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…
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For anyone needing inspiration to smash a PB this year, the story of the 2022 AWMM 40-44 Age Group World Champion is one to behold. The race was only Gary Laybourne's fourth marathon, and he came home in a stellar 2:21:07 - it's a privilege to hear from him on this week's Marathon Talk, as he shares his background in triathlon, and the training that helped him fulfil his potential. Also in episode 9, it's time to build patient progress in February if you're lining up an April race, we cover some record breaking news from two incredible Aussies, and mull over a shocking start to the recent Valencia 10k. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Cold running essentials, the shocking start to Valencia's recent 10k, two Australian women's new records, and much more 17:20 - Training Talk, covering the lead up to a spring race with a look at how your February, March and April should be shaping up and where to focus 25:30 - A conversation with the AWMM Age Group World Champion, Gary Laybourne about his remarkable entry into the marathon scene, charitable work with Coach Core, and specific sessions that help him maximise his potential 48:40 - Rounding up the episode with a look at the new Majors magazine Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
It's a new year, and Marathon Talk is starting strong with a record-holding star whose standout performance in Chicago set the US marathon record - Emily Sisson. This episode is PERFECT for shaking off the post-Christmas dust, as we hear from Emily how she trains to achieve her stunning results, and Martin & Deena run through how to pick a running plan that works for you! All this, and more on Sydney's push to secure Kipchoge for their 2024 race, a beloved Boston canine spectator, and the close of the Age Group World Rankings. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Rounding up the winter break, news on Sydney's 2024 race, and the Spencer the Golden Retriever's latest battle 13:30 - Training talk; how to find a training plan that works for you, whatever event you're planning to build up to 33:00 - US record-holder Emily Sisson on owning your training plan, how to uphold good habits, her staggering Chicago run, and buildup to the Boston Half 1:02:30 - Closing out the show with some final tips on maintaining motivation in the dark, cold, rainy months Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
You don't need to have set personal best times this year to find a success story, and it's those success stories that'll help drive you to glory in 2023. The year's end marks a wonderful time for Martin and Deena to look back over 2022, and help you use your highlights, achievements, struggles and ambitions to plan for a marvellous year ahead! In this episode of Marathon Talk: 7:30: How Deena reflected on her performances during her most successful seasons 10:45: The questions you should ask yourself to extract the most value from the past year 26:15: Projecting forward and setting your sights on success in 2023 31:20: A very special 6 Questions for a 6 Star Finisher 32:50: Highlighting the staggering number of national records set this year, and wrapping up the running year Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
Success isn't earned by deep pockets, but by heart, determination and mindset. Such is the winning mentality of Commonwealth gold medallist, JohnBoy Smith. Recalling his call-up for Team GB in Tokyo and some of the greatest challenges he's overcome, JohnBoy joins us for a fascinating discussion in the latest episode of Marathon Talk. We also take a look at the fastest ever 2nd half run in Valencia, the scintillating European Cross Country race in Turin, and how Boston is set to tee up a clash of the titans between Kipchoge and Chebet. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Adverse weather running and England's recent world cup woes 6:00 - Rounding up Valencia's fastest ever second half, and the exhilarating European Cross Country in Turin 20:05 - Team GB's JohnBoy Smith on winning Commonwealth Gold, finding sources of drive & inspiration, and accessibility for budding young wheelchair athletes 53:30 - 6 Q's with a 6 Star Finisher, and preparing to reflect on 2022 Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
Gina Little is a true inspiration, and a lesson in longevity, having achieved her 6 Star Finisher's medal at 77 years young! She carries with her the true spirit of the sport, and stories of such a strong running community. We hear from Gina having completed her 602nd marathon, plus a roundup of stories including the life-saving marathoner, an intriguing sub-3:30 time set while chain smoking, and how to use cross country in your spring marathon build up. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Deena's recent Mammoth Turkey Trot, and the World Cup rivalry across the pond 7:30 - A roundup of a remarkable chain smoking marathoner, real life superhero saving two lives in the Monterey Half Marathon, a huge incident in Troy, and how to use cross country in your marathon prep 21:20 - The oldest 6 Star Finisher, Gina Little, on her 600+ marathons, affinity to London's race, and the secrets to her longevity 51:10 - 6 questions for a 6 Star Finisher, and looking forward to the holidays with the 12-day Christmas Tree running challenge Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
