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)|
|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|
Alastair Aitken talks to all the Stage winners
Leg One (NEB Winning team man Dave Mitchinson (10th in 26:21)
MATHEW BARNES of Altrincham (26:02)
" Training has been going so well. I have been racing mostly over the country in the Winter but it's not really my best surface. My coach NORMAN POOLE has always said this is like the main focus, where you have really got to put it in'
About leg 1 ' I have been fourth in cross-country relays and fourth in the Six Stage here. I have always wanted to win the first leg. I am 33 this Summer so, its quite pleasing to do this. My main goal is to do 14:05 for 5k and a good performance in the AAA's. It would be great to do that. If I ran 13:59 I would be really happy'
The race on lap one:-' I went quite hard up the hill to the ice cream van and managed to drop off John Wills (26:05), Jonathan Taylor (26:05) Tsegai Tewelde (26:08), the Kenyan and, Simon Tonui (26:11). I pushed on although they were close near the finish.'
' I did not start running till my late 20's because I was an International Modern Pentathlete. That was for the best part of 10 years. I retired from that in 2002, after I made the World Championship Final. I decided to retire from the pentathlon because I am a lawyer and, I could not combine a career with the pentathlon. Although it is a great sport and does not have enough publicity. I thought that would be the end of my career in sport but I was the strongest runner in the World pentathlon. I took up running and slowly built up my training because I enjoy it'
There are some great characters in Altrincham. The Olympic marathon man Jeff Norman and his sons Dave and Andy Norman?
' Definitely. I am good friends with them but in terms of credit Norman Poole is a fantastic guy. A legend, taxi driver, coach and psychologist. The amount he gives to the sport with no reward gives him real pleasure in seeing his athletes do well"
Leg 2 (NEB Bryn Reynolds (11th in 15:18)
BRUCE RAESIDE (28) of Notts AC (14:01) He went into the lead just before half way.
Bruce Raeside explains " My event I want to do is the 3000 steeplechase, which I did do as junior but came away from that when I had an Achilles injury. I have since run 3:42 for 1500 but I want to try for the Scottish team for the
Commonwealth Games, as both my parents are Scottish. George Gandy has been coaching me. I ran 26:27 in the Midland on a long stage and the next day did a 30:04 10k but, I got a lot of confidence from beating James Walsh in the
Home Counties International (March 27 at Mansfield). I had been mixing it with indoors as well."
Leg 3 (NEB Rory Chesser 5th in 26:47)
MATHEW GILLESPIE (19) of Shettleston Harriers ( 26:38) who passed over to his brother Michael Gillespie (21-2nd in 15:02)
Mathew studies at the University of Glasgow and runs as much as he can. he was 14th in the European Junior cross country. He said he went into the lead at Sutton at the turn at the far side of the park. Neilson Hall of Bedford & County ran the second fastest stage on this leg of 29:59).
JAMES SHANE (20) Newham & Essex Beagles (14:33) " I started taking them pretty early on. I found they were coming back to me which gave me a boost as, I had been as much as 25 seconds behind and then the team were supporting me at the top of the hill which gave me a big boost. I did not expect to get the lead but I had been doing a lot of training for the 800/1500 but, had a bad year last year."
James Shane's coach Martin Brown:- " 800 is his main event this year. He has proved his fitness and not a lot of 800 runners can do this (His National 12 stage relay success). That was what we wanted. Some good 5k's in this Winter. He is not really a cross-country runner because he is not too fluid on the mud. Before Christmas he did it for basic strength and we went indoors and did the BUSA over 3k. This is all part of the build up. He might give them something to think about over 1500!." (James Shane, born 18th of December, 1989 ,one week later on the 24th of April, ran his first 800 of the season in the BMC 800 at Copthall Stadium, leading all the way to win in 1:50.89)
(NEB kairn Stone (2nd 27:02)
Eritrean TEWELDERBHAN of Shettleston Harriers (26:35) Went into the lead just after the lake. He has been running since 1996
Kairn Stone (27:02) " In the last bit he stretched it out. I had a solid run but would have liked to have run 20 seconds faster. I was 25th in the National which was okay. In the Summer I will do the half marathon. Maybe a few 10ks.It was bit short for me today but 66.07 for the marathon was not bad!"
