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)|
Chris Finill & Steve Pope started their 3000 mile run in Mid August 2011at Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and completed it at Coney Island, New York in early November. Fortunately it was something greatly encouraged by Julia Finill, Chris's wife. Both Chris Finill and Steve Pope ran the New York Marathon in 3:36, the very next day after running into the sea at Coney Bay right at the end of their lengthy travels.. (Finill remarked afterwards to someone that it was the only marathon of ' 60' he had done outside of 3 hours!)
Finill is already, an 'Over 50 ' Veteran Master runner', who was born on the 31/12/58 and had run 243.36 miles in a 24 hour race. It was in 1985 he ran his fastest marathon in the London of 2:28.27.
I did this short interview with Chris, just after he had come 45th of 155 in the Middlesex cross country Championships, over the Wormwood Scrubs course. He scored in Harrow's team that achieved silver medals behind the winners Highgate Harriers.
What were Chris Finill's outstanding memories of the run across America?
Was it the challenge of doing it?
Incidentally with Steve Pope they raised money for 'Help The Heroes' Charity.
Chris Finill:- " It was because I read a book called ' Meditations from the Breakdown Lane' by Jim Shapiro. He ran across America in 1980 and wrote a book about it. I read the book and was completely inspired by it'
'One of the memories of the trip was running into the Atlantic at the end of the run and Jim Shapiro was there on the beach. He was absolutely thrilled to be there to witness us finishing and we were absolutely thrilled as he had been the inspiration behind the run.... It was very kind of 'circular feel' for the whole thing"
When they had done all that they ran the next day in the New York Marathon which, to most was a challenge in itself
" We finished on the Saturday at 6'o'clock in the evening then we did the New York the following morning.
' It was funny; everyone thinks you did a marathon, after running across America!!?
'But the marathon was a day off basically. We were running 40 miles a day so running a marathon, even in a race situation was quite straight forward really. We just liked the idea of doing it."
In my 19 'Ever Present' London Marathons, before I had a bad accident three days before the 20th, Mickey Peel of Blackheath Harriers 'Still and Ever Present' used to come past me, sometimes even three-quarters into the race and say 'How you going' He was looking quite fresh and I would by then be often suffering a bit. He was bright as a button but of course, that was because he did the London to Brighton 55---56 miles road races a couple of times, which made the marathon a fairly easy taks for him in those days!
CF:- " I don't think the marathon is a big deal at all for me now "
Early in your run across America you did actually get injured?
" It was a suspected stress fracture--If it had been a stress fracture I would have had to have stopped. There would not have been a question of carrying on at all. If I had, it would have been a career threatening injury which would be very serious indeed'
' The Physio I was speaking to back in England said ' If you can walk on it then walk on it and so, I walked on it for six days and it slowly started to get better. After it got better I then had a problem with my right knee for 300 miles in Colorado. Once we came off the Rockies everything was fine again and was for the next 18,000 to 2,000 miles'
' I ran completely injury free for 2000 miles BUT up until the Rockies it was pretty Rocky!'
Was there anytime that Chris said to himself 'Gosh' that is the most beautiful area?
" The descent through Nevada was spectacular for it desolation. The temperatures at 120F in August--That was spectacularly difficult and threatening. The Route 14 through Steamboat Springs out towards Fort Collins. Through Colorado was absolutely breathtaking--Rocky Mountains- we were running through spectacular gorges, forests on either side, mountains, streams--Just out of this World really beautiful.'
You said in a way you could have done it faster and, therefore been in the record books, if you also had a certain type of back up?
` " Instead of having a car that took us to a motel each day, for where ever we chose to stop running, we could have chosen to have a vehicle following us all the time and just climbed in to the vehicle and slept right by the road side which would have cut down all the travelling between runs and sleeping. It would have made it a much faster journey across."
One time you did run off course too?
" We did not make any navigational errors. As we were going through Nebraska we realised the bridge we were relying upon to cross into Iowa would have been washed away and so, we had to change course to a different bridge. That meant we had to run an extra 40 miles which when you are tired and fraught does not go down very well but that was the way it was. There had been flooding in the Dakotas which had washed a lot of water down through Nebraska and taken some of the bridges.We did not realise this till we were 100 miles away from the bridge that was not there.. We had to suddenly via northwards so we took a totally different route for 800 miles as a consequence of that.
Did it put a lot of distance on for then?
" About 40 miles but it is not the end of the World. It is an extra days running and there was no two ways about it."
You are one of the 'Ever Present' London Marathon runners. One of the last 18 that are left doing them and, you appear to try and keep up a standard of running well since it began in 1981?
" I am hoping to break 3 hours again this year as sub 3 is not a fast time. I am quite proud of the fact I have done that 31 times in a row. That is going to be a goal next time round and I will try and keep up the streak as long as I possibly can."
|'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)|
|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|