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)|
My' Very Good' friend Peter Hildreth who died in 2011, would point to someone 'Great' who did not quite achieve an Olympic 'Gold' by the name of Donald Finlay (GB) as his hero, the ' Wartime Fighter' Pilot who came second to Forrest Towns (USA 14.2) in the 1936 Olympics at Berlin in 14.4 and, also was a European & Commonwealth gold medallist. Peter equalled Finlay's British record of 14.3.
I have a picture in a German magazine of 1952 showing Peter Hidlreth, going over a hurdle next to Harrison Dillard in the 1952 Olympic Semi-final.Dillard won the final and had been the 1948 100m Champion too. Peter considered Dillard had a great advantage over him with his strength, which Peter felt put him fairly well behind at the finish.
Renaldo 'Skeets' Nehemiah is considered one of the greatest hurdlers of all time but at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow America boycotted the Games so, he was not present BUT if one considers, when my interview appeared with him in Athletics Weekly on the 18th of October of that year that, the previous year, he beat the two athletes who were one and two in the 1980 Olympic Final. (That was when he won the 1979 World Cup from Thomas Munkelt of the USSR in Montreal) and in 1981 became the first man to officially run a World record under 13.00 seconds in Zurich. His time 12.93.(Greg Foster was 2nd in that in 13.03).
I am going to give you parts of six interviews I did with Olympic gold medallists at the high hurdles but in the case of Frenchman, Guy Drut, I only talked to him about the race when he came second to Rod Milburn (1972) because, my interview was in 1973 when he won he European Cup Final in Edinburgh, several years before Guy won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and then went on to be a Minister in the French Government.
(Born Troy Alabama 18th of June 1943)
Mexico City, 17th of October 1968
1 Willie Davenport (USA) 13.33 (Olympic Record); 21 Ervin Hall (USA) 13.42; 3 Eddy Ottoz (Italy) 13.46; 4 Leon Coleman (USA) 13.67; 5 Werner Trzmiel (FRG) 13.68; 6 Bo Forssander (Swe) 13.73; 7 Marcel Duriez (FRA) 13.77; 8 Pierre Schoebel (FRA) 14.02.
Willie Davenport " My heat went very bad, my semi final was slow and before the final I did not feel as though I could do it. It all happened during the race"
His comments about the other hurdlers that he thought were special.
" When I got really interested in the event it was Lee Calhoun that I studied and read about all the time, then along came Hayes Jones so just took it from there' (Lee Calhoun of the USA won the 1956 and 1960 Olympic 110 hurdles and Hayes Jones of the USA won in 1964 in Tokyo)
Willie continued as we talked at a Lancaster Gate Hotel " Lee Calhoun had a beautiful form and he had speed to go with it, and a lean at the finish..a fantastic lean. Hayes Jones had that blistering start which one had to learn to put up with."
How did it all start for Willie Davenport " I was at Howland High School in Ohio, 17 a that time, when one day my coach asked me to run the hurdles because our regular hurdler was sick. Until then I used to run the 100 yards."
(Born Opelousas Louisiana 18th of May 1950)
Munich 7th of September, 1972
1 Rod Milburn (USA) 13.24 World Record; 2 Guy Drut (FRA) 13.34; 3 Thomas Hill (USA) 13.48; 4 Willie Davenport (USA) 13.50; 5 Frank Siebeck (GDR) 13.71; 6 Lezek Wodzynski (POL) 13.72; 7 Lubomir Nadenicek (TCH) 13.76; 8 Petr Cech (TCH) 13.86.)
