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By runners, for runners - Marathon Talk is a weekly podcast dedicated to keeping you on the inside track to successful running. Experienced multi-sport athletes Martin Yelling and Tom Williams discuss interesting and topical issues from the world of marathon running and along with regular guest inte…

Martin Yelling and Tom Williams


    • Jan 19, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 33m AVG DURATION
    • 606 EPISODES

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    Episode 600 - Dave Bedford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 192:17

    Join us one last time as we discuss the latest news in running (and life!) and interview legend of running and the London Marathon, Dave Bedford. We catch up with Tom as we look back over 12 years of Marathon Talk, and there's a very special Tony's Trials. We want to thank each and every one of you for coming on the run with us. Whether you have run, laughed, cried, worn your kit around the world, felt Jantastic, rated your run, ranted or raved. We are grateful for each and every interaction, for the community you have created and we thank you for the support.

    Episode 599 - Steve Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 95:12

    Holly catches up with running legend Steve Way to talk about his career and future plans. Both the male and female 5k World Records are broken in Barcelona, there's a new Winter Wainwrights record, Martin speaks to Nina from new running app Byrd, and we have a rather large announcement.

    Episode 598 - Gary House

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 77:39

    Holly speaks to coach, ultra runner, and podcaster, Gary House, Martin's been swimming in the sea in the dark, and Tom's back in the room.

    Episode 597 - Kevin Dutton & Steve Ingham

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 103:39

    Fantastic running from Fionnuala McCormack at the Valencia marathon, we take a look at the British Athletics Cross Challenge results, Martin speaks to Kevin Dutton & Steve Ingham about their metro marathon challenge and this week's Training Talk is how to be safe running in the dark.

    Episode 596 - Mike Sheridan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 80:51

    Throughout November the show is sponsored by Runderwear, a small brand in Dorset, who make seamless, moisture-wicking, technical performance underwear to prevent chafing. Plus, Martin speaks to V70 British marathon record holder Mike Sheridan, there's a new men's half marathon world record, US runner Julia Hawkins crushes the vet 100 metre world record, and The Night of the 10,000m PBs returns.

    Episode 595 - Chas Newkey-Burden

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 99:24

    This week's show is dedicated to the memory of much-loved Marathon Talk listener, Dave Blackman. This month the show is supported by our friends at Runderwear, and we hear from co-founder Rich Edmonds about an ace comp to win a £200 voucher.

    Episode 594 - Rose Harvey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 80:31

    We see a new women's half marathon world record, a men's European marathon record, a beer mile world record, and Eilish McColgan breaks the British road 10 mile record. Holly catches up with the London Marathon's second British female, Rose Harvey, and this week's Training Talk is all about why you should consider cross country this year.

    Episode 593 - Rachel Horne

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 84:08

    The autumn marathon season is truly back in full swing, and it's packed! We look back at marathons in London, Chicago, Boston, and Manchester. What a week! Holly shares her own London story and plans for her forthcoming record attempt, and Martin speaks to Chris Evans Breakfast Show newsreader, Rachel Horne, about her London Marathon debut.

    Episode 592 - Sam Harrison

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 70:51

    The road season is officially upon us, with the first of the World Marathon Majors from Berlin and the upcoming London Marathon this weekend. Scott and McColgan are magnificent in Manchester, there's a DQ at the Bristol Half, marathon great Mary Keitany retires, this week's Training Talk is all about the taper, and Holly catches up with London Marathon debutant Samantha Harrison.

    Episode 591 - Tom Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 64:38

    Brighton puts on a marathon-and-a-bit, Vienna's let down by some slightly-too-big shoes, there's a new 5k road record, Scott and McColgan impress at the GNR, and we talk to parkrun COO, Tom Williams, about the return of parkrun around the world.

    Episode 590 - Josh Griffiths

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 75:08

    There's a new women's half marathon world record, the unbreakable 24 hour record is broken, there's incredible results at the UTMB ultra festival as well as a sad tragedy, and London Marathon implements some new changes. Holly catches up with Welsh marathoner Josh Griffiths to talk about his career and future plans, and this week's Training Talk is all about perfecting your race craft after a lay off.

    Episode 589 - Steph Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 72:17

    Throughout August, the show is sponsored by Iffley Road, an independent British brand that champions the joy of running. This week, we look back at the endurance performances at the Olympics, the London Marathon reveal their elite field for 2021 and their new date for 2022. Holly catches up with Olympic marathoner Steph Davis, and this week's Training Talk is all about where you should be with just seven weeks to go until the London Marathon.

