Alastair Aitken reports on .......
|HIGHGATE HARRIERS FIRST OPEN 10K (6th June 2013)|
|FRANK SALVAT (30th of October 1934 to May 2013)|
|MIDDLESEX Track & Field CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 2013)|
|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)|
Bronislaw Malinowski was born on June 4th 1951 at Nowe in Poland but tragically died in a car accident in Grudziadz, at the age of 30, the year after he won his Olympic Gold medal in Moscow. He had a Polish Father and a Scottish Mother. A very good friend of his and a 'Character in the sport' who lives in the UK was Alex Mineyko, who was a Middlesex County runner.He kindly interpreted my interview with Bronic (his nickname). That was back in 1975 and afterwards Bronislaw, Mike Boit, Alex and I went for beer in the pub near the Queens Hotel in Crystal Palace. Happy memories!. Bronislaw Malinowski being 1.82m tall/66 kg, strong looking with a distinctive black moustache and, running with his bright red Polish shorts and white vets 'Cut a dash' on the tracks round the World, year after year.
Dennis Coates (An 8:19 steeplechaser from Gateshead Harriers), who was 9th when Bronislaw was 2nd in the Olympic steeplechase Final of 1976 made an interesting comment to me in 1977 about who he thought was the World's Greatest steeplechaser " I would say without a doubt Bronislaw Malinowski because of his all-round ability although Anders Garderud has probably got the same times. Being a front runner myself. I like to see a front runner so I think you have got to admire Malinowski. He is willing to have a go at anything. He is no sitter. We have got too many sitters in British athletics so obviously I admire the front runner Foster, Bedford, anybody who is not scared to have a go."
There were so many races from 1500 to 10,000 inclusive Bronislaw Malinowski was involved in over a space of nine years.
In 1971 he ran 13:39.4 for 5000 metres to win the Polish Championships
In 1972 He ran the flat 3000m in 7:51.2.That year Anders Garderud of Sweden appeared heading the year's 'All Time Lists' with 8:20.8 for the 3000 steeplechase and Malinowski was fourth with 8:22.2 which he did in Warsaw in August of that year. 1972 was also Olympic year in Munich and Brownislaw was 4th in the Final in 8:27.92 behind winner Kip Keino of Kenya who ran 8:23.64.
In comes Bronic about that " I had the best result before the Olympic Games and I thought I would win a medal. I shall remember that final for many years because Keino, who had never run the steeplechase seriously, came and won and I think I lost a medal coming towards the water jump for the last time. Not only did I lose my balance, but in order to save myself being kicked in my 'credentials' by another guy's foot I had to support myself with one hand on the barrier and by doing so lost at least two seconds. All that contributed at least to my not getting one of the medals. I shall always remember that as a race full of luck and misfortune for many in the race. It was not just the best guy winning on the day or the best guy losing. In my view the worst place you can ever achieve in an Olympic Games is fourth place!"
(Mel Watman was the Editor of 'Athletics Weekly' then and it was in his magazine where my quoted material appeared in October 1975.)
In 1973 in Warsaw he ran 13:32.8 for 5k and 8:21.6 for the steeplechase.
In 1974 was Bronislaw Malinowski's first 'Classic' victory in a major Championships. It was the European in Rome:- First Six:- 1 Bronislaw Malinowski (Pol) 8:15.0 (Champ rec.) 2 Anders Garderud (Swe) 8:15.4.0; 3 Michael Karst (W Ger) 8:18.0; 4 Franko Fava (Italy) 8:19.0; 5 Hans-Peter Wehrli (Swi) 8:26.2; 6 Gheorghe Cefan (Rum) 8:26.2.
In the 10k Final on a very hot night before that he came fourth in 28:26.0. Behind him were Nikolay Puklakov (USSR) Lasse Viren, Mariano Haro, Bernie Ford and David Black-24 finished.). The first 3 were Manfred Kushmann (E Ger) 28:25.8, 2 Tony Simmons (UK) 28:25.8, 3 Giuseppe Cindolo (Italy) 28:27.2. Bronislaw Malinowski was surprised the following year to beat Tony Simmons in the Semi-Final of the European Cup over 10k at Crystal Palace in 28:26.0 to Simmons' 28:27.6. Back to talking about the 3000 European steeplechase in 1974 " After my 10,000 I knew I was in superb form and very confident, so there were no problems and I ran the least amount in order to get into the final after the heat.'
The Final:- ' The race could have been won in 8:10 but there was nobody willing to run the first kilometres fast and so that part of the race was very slow and there was no chance of a record. I felt Anders Garderud had ability well above mine, but it was basically a mental win over his good physique. Garderud made nearly a basic mistake because he accelerated with 300m to go, and I went with him, but after another 100m he slightly slowed down before the water jump. As Garderud changed into a lower gear and up a gear again, he was already adrift a little bit and that was good enough for me as he could not get me then. I was so delighted to win the gold medal. I was particularly pleased to beat the guy everybody was quoting and thought he was the absolute favourite and who was considered one class higher than me, as I was basically regarded as a good average runner. So that was more satisfying than just a win'
That win gave him confidence for the future?
