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)|
Lynn Davies interviews (1964-68-70) and Ralph Boston talking in 1964
On the front cover of 'Athletics Arena' in the Pre Olympic edition of the 'Old magazine' in 1964 Charles Elliott, the Editor of the magazine (which ceased publication in the middle 1970's) put on the cover the famous photographer Mark Shearman's picture of Lynn Davies in colour, some foresight once again by coach/statistician and Editor Charlie Elliott as, Lynn Davies, won the gold medal and yet, in feet and inches, these were the order of the first six ranked before the Games in Tokyo. 1 Ralph Boston (USA) 27'4¼; (Olympic Champion in Rome in 1960); 2 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (Soviet Union) 26'10 ,(European Champion in 1958, 62 & 69) 3 Gayle Hopkins (USA) 26' 9¼; 4 Godfrey Moore (USA) 26' 6½ =5 Leonid Barkovsky (Soviet Union) 26'4 & Lynn Davies (GB) the same distance as Barkovsky!
By the time 1970 came in and Lynn, was to go on and win one more major title in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, he had been consecutively Olympic, Commonwealth and European Champion (Plus 1967 European Champion indoors) and won seven AAA's titles and even won two over the 100m. He actually ran 10.4 for 100m and 9.5 for 100 yards. What was even more outstanding was the fact it took THIRTY FOUR YEARS for his British long jump record of 8.18/26'10 (On May 28 at the Inter-Counties of 1966) to be wiped off the books by Chris Tomlinson with 8.27 in 2002.I know how that remarkable span of time would be appreciated and admired by four of the World's top statisticians and journalists from the UK Mel Watman (Long time Editor of Athletics Weekly, Peter Mathews, Stan Greenberg and Bob Phillips.
RALPH BOSTON (U.S.A) at the White City Stadium
Long jump gold medallist in Rome with 27'2½/8m12 - which was the fourth best ever at the time and beaten by only by Jesse Owens and Ralph on two previous occasions.
Strangely enough he told me "My favourite event is the 110m hurdles, having clocked 13.7 and several time 13.9's in 1963. This was the first event I did when I began in 1954 at Laurel Mississippi, so I suppose that's the answer to 'Why'
Last year (1963) I cleared 6' 6¾ in the high jump, so besides long and triple jumping, several fields are open to me in the sport.. Several coaches have helped me along the road to success, starting with my High school coach; my brother Peter (He cleared 24ft); Ray Kemp the University coach at Tennessee; Larry Schneider, my coach at the Olympics and Payton Jordan, coach on the 1963 European trip. He's a great psychologist, and gets you doing things you think you cannot do. There's a great deal of psychology needed today in the sport, and when after being the first to break through 8.20m barrier, the Russian broke it, then another American, somehow it's a good 'lift' to do a thing after someone else, because to break such records athletes must say 'ah well' Well he did it so can I!'
Ralph felt his Rome win had given him a tremendous boost which could enable him to repeat the performance in Tokyo. He reached 27'5½ in the US Olympic Trials, with wind assistance.
LYNN DAVIES BEFORE THE GAMES IN THE SUMMER AT A LANCASTER GATE HOTEL
" It was sheer chance that brought me into athletics" said Welsh star Lynn Davies, U.K long jump record holder at 26'3$frac14;, and fastest Briton with 9.5! Born in a Welsh mining village on May 20th, 1942 this 6'1" tall, very powerfully built all-rounder (He weighed 12st 4/172 lbs) went to Ogmore County grammar School before going to Cardiff City training College. He later ran for Cardiff AC
Besides athletics, he captained the school rugby team, played football, cricket and tennis.'
After 'having a bash' in the 1960 Welsh Championships he 'realised his potential', setting a Welsh Triple jump record of 47'11$frac14; , and clearing 23'5 for a Welsh Junior long jump record.
His most satisfying performance before 1964 was the 24'10¾ long jump versus Sweden on September the 13th 1963 and his 25'4/7.72 (4th Commonwealth Games of 1962) U.K record in Perth " A remarkable piece of luck this, because it was the only non-wind assisted jump in the final", he said.
About Lynn's coach Ron Pickering--" He has helped me enormously, and my ability has increased ten fold. In Winter in training. We concentrated on speed and power development - the keys to successful long-jumping - with 150 to 220 yards fast sprinting, and very fast 60 yards off blocks. Now (In 64) even more concentration is being given to speed over 110 and 220 yards. Ron is a great 'motivator' and tremendously enthusiastic, which is infectious and helps me greatly before competitions' (Lynn's wife Meriel gave him encouragement of course. Lynn did lecturing on physical education at Cardiff College of Education. In recent times he was elected unopposed as President of the UK Members Council for further four years.)
" I get a great deal of satisfaction and a sense of achievement out of athletics and it is more or less become my life now, with high ambitions. Looking forward to Tokyo, I hope to finish in the first 4 and clear 27feet. Unless one aims high and has such ambitions, there is really no point in competing, at least not for me. When I began I was not really interested to a great extent, but now I have to some degree modelled myself on RALPH BOSTON and IGOR-TER-OVENESYAN.
