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|
I met Andy Baddeley by chance at the beginning of July 2009. He reminded me a bit of Dave Moorcroft, not just because he covered the same distances in racing but also, that he appeared to have a kind and helpful nature, which was something Dave Moorcroft certainly had in my experience of interviewing him many times.
It was noticeable Baddeley did not bring up the point about his personal ECG monitor, stitched into his chest for his irregular heart beat but obviously, it is of little relevance to his onward athletic progress. I remember talking to 2:09 marathon man Tony Milovsorov about this, who said his irregular heartbeat had the doctors really flapping about in the hospital but it did not stop him achieving a great deal at the height of his powers. I am sure there are many others too. The hard facts already dictate that Andy Baddeley can compete with the best in the World. "I am not scared of anyone" He told me. His times back that up 1:46.32 (800) in 2007;3:34.36 (1500) in 2008; 3:49.38 (mile) 2008; 7:45.10 (3000 Indoors) 2008 and 13:20.99 (5000) 2009 and 13th in the European 11k cross-country Championships in 2007. He has made the 'Big' Championship teams and it is obvious, at the age of 27, he can go on and obtain some major Championships medals before 2012 is over.
How did it all begin for Andy Baddeley who ran 4:18.1 as an Under 15 boy?" I started because a friend of mine wanted to go to some after school activities. I was about 10 at the time. I think his Mum wanted to get him out of the home and do some after school activities and he persuaded me to come along to do cross-country. He gave up after a couple of months or so. I was then at a primary school called Black Horse on the Wirral then."
Were Andy Baddeleys' parents interested in his running at an early age?
"My parents Neil and Diana were always supportive. My Dad used to take me to all the cross-country races at school. Mum came along to some of them sometimes. Often I would not let her come or both of them sometimes as, I just wanted to get on with it and try and do it on my own. That was not a reflection on them, more that I wanted to focus on what I was doing.'
'My Father was a 100/200 sprinter at school and county level. He is always interested to know what I am doing but would never question that."
In my experience I have met some interesting runners from the Wirral. One was a Senior Divisional Police Officer Maurice Morrell, who was a AAA's javelin Champion as a young man and a very good veteran steeplechaser and cross-country runner. He won major British Masters titles over the years and I mentioned that to Andy!
"I know Maurice quite well. He was very good friends with my original coach Dave Jeffs. I always ran for Wirral till I went to University and then moved to Harrow. I moved to Harrow A.C. because I had friends who ran for them at Cambridge University.
Going back to those early days when did he feel he could run well and get somewhere in the sport?
" I was pretty good at senior school but I probably did not take it that seriously. I would make the 'A' team for cross-county but I did not make the English schools track till I was sixteen so I only did the English schools for three years and was 5th 4th and 6th in finals."
That must have kept your interest going with more of a hunger to do well, rather than having won everything at an early age?
" Yes, I guess. When i got to University I realised how much training I could have been doing but studies got in the way a little bit.
At Cambridge he got a first class honours degree in aerospace engineering and he is still interested in aero dynamics but, at the current stage of his life he is a full time athlete.
" I am always excited about aero dynamics (Formula One) that was why I did that degree"
MIKE TURNER was somebody I had come into contact with and interviewed. He is considered a guru on athletics and was not only Champion veteran over 5k at 45 but the English Cross Country Captain when England were top of the international pile in the in the 1960's. He was someone who studied at Cambridge and became a Dean of one of the colleges much later.
Andy Baddeley had this to say about him:-
" He was the President of the Hare & Hounds. He was great. I was Captain in my final and fourth year so, I was more involved with him then, He is always very supportive of the team at university."
Andy Baddeley had some good two lap wins and seconds in races for Cambridge University between 2001 and 2003 inclusive but it was not till he was down in London and, at St Marys and living in Teddington, running for Harrow that he ran 1:46.32 for a personal best at Watford in a BMC Grand Prix in 2007. However, I felt the most important thing to know was when he felt he could eventually run amongst the best in the World.
Of course he went on to show that possibly he had the most talent at the 1500/Mile. However, he won the won the European Cup 3000 in 2008, which was something midway between 1500 and 5000. In very early 2009 in Australia he ran his 13:20.9 5000m.
