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)|
(Born 12th of September 1984 in Lagos)
William Sharman grew up in Corby, Northamptonshire. He has a brother and sister.
Even though, likable Will Sharman has made his name for himself 'World Wide' as an athlete, he modestly did not mention his other talents when I talked to him. He trained as a classical pianist and is a fine cornet player.. He has a University degree in economics and a Masters degree in Finance & Banking.
His Father was a very good rugby player, second row for the Northampton Saints. That was just after the War. He is married to Lyna and they have a son Joshua born in 2010.
Will Sharman was first educated at Bishop Stopford School in Kettering before going to university.
To some the Olympic Games' is overhyped as the only competitive stage for athletes to aspire to when, there are so many other competitions going on year in year out!?
" You are right! I did not take up sport because of the Olympics. If that were the case, having not been automatically selected for the Games I would have given up by now.'
Will added to that " I have been carrying a very painful leg for the last two years. We tried to get it better but we were not able to. When this season (2012) is over something we have not tried before, a simple four letter word 'Rest' which I have never really taken and get my leg right. I'll start a fresh and do what I am supposed to do which is ' kick everyone's butt '
He gained a Big Championship medal in the Commonwealth Games in October, 2010 in New Delhi.First 4:-.(1 Andy Turner (Eng) 13.38; 2 William Sharman ( Eng) 13.50; 3 Lawrence Clarke (Eng) 13.70, 4 Eric Keddo (Jam) 13.71.
" I was really grateful to come through with something. I was on a drip that morning in the hospital and ran in the Final that evening. I think I was allergic to some of the medication the team doctor gave me.'
'It was a terrible experience but I got through it and I am glad I gave it a go because I was not going to compete."
The World Championships in 2009 you felt was your best performance!
" That was my personal best of 13.30."
Berlin 20th of August 2009- First Six:- (1 Ryan Braithwaite (BAR) 13.14; 2 Terrance Trammell (USA) 13.15; 3 David Payne (USA) 13.15; 4 William Sharman (GBR) 13.30; 5 Maurice Wignall (JAM) 13.31; 6 Peter Svoboda (CZE) 13.56.).
You ran 12.9 wind assisted in Madrid on the 2nd of July 2010 was that a memorable performance
" A fantastic run in Madrid in the pouring rain but I still managed to produce a fast time. I fought to the line and did not give up. When you fight all the way you remember those races."
As your Father was a fine rugby player did you want to play rugby.
" I definitely wanted to go into rugby. At times I was keen to get into the game. My Dad always thought I was a bit too small and a bit too young. He said 'Wait till next year' When next year came I had taken up other sports."
Will found he was good at hurdling, running and jumping and began competing with Corby athletic club. His interest was in the decathlon and the high hurdles. He showed great promise in the decathlon and as an 'Under 20' athlete won the National Decathlon Championships back in 2003 with 6976 points. He notched up 7384 in Holland in 2005 and 5278 for the heptathlon. In those days the famous Leicester coach John Anderson gave him advice as did Loughborough Polish hurdles coach George Maciuiewicz later on but it was even before that he really showed promise at the multi -events but, there was a reason he did not stick to them and turned to hurdling as the main part of his athletics career. A dislocated shoulder in 2005 put paid to his decathlon interest " I did Seven and half thousand points with a dislocated shoulder" he remarked.
About turning to the hurdles after that he said " I really enjoyed hurdling so when I was injured and could not do it anymore I wanted to try my chances as a hurdler and the first year I took it up I took a whole second off my time from 14.4 to 13.4.. He won the Under 23 -National Championship on the 3rd of July 2006 in Bedford in 13.49 which was a memorable event for him.
.Despite the recent injuries Will Sharman came 5th in the Final of the World Championships at Daegu last year in 13.67, tying with a certain Aries Merritt of the USA, who improved considerably to be Olympic Champion the following year. Of course there are many hurdles races one could also mention but perhaps an important feature in recent times is the fact that Malcolm Arnold coaches him.
I can remember interviewing Malcolm Arnold and his athlete John Akii-Bua in Munich in 1972 after Akii won the Olympic 400 hurdles from the inside lane in spectacular fashion."
Will has seen that on film and said " I have seen the documentary of Akii-Bua and Malcolm Arnold as he coach. It is really good and an 'Eye Opener' .The way they lived their life and tried to balance a sporting career at the same time."
What is your opinion of Malcolm Arnold as a coach?
" He is good and he teaches the athlete to be independent . He gives them the kind of training that he knows will bring about a result rather than stuff you could be wasting your time with."
Being a member of Belgrave Harriers must mean a lot to you now
" Definitely, I always did the British Leagues but it is a few years since that. I also enjoyed those and did the hurdles, high jump, shot and relays. It was a good training venture (2009 was his last British League performances according to the Power of 10).
In his athletic life Will Sharman has done a 21.59 -200; 48.53- 400 and 2.08m for high jump
In athletics at high level it is a very close call between being exceptionally fit and sharp, in excellent shape and being injured?
"Exactly, I could not agree more so, I think I have flirted with that line heavily and I need to back off."
|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)|
|'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|