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|
KEITH GERRARD DOES THE DOUBLE
Keith Gerrard had an emphatic victory in the McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge Senior race, on the 10th of March. In the 12000m race over the undulating but, to a great extent, dry course, at Crofton Park, Longbridge and after the first half of the race completed, it was unlikely that he would be overhauled. His victory was similar to his National win at Parliament Hill two weeks before. However, the viewing was brilliant at Crofton Park which made all the races exciting to watch reports Alastair Aitken.
A large group was led for the first lap by the Surrey and Shaftesbury Barnet runner, Kojo Kyreme, before Gerrard took over closely followed by a large bunch led by Ricky Stevenson, Jonathan Taylor, Jonathan Brownlee.
Frank Tickner was still close at hand, who was top points scorer overall in the season for the McCain Challenge.Phil Wicks was in the bunch further back. When Gerrard started to put in a slight effort, just before half way it split the field up and Ricky Stevenson, Jonathan Taylor and Jonathan Brownlee followed by Frank Tickner were next. Kevin Hayward (7th) was also still there but Jonathan Hay (10th) was in the second bunch but gaining valuable senior experience as a last year junior, just behind Glenn Watts (9th) who had his best major cross-country race ever.
In the last couple of miles Gerrard was clear but Ricky Stevenson had to work hard in the last quarter mile to hold off Phil Wicks for second place. Wicks had come through for third.
First six of the 278 finishers were 1 Keith Gerrard (Lancashire) 34:57; 2 Ricky Stevenson (North East) 35:06, 3 Phil Wicks (Surrey) 35:11; 4 Jonathan Taylor (North East) 35:23; 5 Jonathan Brownlee (Yorkshire) 35:25; 6 Frank Tickner (Avon & Somerset) 35:30. First three teams 1 North East 48; 2 Surrey 224; 3 Middlesex 370. It could be noted that the first Middlesex runner, Highgate's, Shaun Dixon in 21st place, improved on his 61st in the National.
How did the 'National' compare with the Inter-Counties for him
" Very much the same sort of race. I just kind of broke away in the middle of the race. I just tried to maintain it. I did not want to leave it to the end."
" I was very pleased with the race. I knew Keith was going to be a lot stronger than me so, when he wanted to go away it was never going to be a problem. I am just happy with the training I have been doing. It was all still focused towards the track so, I was happy to come out and do this as I am a miler.'
What was his best race ever?
" Probably at Edinburgh when I beat them over the short course of 4k. That was the time when I could step up to a good level in the sport. It was January 2010. It was in the beginning of the New Year. A week after that I ran 3:56 for the mile indoors. So I was in good shape. Then I got a little bit greedy, although I had been in good shape. . I always wanted more and, that cost me two seasons with illness and injury pushing it too hard. Now, I almost feel I am under-training. I don't feel I am doing a great deal of work in training but, it is getting the balance right. I am starting to get it right and I am 23 now'
'I started running at 15 for fitness for football at my school in the North East and then it went from there. I did some racing and I won so I joined my local club and it just took off.'
' I was second today and have had a good Winter for the last couple of years but, nowhere near the training in other winters. I am now probably getting the dividends from that now. I take a rest day once in every two weeks which I have never done before.'
'I am going off to Kenya on Monday for five weeks training!.
"I have been training for the marathon in six weeks time. I have been training really hard for that and got quite a lot in my legs but, felt really strong today and worked my way through on every lap to take some runners. In the early stages I was in the pack but just in the top ten.The races always go off quick. As long as you are in the pack it is OK'
' I was really pleased to get a medal today'
'I purposely have not raced very much in my build up but nice to take the race in and keep things fresh.. I will do the Eastleigh 10K in a couple of weeks time."
FRANK TICKNER the McCain Challenge top points scorer.
'You must be fairly pleased with sixth?'
" Not particularly, No!. The same story as after the National (4th). Poor two weeks ago and a poor run today really.'
' I had three very good races consecutively after Christmas-Edinburgh, Cardiff Cross Challenge series and what seemed to be a good run in Antrim'
"If you had been injured for a long time and you then came back, you do a few good races then perhaps, because of the long break before that, you lose form and things don't go quite so well before you have an upsurge again that lasts longer through the cumulative training I would imagine!
" Hopefully there will be a second peek. The steeplechase is the next target.I have started track training a few months back. My best ever time is 8:31 but if run that again it would be good enough for an 'Olympic 'B' standard' The 'A' standard' is 8:23 so, I have to knock off 7or 8 seconds of my best for that.'
" You have always showed so much determination and 100% motivation to win the National cross country and concentrated your efforts just on the National as an end in itself, rather than also thinking about the summer season of steeple which you have done lately. That I think may have made a difference!. Ben said to my son Andrew, when we were in the pub this time last year when you were injured jokingly that ' You owned Parliament Hill.' I heard from someone that you were not doing the huge mileage you were doing before in order to win the 'National'
"The mileage has been relatively high but not as high as previous years. It has been a mixture of the worry of recurring injury and trying to keep that under control. In the last two months the mileage has dropped a little bit and I have started to do some track sessions which I would not normally do at this time of year. I need to get started early, given what is happening this year.Hopefully the results will come."
Regarding that comment in the pub by Ben trying to win the National " No not this year which was a real shame as, I had a really good run in Antrim when I beat a number of good Kenyans. I was 11/2 minutes away from James Walsh.'
'There have been two sorts of comebacks now and this is the second comeback, as the injury re-occurred a year ago. You are right you get back up to the level and you then go through troughs and peeks and maybe I am in the trough at the moment"
You have won the National twice they must be big memories?
"Luckily I won it at Parli Hill (2009) before so, I was not quite distraught as I could have been two weeks ago. That is the big race you want to win each Winter.'
The most memorable of the two?
Parli Hill. Steve Vernon got away from me with a kilometre to go and I had to really fight. He is a tough guy but it was a stronger field altogether. The one in Sunderland (2007) everyone was going off to Africa for the World cross country so a few people did not race then. Parliament Hill was the fondest memory really but unfortunately I could not replicate it this year.'
What brought you into athletics?
" I did it at school and my Dad has always run throughout his life. He runs very well on not a particularly huge amount of training ever and he was not elite but always a good runner. Always encouraged us and my brother Ben started."
" It was interesting for you to know your brother won the Southern at Brighton this year?
"I was absolutely thrilled a brilliant result"
" He has been in your shadow for a long time?"
" He certainly would not be on the track.The manner of his win in the Southern was spectacular as well in a sprint finish. Not for Phil Wicks poor guy but it is family first and all that! He has been running well and it was a brilliant result for Ben. He is a guy who can be fairly lax with his training at times but had a big spell in the last couple of years."
|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)|
|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|