Running Tales
John Eales: Joining the 100 marathon club

John Eales: Joining the 100 marathon club

May 29, 2020

John Eales only started running to lose a bit of weight - but he quickly became addicted.

In less than a year he had jumped from a 5km jog to his first marathon, and after that he just didn't stop.

John told me how he would run "mile after mile" on the way to joining the exclusive 100 marathon club.

We talk about what it's like to run seven marathons in as many days, and how he may have to swap his trainers for cycling shorts in the future.

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Michael Williams: 860 miles in 17 days? No problem… until the coronavirus came along

Michael Williams: 860 miles in 17 days? No problem… until the coronavirus came along

May 22, 2020

Running 860 miles in 17 days probably seems a nigh on impossible task.

At 69 years old? I'm tired just thinking about it!

Michael Williams, however, is a different kind of person. The Jogle - a lung-busting run from John O'Groats to Lands' End - was top of his bucket list this year.

Sadly, his attempt was cut short by the coronavirus outbreak, but he told me he aims to be back having another go next year.

Not that Michael's running CV is lacking in achievements already.

After starting running to raise money in aid of pancreatic cancer following his sister's sad death from the disease, Michael took part in ten consecutive London Marathons and a host of ultra races.

I spoke to him about what makes long distance running so special and what else is on his challenging looking bucket list...

 

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Claire Hedges: Profoundly deaf parkrunner aims to create running group for all

Claire Hedges: Profoundly deaf parkrunner aims to create running group for all

May 15, 2020

When Claire Hedges was at school, she used to hang around with the back markers at cross-country events - so she could have a sneaky cigarette!

These days Claire is a committed parkrunner and aiming to run her first half-marathon, despite only taking up running seriously last year.

Born profoundly deaf, Claire is now a run leader at All Together Running, a running group set up to include both deaf runners and those with normal hearing.

I spoke to her about the parkrun experience as a deaf runner and how other people learning sign language gives her a huge boost...

 

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Leonie Heard: Taking on cancer and making new Breast Friends

Leonie Heard: Taking on cancer and making new Breast Friends

May 8, 2020

Leonie Heard is one of the most inspirational people I know.

I call her 'superwoman' in this podcast, a description she disputes but I'm sticking to.

That's because Leonie not only overcame breast cancer - using the power of running to help her through - but has since formed her own support group to help others do the same.

Breast Friends Northamptonshire has gone from strength to strength, being named the winners of the Community Group/Organisation of the Year at the Northampton Leisure Trust Sports Awards 2019.

The coronavirus and lockdown have created their own challenges, but as with everything else Leonie has turned this into more opportunities.

I talked to Leonie about everything from Zoom meetings to turning up late at parkrun and having to 'run bald' for the first time.

 

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Paul Albon: Big Bear Events run director on coronavirus, organising races and getting bored of jelly babies

Paul Albon: Big Bear Events run director on coronavirus, organising races and getting bored of jelly babies

May 1, 2020

If you've never taken part in a Big Bear event, it's a pretty amazing experience.

On a very basic level, they consist of running as many - or as few - loops of a variety of picturesque forest-based courses as you can/fancy in (generally) six hours.

These very relaxed races attract everyone from gentle joggers to serious marathon and ultra runners.

I spoke to race director Paul Albon on how he came up with the idea, the pressures of coping with the coronavirus... and plying entrants with beer and cider at the end of events.

 

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