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|
On Saturday the 12th of June 19 year old, TREMAYNE GILLING, won the SCAAA Senior 100m in 10.44. His time in the heats were 10.5/10.37 to qualify in first place. Second in the Final was Eli Winn (E&H) in 10.61 and third Robert Graham (HHH) 10.68. (Tremayne Gilling was born 27/7/90 and now runs for Blackheath & Bromley but used to run for Sutton & District).
"That was the first time I won a Southern Sprint Championship over 100m. I was 3rd in the Under 17 before. It is my best season so far!'
He ran 10.34 coming second in the Loughborough International in May and emerged as a sprinting force when he had come 1st in the British Universities at Bedford, where he ran 10.49 in the Final.
He ran a 21.79/200 in the United States in April.
"I have been in athletics all my life. My Mum used to be an athlete. LORNA BOOTH (Commonwealth 100 hurdles Champion 1978 and WAAA Champion in 1977). I took athletics seriously about four or five years ago. I was coached by my Mother at first and Matt Paviour but now by LLoyd Cowan. LLoyd is very good developing my strengths so I do not have weaknesses. As Lorna was my Mum I did not tend to listen to her'
I added that people don't always listen to their parents if they are in athletics themselves and, need someone separate to coach them, however close they are to their family.
How much did he train now ' As I have to be at Middlesex University two days a week I have given myself more time to train and I do 9 or 10 times a week. It's a big step up.'
As he has had so much athletics through his Mother in the family, he must have had heroes and he points to two
' Maurice Greene and Linford Christie"'
Southern Counties Sunday 13th of June
The 5000m was won by 'Raw Talent' 20 year old MEHRETAB SOLOMON of London Heathside in 14:40.31 The 20 year old made a mid race surge that took him well away from the field and beat his previous best of14:43.6 but he declared afterwards " I had to run with a leg strain so I could have run faster. I want to do under 14 minutes this year!"
The London and Middlsex Cross Country Champion was followed in by MARK SANFORD of Basildon (15:02.6) and Neil Phillips, Aldershot & Farnham (15:07:16).
Mark Sanford, now 32, has run 3:46.01/4:06.40/8:57.44- 1500/mile/3000 steeple) " When's Solomon went it was a long way out so I thought he would come back or I would settle for second'
He continued ' The biggest influence on my athletics was Eamonn Martin from my club and Nick Wetheridge as well'
'I have been doing the 5000 to get stronger for the shorter distances because at 30 to recently, I have wondered if I still have it, after having been in athletics since I was 13-14 which is a long time. My current coach Jeremy Freeman has been a great help in getting me back to thinking I can still perform. I was 3rd in the Inter-Counties and second in the Essex 5000, which was good, as the other three Southend boys had all run for Great Britain which included Adam Hickey who won."
BOB SMITH, the Manager of the UK's top club Newham & Essex Beagles had some interesting comments regarding Mehretabe Solomon when like me he watched the race at Crystal Palace
"He is hugely talented. He has the ability to go a long way. He put in a 66 with 41/2 laps to go and took 50 metres out of some club runners in 200m. Mark Stanford who was second is a good runner. He could not live with that!
Did he think Solomon needs a little honing and possibly training with a group of very fast runners to improve?
"There is going to come a time when things have got to be harnessed. There is rawness about his running which is tremendously exciting. At some stage there needs to be a bit more structure about his racing and getting him into the right races."
THE SENIOR AND UNDER 20 CHAMPIONSHIPS 3000 CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN WERE COMBINED IN ONE RACE.
The race was a very close battle between 'Under 20' runners Grace Nicholls and Hannah Walker till, Nicholls sprinted away in the final straight. In third place was the first senior Clare Elms, the Home International Masters cross country Champion who had broken the W45 BRITISH RECORD for 1500 the previous day (On the Saturday) with 4:33.27. The times in the 3k on the Sunday were Grace Nicholls of Tonbridge AC (9:37.03), Hannah Walker, Decorum & Tring (9:41.64) and Clare Elms of Cambridge Harriers (9:58.11).
GRACE NICHOLLS " In the race you can usually tell how you are going, my legs felt quite good and I was able to go with 100m remaining. I thought I would stick with Hannah as long as possible and rely on my sprint finish'
' I missed the National cross country because I was ill then I got a foot injury. The English Schools was my last cross-country race (1st in the English schools Cross Country in Manchester).'
' I started doing multi events at the age of 11. I probably started more seriously at athletics when I was 14. I was with Ashford AC before I moved on to Tonbridge AC. Stella and Peter Brenchley coached me and I have known Peter all those years and he still advises me. Lisa Dobriskey was at Ashford so she was a hero of mine, as you always look up to the older one's who inspire you'
' My brothers Maximillian (14, Currrently ranked 5th UK Under 15 at 3000) and Euan (Ranked 6th Under 13 over 1500 in the UK) are younger than me but they are catching me up!. My favourite events are the 1500 and 5000'
HANNAH WALKER " I was pleased with the run. It was only my second 3k of the season. I had some time off travelling so getting back my fitness. I ran in the World cross country this year for the first time which was amazing. Cross-country is probably my strength and the longer distances" (She was 32nd in the World Cross in Poland in March 2010 and, 3rd in the World Trial and National).
|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|