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|
DEBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE of the Bahamas, so far in her career has an Olympic 4x100 relay Gold medal from 2000, a bronze medal in the 100m in 2004 and three Commonwealth Gold medals from 2002 in Manchester.
On the 24th of July 2009 at Crystal Palace she won the 200 in 23.11 and the following Friday in Stockholm was second in 22.3 behind Allyson Felix who ran 21.88 but ahead of Kerron Stewart who ran 22.23.
Now 33 years old, people have inferred that she was too old to continue sprinting, after such a long career but she had some good answers to that when she spoke to Alastair Aitken .
" I honestly feel from when I was a youngster I always had the talent. You find coaches you work with, more so than others, who can actually bring it out of you. I have been blessed through out my years to find such coaches. Now I honestly feel I have found the one LANCE BRAUMAN.'
'I think for a while I had lost my love for the sport with some of the negative stuff I had experienced and I realised I can not be a victim of the past. I have got to enjoy the 'Now' and I am enjoying sport again. I think I am back to where I started.
It has been my love all these years and I am enjoying it again. Enjoy travelling again, even though I had been to places over and over. Travelling since 1999 I feel I am seeing it for the first time.'
'When I first came on the circuit most of my competitors who were winning were between 30-38. Gwen Torrence, Gail Devers, Merlene Ottey. I think people go through a period and think 'Now all the Youngsters coming out. She is the Olympic Champion between 20-22!'
' I still feel there is something there and I believe in bringing that forward till the next Olympics in London'
Debbie Ferguson (Born 16th of January 1976 in Nassau, Bahamas) recalls:-
'I basically started running as a youngster in elementary school when I was 10 at Oaksville Primary (She then went to St Andrews School in Nassau).
Did she remember World 400 Champion Award Moncur of the Bahamas and did she have a heroine in the Bahamas?
' We grew up together and he was like a brother. As far as competition at the time my heroine was Pauline Davis. The sole competitor from the Bahamas regarding the Women's side and Merlene Ottey.
Were any of Debbie's family talented:-
"My mother Elka was but she was from a poor family and never got a chance to take it to the next level. She was the oldest of the siblings. You had to work then and nobody believed track and field could be a job, more a pass time.
In actual fact in order for me to run in high school my teacher had to come and convince her that I am going to keep my grades and, it was only the only way I was going to be able to run, as part of the club. Then when I got the scholarship my mother said 'Debbie it is all about the school, your grades but use it to get where you want to go in life'
Fromm 12-18 as a junior things started to work out and in 1995 she achieved a rare double of winning the Junior CARIF Games over 100-200.Which was an important point to give her the confidence to see there was a lot more for in athletics in the future.
' For me I felt more like 'Some girls had piano lessons or ballet. I had track and in a way it was belonging to a group. A group that does positive things so, when I started doing track then I started travelling to competitions outside the Bahamas, this is nice I thought, Travelling to Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and the Cayman Islands. That for me was a big deal. Thinking the Bahamas were big and realising it was not so big. Because of track I ended up getting a scholarship to the University of Georgia in the United States. From there it was of course always about academics but then after the finish, you get your degree, as an undergraduate and OK you get a chance to travel to Europe. Why not make this professional as your job and that was how it all started!
At the age of 20 she went to Atlanta for her first Olympic Games in 1996 and was in the heat of the 4x100 relay but did not run in the team in the final when Bahamas came second but of course in history she will be credited with being part of that silver medial team. She also managed two rounds of the 100m, coming 3rd in the second round but that was not quite good enough to qualify.
In 1997 Debbie won the 100m in the CAC Champion ships in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 11.29.
She was part of the winning Bahamas relay team in the World Championships and in the Pan American Games in 1999. In the year between she won the 100 and 200 in the NCAA Championships, that made her feel she could be competitive on the circuit when required as the NCAA was an important event in the United States.
It was the Olympics of 2000 in Sydney that stood out for her
" I got eighth in the Final of the 100 (11.29) and Marion Jones (10.75) had beaten us by a mile yet in the 4x100 relay me, the youngest one of the team, I had to run against her. I remember thinking 'Oh My God. What are they trying to do to me. I remember before starting the race I had long finger nails and I chewed them all off. What am I going to do--This is the fastest woman in the World at the time and she had beaten me by a mile and a half in the 100 BUT I remember running against her. The stadium was packed. I was running scared. I heard nothing and we won! (Savatheda Fynes, Chandra Sturrup, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Debbie Ferguson- 1 Bahamas 41.95, 2 Jamaica 42.13 and 3 USA 42.20.).'
'2002 was very special in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. I watched people like Cathy Freeman and admired them. She had the Commonwealth Games record in 2000. I thought 'I wonder what it would be like to get a big meet record like that?'
' I ended up getting a Commonwealth record in the 100/200 of 10.91 and 22.20 for 200. 10.91 was my PB and my pb for 200 is 22.19."
Another outstanding memory for her was the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens ' I got the bronze in the 200 which was my first Olympic individual medal (1 Veronica Campbell 22.05, 2 Allyson Felix 22.18, 3 Debbie Ferguson 22.30)
" It was kind of scary for me because I had lane 8. You think of all the strategies. How do you run from lane 8! I figured I am just going to run, just stop thinking and just compete. I remember getting out of the blocks. As a matter of fact every time I watch it I notice I was actually one of the three people who were one of the top three in the lead and running well. I remember crossing the line and did not know what place I got. Looked at the monitor and saw I got third and fell to the ground and honestly said a prayer. I am an Olympic medallist individually. All the years of hard work, just working, travelling and competing and everything else. At that moment for me it was a bronze medal but it paid off'
In 2008 in Beijing she made the Olympic final in both the 100 and 200 and came seventh in both with 11.9/22.61 respectively.
' I am still holding on and still dong well. I am having fun, just the same as when I started and that is the bottom line for me.'
Regarding her Mother Elka:-
' I think sometimes she is very proud of me and at the end of the day she says. Do it until you can't do it anymore Debbie. When you finish as long as you are happy its fine.'
'Athletics is my life,. I think I will have a couple of years competing then start having kids and take it from there' (She Married Bahamian businessman Adrian McKenzie in 2005)
Her opinion on Usain Bolt and his marvellous achievements " I think Usain Bolt brought back a lot of love for the sport in his character and the way he presents himself. Some people think it is negative. I say it is good for the sport. We are getting more interest in athletics again. At one point I feel, in a way, we lost that."
|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|