" When I got in the blocks in the final, I can remember it was a very good evening, the temperature was about 75 degrees, the stands were packed solid, which was very good. I could just feel the electricity; it was a great feeling sitting out there before 100,000-plus people and the millions that were looking at TV, so that in itself was a great support. I felt almost weightless. Into the starting blocs I went. The only thing I was actually focussing on was the gun sound. When I heard that sound, it is all spontaneous. I think I had a very superb start. We were together for the first three hurdles, then that was where I started to make some little move. I think by the sixth hurdle I made a tremendous gap about two and a half to three metres on the field. To my left, I had seen Willie Davenport up to that time; I had actually seen him and almost heard him. Going down to the seventh and eighth hurdles, I looked to my right and I could see Guy Drut vividly, coming through very strongly, so at that point the main thing was really to just concentrate and relax, move without clipping any hurdles- because if I was to clip anything from the seventh to the tenth hurdle I would have been in serious trouble with Guy Drut for sure, because he was the one coming very strongly for the second place.'
GUY DRUT, the Olympic Champion of 76 about that race in Munich
" I looked at the three Americans and Siebeck because he was the European Champion, and I wanted to beat him because in Helsinki (In 1971) he clapped his hands when he saw me fall down, and I never forgot that. Hill was good, and Milburn would win. I had beaten Davenport three months before in Italy but I had never beaten Hill, so it was between me and Hill for second or third place,
Rod Milburn told me later at the Queens Hotel, Crystal Palace in London later that it was no surprise that Guy Drut won in Montreal
' Exactly, it was no surprise. I predicted that he would win that next Olympics, and it was a very good time (1 Guy Drut 13.30, 2 Alejandro Casanas (Cub) 13.33 and 3 Willie Davenport, 13.38)
Willie Davenport inspired 'Hot' Rod Milburn in his early days as a hurdler
"He inspired me most because of the fact he was one of the most fluent hurdlers with a lot of tenacity. He was just remarkable."
(Born Vienna Georgia, 26th of August 1962)
Olympic Champion in 1984 and 1988
Los Angeles, 6 August 1984
1 Roger Kingdom (USA) 13.20 Olympic Record, 2 Greg Foster (USA) 13.23; 3 Arto Bryggare (FIN) 13.40; 4 Mark McKoy (Can, the 1992 Champion) 13.45; 5 Tonie Campbell (USA) 13.55; 6 Stephane Caristan (FRA) 13.71; 7 Carlos Sala (ESP) 13.80; 8 Jeff Glass (CAN) 14.15.
Roger Kingdom coached by Albert Kennedy explained " You have to respect everyone in an Olympic Final or another such important race. You could be in a race with all the big names, Nehemiah, Greg Foster, Tonie Campbell, Roger Kingdom and Colin Jackson, but then "John Doe" might come up and beat everybody, so you can't take anyone for granted. You just have to make sure you prepare yourself. I think the thing that enabled me to do as well as I did was because they, so to speak, ruled me out and expected me to battle for the bronze with Mark McKoy of Canada, but being the competitor I was, young and nothing to lose, I wanted to win! I always go into a race trying to win. I never said " Well, I get second or maybe I get third!" If I had listened to the press and the media at that time, I would have settled for the bronze, and if somebody had a good day I would not even have got third place. You have always to shoot for the moon, so if you fall amongst the stars then you can be content with that, but never satisfied, content."
Seoul, 28th of September 1988
1 Roger Kingdom (USA) 12.80 Olympic record; 2 Colin Jackson (GBR) 13.28; 3 Tonie Campbell (USA) 13.38; 4 Vlaldimir Shishkin (URS) 13.51; 5 Jon Ridgeon (GBR)13.52; 6 Tony Jarrett (GBR) 13.54; 7 Mark McKoy (CAN) 13.61; 8 Arthur Blake (USA) 13.96
" Before going to Seoul I was keeping at the top of my field, because I was competing against everyone who I considered composed the toughest competition for me, and if I continued to beat them, then that was playing a mental game too. It is programming in their minds, "Here he goes again, " and I can say, " Look how many times I have beaten this guy." and I got to the Olympic Games training hard, knowing that if I can run the times I have been running against the tough competition, that I will get the gold, so that is why I like to run against them, because the better my competition is the better I am going to be."
COLIN JACKSON that 'Great' hurdler explained about the strengths of Roger Kingdom when he competed against him
" He uses his height, weight and his speed to his best advantage."
