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)|
Bruce Tulloh, his wife Sue and his three children Clive, Jojo and Katherine all have run to a high standard
at some time or another. When I first talked to Bruce Tulloh in 1962 at the White City Stadium he was a research biologist and he retired eventually, having been a biology teacher at Marlborough College.
Bruce Tulloh may be remembered for his feat of running across America in 1969 (Los Angeles/New York) knocking eight days off the record but here Alastair Aitken interviewed Bruce at the London Marathon Exhibition and also back in 1962 at the White City Stadium, after Bruce Tulloh had won the European 5000m in Belgrade. Some of Alastair's first ever published interview appeared in Modern Athletics with two other extracts of his with Robbie Brightwell and Derek Ibbotson. The article was called 'The Qualities that Make a Star'
"When did you first take up running?"
" I came from a very sporting background. All my aunts and uncles did sport and my Grandfather was an international tennis player. Having that sporting background meant I played all sports as one does.'
' I went to Wellington and as I was not a rugby player so, all I could do was run. From that time on I ran. I ran fairly successfully but not top class. I was at the back of the team but I enjoyed it. When I went into National service, if I had been any good, they would have kept me back at the depot to run for the regiment but as it turned out I went to Hong Kong and in 1955. I won the Hong Kong Championships 5000m in 16:46 so that was my first breakthrough.
A lot later in 1962 he won the Inter-Counties 6 miles from Martin Hyman at the White City and beat Derek Ibbotson to win the 3 miles. He was AAA's Champion for 3 miles in 1959, 62 and 63' but an intriguing aspect of his career was the fact that he won running bare foot!
" I had been running in bare feet on grass in Devon and on the beech a lot then tried it on the cinder tack and it was Okay. The old fashioned black ash cinder tracks. It was just lighter in weight. You feel freer and easier. Run with a better action. I tried it out at the White City."
The White City Stadium had a fantastic atmosphere?
" Being completely built up made a big difference with less wind. It was a better atmosphere. We used to get big crowds in those days 30,000 or more for an international athletics match or the AAA's Championships. That made a huge difference and very exciting, and very frightening but made it a great place to run. A pity we have not got a central venue now."
The European Championships 5000m final on the 15th of September 1962 in Belgrade. The first 3 were 1 Bruce Tulloh 14:00.6 with Olympic bronze medallist, Kazmierz Zimny, 2nd in 14:01.8 and Olympic 10,000 Champion Pyotr Bolotnikov 3rd. There were other great runners in the race. The two Frenchman Michel Bernard and Robert Bogey, Siegfried Hermann of East Germany and John Anderson of Great Britain to mention a few. First his account on the 30th of September 1962 at the white City Sadium:- At What stage of the race did you think you had the really under control?
" At the bell; I was well up and could not hear a man behind me then I started to put in a bit more effort; I knew I had bit more extra and was fairly happy then."
Running against Zimny earlier must have given you some idea of the tactics to pursue?
" It gave me more an idea of what he was capable of. That is why I ran from the front, I did not know what his capabilities were, this I would not discover in slow race."
Bolotnikov (U.S.S. R.) made a burst late in the race to be in with a chance of second place behind you?
" I do not think he was expecting to win but he made up a lot of ground in the last lap."
Bruce Tulloh's confidence for that race was illustrated by him when I talked to him later in 2011:-
" I had run some good times. I had run 13:12 for 3 miles by then what was pretty close to the World's Best . I figured my chance was then. I had been beaten by Zimny (Poland) very narrowly in the Poland match earlier on but I thought in a Championship race I could probably beat him. I convinced myself I was going to win. Bolotnikov who won the 10,000 did not like doubling up. He tried a few bursts but he did not push it hard enough to drop me. I felt I had enough speed to outsprint anybody as I had broken 4 minutes for the mile earlier that year and so it proved. I had various plans depending on how things worked out. Plan C was that if nobody was making it very hot I would kick from a long way out so I did. People say it is all in the mind you know."
The British Empire and Commonwealth Games were coming up in Perth, Australia in November so, what training did he think he would do for that, when I talked to him in 1962
" Distance training and repetition miles, very little speed work, then hill running and more repetition work, then with faster stuff in the two weeks before the Games in November. Strength is more important, the speed is there. We will have time trails amongst ourselves in Perth and friendly races to get the racing edge."
