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|
(Anthony Alexander Jarrett Born 13th of August 1968 in Enfield, London)
Tony Jarrett of Enfield & Haringey AC is currently the second fastest ever 110m hurdler in the United Kingdom has ever produced with his 13.00 in Stuttgart in 1993.
It was obvious he showed promise at the event early on because, he had only turned 20 the month before he made the 1988 Olympic Final in Seoul, Korea, where he came sixth in 13.54 ahead of 1992 Olympic Champion Mark McKoy (13.61) and Arthur Blake (13.96). He went on to gain eleven Major Championship Medals within the following 10 years, including being UK Champion in 1988-89 and 1997 and AAA's 'Champion in 2001. He was unlucky not to get a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, losing third by 1/1000'th of a second in 13.26 but, all in all, the man will go down as a really great competitor and a charismatic character in the sport, who now coaches successfully.
How did it all begin for Tony Jarrett
" I started first with my P.E. teacher and he used to take us down the track after school when we did athletics. That was where I met my first coach John Issacs. He came up to me after a meeting and just said ' I can make you a Champion!' That was it!'.
The first time he came into hurdling was at his school St Thomas Moore, Wood Green, Tottenham
' Nobody wanted to do the hurdles. My PE teacher said go over them and see what you can do. I had a lead leg and it looked like a trail leg but it wasn't. He said try and run for the school a few times.'
Of course he was quite good at the 100 & 200 (Life time PB's10.41/20.50)
' For my school I used to do the high jump, long jump, sometimes the 100 and 4x100.
' Unfortunately I was the only one who took up the hurdling . Our school was good at athletics and football but I was hopeless at football but my skills were in athletics.
When then did he feel he could really get amongst the best
' I went to a meeting called the UK Colts. What made it for me was that I made the Final and, I was still young and running against seniors. I came 4th or 5th in the Final. I was competing with some of the best guys in Britain and I made that Final. I did not come last which really was quite good.'
What races would he say made a big impact on him in his athletic career
' My first one was winning the English Schools that was in Portsmouth (1984---13.9w)
' To win the European Juniors' (1987-1 Tony Jarrett 13.72, 2 Florian Schwarthoff (FRG) 13.81, 3 Paul Gray (GB) 14.16)
' Going to the Olympics in 1988 then,after that Stuttgart was my pinnacle (20th of August 1993. First five --1 Colin Jackson (GB) World Record of 12.91, 2 Tony Jarrett (GB) 13.00, 3 Jack Pierce (USA) 13.06, 4 Emilio Valle (Cuba) 13.20, 5 Florian Schwarthoff (FRG) 13.27.
' Really knowing I was running the times and, running World Class times. At Gothenburg I ran really fast but got beat! (World Championships 12th of August 1995 First 3- 1 Allen Johnson (USA) 13.0, 2 Tony Jarrett (GB) 13.04,3 Roger Kingdom (USA) 13.17-The Olympic Champion 0f 84-88.).
He ran against some 'Great' high hurdlers. I had interviewed a few of those before his time like Willie Davenport, Rob Milburn, and Renaldo Nehemiah. Which one's stood out for him
' My ultimate hurdler was Renaldo Nehemiah'
He did not go to the Olympics of 1980 when America pulled out but he easily beat the Olympic Champion Thomas Munkelt when he ran against him
'He was like Colin & Roger Kingdom he moved the hurdles on. He was the first man to go under 13 seconds (12.93 Zurich 19th of August 1981)---To do that at that time was amazing for me. I always wanted to be like him and always wanted to race him. (Renaldo went into American football in 1982 and Played for the San Francisco 49ers but made a come back in 1986 and, still managed to get into the top 10 in the world but not like he was at his very best again).
Tony continued:- ' When I did beat him I was so happy when, I crossed the line looking at him. I thought I have beaten Nehemiah! I had a big picture of him on my wall. To actually see him and compete against him was absolutely amazing .There were people like Roger Kingdom, a really nice guy who would give out information. He was really good.'
If Tony Jarrett was to look in his cupboard and put one medal above all others, which one would he value the most?
' I think Stuttgart. Though I had my Commonwealth Gold (1998 at Kuala Lumpur. He got two Commonwealth silvers as well and, a bronze at the World Indoors in Barcelona in 1995). At Stuttgart it took a World record to beat me. Colin was awesome that year and I look at that 13.00. It would win most Championships any day but unfortunately I had greatness in front of me.'
Tony Jarrett coaches hurdlers these days
' I have a guy called Alex Al Ameen (Southern Champion) and Gianni Frankis who are coming along well. I have got another few hurdlers in the pipeline.'
Tony loves athletics still! Hughie Teape was sitting with Tony at Crystal Palace when I spoke to him
' I do love athletics still and, this was my training partner Hughie Teape (Olympic finalist in 1992 and 4th Commonwealth 1990 in 13.58)-.having him as a training partner was one of the greatest things that helped me'
'When I came into training with John Issacs he was really good and in his prime. I looked up to him because he was running faster than me and gave good advice'
'I was very lucky because I had good coaches. I had Mike McFarlane in my training group and Clarence Callender who was a good 200m runner and later on John Regis to run against. When I first started athletics I wanted to be a sprinter like Carl Lewis but then my coach changed my mind and I looked at people like Nehemiah and people like that.
Tom McNab, the coach, said to me that if you are a high performer like you were, you would have used up all the 'slack' and unlikely to do veteran athletics where as, people who had not achieved what they wanted before veteran level and, perhaps not trained so hard, would be the one's who continued in the sport'
' People have asked me why I don't do veteran athletics. I have been to the Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games and got medals. I have done it and no need to go back. For me it is finished. The one's who do that are still burning for something. I am not burning for it no more. I'll sit back and watch.'
There is a guy from the RAF called Greg Dunson who ran 14.7, winning the over 40 British Masters a couple of years ago, which was a very good performance and he had been RAF Champion for years and years!
' I have got a lot of respect for him. In my event I could not put myself through all the work as I used to. As soon as I hit the pain and there is no Championship!.....'
' I do give the veterans a lot of respect, still putting their bodies through it. I can't do that. I love the competing side of it and you just put me on the track and tell me to run. I still have the energy to do it BUT to go through all the training and slogwork. My body would rebel"
|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|
|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|