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National 12 stage Road Relay (April 2014) Part 2
The Women's National Six Stage Road Relay 2014 (Part One)
GERRY NORTH (1936-2014)
Hillingdon Half Marathon (March 2014)
Inter-Counties Championships - 8th March 2014 (Part Two)
Inter-Counties Championships - 8th March 2014 (Part One)
National Senior Cross Country Championships - 22nd February 2014 (Part Two)
National Senior Cross Country Championships - 22nd February 2014 (Part One)
The SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS on 25th January 2014 (Part Two)
The SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS on 25th January 2014 (Part One)
Sir Christopher Chataway (31/1/31 - 19/1/14)
Andy Holden the Legend (22/10/48 - 5/1/14)
North London Cross Country Championships (November 2013)
THE LIDDIARD CUP (OCTOBER 2013)
SURREY VETS CHAMPIONSHIPS (October 2013)
RYAN McKINLAY THE VERSATILE CLUB RUNNER (September 2013)
MIDDLESEX CHAMPIONSHIP 10K - 7th September 2013 - Victoria Park
SHAUN LIGHTMAN (September 2013)
SPRINTING MASTER ALASDAIR ROSS (AUGUST 2013)
An Appreciation of Charlie Williams (2013)
JACK PARKER (Looks Back in July 2013)
MIKE TAGG 1960 and 70's Top Youth/Junior/Senior (August 2012)
SOUTH OF ENGLAND TRACK & FIELD CHAMPS (June 2013)
NATIONAL INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (JUNE 2013)
HIGHGATE HARRIERS FIRST OPEN 10K (6th June 2013)
FRANK SALVAT (30th of October 1934 to May 2013)
MIDDLESEX Track & Field CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 2013)
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
John Salisbury
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
Andy Baddeley
Roy Fowler - The Red Fox
John Snowden
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
David Bedford
Clare Elms A Revelation of Age Athletics
Harry Tempan The Rennaisance Runner
Maureen Bonanno-Smith
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
Stan Eldon

