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|
The man born in Merseyside on the 3rd of February 1986 was a good second in the Barcelona, European 800m Final but his silver lining, to my mind is his impressive record of five titles in the AAA's/British Championship Final (2006-2010 inclusive). Something none of our illustrious collection of 'World Class' two lap men have ever achieved in the long history of the Championships but, he is entirely realistic about the event which is his speciality, the 800 metres.
" It is a very difficult race. Incredibly difficult to time that kick to the last 30 metres. It can be almost impossible to do that so, you have got to save something for it."
In London, on the 13th of July in the Grand Prix, he was out of the frame in 1:46.51 but pointed out ' I got badly boxed and though I moved out I had no momentum and could not do anything about it.'
Another problem with the 800 running, which I did a lot of at club level in my 20's, is that you don't know if you are going to have a good one or not till you are on the line at the start and he agreed " Sometimes, quite often you do. I think you can even know in the warm up, when you do a couple of strides whether you are going to have a good one or not.'
With that in mind he admitted he still had a lot to prove over the distance first but might try, after 2012, to go back and do the 1500, with the extra challenge and training needed. He said ' I ran 4:35 as an old 11 year old, which was a British age record at the time so I did start out as a 1500m runner!' (He ran 3:41.1 as a PB in April this year).
There was no doubt that Michael Rimmer has faith in his coach NORMAN POOLE
' He is very astute in terms of tactics. A very good tactician. We studied really hard, rigoursly, leading up to the Europeans, watching the tapes of Coe, Cram and McKean and took little pieces from that. We go through it and what we think is best then, he lets me get on with it. He is very good at standing back. He is quiet and waits for me to approach him and talk and not clinging in any way.'
Michael Rimmer is lucky enough to have good training partners recently. ' A good little group at the moment. Nial Brooks, 4th in World junior and Tom Lancashire, who leans strongly towards the 1500 partly because of his cross country ability.'
It was interesting to note that Michael Rimmer' s best times for 800 for the last three years were 2008 1:44.68; 2009 1:46.13; and up to August 2010 1:44.49 (PB in Lausanne in June) and yet, as put to me in the Winter by George Harrison, the North London coach and ex-talented distance runner ' It's ridiciulous that Rimmers' funding was cut as several sprint relay runners were funded who did not perform as well but, Mike Rimmer had his funding withdrawn when he was injured?"
' I was quite surprised as well as it was the first time last year I did not post a personal best, Every single year up until I was 23 I did a personal best but just that one year I happen to get injured and ill!'
I would have thought that was the time you want the support?
' Exactly!. The time you want the support and some help is when you are struggling. I was quite baffled but IAN STEWART did a great job in terms of sticking up for me and saying this is crazy and that there should be a level of funding for people who obviously have got potential but have got injured. As you say when I get injured that is the time I was dropped which was a bit strange!'
He continued ' I don't know if there is going to be a new set of guide lines right now but I think that is something that needs looking at. I think for sure '
As an 800 runner over the years he obviously must have already had a lot of experience.When I talked Pascar Owor of Belgrave Harriers (On the 8th of August), who has run 800 for Uganda at the Big Games several times he said the 800 was virtually a sprint all the way and he is going to turn to the 1500 to try and make the 2012 Olympics but in Rimmer's case it must make a tremendous difference to doing the event that he can run 1:44 for the distance, which he has achieved a few times where as Owsor's best over many years is 1:47.90 sometime ago?
' Every time I step on the track I feel I can run 1:44 now.'
I chipped in saying depending on how the race was run though!
' Exactly! In Stockholm recently the first lap was very slow and I was in second place at the finish in 1:45.1, after a slow start so, I think I can race 1:44 any way now. I am hoping there is more there and 1:43 sometime.'
The AAA's/ Euro Trials he won in 1:47.22.
' I was in the perfect position to handle anything. That was similar, in part, to the Europeans really. I was not really fussed if it was slow. I knew I would be there. Just trying to win the Gold (Final in the European 1 Marcin Lewandowski (Poland) 1:47.07; 2 Michael Rimmer (GBR) 1:47.17; 3 Adam Kszczot (Poland) 1:47.22.).
I wondered would Michael Rimmer do the Commonwealth in New Delhi ?
' I did aim for it at first but 2009 being such a year of turmoil I don't want to go there and, maybe, get injured or something but use this year as a good springboard for next year. I am going to have a good rest. Looking forward to having a nice holiday somewhere I think. Have that break.'
How did it all begin for Michael Rimmer
' 8 or 9 I started running. Quite young really but like any other athlete I was football mad , especially in the Liverpool area everyone's football nuts round there so that was the first sport I got into. It was quite apparent when I was playing football I was quick and had a good engine, On Sports day you could see I stood out from the rest. My Dad Alan was an athletics nut, similar to yourself, and watched it for years and years. He has always secretly, maybe, wanted me to be an athlete. We discussed and argued about my athletics as I was growing up, as we are both so very interested in the sport but he has been a massive influence on me. He took me down to the local club Southport Waterloo AC
and it all started from there really. I did a bit of cross-country but only once a week. He did not push me too hard but he wanted me to realise my talents. He drove me around here, there and everywhere. I got the best of everything. A credit to my Father in all thatt.'
Michael Rimmer has been placed in Europa Cup's, been to the Olympics and World Championships but what stands out in his racing life as most satisfying?
' The thing that changed it for me was the English schools (1:58.14 at Sheffield on the 9th of July 2000)- I was 16 at the time. It was my real first breakthrough. It is like the Olympics for youngsters. I was playing football at the time but that was the moment I knew athletics was for me really. I like the game. I enjoy the feeling of being an individual and doing it on your own. You have got to make the moves yourself and not rely on other people. That was a turning point for me. That still stands out the first English schools.'
Other one's that stand out?
' Monaco in 2008 when I did my first 1:44 (1:44.68 on 21/7/08)-I had been peppering the 1:44 for a long time. It seemed as though it was never going to come so it stood out for me. Before that I made a massive breakthrough in 2006. I was struggling in my junior years running 1:48 That one race at Watford I knocked 2.9 seconds off my PB. A stand out performance' (BMC 1:45.47 on the 26/7/06).
' Watford is good with the weather with masses of personal bests streaming through. Watford seems the place to run I think. The BMC have done a good job there and there is no pressure everyone is there just to run fast.'
What sort of training does Michael Rimmer feel helps him greatly?
' The most important thing I have found since moving up to Norman's, the most beneficial for me is the hill work. I do 70 miles a week in the Winter, which is standard and what has worked for me is hills. Variations of different hills.10 by a minute uphill, Sets of 10 by 30 seconds, even in the Summer short hills, just to keep that strength which has helped my finish this year over the last last 150. If I ever end up being a coach, which I would love to do, that is certainly one thing I would pick up and take over to my coaching. Some of the hill work is very important I think. I was talking to Borzakovskiy, he does a lot of hill work as well. It seems an important factor. It is dynamic power. Being in the gym and squatting and all those sort of things do help but in terms of movement and puting down some power for all the muscle fibres, you are using your whole quad, that is beneficial."
It certainly will be interesting to follow the exciting future for Mike Rimmer, a likeable character, for quite a few more years to come.
|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|
|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|