The Alfie Shrubb 8k in Bowmanville was an idea around February 2003. After visiting Norah Allin (Alfie’s daughter) we felt we needed to acknowledge his name once again. Alfie died in the year 1964, from 1964 till 2003 really nobody paid much attention to this once great athlete.
Spread the loveThe life of Alfred Shrubb was an interesting one. Rob Hadgraft has written a great book, The Little Wonder The Untold Story Of Alfred Shrubb. This biography is written by Rob except the section on The Father, that section has been written by Norah Allin, Alfred Daughter. I know you will enjoy this […]
Spread the loveALFRED Shrubb learned much from the top coaches of his day (e.g. Harry Andrews), but was full of ideas and innovations himself and would subsequently prove a very good coach when his competitive days came to an end. His first serious coaching work was at Boston’s famous Harvard University where he helped the […]
Spread the loveA very reserved, unassuming gentleman, but also an affectioate family man, even though, he took me as a very small child shopping, had business in a large office sat me on the counter, attended to his business then went back home. My Mother immediately asked, “where is Norah”? Dad oh! oh! left her […]
Spread the loveThe Little Wonder – The Untold Story of Alfred Shrubb World Champion Runner(Desert Island Books, 2004) by Rob Hadgraft. In the summer of 2004 – exactly 100 years after Shrubb’s finest performances – the first full-length biography of the great runner was published in the UK. Written by freelance journalist and runner ROB […]
Spread the loveALFRED Shrubb’s vast personal experience, plus the knowledge he gained from working with leading coaches like Harry Andrews, led to him developing some innovative ideas about training and lifestyle for runners. After arriving in the USA Shrubb was invited to coach the students of Harvard University and he would later take up a […]
Spread the loveALFRED Shrubb was small, wiry and rank like a demon. In his first big race, in 1900, astonished onlookers labelled him ‘The Little Wonder’ – a nickname the press latched on to and which stuck. Within a few years Shrubb’s fame had spread worldwide and he laid claim to being athletics’ first international […]
I was running with my Running Pal Gord Richardson, and told Gord about Alfie Shrubb. Gord said a run in his honour would be a good idea. June 3rd 2012 we had our 10th Annual Alfie Shrubb Classic. Gord and The Durham Road Dogs were there to help.
Spread the loveALFRED SHRUBB In Bowmanville there lived a manOf sporting fame and world renownWho shattered records as he ranAt Stamford Bridge and London Town.No greater athlete ever seenHad earned a record breaking fameFrom two miles upwards to fifteenAll records bore this athlete’s name. At every meet-at every clubWhenever sporting men would meetThey spoke in […]Read More
Spread the loveShrubb blazed the trail for British cross countryBy David Powell, Athletics CorrespondentTHE British trials for the World Cross Country Championships take place in Nottingham tomorrow in the certain knowledge there will never be another Alfred Shrubb. This winter marks the hundredth anniversary of the first International Championship, the forerunner of the World Championships, […]Read More
Spread the loveONE HUNDRED years ago, a wiry little runner called Alfred Shrubb travelled to Glasgow and recorded one of the most remarkable feats in athletics. Performing at Ibrox Park on Guy Fawkes’ day in 1904 and aiming to set a world record for 10 miles, the finest distance runner of his generation smashed seven […]Read More