" In my fourth year at Cambridge. I did my finals in my third year. It was my Masters year and I finally asked ANDY HOBDELL, my current coach, about coaching me. I met him in 2001/2002 at a training camp in Portugal. I got on pretty well with him and till then I sort of self-coached myself through University and, when I got into that 4th year I was Captain and I had to set training for the rest of the guys in the University and did not really know what to do so, I had been in regular contact with Andy over the years and essentially I was asking him what I should set and, doing it myself and it got to the point that Christmas of that year when I was doing all his training anyway.'
What qualities does his coach have then?
"His willingness to learn, quite a rare coach in that aspect. He is not convinced he is right all the time.If he speeks to someone and foresees what someone else is doing and, it is a good idea, he will discuss it with me and whether it is worth incorporating it with the training I was doing Often we will often talk about quite a lot of detail about training and racing. He will change my mind or I might change his mind. We have a very strong relationship. I think the most important thing is the relationship we have had. Since 2004 he has been coaching me and over that period I have probably spoken to him almost every day."
From time to time Andy Baddeley has shown his ability to do cross country and had some quite good results and some very good results
"Cross country is important. I did not get to do as much as I would liked to have done this year. Before and after the Olympics I had a little injury. After I was having that I came back a little later than I normally would.
I run close to 100 mile a week even in the track season. In a major Championship you need the strength to run three races in five days. Of course the recovery is important.
I like getting on the track but I am on the track a lot less now. Certainly before I was coached by Andy and I coached myself I was on the track all the time.
I mentioned the fact that if you are on the track all the time injuries are more likely to come for many people and, that I remembered how different people are about which surface they feel can cause more injuries.
John Walker told me he used to like to run down the Great South road as training in New Zealand rather than meet potholes out in the fields, Rod Dixon said he used to run in the forests and in the countryside. It really depends on the person and their particular feelings about training on different surfaces?
" A lot of my training is quite bulky. I would not want to run 6 miles with a heart rate monitor on the track. You obviously can't do hill training on the track!. I try and mix it up. The only option is to stay fit all the year round. I don't think there is anything more important than being fit all year round. My tapering for big races is relatively short. The specific work I like to put in to run 1500 it is relatively short and, as I say try and stay fit all year."
I asked Andy Baddeley which races that he has done so far in his life would he mark out as special to him?
"The Dream Mile that I won is Oslo last year (1. A.B. 3:49.38; 2 Haron Keitany (3:49.70) and 3 Deresse Mekonen (3:49.72) The year before in Sheffield in the rain when I beat Lagat over 1500 in Sheffield in 3:34 in the hammering rain. I won that against a good field." (1 3:34.74, 2 Rui Silva 3:35.92)." The other race he thought was important to him was the Olympics (3rd in heat in 3:36.47; Qualified in 3:37.47 also in 3rd place. Finished 9th in final in 3:35.37)-
" The Olympics is the whole point of everything. I did not come away with a medal which was disappointing.'
' People tell you about the Olympics before you go and, its just another race. It is impossible to put it into words how you feel. Certainly how I felt afterwards as well. I would not say I was immediately disappointed, sad or happy, angry. I just did not have any emotion at all. Everything you trained for has been and gone in three and a half minutes!"
Regarding his Winters
" I have spent from January to March in Australia for the last three years training in the sun so, I could do their outdoor season so, I have not needed to do the indoor circuit ."
"Was there an athlete he particularly admired as a racer over the years?"
" Of course you have to respect everyone when you get to the Olympics because everyone has their National vest on. You have to be aware of how different people run and in what way.'
Hicham El Guerrrouj was the one I looked up to as a racer. He was incredible. He was the one I grew up watching.El Guerrouj did the double at the Olympics and although I don't think he wanted to retire necessarily but I think he found after that his motivation was not there and he stopped at the right time.'
Which other sports did he enjoy?
" lots of sports I am looking forward to playing when I eventually retire. Tennis is the big one. I live for Wimbledon every Summer Those two weeks of Wimbledon I would be glued to the television. I miss my football. I played football till I was 16. A bit of swimming but found that a bit boring. Now I associate it with having injuries and cross-training. Tennis and football I am keen to be back involved with."
Andy Baddeley has run well on all surfaces so, which one would he favour racing on?
" Definitely the track is favourite. I just love it."
|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|