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)|
It was Tipton Harriers again, after winning last year. They went into the lead on 'Stage 5' at Sutton Park, on the 14th of April and never relinquished the lead..There was tremendous 'Club Spirit' at Tipton, something one always notices. They won despite being three top men short, Josh Lilly, Ryan McLeod and Phil Nicholls (Injured).Then again you can go down the clubs to see many others had people missing like Newham & Essex Beagles-Gerrard, Beattie, Merrien, Sam Farah (ILL), Mo Farah and Skinner and, the team that was second in the Southern behind Newham Highgate Harriers, were without three of their top four serious players Ed Jackson, Shaun Dixon and Danny Russell (Injured) but they still managed 11th of the 69 club teams that started.
First Six Teams:- 1 Tipton Harriers (Adrian Holliday 26:26; Ian Mitchell 14:45; Ian Williams 27:19; Phil Hinch 14:53; Martin Williams 27:19; 26.44; Matt Granger 15:03; Ben Gamble 27:19; Daniel Beier 14:59; Michael Aspinall 26:30; Ross Jones 14:47; Neil Burton 26:46; Ian Rawlinson 14:45.---(4:10:17) 2 Leeds City AC 4:13:12; 3 Notts AC 4:14:12; 4 Birchfield Harriers 4:15:25; 5 Newham & Essex Beagles AC 4:15:53; 6 Belgrave Harriers 4:17:01.
Here are some of the history and accounts from the Stage winners
PATRICK MARTIN of Stockport Harriers who did the fastest long stage of the day with 26:01
He was surprised and pleased for Stockport to win the last National cross country relay.
"I had moved from Sunderland to Stockport so, besides dropping out of a race, that was the first race I did for Stockport.'
' I was influenced by my Father Adrian Martin who did 26:02 in the Park for Gateshead Harriers. I have been running since I was 11. I did the Sunderland School cross country for the Primary school. I took it more seriously
when I was at secondary school'
' I am a Primary school teacher now. We train as a group at Stockport four times a week.--Steve Vernon, Alex O'Gorman, and my brother Jack Martin. My brother ran 29.50 for 10k the other week.
'Football was my first sport . I played for a team called Grangetown but I was better at running."
Leg 2:- RICHARD WEIR of DERBY AC
" I went into the lead at the top of the hill after 100m and I feel I ran around 14:40 (Correct) My best for the course is 14:30 but I had been coming back from a stress fracture and was out for 10 weeks so just been training for 31/2 weeks now'
' Not done a lot of races but on January the 7th did an indoor 3000 in 8:07 which was pleasing but it was straight after that I developed a tibia stress fracture in the right leg so pleased to be back'
'I first started running when I was 10 or 11. I was brought into it by my Dad Malcolm Weir who is a club runner and still running in the 'Over 60' group. We used to do all the Fun Runs and all the local races and then I joined Derby at 12'
' I felt my best result for me was a PB in the 1500 last Summer of 3:43.69 and before that my best was 3:43:88 in 2006. I never gave up really. I am 27 now."
On this leg was James Shane the AAA's 1500m Champion of last year so, I felt it would be interesting to know how things have gone with James recently.
" I am not far away from what I was last year endurance-wise and considering I have only just started again after illness I feel I am getting back my form, which was indicated by me moving the team up nine places (31-22)
I ran 14:19 last year and 14:25 this year'
'I have just been out in Kenya and got viral enteritis. Kenya is a fantastic place but there is a downside to going out there, as it is a third World country'
' Before that in the Winter it was a stop start training programme with niggles and so things did not go particularly well and also going into the world Championships'
' My sixth place in the final of the AAA's 800 in 2010 was not particularly good as I should have been further up but the AAA's 1500 that I won went very well and, now things appear to be going right again."
Leg 3 DARREN DEED of Bedford & county AC 3rd to 1st in 26:14
" I went into the lead by the ice cream vans by the stone"
He thought what so many clubs said ' It is so hard to get a team out. '
To me winning the National 4 man cross country really three times was special'
' I thrive on chasing people. I am not to say it but, I am probably one of the most consistent runners around in County and Nationals. I have been in the top 12 for many years now.'
' I do very physical work as an engineer. I began running at 11 years old and I am 34 now."
MICHAEL SALTER of Leeds City athletic club went into the lead with a time 15:06. " I Went into the lead approaching the start of the hill and then hanging on for deer life!' (Having taken over from James Walsh (26:14). What were his best distances then? ' The 800/1500' -1:50.6/3:47.61. This is probably one of my best runs.'.
Leg 5 MARTIN WILLIAMS took Tipton from 3 to 1
" I set off in third and there was Bedford (Matt Janes) just in front of me and the Leeds guy just further ahead (Mathew Clough). I caught Matt going up the first hill and caught Leeds just before the turn round.at the dog leg. Then when I knew half of it was over I started stretching things.'
