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|
STEVE VERNON won the National Senior cross country at his fifth attempt at Alton Towers reports Alastair Aitken Vernon gained his first medal coming third place in 2006.
The last time there was a quagmire was at Milton Keynes, when Dave Lewis won from Dave Clarke in 1985. This year, on the 19th of February, it was even worse conditions because, it was colder with constant drizzle for much of the day and, with the addition of hyperthermia for a few of the youngsters in the early race with some fallers in the mud.It was nearly all called off, for health and safety reasons but the organisers managed to adjust the courses a bit to take a little out of the 'sting' of running through consistent mud. As the readers can imagine with the sludge the fields were littered with shoes, sucked in by the mud. Eventually, when the programme caught up with itself, the racing was very exciting.
In the senior race 1310 completed and an over 70 runner called Ronald Hill ran round beating six finishers in 1:20:29. For those with long memories Ron Hill won the Senior National in 1966 and 1968, the year he came sixth in the Olympic 10k in Mexico (1966 was the first of my Nationals for Highgate Harriers). It is almost impossible to imagine someone who was 'World class' on all surfaces as a young man, at the tender age of 72 running in such gruelling conditions as
Ron did. Any of those 'Stars' of yesterday, particularly in the media who are now in their 60's, let alone 70's to have the 'balls' to do what Ron did! I think he should be given a round of applause!
Now for the sharp end. One of the first to really force the pace up front was Nielson Hall, who had great hopes for a place in the first three, after winning the Southern and Met Leagues over tough courses. he was joined by a relaxed looking Steve Vernon and Mike Skinner At half way Vernon and Blackheath's Skinner were matching strides out in front with Tom Lancashire having caught Hall and running with him
In the last lap Vernon (35:11) went ahead and came home well with Skinner (35:32) next, Tom Lancashire (35:59); James Walsh (36:10);Jon Pepper (36:17) Bruce Raeside (36:24); Phil Wicks (36:25),Ben Noad (36:36), Paul Rogers (36:39) Nelson Hall (36:45) and Dave Norman (37:07) making the first dozen home. In the case of Wicks, who was seventh, he told me after his record breaking run in the Wokingham Half Marathon the Sunday before " I will do the National and then Inter-Counties but not going to go to he International,if I made the team as I am going to do the London" Ben Noad, who was one place behind him was back in the 30's on the first small lap before coming through but right off the pace so he will hope to have a better run in the World Trial. The one person who appeared to have a high placing, above expectations, was Paul Rogers of AFD who came in behind Noad but ahead of Hall.
The first three teams were Leeds City AC 188; 2 Tipton 235 and 3 Beds & County 272.,
STEVE VERNON (Stockport)
"It was a massive day for me. The last couple of weeks have been really tough. I put pressure on myself knowing I was running well and the course would suit me. I wanted it so bad. I nearly talked myself out of it because I wanted it so bad"
Coming second to Tom Lancashire in the Northern Championships!
" I did not have a great race. I ran like an idiot that day. I was so confident and was running so well, that I tried to run away from him and everyone like a mad man. You can't run away from people like Tom Lancashire that easily!. To-day was different."
He started running at 12 to 13 years of age and, his coach is Dave Turnbull " He is a very good motivator and was a 2:20 marathon runner. I love running as well and I have not stopped yet!
The National at Alton Towers:- " I felt comfortable in the first lap. I think I knew I had a chance of winning. When I knew I had won the race was with a lap to go. I just pushed on and got a 20 metre lead on Michael Skinner. Then I knew I had the race won."
TOM LANCASHIRE (BOLTON) THE NORTHERN CHAMPION AND 3:33.96 1500 MAN
You are a miler and a cross-country runner now so, which do you enjoy the most?
" Definitely the mile. I like the track stuff."
You had a very good race in the Northern cross country Championships!
" My form has been really good so I was happy with getting third in the National."
" In the National at about half way you moved into fourth position behind Nielson Hall. He was running then in third place behind Skinner and Vernon. Hall is noted for being very good on severe courses?
" He looked strong and I knew he would be a tough one. For the first lap I was sort of tracking him really and then trying to stay with him. I noticed he was looking quite tired and managed to push past him. Then there was a little gap between me and him and the next group. I held on for the medal because I really wanted that. The race was really tough all the way."
" When did you first start running'
" When I was 12 or 13. Till I was 17 or 18 I still played football and did other sports. It was from then I started taking it more seriously.
" Was your BMC mile of 3:58:03 a bit of a breakthrough at Crystal Palace in 2007?
" Yes, but I think 2008 when I ran 3:35.33, after my first full year training with Norman Poole that was a big breakthrough year for me and then going to the Olympics."
" What are his qualities?"
" He is just very thorough .He really looks into everything. He knows when to back off and when to push. He has got massive experience really. He has coached a lot of top middle distance men. He really puts the work in all aspects.He makes sure we are doing the right things, nutrition-wise, psychology, everything. He tries to learn as much as he can regarding sports science. He is really a top lad"
"Tom do you think you would go up to the 5000 metres in the next couple of years?"
" It is not something I am thinking about now, maybe eventually. 1500's are what I focus on and what I enjoy most which is important."
|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|
|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|