Running Tales
Menna Evans: Smashing the world record time to run the length of New Zealand

Menna Evans: Smashing the world record time to run the length of New Zealand

September 25, 2020

Menna Evans only started running seriously two-and-a-half years ago.

This year she ran from the tip of New Zealand's north island to the depths of the south in an incredible 35 days and 27 minutes.

In doing so, she smashed the previous fastest time for a woman to run the length of the country, becoming a Guinness World Record holder in the process.

Menna started running in memory of her dad, completing the John O'Groats to Land's End run (JOGLE), a distance they had hoped to walk together.

She loved the experience so much, she's barely stopped running since.

I spoke to her about why she loves ultra running, training during Covid and what she plans to do next...

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Martin Lawrence: The man who turned a lunch time run into a 3,500 member club

Martin Lawrence: The man who turned a lunch time run into a 3,500 member club

September 18, 2020

Martin Lawrence started running during his lunch time at work.

He grew to love the sport so much that when he was made redundant, he was determined to carry on.

He originally took part in running sessions at Milton Keynes' David Lloyd gym, but after it decided to end them he took the mantle on himself.

Soon afterwards Redway Runners was born, and ten years later the club is one - if not the - biggest in the country boasting more than 3,500 members.

This is his story...

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Emergency podcast: Redway Runners Daytona 5,000

Emergency podcast: Redway Runners Daytona 5,000

September 13, 2020

It's been a long hard year for those of us who like to get out and do some races.

Coronavirus locked us down in our homes, limited us to one run a day and stopped us getting together to run for fun, PBs and those much valued medals.

Now, finally, some races are starting again and today I travelled to Milton Keynes to speak to some of those people taking part in Redway Runners' first ever Daytona 5,000 event.

The whole race was incredible well organised, social distancing was paramount and everyone had a great time out on the track in the sun.

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Jeff Kase: ‘How running helped me overcome alcholism’

Jeff Kase: ‘How running helped me overcome alcholism’

September 11, 2020

Jeff Kase was a star runner growing up in Michigan, but when he went to university partying and alcohol took over his life.

For decades, Jeff was caught up in the pain of alcholism, experiencing personal tragedy along the way.

I spoke to Jeff about how he finally managed to kick the habit and how how he embraced a new addiction - running - not only all the way to complete 100 mile races and the American National Senior Games, but also to the point where he could barely move due to over training...

Kath Kirkland: How one woman’s baby weight inspired her first novel

Kath Kirkland: How one woman’s baby weight inspired her first novel

September 4, 2020

Kath Kirkland wrote her debut novel 'Mum Runners' after her own journey saw her start running to lose her baby weight and take on the iconic London Marathon.

It was such a success she has a sequel on the way.

We chatted about running in the rain, how snooker sometimes beats marathons and the freedom you get on a good run...

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