Running Tales
Andy Cottrell: The hundred marathon club member who can’t stop running

Andy Cottrell: The hundred marathon club member who can’t stop running

January 29, 2021

Andy Cottrell only started running when rugby, as he says, became too much for his body.

It has now become an obsession.

Inspired to take part in 12 marathons across a year, he quickly came across other runners who made even that incredible achievement look minuscule.

The Northampton Road Runner, better known as Sharky, soon had his sights set on 50 marathons and then on becoming a member of the exclusive 100 Marathon Club.

These days his mind has turned to the 300 mark - this is Sharky's running tale...

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
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Gerald Billis: Sixty years without running… and then a silver medal

Gerald Billis: Sixty years without running… and then a silver medal

January 22, 2021

Gerald Billis is automatically recognisable at Northampton parkrun.

He's one of a group of octogenarian runners who, pre-Covid at least, took part in the five kilometre event week-in, week-out.

What people might not know is Gerald spent 60 years, between school cross-country success and parkrun, without running.

Once he found parkrun, there was no stopping him though.

From joining a running club, to becoming a Masters athlete to winning an international silver medal in his age group, this is Gerald Billis' running tale...

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Doug Richards: How one runner went from being out of breath climbing the stairs to the Marathon des Sables

Doug Richards: How one runner went from being out of breath climbing the stairs to the Marathon des Sables

January 15, 2021

Doug Richards was only in his 30s when he found himself out of breath having run up the stairs to see his son.

It was then he decided to get fit - and start running.

It's a habit he's found hard to shift since with Doug having run across all seven continents, including in Antarctica and across the Sahara and Gobi Deserts.

He's also become an author, penning 'Running Hot & Cold' which tells the story of his varied running career.

I spoke to Doug about everything from how running helped his mental health to scaling the Great Wall of China...

 

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The music in this podcast is:

"Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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