When did it all begin for Roger Kingdom " It was when I was a little kid, when we had moved to Florida from Georgia, where my parents ran up and down the street with us, racing back and forth from our house to my
cousin's house, which was approximately 150 metres or so away,. As my four brothers, one sister and I grew older, we got into running competitively,. We then started to compete against each other and for the school, and it became something big in our lives. We started to bring home medals, and we really got into it and drew a love for the sport."
(Born Washington DC, 1st of March 1971)
(Anier Garcia of Cuba won the following Olympic title in Sydney in 2000 in 13.00 (Second was Terrence Trammell of the USA 13.16) but Johnson beat Arnier Garcier in the World Championships of 2001)
Atlanta 29th of July 1996
1 Allen Johnson (USA) 12.95 Olympic record; 2 Mark Crear (USA) 13.09; 3 Florian Schwarhoff (Germany) 13.17; 4 Colin Jackson (GB) 13.19; 5 Emilio Valle (Cuba) 13.20; 6 Eugene Swift (USA) 13.23; 7 Kyle Vander-Kuyp (Australia) 13.40; 8 Erik Batte (Cuba) 13.43.
'" I felt it was going to be Mark Crear as my main competitor as well as Colin Jackson; Schwarthoff was running really, really well and anything was possible. I also had Emilio Valle to my right. He was a tough runner. Going into the final I was thinking mainly of what I had to do and make sure I got out of the blocks well and make sure I did not make any mistakes.I felt extremely confident and felt like I could run however fast to run to win, no matter how fast the next man ran. At that moment I felt I could run a step faster.'
' It was like I was one with the hurdles. It is not like they are barriers, it was just like me and the hurdles together are just one. I know every inch of it and everything"
How did it all begin for Allen Johnson I wondered as I talked to him in the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Oslo, on the 12th of July, 2001 " In the very beginning I was a long jumper and really more a field events person. Andrew Tisinger looked at me one day and said, " You have long legs, I am going to make you a hurdler." It was that simple! The following week in practice I started hurdling. I did the intermediate hurdles which was over 300m in the State of Virginia where I lived. I did the high and the long jump plus the triple jump sparingly."
(Born Guantanamo 19th of November 1986)
Previous Olympic Games in Athens was won by Liu Xiang of China in a World Record of 12.91 and Dayron Robles beat that with a World record of 12.87 at Ostrava on the 12th of June 2008. David Oliver of the USA had the five fastest times in the World no 2010 with a best of 12.89. The new man on the scene, coached by John Smith, Jason Richardson was the World Champion in 2011 with Xiang awarded 2nd place and the UK's Andy Turner, the European & Commonwealth Champion third. Robles was disqualified).
Beijing 21st of August 2008
1 Dayron Robles (CUB) 12.93; 2 David Payne (USA) 13.17; 3 David Oliver (USA) 13.18; 4 :Ladji Doucoure (FRA) 13.18; 5 Artur Noga (POL) 13.36; 6 Maurice Wignall (JAM) 13.46; 7 Richard Phillips (JAM) 13.60; 8 Jackson Quinonez (ESP) 13.69.
" It was probably the most memorable for me to win an Olympic title especially as there were so many other Olympic Champions from Cuba and being able to win in China was something as, it was pretty well Liu Xaings's home. A great accomplishment."
How did it all begin for Dayron Robles " I really started at 10 years old because in Cuba track and field sports are 'Big' so it was easy for me. I won a race by a big margin at 14 and then at 17 I went to Havana and ran in the National Championships with the best Cubans. It was then I realised I would be a force in athletics."
An example of Hurdling being such a technical event.
I remember Jason Richardson talking to me at a Croydon hotel in the Summer of 2011. He pointed out how improvements can be made. At that time he had not yet featured in an international Championship event as, it was before the World Championships, which he won in 13.16.
" A lot of changes had to be made with my lead arm, with John (Smith) 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 not a lot of openness to my technique that we are going to work on."
|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)|
|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|