    Episode 588 - Jerry Lockspeiser, Running Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 105:25

    Thank you to the classic British running clothing company, Iffley Road, for supporting this week's show. Their founder, Bill Byrne, joins us to talk about his love of running and the heritage of the brand. The Olympic Games are here, and we look back at some of the dramas, tears, performances, and stories from events that have excited, inspired, and intrigued. And Martin speaks to Jerry Lockspeiser, author of Running Stories, a book supporting the brilliant Running Charity, and filled with stories of people struggling with self-doubt who put one foot forward and never look back.

    Episode 587 - Sian Longthorpe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 86:31

    We talk all about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics Games, Andy Butchart receives a suspended ban after comments over faked covid tests, and Sir Mo Farah has broken his foot. Holly speaks to Sian Longthorpe about her gender reassignment, and how running has been her saviour. And this week's Training Talk is all about running in the heat.

    Episode 586 - Matt Rogan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 93:50

    Martin speaks to Matt Rogan, author of How Sport Can Reboot our Future. After the British trials 65 athletes are selected for Tokyo, Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe's 5,000m British record, Beth Pascall wins the Western States 100 in tough conditions, and there's a new Wainwrights record. Plus, Training Talk is all about racing within marathon training.

    Episode 585 - Calum Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 86:33

    Thanks to Runderwear for supporting this week's show. Anji speaks to English National Cross Country Champion (and triathlete), Calum Johnson. It's the Team GB Tokyo Olympic trials at the weekend, including one more go for Mo, American 1,500m runner Shelby Houlihan gets four-year ban, and Training Talk looks at kick-starting your autumn marathon build-up.

    Episode 584 - Jo Wilkinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 90:56

    Holly speaks to British athletics coach and former elite athlete, Jo Wilkinson, there's national track titles and Olympic qualifiers at the Muller Trials in Birmingham, and a new 10,000m women's track world record. Sir Mo Farah suffers a shock defeat, Damian Hall sets a new Wainwright's C2C record, and for this week's Training Talk we discuss our techniques for to improve mental toughness when racing.

    Episode 583 - Celebrating Ron Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 93:42

    Thanks to TRIBE nutrition for supporting this week’s show. We remember legendary marathoner and running icon Dr Ron Hill, and revisit his 2011 interview with Tom. John Kelly recaptures his Pennine Way FKT, there's some crazy-fast 800m times at Ostrava, and a tragedy in China. As parkrun COO, Tom also shares his thoughts on parkrun's return. Plus Exhale coffee support Training Talk as we bring you three sessions to knock out before parkrun resumes.

    Episode 582 - Damian Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 111:31

    Martin talks to Damian Hall about his new book, In it for the Long Run. Thank you to Tribe for supporting this week's show, we catch up with co-founder Tom Stancliffe. There's a new 12-year-old 5K world record, and Anna Rutherford breaks the Southern Upland Record ... fueled on stock cubes. Training Talk is supported by Exhale Coffee, and we speak to their founder, Alex Higham, and discuss our personal returns to running post COVID jab.

    Episode 581 - Chris Pratt

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 99:38

    Holly speaks to long-term Marathon Talk super-fan, Chris Pratt, World and British records fall at the Centurion 100 miler, Eliud Kipchoge wins the NN Mission Marathon, Sonia O Sullivan takes on a new Nike coaching role in Portland, Oregon, we see some cracking times at the Cheshire Elite Marathon, and Training Talk is all about running a Thommo.

    Episode 580 - Chris Thompson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 97:59

    Martin speaks to Chris Thompson about his recent victory at the British Olympic marathon trials, and racing's back with Beth Potter running a 5k British record at the Podium 5k. Team GB select their Tokyo marathoners, there's a new half marathon women's world record, Des Linden's going for the 50K world record, plus there's a new V70 national record.

    Episode 579 - Steph Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 66:46

    It's the Team GB Olympic Marathon Trials from Kew Gardens, which we hear all about from our roving reporter, Anji Andrews. Holly also speaks to the women’s winner Steph Davis, Fukuoka is no more, and there's an update on the UKA review of the cross country distances.

    Episode 578 - Tom Bedford

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 87:58

    Martin speaks to Team GB Olympic Marathon trials Race Director, Tom Bedford, the Boston Marathon goes virtual, we catch up on the first of the outdoor track action in Wales, Mo's back on the roads, and after the female V60 marathon WR was broken last weekend in Japan, Training Talk is all about running as a veteran.

    Episode 577 - Joan Benoit Samuelson

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 79:12

    Martin speak to 1984 Olympic Marathon Champion and two-time Boston Marathon Champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson. British athletes clock super-fast times on the track in California, there are heated debates about whether runners should be wearing masks, forty-five athletes break 2:10 in Japan, and Training Talk is all about returning to racing post lockdown.