" Absolutely so. Winning the European Championships gave me confidence, belief and if anything it gave me an enormous quantity of energy--the desire to have a go! Obviously if I had not had my little wins I would have finished long ago but in particular the Rome win gave me not only confidence but an aggression in my training for many years to come. It is personal to me but my genetic background has helped me so much. My mother is completely Scottish and therefore tough both physically and mentally. I owe a lot to my mother, who has been living in Poland for the last 25 years. She is not only energetic but has that zeal and no nonsense attitude. The determination which I have inside of me, in my blood, I owe to my mother. She helped me to win that European title in her whole attitude and in many other situations she is the one who has been of most assistance to me."
It was in 1975 in Nice in the European Cup Final Bronislaw Malinowski came 2nd in the 1,500 in 3:39.8 behind Thomas Wessinghage (West Germany) 3:39.1 but ahead of established 1500m men Frank Clement (UK) 3:40.1 and Straub (2nd in 1980 Olympic 1500). Bronislaw was also third in the steeplechase.'
What did Bronislaw think of Garderud as a racer "
" No matter how well the Swede has done he got his World record by sticking behind somebody's back. I am not taking anything away from his glory--good luck to him. We just belong to a different group of runners and it does not make me better or worse."
1976 Montreal Olympic 3000m Steeplechase Final 28th of July 1976
Malinowski led at 2000m Garderud struck for home with 300m remaining.
First Six:- 1 Anders Garderud (Swe) 8:08.2 (World Record) 2 Bronislaw Malinowski (Pol) 8:09.11 (Polish Record) 3 Frank Baumgartl (GDR) 8:10.36 (Nat record); 4 Tapio Kantanen (Finland) 8:12.60; 5 Michael Karst (FRG) 8:20.14; 6 Euan Robertson (New Zealand) 8:21.8.
In 1977 the three leading times for the year were German, Michael Karst, 8:14.05; Dans Glans (Sweden) 8:16.3 and Bronislaw Malinowski 8:16.94
In 1978 Henry Rono topped the 'All Time Lists' with 8:05.37 but in Koblenz on the 7th of September he was beaten by Bronislaw who won in 8:15.50 to Henry's 8:17.51.
In the European Championships in Prague the First six:- 1 Bronislaw Malinowski 8:15.1, 2 Patriz ILg (Ger) 8:18.3; 3 Ismo Toukonen (Fin) 8:18.3; 4 Michael Karst (Ger) 8:19.0; 5 Paul Copu (Rum) 8:20.4, 6 Vasile Bichea (Rum) 8:24.9
In 1979 John Treacy from Eire, the Olympic marathon silver medallist, won the International 'World' cross country at Limerick but the man of many parts Bronislaw Malinowski was 2nd in 37.29 and Aleksandr Antipov (USSR) was 3rd in 37:30.
In 1980 was the last 'Big' Championships for Bronislaw Malinowski The Olympic Games Final in Moscow on the 31st of July 1980. Filbert Bayi , who had finished 9th in his Olympic heat 8 years earlier and, was a mile and 1500 World record holder, 'stepped on the gas' early on and lead Malinowski by about 30 metres after 2000m but entering the last lap, 'Unusually conservative that time' Bronislaw, was only 5 metres behind him and by the water jump was challenging very strongly and went away in the straight to win his cherished gold medal.
First 6:- 1 Bronislaw Malinowski (Poland) 8:09.70; 2 Filbert Bayi (Tanzania) 8:12.48; 3 Eshetu Tura (Ethiopia) 8:13.57; 4 Domingo Ramon (Spain) 8:15.74; 5 Francisco Sanchez (Spain) 8:17.93; 6 Giuseppa Gerbi (Italy) 8:18.47.
BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI WHEN HE STARTED IN THE SPORT
" My brother was a Junior running for the Polish National team in the 1500 and it was because of him that I got started. One day my brother just said: 'Let's go out training' and that was how it all began. It was in that first training effort that something 'clicked inside me, and that made me continue running.'
' I was born and lived south of Gdansk (Danzig). When I started my training the first races I did were 1000 and 1500m; the 1000m is very popular in Poland. At that time I was no longer in school but in technical college. My club from the very start was Olimpia Grudziadz and right from the beginning of my athletics my coach has been Ryszard Szczepanski. I was not given any specific training to begin with, just general development--gentle running, plenty of warm ups, even swinging from the trees and anything to give me a thorough basic fitness. I started running when I was 18 and trained then every day on my own. My time to begin with was 3:58.0 for 1500'
' When I began in the sixties, the first cuttings that I kept were of Ron Clarke.'
His most memorable race in his early career
"The European Junior Championships in 1970 when I represented Poland in Paris, winning the 2000m steeplechase in a time of 5:35 That was really memorable for me, as it happened to be the very first Junior Championship in Europe. My success in Paris influenced me in my decision to concentrate on the steeplechase because up to then I was tackling a lot off events."
|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|
|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|