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Katie Brown: ‘Was Northamptonshire blogger supposed to say this?’

Katie Brown: ‘Was Northamptonshire blogger supposed to say this?’

July 31, 2020

Katie Brown's mission is to share how to live your best possible life.

The Northamptonshire blogger does that through her inspiring and informative Cake vs Scales blog and her shiny, new podcast, 'Am I Supposed To Say This?'

Part of Katie's journey has been to develop a love of running, and in between chatting about everything from cake to mental health we also discussed half marathons, podcasts and parkrun...

 

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Suzanne Smith: “Running is my therapy”

Suzanne Smith: “Running is my therapy”

July 24, 2020

Suzanne Smith began running seriously when she tragically lost her twin son Jamie in childbirth.

As she told me, she started running and just hasn't stopped - it has become therapy for her.

Suzanne told me Jamie is on every run with her, and he's inspired her to half marathon PBs - and race wins - multiple marathons and even ultras.

I talked to Suzanne about everything running related, from coping with Covid and the joys of parkrun to her unique marathon diet...

 

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Michael Aldridge: The uncertain future of Milton Keynes Marathon winner

Michael Aldridge: The uncertain future of Milton Keynes Marathon winner

July 17, 2020

Michael Aldridge is one of Northamptonshire's most talented athletes.

From 5km all the way up to the marathon distance, he is one of the best around on the British Masters circuit.

A superb 2019 was topped off by victory in the Milton Keynes Marathon and Northampton Half.

I spoke to Michael about how he swapped rugby for running, his training methods and how some surprising news has meant he may have to hang up his racing shoes for good...

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Steve Edwards: The man inside the machine trying to reach 1,000 marathons

Steve Edwards: The man inside the machine trying to reach 1,000 marathons

July 10, 2020

For some people, one marathon is a lifetime's dream.

Others get the bug and go back for more, while the more hardy - and some would say foolish - push on into ultra races or towards the 100 Marathon Club.

Steve Edwards, the self-styled Man Inside The Machine, takes all that to another level.

He has already run 903 marathons, and is aiming to reach the 1,000 mark.

As if that isn't impressive enough, Steve only counts official races - no virtual runs for him, doesn't count marathons he has to walk in and is aiming to get to his goal with an average time of less than three hours and 30 minutes per marathon.

Unsurprisingly, he's set a host of world records along the way, including becoming the youngest person to reach 100 marathons and the most marathons run in a year.

I spoke to him about how and why he started out on such an enormous task, and how he manages to stay fit when running so much...

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Bonus podcast: What do you get when you add wife-carrying and a swimming pool?

Bonus podcast: What do you get when you add wife-carrying and a swimming pool?

July 8, 2020

The answer to the question in our episode title is Ovasinax. In this bonus episode of the Running Tales podcast, we've taken a slight detour from our normal format to meet a Canadian couple who've come up with a unique sport all of their own.

Jerome and Lucy are the creators of Ovasinax, and got in contact after hearing the efforts of Northampton runner Chris Lamb in the UK wife-carrying competition (go and have a listen to episode 14 of Running Tales if you haven't already).

Combining gymastics with a game show feel and set in a swimming pool, it's a unique game to say the least. I caught up with with Jerome to try and find out a little bit more about it...

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Liz Yelling: How a double Olympic marathoner and Commonwealth gold medalist didn’t even make the start line of her first race

Liz Yelling: How a double Olympic marathoner and Commonwealth gold medalist didn’t even make the start line of her first race

July 3, 2020

It's not every week you get to speak to a two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner.

Liz Yelling is one of the very best long British long-distance runners of the last 20 years.

She finished 25th in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and 26th at Beijing 2008, but her greatest moment game in Melbourne, Australia when she finished third in the Commonwealth Games.

Liz's other achievements include holding course records at Bath and Reading half-marathons.

At Bath, she clocked a half-marathon PB of one hour, nine minutes and 28 seconds; while her marathon best is a superb two hours 28 minutes and 33 seconds, recorded at the London Marathon in 2007.

Not only has she competed against the very best, but she was the long time training partner of one of the greatest runners of all time, Paula Radcliffe.

It might come as a surprise then, that she didn't even make the starting line at one of her earliest races - nice to know it can happen to the very, very best of us!

Liz had some great tips for all runners out there, so I'd encourage everyone to listen to this very special episode.

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