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|
|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|
AN OUTSTANDING CLUBMAN IS SOMEBODY EVERYONE SHOULD ADMIRE. MANY GO UNNOTICED WHERE AS OLYMPIC ATHLETES GET PLENTY OF ACCOLADES. HERE IS ONE OF HIGHGATE HARRIERS GREAT 'CLUBMEN' OVER THE YEARS.
Interviewed by Alastair Aitken in Sepember 2004
There are precious few Highgate Harriers that could claim to having been officials and committee members for the club for last 45 years of the last 50 years but, in that regard Bob Slowe is certainly one of those.
Bob Slowe has been a competitive athlete, till the last six years and, held the post of President, General Secretary, Running Section Secretary, Auditor, Treasurer,'Gate' Editor/publisher, Physio and he has even sponsored an athlete!
I talked to Bob at his office in Hampstead, where he still carry's on business in a major capacity, a couple of times a week. It was a glorious sunny day in early September, which really showed off Hampstead at it's best.
The one thing that interested me most was 'What stood out for Bob over all those years with Highgate Harriers?'
He said in that positive way of his
"When I finally became a decent cross-country runner and started finishing towards the front of fields and eventually got selected for Middlesex. I enjoyed that period immensely and also when I discovered in my 40's that I was basically a marathon runner anyway and started doing respectable times for the marathon (2:32) but cross-country has always been the thing I enjoyed. I never really enjoyed track running."
I would like to point out though that Bob also ran well for Highgate on the track doing around 1:54 to 1:56 for 800m and also came fifth in a blanket finish in the Maccabiah Games 1500 in Tel Aviv, behind the winner Ray Roseman, who was the first runner to run 'exactly Four minute's for the mile.
Bob was placed several times in age categories 'Over the age of 50' in the London Marathon..
I have vivid memories myself off Bob Slowe, pulling away from me with a group, on six mile training runs in the late 60's early '70's, as we ran up Bishops Avenue. He was training at the time with such good runners as Allan James, Oliver Fenton, Guy Ogden, Dave Yaffe and Doug Gustone.
"I was never up with internationals in races but I was a good club runner. Olly and Allan were good club or county runners, Doug Gunstone went on to be a very good marathon runner and both Guy and Doug were superb track runners. Dave Yaffe in fact was better than me till we got very old!"
Living in Hampstead Garden Suburb and being able to run on the Heath must have meant a lot to him and, a wonderful anti-stress mechanism for his intense business dealings.
"Definitely. For many years I have run to work and home again over the heath about six miles each way, that enabled me to keep training during the time the children were growing up and a long time afterwards. Many people still come up to me and recognise me, even now, and they say 'Oh you are the chap who used to run across the Heath. We used to set our clock by you'. I valued my run in and out from work when I could go over problems in my mind, even without thinking about it and even more so running home, having left work somewhat stressed but by the time I got home I was completely calm and quite a lot of problems had sorted themselves out."
Amongst the jobs that Bob has done with the club some must have been really pleasurable. Bob pointed out
'I can't say that any one was particularly more pleasurable than the others. I enjoyed being in the management of the club and of course the thing that went on the longest was editing the club magazine 'The Gate' which I started with Rob Kennan and I did it on and off for ages. Various other people like Paul Lovell came and went while we were doing it. Rob went to Ireland and I joined up with Sonia Wilson and more recently Javier Pes. Probably the first club journal I had anything to do with was in the early 1960's. I have been doing it on and off since then.'
With all those jobs, what did Bob feel about people, that have been years in the club but don't necessarily contribute to helping with the club. He was understanding about that when he said
"Some people are joiners, some takers, some join the club for a particular reason because they enjoy their sport but don't want to have any further involvement. I think you must respect everyone's own decision on that and not be critical. I got a lot of pleasure out of joining in and doing things with people and I would not have missed it for the World but there are some people whose lives are structured in a different way and I think one must accept everybody's decision on that."
He added 'I have got a lot of pleasure out of my sports massage and remedial massage. I spent every Thursday night at the track treating all the Highgate members. It was hard work but I found eventually I was getting too tired.'
Bob has not relinquished himself totally from Highgate matters by any means, although there are many people he does not know personally like he did in days gone bye. He is involved with the corporation of running the Heath and views things from a distance. He did point out though (I must point out what is now said was back in September of 2004) "I think the Management and coaching side of the club is weak. I don't think the club could survive by losing someone like Jack Bayliss.
The younger members are starting to get involved with management, like Ben Pochee and Nick Gold but it needs a lot more at the top particularly on the Young athletes side.'
He continued 'They are vastly overloaded with no permanent athletics team manager. One could say the recent success we have been having was despite all those problems rather than....There is no secret that I believe in this modern world there is not the room for more than one club in North London.'
Bob hoped that the time would be right for such clubs as say London Heathside and Highgate merging, in order to have a stable and robust structure for the future. Bob added "While we are having success it won't happen and I can quite understand people thinking 'Why should we merge ourselves' History has shown clubs only merge from weakness when they are on the way out, when the way of survival is 'merger' but that is not a good merger. What I would really like to see is two strong clubs merging."
Bob can remember how he came into running partly through a Master at prep school in Seaford.He had been an Olympian. Bob found out as a ten year old he could run better than many boys at school when, overtaking them on a run back to school.
It was something he then enjoyed for the foreseeable future.
There was one period in his life, five years ago (at the time of writing this story in 2004) when he had a heart attack brought on mainly through personal stress because, he did not have a family history in such matters.It was a great shock to him at the time, having been a runner for so many years for that to happen at all but typically, Bob rose above it all and continues to go out jogging and even playing some golf, as well as continuing his work but his racing days are over.However, by then, he was already well into his '60's and had had a very long racing life..
Bob values all his time with Highgate Harriers and there are many, particularly the older members of Highgate Harriers, who realise how important it was that he was willing to put in so much time over the years to further the cause of the club and, for that all Highgate Harriers can be thankful for..
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|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|