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)|
|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|
CLARE ELMS A REVELATION OF AGE ATHLETICS
by Alastair Aitken
Clare Elms, who was 45 on Boxing Day is the revelation of Veterans/Masters athletics in the last couple of years, if you consider she only started training over half way through 2006. In 2008 she did over 80 races, won 50 of them and was first W40 in 72 of them. Elms, also did the 4 fastest legs in relays (That included the BMAF road/country Championships). and she also ran a lap in about another eight 4x400 relays.
There is no doubt Clare Elms fluent style is suited to track and road racing but she had never done cross-country racing till 2007 and her biggest race was the London Championships at Parliament Hill Fields in November 2008 when, she came sixth, just ahead of Esther Evans, the 2008 Middlesex Champion. That showed she was starting to improve as a cross-country runner even though she has found it difficult in the mud.
"It's character forming when freezing and cold and it mentally makes you tough' she smiled.
Her coach Steve Smythe, an accomplished runner over many years, points out "Clare is very inexperienced as a runner and has never run a Southern or National or Inter-Counties cross-country, just one Kent Senior. In terms of distance she has run one half marathon, which she ended up walking and she struggled very badly in her other long distance race, the Benfleet 15 in 2007. Both races though before she had trained properly and long term, she seems capable of a good distance race, once the endurance has improved."
However, looking at this year 2009 he pointed out, her targets include the World Masters W45 indoor 1500m record of 4:40.3 (she ran 4:36.46 in February 2008 and other British records she is capable of doing, which are listed on the books 800 -2:19.7 (She ran 2.17 in January last year), 4:44.0 for 1500 and 10.00.05 for 3000m (She ran 9:54.86 in France) British Indoor W45 records at 1500 of 4:40.97 and 5000 of 17:09.3 are slower than times she ran outdoors in 2008.
Clare Elms mentioned the indoor races last year in January/February as successful for her ' I think I was running really well indoors then. I had never run indoors before. It was an amazing feeling. No wind and on the carpet.'
In 2007 Clare Elms won the W40' 800/1500/5000 in the British Masters Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham after she first raced on the track in May and in August won the Southern Inter-Counties senior 3000m at Crystal Palace in sub 10 minutes but it was in 2008 she topped the W40 ranking at 1500, mile (British W40 record) 3000, 5000 and 5k on the road. Going back to 2007 again, she ran 35:18 in the Telford 10k road race, taking 90 seconds off her best time and topping the UK rankings and she broke the hour for 10 miles on the 19th of November doing 59.15 in the Cabbage Patch 10 miles.
Her coach and Clare Elms feel they will cut down on the races and prepare more for the important one's in 2009.
However, she did not appear to regret competing a great deal in 2007/2008
'Last year it was rainy or windy every time I raced on the track virtually so, I always did another race with the hopes that conditions would be better each time' She also added another reason to why she had been such a prolific racer in such a short time.
One must say her first claim club is Dulwich, which she joined because her coach is there to be on hand as she also wanted to improve but having lived in Beckenham all her life she likes to run for Beckenham running club also when she can so, she has kept her second claim status with them. Dulwich and Beckenham do not compete in the track leagues in the Summer so she runs for Cambridge Harriers on the track.
' I love Cambridge Harriers and the vets team, such lovely people. In a way, they kind of relied on me. I think what happens to me is they ask me 'Can I do this or that' and I race a lot of events and do several in the Southern league as well. Although it helps with endurance, using the races as training runs, I probably should not be doing them.'
Clare Elms was born in Beckenham on 26.12.63, went to Colona Grammar School, Croydon. They had a 100m grass track marked out and she won on Sports day and in fact won a couple of 200's against other schools. ' My Mother was not into it particularly. Not a thing I should be doing. My Father did like to see me swim at Beckenham. She gave up running till she was 27 and although she did not train for it, she went into the London 10k in 1990, won by Rosa Mota and was 48th in 41.20.
I wondered was that a good indicator for her that she had some talent?
'I did not know what 41/42 minutes for 10k meant. I remember I started fast and ended up in agony.'
In 2006 she returned to give it a go for charity and see, whether she could improve on what she did at 27 and she managed a time of 39.03.
'One of the Mums at school who was a physio saw me out running and said ' Clare you look like quite a good runner; Why don't you belong to a running club.' I said 'I'll see' and went down to Beckenham running club. Straight away I was the fastest there' I did my first Assembly league and I was 3rd lady. That was the beginning.'
She was one of three who went down to Dulwich. One of the others being Andrea Pickup and that was when she met her coach Steve Smythe who was coaching at the club..
What did her husband Clive, who is a Private Clients Broker, think of her being so much into athletics.
' I have three eight year olds' to look after James, Alex and Lucy but, as long as it fits in, we know what we are doing, it does not effect them and, as long as they are looked after. I bring them along to fun runs so they can join in as well. They all, already, seem to like running. James was first of some 500 in the Bromley Sports meeting at Crystal Palace and Lucy was fifth. James came straight out and off he went! Clive has been amazed that the talent has come out in me and therefore he says keep going. It is exciting as my times are getting quicker. Just to see what I can do if I train. properly'
Clare Elms worked for the Union Discount Company for 121/2 years and 2/3 years at Barclays.
She summed up her athletics
" It's lovely, I love it! I really do. I can't believe how much I do. All my life I have never really had a passion for anything.'
She concluded ' It's not running against people. I don't look at it like that. It's your time or what you can improve on. You can't argue with a stop watch. You can't say that can't be right.'
'It's that feeling on a good day when you are running well. I love training on the track."
|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|