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Rob Pope: The real life Forrest Gump who ran across America

Rob Pope: The real life Forrest Gump who ran across America

October 30, 2020

If 'life is like a box of chocolates' it's fair to say Rob Pope's chocolate of choice is running.

Seeking a challenge no-one had completed before, he decided to follow the route Tom Hanks' celebrated Forrest Gump character took in the film of the same name.

In all he covered 15,000 miles and travelled six times across America, even growing a Gump style beard in the process.

It's far from the only challenge Rob has completed.

I talked to him about everything from winning the Nottingham Marathon, competing for America and Australia in elite races despite being a born and bred Liverpudlian and taking part in the gruelling Marathon des Sables.

Run Rob, run...

Emma Timmis: The girl who ran across Africa

Emma Timmis: The girl who ran across Africa

October 23, 2020

In 2014, Emma Timmis became the first person in the world to run across Africa, completing the equivalent of 94 marathons in 89 days.

It's just one of a series of incredible challenges and experiences Emma has embarked upon, from roller skating across Holland to riding an Elliptigo bike across Australia.

As if that wasn't enough she's just finished writing and illustrating a children's book about her African adventure, entitled 'The Girl Who Ran Across Africa'.

It's safe to say we had plenty to talk about...

Sarah Lightman: “I find race walking easier than running”

Sarah Lightman: “I find race walking easier than running”

October 16, 2020

I met Sarah Lightman as she whizzed round Salcey Forest at a recent Big Bear Events race.

Sarah, however, wasn't running, she was race walking - and the event was her second Ultra in as many days.

It perhaps shouldn't have been a surprise though. Sarah's dad, Shaun Lightman, finished 18th in the Men's 50km walk at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

I spoke to Sarah about why she prefers race walking to running...

Lizzie Tovey: Visually impaired runner takes on cancer to complete the Virtual London Marathon

Lizzie Tovey: Visually impaired runner takes on cancer to complete the Virtual London Marathon

October 9, 2020

Lizzie Tovey is remarkable.

Despite only recently taken up running when she started to struggle with her eyesight, the visually impaired runner completed the 2019 London Marathon.

This year was to bring more battles though. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, she had original planned to drop out of the 2020 race.

But when it became a virtual event, she decided to take it on over three stages, including a gruelling night run.

Did she do it? Of course she did!

Along the way, Lizzie's journey has also seen her campaign to have guide runners given London Marathon finishers medals, while she completed a self-isolated 26.2 miles on the treadmill - complete with an array of fancy dress outfits.

Personally I think she needs to write a book next...

Wayne Chalmers: Running in memory of my daughter, Daisy

Wayne Chalmers: Running in memory of my daughter, Daisy

October 2, 2020

Running had never been a big part of Wayne Chalmers' life.

Aside from the odd bit of training to keep fit as a referee, he - in his own words - "didn't really like running".

His relationship with the sport changed, though, when his baby daughter Daisy sadly died just an hour after being born.

Not one to stand idle, Wayne launched Team Daisy; a charity aimed at raising money for local causes and honouring the memory of his daughter.

A host of fundraising events followed, including a number of running challenges.

The latest of those will see Wayne attempt to run four miles, every four hours for 48 hours - that's a lot of doing something you don't like...

 

Picture courtesy of Stu Vincent Photography

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