The TCS New York City Marathon is not an easy run at the best of times, but this year's race gave us some outstanding performances amid the gruelling, humid conditions. One man who'll attest to the difficulty is this week's podcast guest, the fantastic Ben Wickham - Director of Creative Output at Sky Sports! We hear from him about his running journey, the holistic pleasures of marathoning, and how we can tell better stories within the sport. Elsewhere, we round up the best performances from that race, a cracking fundraising debut for Ashton Kutcher, and the curious cheating tale of a tram-travelling policeman… In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Breaking down Deena's commentating experience in NYC, and top performances from that humid race 25:30 - The most bizarre marathon cheating stories 30:15 - Ben Wickham on the holistic pleasures of marathoning, what makes NYC a gruelling route, and how we can better tell the compelling stories of marathon runners 58:00 - This week's 6 questions for a 6 Star Finisher Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
In any sport it's ideal to learn from the very best, and as a two-time Marathon World Champion and three-time Abbott World Marathon Majors series winner, it's hard to find better than Edna Kiplagat. Labelled the ‘Queen of Persistence' by Outside Magazine, the strength of her mindset is equalled by her consistent success throughout the years. On Marathon Talk this week, we hear what drives Edna's stunning performances, round up the recent Valencia Half Marathon and upcoming NYC Marathon, and share AWMM's exciting initiative to support 2,000 runners on their 6 Star journey! In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Rounding up news from Toronto, Frankfurt, and the blisteringly fast Valencia Half Marathon 23:00 - The incredible Edna Kiplagat on the preparation, motivation, consistency and persistence behind her continued success 50:00 - 6 questions with featured 6 Star Finisher Martin Cauldwell 51:10 - Closing out with a look forward to New York, and training plans to suit the winter season
We've seen the back of a triple header that's one of the busiest marathon seasons for a mighty long time, and there's plenty of superlative performances to pick out. Ruth Chepng'etich ran the 2nd fastest time in women's marathon history and Marcel Hug's emphatic racing continues, but it's the ultimate pleasure to speak with Susannah Scaroni after her first Chicago Women's Wheelchair Race win! Join Martin & Deena on Marathon Talk for all this, and much more on the busy past and exciting future of the sport. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Wrapping up the busiest triple weekend of remarkable racing with last week's Chicago Marathon 19:00 - Alex Williams shares the heartwarming stories from recent races that exemplify the best of our running community 31:00 - Deena interviews Chicago winner Susannah Scaroni on her optimism, motivations, and how the wheelchair sport could continue evolving 1:14:00 - Spotlight on a 6 Star Finisher, and peering into the crystal ball for November's NYC Marathon Photo credit: Getty Sport Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
Berlin brought us a monumental new World Record from Kipchoge, and London saw some absolute standout performances, and if you missed any of it then Martin & Deena have you covered this week! We're also lucky enough to speak to the Race Director of last week's London Marathon about the biggest moments, huge changes to the event this year, and looking ahead to 2023. Alexandria Williams catches us up on her recent back-to-back races, and how the rousing support of the marathon community continues to drive her towards that 6 Star finish. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Berlin Marathon highlights, including Kipchoge's huge new World Record 11:30 - Deena's incredible experience in Berlin 29:30 - Standout performances from last week's exhilarating London Marathon 38:00 - In-depth interview with TCS London Marathon Race Director, Hugh Brasher 1:07:00 - Alexandria Williams' back-to-back races en route to her 6 Star finish 1:19:00 - Insights from our 6 questions for a 6 Star finisher, and what's in store for Martin & Deena Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
Marathon Talk is BACK, but not as you know it… Martin Yelling returns to the mic with brand-new co-host Deena Kastor for Marathon Talk 2.0, powered by the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Martin & Deena - a marathon legend, Olympic medallist and former US record holder - kick off with The Warm Up, a pre-release episode where we look ahead to Deena's preparation for Berlin, break down the ones to watch across the field, and share our exciting plans for the future of Marathon Talk. In this episode of Marathon Talk: The podcast's exciting return, and the many stories yet to tell Deena's running history & anticipation to become co-host Ones to watch at the upcoming BMW Berlin Marathon Inspiring stories from the Age Group World Championships Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.