Running Tales
Tony Audenshaw: From serving pints in Emmerdale’s Woolpack to running marathons dressed as a smurf

Tony Audenshaw: From serving pints in Emmerdale’s Woolpack to running marathons dressed as a smurf

August 28, 2020

You might know him better as Bob Hope, but Emmerdale star Tony Audenshaw is something of a running fanatic in his spare time.

When he's not serving fictional pints, Tony can often be found pounding the pavements or talking about his favourite sport on the Marathon Talk podcast.

He's recorded some pretty quick times as well and is prone to the occasional fancy dress costume, which regular listeners will know is a big plus for us on the Running Tales Podcast.

I spoke to Tony about how his Emmerdale co-stars also love running, taking part in marathons beginning in 'B' and how wearing a fake bum brought him loads of attention...

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Bryan Lewin: From marathon runner to parkrun legend - with some fancy dress thrown in along the way!

Bryan Lewin: From marathon runner to parkrun legend - with some fancy dress thrown in along the way!

August 21, 2020

Bryan Lewin is one of my favourite runners - but he's so much more than that.

Every parkrun has that special volunteer who turns out in wind, rain and shine and Bryan is Northampton's.

He even has his own special corner at the Racecourse where he cheers on every runner, walker and wheelchair user.

I spoke to him about how he came to take up temporary residence at Bryan's Corner, running marathons and his love of fancy dress...

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Josh Lay: The 1,500m star with his sights set on the Tokyo Olympics

Josh Lay: The 1,500m star with his sights set on the Tokyo Olympics

August 14, 2020

Josh Lay is an athlete with a bright future ahead of him.

The Loughborough University scholar and 1,500m runner has one eye on the Tokyo Olympics - and he's a Northampton lad so we had plenty to talk about.

Josh's local 'claim to fame' may not be one he hopes to be remembered for - he sent two-time Olympian Andrew Baddeley the wrong way round the Northampton parkrun course (Baddeley still set a course record!) - but he's got every chance of creating some great memories in the future.

I spoke to him about knocking off precious seconds to meet the Olympic qualification time, enjoying the odd beer and his training regime.

Have a listen - and remember the name.

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Mags Doyle: The woman who didn’t start running until her 50s, but now run, walks many miles away

Mags Doyle: The woman who didn’t start running until her 50s, but now run, walks many miles away

August 7, 2020

Mags Doyle didn't take up running until she was in her 50s, but there's no stopping her now.

Her love of the sport started after she did a number of long distance walking events, got bored one day and just started running.

Mags tells me she switches between running and walking while taking part in races, but that hasn't stopped her completing around 80 to 90 events including more than 20 marathons.

I spoke to her about coming to running late, her love of parkrun and how speed isn't everything...

 

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Emergency podcast: Brendan Rendall completes Chester Zoo challenge

Emergency podcast: Brendan Rendall completes Chester Zoo challenge

August 4, 2020

You might remember that back in episode 15 of the Running Tales Podcast we spoke to Brendan Rendall.

Brendan put his hedonistic lifestyle behind him to complete a series of spectacular challenges, including running across Africa - if you haven't listened yet, it's well worth checking out.

His latest challenge saw him attempting to raise money for Chester Zoo, which has been struggling financially due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

For the last two month, Brendan has been doing little else than running - completing a half-marathon every day in June, a marathon every day in July and on Monday (August 3) running an ultra from Media City in Salford to the zoo.

I met him at the zoo as he completed his run and asked him how it all went...

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