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Simon Elliott: Guide runner on how running for two can be the ultimate achievement

Simon Elliott: Guide runner on how running for two can be the ultimate achievement

June 26, 2020

Guide runner Simon Elliott has helped visually-impaired runners complete everything from 5km parkruns to marathons, and even cross-country ultras.

It was something he only took up after his wife volunteered him to help twin girls complete the Daventry parkrun course, but it's become a huge part of his life since then.

As well as talking about what it takes to be a good guide runner and how people can get involved, I spoke to Simon about some of the things he's been doing during the coronavirus lockdown to help visually impaired people stay part of the running community.

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Emergency podcast: Saving Wicksteed Park - Ben Currington’s parkrun to parkrun 15 miler

Emergency podcast: Saving Wicksteed Park - Ben Currington’s parkrun to parkrun 15 miler

June 20, 2020

Kettering's popular Wicksteed Park is in trouble - and that is, in my eyes, worth a special emergency podcast.

The 99-year-old attraction is struggling financially due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a huge fundraising effort.

One man raising money for the park is Ben Currington and earlier today (Saturday, June 20) he ran from Northampton parkrun's Racecourse home to Kettering parkrun, which takes place at Wicksteed Park itself.

I spoke to him at the end of his 15 mile run..

 

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Brendan Rendall: From profligacy to philanthropy - how a bet about running turned one man’s life around

Brendan Rendall: From profligacy to philanthropy - how a bet about running turned one man’s life around

June 19, 2020

Brendan Rendall loves a challenge.

He's currently running a half-marathon every day in June, to be followed by a marathon a day in July and - on August 1 - he'll take on the 35 miles from Salford Quays to Chester Zoo.

It's all to raise money to save the zoo, which is struggling financially due to the impacts of the coronavirus.

You can sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brendan-rendall3

This is not the first time Brendan has taking part in an incredible series of runs. From completing the Jogle (from John O'Groats to Lands' End) to running across Africa, he's put some miles in his (several pairs of) trainers.

His greatest challenge, though, may have been ditching drink and drugs for a life pounding the world's pavements.

There was certainly plenty to catch-up with him about...

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Chris Lamb: Meet the man who does everything from sub-17 minute 5ks to wife carrying

Chris Lamb: Meet the man who does everything from sub-17 minute 5ks to wife carrying

June 12, 2020

If your looking for someone who makes the most of everything running has to offer, Chris Lamb is your man.

A British Masters athlete he recently completed 5kms in an impressive 16 minutes 16 seconds, while his marathon times take some beating as well.

Chris isn't one of those super serious running types though. When he's not travelling at speed, he can usually be found taking place in some bizarre race or other, from the UK wife carrying championships to putting on his own Quirky Races.

Meanwhile, as a coach, Chris helps train other runners through his successful Parklands Jog and Run group. Safe to say we had plenty to talk about...

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Eric Xiocca: A marathon a month, bears as running ‘companions’ and dreams of the American big three

Eric Xiocca: A marathon a month, bears as running ‘companions’ and dreams of the American big three

June 5, 2020

Eric Xiocca likes a challenge. When he turned 40 he decided to run a marathon every month for each month of his 40th year.

He enjoyed it so much he's kept going, and as he approaches 43 his next big goal is to run a marathon in every US state before he turns 50.

Even Covid-19 hasn't stopped him, although it has at least delayed his hopes of running in three of the world's biggest marathons: Boston, Chicago and New York.

He's hoping that dream can still be realised, but in the meantime we had plenty to talk about; from dietary preferences to keeping an eye out for bears during training runs...

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