FRANK BADDICK (24) of Newham & Essex Beagles (14:52) " I caught the leader up the hill. I don't race much in the Winter but do a bit indoors. (Birmingham Games in February 1st in 1500 in 3:50.35) I am coached by George Gandy so we don't train specifically for the Winter. "(He has run 1:50.00 for the 800 and 3:42.69 for the 1500 outdoors so he has serious intentions in that direction.
MARK WARMBY of Newham & Essex Beagles (26:32)
" I virtually took over with Shettleston (Jethro Lennox (27.30)). It would nice to have taken over behind . He sat on me for a third of the lap. I saw Dave and a few others at the top of the hill and it gave me that extra little push along the extended dog leg, which was quite nice and I pushed on. I am not in the greatest of shape. This is only my third race in about six months. I have got real problems with my toes and, my toes went numb pretty much form the top of the hill. They were really sore. My first three toes, coming down the hill, which was a bit weird but I can't complain.
Would he like to do the European Clubs?
'I am hoping to run this time. That is one thing I have always missed with the club. It would be nice to run for the club there, get a bit more sun as well!"
NATHAN RIDING (21) of Newham & Essex Beagles (15:01)
"I thought I would run steady up to the top and try to stretch it out going down the hill to maintain the lead' (Nathan Riding ran 1:54.34 for 800 in 2009 and has run indoors 3:52.37 for 1500)
About the Summer "I am looking for 1:52 basically"
Regarding the club " I don't think I could ask for a better club, not really!"
MOUMIN GEELE (NEB) FASTEST LONG STAGE OF 25:37 " It went fine and so it is the Manchester 10k for me then the track"
JAMES ELLIS 24 (NEB) 14:34
" Not too bad. Not as quick as I wanted to go. I am working at the moment. I am being coached by Michael East and I am doing 1500's this year' (Last year PB's 3:52.76/14:33)
' I had a few years out of the sport really through an accident. I was run over by an articulated lorry in 2007. Last year was my comeback year. The lorry shattered my arm and hit my head. I was not running for quite some time. It happened when I was on my bike, coming back from cross training, as I had a stress fracture at the time. It is good to be back.'
'Mike East is very experienced and knows what is going to work for me. Building blocs really. Putting down the foundations'
KEVIN SKINNER (NEB) 27:55
"I was half minute down on what I had hoped to do. I had a good run at the Southern road relays but my form has been so on and off
'I am not doing the London' now because I got a chest infection and went on antibiotics but, that was not what effected me today. I just had a stitch. I was not ill today just had a bad run. We still should win it hopefully!"
Leg 12 That superb road relay man STEVE HEPPLES anchored NEB to victory (14:40)
" I had a cold all week and did not know if I was going to run on the Wednesday so, I am pleased to get round to do the boys proud.'
'I am just getting back into things really' (He has run 13:34 for 5000 and 64 minutes for a half marathon)
' I am trying to get in that shape like that really. It is coming slowly. It is great the relays."
ANDY HOLDEN 'A TIPTON LEGEND' WHO RAN MASSES OF TIMES AS A RELAY COMPETITOR FOR THE CLUB, WAS A GOOD CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER AND A MARATHON MAN.
He ran 25 'National' road relays in a row for Tipton and often in the first three teams. He got 13 National medals and he remembers those days in the 70's and 80's and feels perhaps the atmosphere then was even greater than now with the great club event.
" I remember there were a couple of hundred people down there at Keepers Pool. You came running down there and it was like a 'Grand Stand' They were all lined up. Gateshead had a bus load of people. Besides Tipton there was great teams running well then like Aldershot and Airedale and Spen. Great battles between Gateshead and Tipton.' Incidentally Andy, besides being a good international steeplechaser was the President of Birmingham University Athletic club.
|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|