He added " I started running when I was about 25 and I am now 34. That is nine years ago now. My wife brought me into it really, as she has always been involved with Tipton. She eventually persuaded me to come down and do some sport."
Hero in Tipton over the Years " Andy Holden. They used to tell me about the times Tipton ran and the training after a normal days work and, they are willing to help you out, very inspirational
Race that stands out for you over the period of time?
" Running for Great Britain in Barcelona a big achievement. European Championships 2010 I finished 28th in that then I went to the Commonwealths' (Fastest 2:17:36 for the marathon in Seville in February 2010).
" I am doing the London next week." He thought the qualifying time for the Olympics was, at this point in time, a bit too stiff for him but as the Commonwealth qualifying is 2:19 he is capable of making as, he already been inside that time..
Leg 6 MATT GRANGER
About Matt Granger:- " I ran 15:20 in the Midlands' (Faster on the course of 15:03 here.)
" I started running 12 to 13 years ago. I ran for Kidderminster & Southport initially but we just kept on getting relegated and not getting teams out so I joined Tipton in the end. That was at the end of last Summer."
Good races? " National Cross this year was probably quite good. I was 60th and we got a team silver medal that is always a bonus, definitely.'
Looking forward " 10k's in the Summer and a half marathon in the Autumn and just go back to the cross"
Leg 7 BEN GAMBLE
" My season has been stop start so far. I hope to do the London. I did 2:23 last year.'
' I started running about five years ago. I ran to keep fit really. It was at my local club initially then I joined Tipton as they are a really good bunch of people. The team spirit is the best. Last year we won, even though we have no 'Super Stars' but across the board fairly mediocre as opposed to some of the top guys but it is a genuine team effort really.I like also running on my own because it is an individual sport.' 'I did do London last year in 2:23 but I feel I am constantly improving, ' Touch Wood."
Leg 8 DANIEL BEIER
" I was on my own so it is a bit difficult how hard to go. I did about 14:59 I think (Correct).One of my better one's'
' I started running when I was about ten years old'
Things going well this year? ' Not bad. A bit up and down. Before Christmas it was going well. After Christmas not done much but I found myself in the team. I think I ran about 14:50 last time.'
'After the English at Parliament Hill I had four weeks without a step. I had achilles problems for two weeks.The achilles problem I had already had for a few weeks in the cross-country season so, I pulled out of the Inter-Counties. I was 77th in the National which was my best position."
Leg 9 MICHAEL ASPINALL
" I felt strong all the way round.'
' I had a bit of a shaky start to the year but well into my marathon programme for the end of May.
My best time was 2:20:29 at Frankfurt in 2010.'
' I first started running at six but competitively when I was about 17.
' My first memory of getting some satisfaction in a race was when I did 2:34.6 and ran through the field in the London marathon of 2004 and it was quite a fond memory. I have got a lot of fond memories here of the National and Midland relays.I have only been with Tipton for 21/2 years."
Leg 10 ROSS JONES
" I expected it to be a bit quicker (14:47) but it was a bit blowy till you come back towards the finish.'
'I was 17th in the Home countries race and 39th in the Brussels Lotto Cup in December
' I started running three years ago I was overweight 15 stone overweight I was!. I started jogging at Wolverhampton and Bilston and I quickly came on and joined Tipton. I have come on more in the last 12 months.
It is the spirit in Tipton and the desire to do better (Coached by Bud Baldaro).
' The best race I had was in the Birmingham League I was third and it was a big breakthrough for me against a top field (Leamington 12th of November last year). I have suddenly come on in the last six months from being like what I was three years ago. Regarding the weight I had, it was just work at a stressful job, eating late, drinking. Running helped me to relax and think things through. That was why I started running-I am Operations Manager for Royal Mail."
Leg 11 NEIL BURTON
"That is my first relay run for two years.I am now in Switzerland and I am back for this, just for the weekend.
I have not been fit for a long time. Decided last Autumn to get fit again. I had had two years out. '
' I had been running for years.I have been in the six stage when we finished second back in about 2006.
Favourite result :- " Probably in the six stage when we came second. I came 12th in the Liverpool cross so that was probably my highest place in the cress-country. I was finishing my PHD at Birmingham in Biological sciences
.I went out to Basle. My contract finishes at the end of the year and, I seem to have found more time to train recently. There is a group there of good runners."
Leg 12 IAN RAWLINSON
" It was hard work. It is hard to push it and just to keep something in reserve. The time was not quick (14:46). '
We are all friends on the team and live locally.'.
He went on to say " I started running when I was 10 or 11. I am 28 now. I was good in school and decided to keep going with it."
|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)|
|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|