    Episode 576 - Tom Craggs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 89:45

    Holly speaks to England National Marathon Lead, Tom Craggs, about his coaching philosophy. Martin and Anji’s book, Running in the Midpack: How to be a Strong, Successful and Happy Runner, is out on now. Plus, there’s a new women's 5k WR on the road, a new women’s parkrun record, the London Marathon announce their ballot results, Laura Muir lowers the British 1,500m indoor record, and Training Talk is all about injuries.

    Episode 575 - Scott Burrell

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 91:02

    Martin speaks to Scott Burrell about running with Type 1 Diabetes, Martin and Anji’s book, Running in the Midpack: How to be a Strong, Successful, and Happy Runner, is out on February the 4th, there’s a new u20 indoor World Record over 800m, Jim Walmsley just misses out, NOT10KMPBs is off, London goes big, and Richard Edmunds from Runderwear joins us to share news of their Easter virtual event.

    Episode 574 - Sophie Raworth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 93:29

    Holly talks to runner and BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth about how running has been her saviour through lockdown. We also talk about XC running distances, running with a mask, and being a lockdown diva. Plus, Training Talk is back with strength training for runners.

    Episode 573 - Pete Reed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 93:56

    On this week’s show Martin and Holly and catch up after the Christmas break. Martin speaks to British rower and three time Olympic Gold Medallist Pete Reed about life after his spinal stroke in 2019. We look back at ‘something on social’ and ‘the world of running’ and Training Talk is back with the benefits of going easy in lockdown.

    Episode 572 - Farewell Tom and Tony

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 108:55

    On this weeks show we say farewell to Tom and Tony in a special end of an era show. Tom, Tony, Holly and Martin celebrate the last 11 years together. Tony brings us his his final Tony's Trials and we listen back to some of the all time time classics. Thank you Tom and Tony. We love yo both. 

    Episode 571 - Brian Flaspohler

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 84:25

    On this week’s show Martin hosts with Holly. We're joined from across the pond by Brian Flaspohler to talk 1906 St Louis Marathon, you run by choice, there's no National 2021, there's no XC in the Olympics, the Olympic Marathon route is confirmed. Plus you guys Rate Your Run and flash your Kit Around the World.

    Episode 570 - Simon Freeman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 71:35

    Holly speaks to Like The Wind Magazine’s Simon Freeman, Tom’s back in the studio (for the penultimate time!), records tumble in Valencia, and there’s ‘the greatest ever two-day distance double by a Brit’. Plus you guys Rate Your Runs and flash your Kit Around the World.

    Episode 569 - Tom Bedford

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 78:21

    On this week’s show Martin interview's Tom Bedford about the Team GB Olympic marathon trials, Kilian drops out of the 24hr WR attempt, competition gets the green light post lockdown, there are super fast times at the Delhi HM, some sad news about legendary fell running icon Pete Bland, and you rate your runs!

    Episode 568 - Nick Samuels

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 83:28

    On this week’s show Martin interviews elite runner Nick Samuels about cardiac issues in runners, there is news about next year’s Olympic marathon trials, the Ekiden relays in Japan get see some speedy times despite no shoes, you share your Marathon Talk kit around the hound and there’s a bumper Rate Your Run.

    Episode 567 - Team Kerr

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 78:36

    On this week’s show Tony and Holly are in the house. Holly interviews Team Kerr, the Northern Ireland family who run and roll together. Mo Farah has a fall, Kilian Journet is going for a WR, you share your Marathon Talk kit around the hound and there’s a bumper Rate Your Run.

    Episode 566 - Michael Crawley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 80:23

    Martin speaks to anthropologist and author, Michael Crawley, about his latest book, Out of Thin Air, and there’s news from Japan as the Olympic countdown continues. Plus you guys Rate Your Runs and flash your Kit Around the World.

    Episode 565 - James Thie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 91:51

    On this week’s show Martin speaks to world masters 1500m champion, 3.57 miler, Welsh and British international and now one of the UK’s leading endurance coaches; James Thie. Thanks to Mymo for supporting the show. We remember Team GB mountain runner Chris Smith, get Mo out of here, Galen goes fast, Laura Muir is up for athlete of the year,  Training Talk gives you 5 ways to run in lockdown, and you rate your runs and share your Marathon Talk Kit Around The World.

    Episode 564 - Jake Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 76:12

    Mymo sponsor the show, Martin interviews new British under-23 half-marathon record holder Jake Smith, Tommy Hughes takes down yet another record, and the shoe wars continue.

