Running Tales
Dannii Levi: ‘The thought of being out in the cold terrifies me’

Dannii Levi: ‘The thought of being out in the cold terrifies me’

February 26, 2021

Dannii Levi has Raynaud's disease, a condition which results in reduced blood flow to people's fingers and toes.

For Dannii, Raynaud's can result in extreme pain, in her becoming a prisoner inside her own home when it's really cold and can make running an impossible task.

With the help of medication and the Scleroderma and Raynaud's UK charity. Dannii has learned vital methods to allow her to live - and run - more freely.

This is Dannii's Running Tales story...

 

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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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Shaun Lightman: ‘When they sent us to the Mexico Olympics the papers were saying we could die’

Shaun Lightman: ‘When they sent us to the Mexico Olympics the papers were saying we could die’

February 19, 2021

Race walker Shaun Lightman's incredible international career peaked when he represented Great Britain at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

Competing in the 50kms walk, it was as challenging a race as it is possible to imagine.

Press reports before the team left for Mexico suggested athletes might die due to the heat and altitude, once there Shaun found himself out of breath climbing the stairs and, when race day came, he battled extreme temperatures, raced along streets lined by armed soldiers and found himself passing competitors slumped exhausted at the side of the road.

I spoke to Shaun about how he manged to keep going, his race walking career, how he got into the sport and what he makes of its popularity now...

 

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Photography provided by Shaun Lightman and taken by Mark Easton

 

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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/

Shack Baker: The newbie who discovered how “mind-blowing” running can be

Shack Baker: The newbie who discovered how “mind-blowing” running can be

February 12, 2021

Shack Baker wasn't traditionally a runner.

In 2019, someone challenged him to take on a half marathon for charity.

As with so many first time runners, it was a challenge that stretched him physically and mentally - and one which has changed the way he looks at the world.

Shack's story is one everyone who has turned from relative couch potato to regular runner will immediately recognise.

 

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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/

Kathy Saunders: ‘Major lung surgery didn’t stop me running’

Kathy Saunders: ‘Major lung surgery didn’t stop me running’

February 5, 2021

When Kathy Saunders had to have major lung surgery, she had a choice.

After having part of her lung removed, she said she could have thrown in the towel when it came to running.

Instead, she decided to re-evaluate what she could do - and running has remained a part of her life ever since.

This is a story about never giving in, even when all the odds seem against you. This is Kathy'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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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