for different reasons. Different things mean different an different times."
You do some coaching in Guernsey?
" Club athletes back home.'
''I run a business as well- running groups for the general public and coaching people below club level I suppose."
You enjoy marathon running so I suppose you will continue with that
" A new lease of life doing the marathons.'
' Different hopes and aspirations really. I am only a spring chicken in marathon terms (32). I feel like a young 32 in case of running marathons."
James Trollope of Birchfield hit the front in 17:25 with Stephen Scullion of Aldershot on 17:43 in second place.
JT:-" I took over in second and went a bit hard up the hill but he extended the lead over the back and at the turn around point I caught him. I pulled away over the last half mile and up the home straight
" I run races from 400 to 10k with bests of 3:48/30.48 for 1500/10k. I am coached by Rich Partridge."
Total times at the end of that leg were Birchfield on 1:27.19, Aldershot 17.27,23; Newham 1:28.23
James Ellis (26) was 3rd for Newham to maintain their position.in his leg time of 17:52.
" There was quite a large gap so quite difficult closing. I felt O.K. but it is quite hard when the other team is 50 seconds up. My personal leg went good and felt quite strong."
" Been quite positive. My first years back after quite a long period out. 2 and a bit years of constant surgery. It' nice the first season back to run a few PB's 5k 14:24 and 8:22 3k which is O.K. I am hoping to run a lot quicker next year. I need a good Winter behind me really which is what I have been lacking in the last few years and looking forward to next year.'
' I actually started running when I was 13 so I have been running a long time. I joined Newham & Essex Beagles three years ago. Just to help my recovery as well as to have a good team around me also, to have the opportunities of higher claim competitions as well. I was once with Winchester but moved across and solely with Newham now. It is nice to be back after the injuries I have had . Touch wood they have all gone now."
Leg 6 Ben Moreau of Aldershot brought his team home. His time 17:28
' I have had hip flexor problems, when I could not train properly and kept taking rest days off which I did not want to do'
Did you have in the back of your mind to-day that Newham had their fastest runner Keith Gerrard on the last leg ?
" I expected to take over in the lead. I took over in second. I thought well I'll go after him but not go off too hard. I was still worried about Keith mainly because I knew he was running really, really well. I just had not to get to the front too quickly and blow up. As it is a long way'
'I got back in August but before that my injury meant I was taking days off. Even 10 at one time, then got back with a little bit more running, build up slowly with a little tempo running at marathon pace. It was only the last two weeks I stepped on the track."
" The London Marathon is my main aim. I have just got to get to the end of the year and able to train, stay fit before getting back into proper marathon training'
' My last good race was in the Wokingham half marathon in the earlier part of the year. I did 64:55. It was a really windy day and I ran Wokingham the year before in better conditions and I ran 20 seconds quicker than that. It had been quiet windy in the last few miles this year but a good course. It is a quick course but as the prize money is not good enough to get the good guys out. I ran my 2 or 3 quickest times there on my own."
Warren Frey the South African from Birchfield, came in second with an individual time of 18:03
" I tailed the Aldershot runner as I thought he would probably run quicker than me but I took it conservatively up the hill and stayed with his as long as I could. I thought if I stayed with him for a while I might hold off the third placed guy and kill myself on the last hill.
Warren is an 800m runner who many years ago ran a 1.47 something in South Africa.
" I ran 1:49.43 this year. I ran 18:23 in the Midland road relay and I did 18:03 today. I ran 3:42 for 1500 in 2003 and I ran 3:49 this year so at 28, I still have a way to go."
Keith Gerrard brought Newham in third spot in an individual time of 17:07
" I have run 17:05 when I had company on leg 2 or 3 but they were a little too far ahead today. It was tough when I set off. I knew it would be an almost impossible task to catch for the win. Even to get second as well. I was running alone."
It was on leg 5 that the fastest time of the day was done by James Wilkinson of Leeds City in 16:38 . The third fastest ever round the course.Their last three legs were their fastest on the day. The other two Simon Deakin (17:21) and James Walsh (17:16).
" JW " Last year I ran 17.09!.'
A special result for him " Liverpool last year coming second overall behind Andy Vernon.
' I got ill for the Euros and things went wrong afterwards which scupperd it all. Making the World cross that year when I was 19 was something too.'
'I started running when I was 13 but not training hard. It has been a gradual progression every year. Our last three guys today were our fastest.'
' I am off to Kenya for month shortly.'
' Phil Townsend is your coach what is his qualities?
' Looking for Long term I think, progression all the time. Every year that bit more."
|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)|
|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|