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|
Cassie Thorp was the revelation of the Southern Inter-Counties.
On Saturday 10th of December the Southern Inter-Counties Women's race was won by Cassie Thorp (23.49) of Hampshire from Alexa Joel (Essex) 23.53 and Georgia Bruinvels, of the winning Surrey team in 24.09.
In fourth place was W35 athlete, Esther Evans (Middx), the Highgate Harrier's successful International triathlete/duathlete this year.
The winning team was Surrey with 24 points to Middlesex 39 and Essex 48
That race at Lloyd Park may not be considered, by some, to be a monumental one but if one considers it was only at the start of the year Thorp took up running as a sport, having played football for Portsmouth, Hampshire and been in England's Under 17 international football team. Since giving up football last year and joining Gerry North for coaching she won the Overton 5, Victory 5, three Portsmouth Promenade races and the Benidorm half marathon in 79.56-on the 26th of November..
Gerry North who won the 'National' in 1962 and was a good international cross-country runner, took her under his wing.
He said " In January she started running with me and beat a couple of Moroccans in the Benidorm half recently'
'How I noticed her was when she ran the Great South Run last year. . She was the first lady to finish in the mass start. I saw Cassie Thorp was down as unattached running 61.03. I thought 'There is some talent there'. I made some enquiries and found someone who knew her and said 'Could you have a chat with her and ask her to come down the track one night and have a chat with me.' She came down and said ' I am getting fed up with playing football I would like to take up running seriously and then I said ' Right I am prepared to coach you and, she has been improving ever since. '
' I think she is a better road racer than a cross-country runner.She has not got a long stride like I had."
Jessica Judd (Born 7/12/95) an English Schools Champion from Essex is already well known as a top runner for her age.She ran 2;02.70 for 800 at Watford in June.
She won the Women' Under 17 race leading all the way with Hampshire taking the team title.
Jessica Judd said " I have got a lot of school work on so will not aim for the track this year. Cross-country really but it is a good building block and I will do the 'National'
'This Southern Inter-Counties race is very special for her.' If it was not for this event I would never got into athletics.'
What stands out for her so far:- 'The UK Trials. I did not expect to get to the final against Jenny Meadows. To do that was amazing being so highly rated in the World for my age.'
' If I can try and improve on that it would be great'
' It is hard currently to find a balance with the 'A' Levels but Jeremy Freeman my coach and Mum & Dad have been so helpful. They respected my decision not to do the Europeans'
The Under 13 boys has unearthed another great talent Caanan Solomon who is coached by John Stow, who hopes to regulate his busy racing programme in the coming months. Solomon won the last two Met Leagues.
Solomon said he felt his best race so far was coming second in the McCain Challenge and European trials on the 26th of November.
John Stow points out about the race at Lloyd Park' The plan was to hold back and make a break with half a mile to go and that more or less happened. Because a couple of lads were with him he had to make it a double kick'
The winner Solomon of Essex was timed at 11.16 which was two seconds ahead of Thomas Kendrick of Kent. Buckinghamshire were the winning team.
In the Under 15' race Surrey's Tom Holden (12.50) appeared to have some strong opposition and George Duggan of Kent (13.09) was the one to challenge him for much of the race but the SLH boy came good in the last 1k
'My Dad Guy Holden coaches me and a couple down the club help at the track."
Recently he won the London Youth Games race at Parliament Hill Fields and he is an English Schools Champion.
Who did he look up to in athletics terms " I have seen videos of Mo Farah and Seb Coe's he replied.
Tom Hook of Norfolk was with James McMurray in the Under 17 race but behind Allen Charles Joslin by some 10 metres at one stage. He went to the lead coming down the hill and Joslin was outkicked by McMurray in the final stage. The first five were all quality runners Hook 16.39, James McMurray of Herts the winning team (16.41), Allen Charlie Joslin (Kent) 16.42, Laurie Probert and Michael Calligary .The latter a winner in the Met League this year and last year. Another 'Class' athlete down the field in 8th place of the 71 finishers was Pete Chambers (Surrey) who is coached by Mike Fleet but has had stomach trouble this season and last cross-country season so, he did well.
Tim Ash is the coach for Tom Hook and Tom has already run a 3:53.79 for 1500 in August. I was surprised to hear Tom had, till recently, been at Langley School, near Loddon, Norfolk for four years because that was where I was for the same length of time and in the cross-country team for two years. Certainly they had nowhere near as good runners at the school when I was there in the middle to late 50's or even since then. Things certainly have radically improved.
The Southern Inter-Counties at Lloyd Park were attended by Martin Howard of Highgate Harriers, who was officiating. He is the current President of the ECCU Association.
|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)|
|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|