    Episode 563 - Scott Cain #runsome

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2020 75:52

    On this week’s show Martin interview’s the founder and ceo of RunFriendly and the #runsome campaign Scott Cain. Mymo sponsor the show. Records fall at the World Half Marathon Championships, Bigs Back Yard Ultra is still going on, you rate your runs and share your Marathon Talk Kit Around The World.

    Episode 562 - Naomi Mitchell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 75:11

    Mymo sponsor the show, Holly speaks to 2:33 marathoner, Naomi Mitchell, Martin speaks to Mymo founder Craig Downs, Tom’s back in the studio having run the London Marathon, in October, in Harrogate, Paula’s European 10,000m record is smashed in the Netherlands, and world records tumble in Valencia.

    Episode 561 - Natasha Cockram and the London Marathon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 84:43

    Holly interviews the newly-crowned British marathon champion, Natasha Cockram, plus we talk about all the Virgin Money London marathon action, and you guys Rate Your Runs and flash your Kit Around the World.

    Episode 560 - Sara Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 82:01

    This week’s show is supported by our friends at Runderwear. Anji speaks to Elite US Marathon Runner Sara Hall in advance of running the London Marathon this weekend, we look at the stacked field for the marathon and how you can watch all the action. You rate your run and you share your marathon talk kit around the hound!

    Episode 559 - Shane Benzie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2020 69:55

    This week’s show is supported by our friends at Runderwear. Jo Pavey aims for number 6, there’s a new WR for half marathon (aged 13), and Tony’s into plane pulling. Martin speaks to movement specialist and author of 'The Lost Art of Running' Shane Benzie, you rate your runs and for the first time you share your marathon talk kit around the hound. 

    Episode 558 - Dan Nash

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2020 83:16

    This week’s show is supported by Runderwear, Martin speaks to elite London Marathon debutante Dan Nash, Mo’s back on the podium in Antrim, Tommy Hughes runs a world record, there’s a new mile WR, backwards.

    Episode 557 - Dan Lawson and LEJOG

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2020 105:27

    On this week’s show Martin catches up with Runderwear’s CEO Rich Edmunds to find out how this month’s show sponsor has been getting on during Covid 19. Holly talks to 24 hour specialist and recent LEJOG WR holder Dan Lawson and Robbie Britton. Mo Farah breaks a record, parkrun is on its way back and you rate your runs and share your marathon talk kit around the world. 

    Episode 556 - John Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2020 89:36

    On this week’s show. Martin's back from ‘holiday’ and joined by Holly in the studio. We look at Farah Hour, FKTs, and a strava WR, Anji speaks to the incredible John Kelly about his amazing Grand Round bike - run adventure. You rate your runs and share your marathon talk kit around the world.

    Episode 555 - Sally Brider

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2020 69:09

    Holly speaks to Sally Brider (Head of Sports, Children with Cancer UK), the London Marathon elite fields are announced, John Kelly completes the Grand Round and you Rate Your Runs and share your Kit Around the World.

    Episode 554 - Damian Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 84:29

    There's a world 5,000m record, British 1,000m record, a JOGLE record, and a whole load of super-speedy Brits. Plus, talking of super-speedy Brits, Martin speaks to Damian Hall.

    Episode 553 - Carl Bradford

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2020 71:33

    On this week’s show racing is back as we see British and course records tumble at the Podium 5km. parkrun is on the way back too. the 40th London Marathon is off! Martin interviews runner Carl Bradford about his experience of Lyme Disease, we launch our new Limited Edition dog bandana, your rate your runs and flash your kit around the world.

    Episode 552 - Carla Molinaro

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2020 73:47

    On this week’s show Holly speaks to new LEJOG WR holder Carla Molinaro who capped off a week of stunning FKTs, it’s a stacked elite field at the Podium 5k, there is a new Ironman WR, we launch our new Limited Edition dog bandana, you rate your runs and flash your kit around the world.

    Episode 551 - Matt Majendie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2020 70:01

    On this week’s show, London is still on hold, Garmin was down, Damian Hall goes super fast over the Pennine Way and Beth Pascal goes super super fast on the Bob Graham Round. Martin interviews The Evening Standards and BBC Blood Sport Matt Majendie, you rate your runs and share your Marathon Talk Kit around the world.

    Episode 550 - Vybarr Cregan-Reid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 90:46

    Tom’s back in the studio, Tony’s on a mission, Hamburg might not be happening, some marathons are off, some are in the balance, but in good news there’s a return to road racing in Northern Ireland. Plus, Martin speaks to Vybarr Cregan-Reid about how running makes us human.

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