18th of October 1964.The First six in the Olympic Final
1 Lynn Davies 8.07; 2 Ralph Boston 8.05; 3 Igor Ter-Ovenesyan 7.99; 4 Wariboko West (Nigeria) 7.60; 5 Jean Cochard (France) 7.44 and 6 Luis Felipe Areta (Spain) 7.34.
LYNN DAVIES IN TOKYO - ' Lynn the Leap' , as he is now affectionately known in his home country of Wales is one of the few athletes not affected at all by his tremendous stature in World athletics.Quiet and likeable, he is nevertheless an easy talker. First of all, when I interviewed him in the Olympic village the day following his spectacular performance he said " Well we started the preliminaries at 10' 0clok in the morning and, the conditions were appalling to say the least. We had a four metre per second wind coming straight at us down the run-up, plus very heavy rain."
' We were divided into two pools of jumpers, using two run ups were both turned into quagmires. I started off badly indeed due to mis-measuring my run-up check mark by two feet. It was not till I missed my second check mark that I realised that something was wrong so, after waisting my first jump with this error, I re-measured and found I was two feet out, and re-marked my run-up and started again. Then into the third jump and I hit the mark spot-on, accelerated and jumped 7.78 metres which is 25' 61/4 the third best qualifying jump.'
" When I came to the final, I could not help thinking about the 'no jump' that I had with my second round of the qualifier.It led me to believe if I was spot accurate from the board I could win the competition'
' I have always regarded Ralph Boston as the greatest jumper there is today, and when I was up against him in the final I did not really think I had much of a chance for, besides everything else to his favour as the most likely winner before the Games, he had cleared 27'10 wind assisted effort earlier in the year which was terrific. This point only goes to prove that in fact anything can happen in such a high pitched competition as the Olympic Games'
'Boston is a difficult man to beat any day, but I think given the right conditions I could jump well over the 27 feet mark, and nearer 28'ft'
I would like to come in here by saying, looking back Lynn was used to terrible conditions in England and I don't think Ralph Boston had experienced them so much in America. All credit to Lynn the great competitor he was. As Lynn said about the bad weather with the wind and rain in the final " I could see Igor and Ralph were badly effected by the rain. This was my opportunity so I grabbed it with both hands"
The main and yet basic ingredient of my training that enabled me to take the Gold medal was strength-building I did throughout last Winter. Weight training, running hard into the wind, these have been essential sessions for me and to do a tremendous amount of gymnastic work, and to take away the monotony that can and does creep into training after a period of time in the routine,I depart to swimming, rugby and football"
Between 1964 and the Olympic in 1968 Lynn twice made the first two in the European Championships outdoors. He won in 1966 the year he won his first Commonwealth title at the long jump. In the European in Budapest the first three were Lynn Davies 7.98; 2 Igor Terovanesyan 7.88, 3 Jean Orchard 7.88 and in 1969 in Athens it was 1 Igor Ter-Oveneysyan 8.17, 2 Lynn Davies 8.07; and 3 Tonu Lepik (Soviet Union) 8.04.
THEN CAME THE OLYMPIC GAMES OF 1968 IN MEXICO CITY WITH A WORLD RECORD COMING IN THE LONG JUMP
His main opposition would come from the American Trials winner Bob Beamon and Ralph Boston once again. However Lynn the previous Olympic winner, was somewhat thrown off course after he jumped a respectable 7.94 in the second round to give him ninth place at the finish out of the sixteen qualifiers. Beamon had already won the competition with his first round leap of 8.90/29' 2½. (Klaus Beer of GDR was 2nd with 8.19 and Ralph Boston 3d with 8.16)
Lynn told me that, an actor wrote to him after the Games and said after Beamon' s massive jump ' It must have been like an actor coming on the stage for a first night only to find he had been learning the lines for the wrong play' A great analogy!.
Lynn Davies:- " After that Beamon epic, there was suddenly just left a fight for second place and the silver medal, with out seeming to be big-headed or arrogant--I will state that I was just not interested in coming second. Once one has won a gold medal I feel one is never satisfied until a second gold medal is added to the collection. One sets this standard for the rest of one's athletics career, as have I. I just lost interest. I lost all heart for the rest of the competition, having been moments before in there with a chance for the gold medal until 'bang' --29 ' 2½ on his first jump It is difficult to describe the feeling that followed that jump. The rest of us were dazed, broken that is except Beer, who saw his opportunity for a medal--and took it. His 26' 10½ was a personal best by five inches."
Anyway the pubs in Nateymoel, where Lynn was born, were full when Lynn Davies won in Edinburgh in 1970, representing Wales again in the Commonwealth Games, winning his second Commonwealth title with 8.06. That time from Australian Phil May who did 7.94. Alan Lerwill (England) was third with 7.86. That showed how Lynn, two years after defeat in Mexico, was back fighting every inch of the way to win another big title and prove what a really 'Great British Athlete ' he was. .
After those Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970 Lynn said " I was pleased to win another gold medal, but not just for myself, I have said before, that when you compete for yourself, you are alone and nobody else can help you but being Captain of the team is a special responsibility, and you feel the whole team is behind you It helps being the Captain, because I felt this responsibility and it did contribute towards my performance'
|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)|
|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|