The first six in the British Empire & Commonwealth 3 miles Final in Perth were 1 Murray Halberg (NZ the Olympic 5000 Champion) 13.34.2, 2 Ron Clarke (Australia) 13.36, 3 Bruce Kidd (Canada) 13.36.4, Bruce Tulloh (England) 13.37.8; 5 Albie Thomas (Australia) 13.40.6; 6 Eddie Strong (England) 13.41.4.
Talking about that in 2011 " I started off competing in New Zealand in January and February and went straight into the road relay and track season with international matches,.the European Championships. We had to gear ourselves up again to go to the Commonwealth in November and I had not got the mental drive anymore. It was a good field with Olympic Champion Murray Halberg, Ron Clarke and Bruce Kidd who won the 6 miles. Albie Thomas and Kip Keino were behind me so it was a good field."
You had some good cross-country races and you were just beaten by Gerry North in the National of 1962?
"It was Gerry's day. It was in his home town Blackpool. He forgot that he could not outsprint me but he was very determined to win. I was running in bare feet and probably could not sprint. He took his chance."
Your club Portsmouth had a very good road relay and cross-country team?
" We won the Southern road really many times but not the National. It took many years before we could win the team title in the 'National' cross country Championships (They won in 1963, 64 and 67).
Your team runner Tim Johnston was a great cross-country and road runner and as a veteran champion later on?
" When he was 21 he won a lot of cross-countries that year. He was totally dedicated. He won the AAA's 10,000 and Marathon trials in 1968. He had gone out to live in Mexico the year before and came close to winning the Olympic marathon'(AA--Johnston was leading at 20K in 1:06:02 with Temu on 1:06.03 but later unable to run hard with the altitude effecting him) Bruce continues:- " I think if Tim had eaten more at breakfast. He had his quirky diet but he had a real go to win (8th in 2:18:42)."
Gordon Pirie was someone you admired?
" He was an inspiration and a totally committed runner but very self centred, as most good runners are. He was particularly self centred but he would be very kind to you and helpful to young athletes and set a great example in terms of hard training. He raised the standards. We went to the Rome Olympics and it was very hot and we did not acclimatise properly.None of us made the final but Gordon took us to the beech the next day so, I have very fond memories of Gordon."
You achieved quite a lot of things in your veteran years?
" I won my category in the London Marathon at 58 running 2:47. I am still running. I ran a 5k Park run a couple of weeks ago. I like to measure my decline for medical interest. The rise and fall of a runner and how fast one's declines. If you don't have the odd race you don't have the incentive to train. The older you get the more you need to look after yourself. I am 75 now. I am writing a book on old age. I am .looking for a publisher at the moment It might be called '
'Live Longer Live Better' How to avoid dyeing for as long as possible!"
You coached Mike Boit of Kenya who was 3rd in the Olympic 800 in 1972 and also 2nd in the Commonwealth Games in 1:44.4 in 1974 and a clear winner in Edmonton in 1978.
" I was in Kenya for 2 years teaching. I was coaching at a college. He ran one international but he was about to retire at 23 at the time. He was only fifth ranked in Kenya but before the Olympics of 1972 I realised what a good runner he was and told him so and, I kept telling him that and we did time trials. It was the start of a long career for him. I wrote a long letter and told him not to open it till he was on the plane. I said what to avoid and what training to do and he followed my instructions and won a bronze!"
Richard Nerurkar was a very intelligent man you coached?
" He still is! He went to do languages at Oxford and spent one year in Russia and had an academic scholarship to Harvard in the USA for two years. He was a talented runner and very hard working at everything. He was not fast with basic speed but he still ran 7:47 for 3000, 62's all the way. He had the great capacity of not being injured and got fifth in the Olympics. He did 50 miles a week at 40 but 100 miles at the age of 21 onwards and 120 a week when he was doing his marathon training. He did 13:23.36 for 5000 and 27:40.03 for 10k.
His World Cup was a special victory for him?
" We had not won a major marathon for a long time so that was very pleasing." (San Sebastian World Cup Marathon winner in 2:12.57--Nerukar's personal best 2:08.36)
|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|
|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|