Stan Eldon

Stan Eldon, was one of the 'Great' distance runners of the 1950's but surprisingly, when at his peak, was working as a policeman on duty at various local Berkshire venues. That gave the Press a field day with zany headlines like 'Eldon-Fair Cop'.
Even though he achieved a great deal on the track & country, road running was his first love. He was the first winner of the Nos Galan Midnight race, organised by Bernard Baldwin, when Frank Salvat was second. He was also the mystery runner twice. He
ran locally in the Maidenhead 10' (10 miles 700 yards with a long hill in it) and came 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st in that order.
   His times on the track in the 1950's were excellent on the cinders. He ran a junior World best of 14.19 for 3 miles and 29:48.3 for 6 miles in 1956. However, his breakthrough came as a senior when, he started his aggressive front running tactics, that would worked well for him.
   I can remember as a teenager I saw my first major cross-country Championships, near my home at the time. It was the Southern Senior cross country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields. I noticed, as they came up the first 'Big' hill in there senior race Stan Eldon was racing clear of the men who finished second and third Mick Firth and Frank Sando. The latter two thought Stan would pay for it later in the race and come back but he never did. In fact he won by over a minute.
   Stan Eldon comes in "I learnt about that when I came second to Nat Fisher in the youth race of 1954. I had a fall in that one. I thought after that, on that course, there was only one way for me to run it, get away from the field and really plough on. When you run up the hill fast and then fast down the other side, they are still climbing up the hill.'
   His biggest cross-country win was undoubtedly the International (Old World) cross country Championships that year when he won in 46.29 from two of the greatest cross-country runners of the 50's Alain Mimoun (46:30-Olympic Marathon Champion 1956 and silver 5/10k in 1952) and Frank Sando ( 46:38-Double International winner)
   'I did my usual tactics and went to the front. Mimoun doggedly followed me. There were about thirty seven or so brushwood horse steeplechase fences to negotiate and some hurdles too. I took the lead and every time I got to one of the obstacles Mimoun caught me up. He thought he could outkick me at the finish. He just got in front with 300 to go on the bend of the finishing straight. I then sprinted at the finish and left him for dead. Frank came through to take third place. We had all our England team in the first 10!'
   He added 'I had got married to Marion in October of 1957 and it was around that time I had decided to train 365 days 'every day'. I was on 100 miles a week that Winter but of course less in the Summer.' Stan Eldon was police cross-country champion many times and also their record holder for a mile and 3 miles on the track, after he had done his National service in the Military Police but made an interesting observation ' I must admit I don't think I was a good cross-country runner, more akin to Gordon Pirie, we both won races because of our ability as runners.
I can remember when I was 18 in I beat Gordon Pirie over very rutted ground in very cold weather and Ken Norris won the race I was in. Gerry North and Bas Heatley were better in the mud. Gerry was so light he flew over the mud.'
   Although Stan Eldon considers his best year as 1959 he achieved a lot in 1958. On the 28th of June he won the AAA's 6 miles and on the 12th of July the AAA' 3 miles. The 6 miles he said had some really good runners in it like Mick Firth, Hugh Foord, Bas Heatley, Johnny Wild, Peter Driver, Mel Batty, George Knight, Tony Redrup and Martin Hyman.
'I took the lead  in that one and ended up with 28:05 beating Ken Norris' British record of 28:12. Harold Abrahams wrote to me and said 'You were silly going off so fast and then slowing in the middle' but that was the way I liked to run. He thought if I ran more evenly I would have broken the World record. Anyway, Stan Eldon was awarded the Harvey Memorial Gold Cup for the best Champion of the Championships.
     The Commonwealth Games in Cardiff was a disaster for Stan Eldon in the 6 miles. It was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the stadium and like Hugh Foord and Alistair Wood he suffered greatly in the heat and Eldon was lapped by the winner Dave Power, only doing around 32 minutes for the race. However, he pointed out that he found it extremely difficult to operate in races where the temperature over 70 degrees Fahrenheit so, it was another matter in the European Games which were held in Stockholm that year on August 19th. The first six in the European 10,000m were 1 Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak (Pol) 28:56.0; 2 Yevgeniy Zhukov (SU) 28:58.6, 3 Nikolay Pudov (SU) 29:02.2; 4 Stan Eldon (GB) 29:02.8; 5 Slanislaw Ozog (Pol) 29:03.2; 6 John Merriman (GB) 29:03.8. It was a British record time for Stan Eldon:- " It was a good and enjoyable race. I led by 80 metres at one stage and was in the lead and on World record schedule of 14 minutes at 5k, apparently but in those days there was no clock or screen to see how you were doing. At the finish there was not much distance between the winner and John Merriman who came sixth.'
     In 1959 Stan Eldon was third behind Basil Heatley in the 'National',  won the AAA's 6 mile and the very next day was 3rd in the AAA's 3 miles. He won all his races abroad and some of those Bruce Tulloh, who was starting his international career, was second to him. Eldon was past his best when he took up the marathon and perhaps was not suited to it like he was with shorter distances where he had stage road relay records. He did get his time for the marathon down to 2:34 though.
   A couple of things he said stood out as unlikely things to happen these days.
           "On one occasion, before  the Rochester 5' when I was to run against Eric Shirley and Mel Batty, I had worked to 3'o'clock in the morning because someone had died on my patch of unusual circumstances and I did not get to bed till 4' o'clock and then had two hours sleep before getting ready to run in the Rochester race."
      Another one was when Stan Eldon remarked "I was at Ascot races doing point duty till 1'o'clock in the afternoon and then dashing off to Brighton to run the Southern Counties 3 miles where I set a junior 6 miles record of 29 minutes odd.'
He added 'I would do an early shift one day till 2'o'clock, catch a plane from Heathrow to a race abroad and be back on duty the next day at 2'o'clock 24 hours later.'
   Stanley Edward Eldon was born in the Royal Borough of Windsor on the 1st of May 1936. His Father William Frank Eldon had been a British Army boxing Champion in India. Stan Eldon was fired up to run after seeing a film on the 1948 Olympic Games and joined Eton AC, now Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow and as a young man was a chorister and keen on amateur theatricals.
   He was the first athlete to start a retail sports business under his own name, introducing the first specialist road running shoes to this country.
   He set up the first Reading half-marathon in 1983 and organised other road races and he then became particularly interested in  disability sport and after introducing wheelchair road racing to the Reading race 'London' took up the idea. He is Chairman of Disability Sport in the South and District Governor of Rotary International. He has raised large amounts of money for charities and for a running club. Stan Eldon has five children and six grandchildren. One of his children Jonathan ran 2:40 for the marathon a couple of times and Marion his wife and Stan Eldon celebrate their golden wedding in October this year.
Despite now being a diabetic and having a pacemaker to control his heart beat he is still very active with organising and  athletics reporter for the Reading Post. For those who look back at all those great athletes of the past they may remember Stan Eldon will with his fearless approach to his races in the 1950's.


Alastair Aitken
Ian Stewart
Pam Davies
Avard Moncur
Ken Norris
Gerry North - The Most Consistent cross-country runner of the 60's
Peter Hildreth
Robert Slowe - Outstanding Clubman
Anthony Noel - World Masters Champion
Franics Obikwelu
Alan Webb
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
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