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)|
HALL OUTSTANDING AGAIN ON A TOUGH COURSE (JANUARY 2011)
NIELSON HALL, who runs so well over tough courses like Trent Park, Alexandra Palace Park and Hampstead Heath this season, won his second successive Southern Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, on the 29th of January, writes Alastair Aitken.
It was a chaotic start where quite a few were held up. As they came down the hill, at the end of the first lap Hall, was running with Ben Tickner, ahead of a group.
After 11/2.laps Hall, who was lightly tanned from a week in Barbados, never looked like losing with Tickner having his best ever race over undulating terrain, a good second and, back to form Jon Pepper third.
The mud was not quite so treacherous as last year because the icy winds of the previous three days had dried up the Heath quite a bit. Hall came in with some blood on his achilles tendon, as the chip had dug into it during the event but no serious damage done.
For me it was interesting to see that 'Great' character from Herne Hill Harriers, 'All rounder' Andy Lee Gerrard bringing up the rear of the field in 885 position but he is someone who appears to get more verbal support round the cross country courses than the 'Stars' at the front.
Nielson Hall's club Bedford & County were first team with 129 points, ahead of Aldershot Farnham & District 122, and Highgate Harriers third 278 points.
Highate Harriers were last placed in the Southern in 1997. Their runner Scotsman, orienteer, Murray Strain (12th) made up for Ben Noad (Who had intended to run but was slightly injured). Noad expected to be racing again soon, probably in the 'National' at Alton Towers.
It was interesting to note Highgate's 'C' team finished ahead of two of the leading 'A' teams in the North London area who were London Heathside and Hillingdon AC!
1 Neilson Hall (Bedford & County) 48:23; 2 Ben Tickner (Wells City Harriers) 48:40; 3 Jon Pepper (Enfield & Haringey AC) 49:00; 4 Chris Smith (TVH) 49:06; 5 Gary Thornton (Kent AC) 49:06; 6 Glenn Watts (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) 49:21; 7 Dean Lacy (Cambridge Harriers) 49:24; 8 Kevin Heywood (Bideford AC) 49:27.
" I felt strong and comfortable in the first lap.' He remarked about his successful racing recently " Things appear to be moving in the right direction. I have been training with a group which includes Kevin Skinner and Janes which has helped me with my speed."
About his brother FRANK TICKNER, who is one of the very best in the UK and recently won a quality cross-country race " We used to train together when we were young." About Frank he said that unfortunately, because he trains so hard, he gets injured from time to time and has plantar fasciaitis at. the moment.
About the Southern this year Ben Tickner was particularly pleased because he usually only likes running on flattish courses .However about the Southern he said " I have a shocking record at he Southern so was very pleased with result because my positions have been 26th and 10th in the past"
" I have not raced for a while so I was very pleased with the result and to have a run out. I was ill a few weeks ago as well. I had surgery last year so really building up from that still. I feel I am through that and just getting fit again now which is really exciting as it is nice to progress. I love Parliament Hill. It's my favourite course."
NAOMI TASCHIMOWITZ SECOND LAST YEAR FIRST THIS YEAR IN SOUTHERN
Naomi Taschimowitxz (21) who was second in the Southern Senior in 2010, is at Trinity College, Cambridge, studying economics and was varsity Cross Champion in 2009
On Saturday she was at the head of a group of five at half way but moved clear in the later stages of the race. She is coached by Taunton's Charlotte Fisher. She has had injury problems last year with her ankle but did cross-training that kept her going and started to train again well in December. She added " I first started running at 15 but not that much till I got to University."
After Nicola Sykes of Bedford in third place was HOLLIE ROWLAND of Norwich City.
Hollie Rowland considered her best run was in Dublin in 2009 " I came fifth in the European cross country Championships Under 23. That was possibly my best result. I have had a bit of a hard season this season. I have been living in Germany with my parents. I have just been training on my own. I did not do well at Liverpool which knocked my confidence quite a bit. I feel a bit better after to-day!
' I started running when I joined a club in Germany. I joined City of Norwich when I came to Norwich for my University, about 31/2 years ago' 'Just this weekend I came back to the UK and moving in with a friend in the Hull area and, In August, going out to America. A Scholarship at IONA COLLEGE. It will give me two years to get a Masters, train and go to a new country which is quite exciting."
Now that there are well over Two and a half million unemployed in this country Hollies' remark, rings very true when she said " Can't get a job here really as there is nothing going! You spend all this time at university and you think that will help me get a job. Maybe the country will have turned around a bit by the time I come back?!"
Southern First Six in the Women's race 1 Naomi Taschmimowitz (Taunton) 29.47; 2 Nicola Sykes (Bedford & County) 30:11; 3 Hollie Rowland (City of Norwich AC) 30:18; 4 Lauren Deadman (Havering Maysbrook) 30:31; 5 Amy Campbell (Shaftesbury Barnet) 30:40; 6 Georgie Bruinvels (South London Harriers) 30:51. Teams 1. City of Norwich 75; 2 Serpentine RC 111, 3 AFD 116.
GOODMAN BACK ON FORM
Richard Goodman, the Under 17 Southern winner last year, after coming third at his first attempt , won the Southern Under 20 in convincing style at Parliament Hill Fields on the 29th of January, as he continued to show his immense potential as a future international runner.
At Parliament Hill Fields he joined the very early leader Arun Abdi of Newham Essex Beagles, shortly after the start, then drifted clear for the rest of the race.
Richard did turn his ankle over once in the race but he did not feel it had done any damage. He had been injured after the first Met League that he won at Claybury.
The race for second place was on till the last loop between Andy Combs and Liam White. Combs, coming home a few seconds to the good.1 Richard Goodman (Shaftesbury Barnet) 25:58, 2 Andrew Combs (Tonbridge AC) 26:14, 3 Liam White (Hercules & Wimbledon 26:38. Teams - 1 Tonbridge AC 59; Shaftesbury Barnet 61 AFD 67.
" I started running for fun when I was 11. Just doing it for fun. In 2007 I came 3rd in the Nationals Under 15. I thought this is good. From there on I have not run as well but getting up to standard now. Moved from Tonbridge to University and so now coached by Mick Woods'
' I suppose looking back a highlight was getting GB selection at Liverpool but although I got sixth spot, I redeemed myself in Portugal a bit and actually did pretty well so that is a highlight definitely
' I train with some people at St Marys and sometimes at Aldershot as well where I run with Johnny Hay and all that lot. A good group to train with"
" I have been running for six years but only in the last two years I have taken in hard training. I have changed coaches and Mick Woods is my coach now.
Richard Xerri is in your club the Editor of Runners Digest?. " He is a really good physio and I have had physiotherapy with good massage as well"
'This season I started off with 16th at Liverpool. After that I joined Mick Woods and started training with the St Marys group at Teddington and, it has brought me on as the group down there is quality.'
' When did it all begin " When I left primary school and went to secondary school and then I got more serious about it. In the last couple of years I have started training hard. I have steadily improved and today was a breakthrough. Looking back now to other times I won the UK Schools Games in Cardiff in 2009 and I got a bronze in the English Schools but today was really pleasing coming third in the Southern Junior."
|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|
|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|