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Marathon Talk

Marathon Talk has returned in 2022 as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors family. Hosted by Martin Yelling and the great Deena Kastor, every two weeks we'll bring you news, views and some amazing guest interviews from across the world of marathons and running.

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E43: Mallory Creveling - Runner’s World Deputy Editor, Health & Fitness
What better time to exhibit the extraordinary mental benefits of running than during Mental Health Awareness Week. That’s been a huge focus for this week’s Marathon Talk guest, Runner’s World’s Mallory Creveling, who’s been working on a must-read piece of work on wellness - ‘The Runner’s World Guide to Mental Health’. Learn more on this week’s podcast, where we also share the best path to recovery from unexpected injuries, peek ahead at Bekele vs Kipchoge, and bring you some superb 6 Star Stats. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - At the top of the show we check in with Martin & Deena’s recent antics, from Deena’s L.A. trip to Martin’s camping escapades and an unfortunate injury 6:15 - In the news this week, we FINALLY get a preview on Bekele vs Kipchoge at Paris 2024, some shocking revelations about Kipchoge’s recent abuse, and we crunch the numbers on the 6 Star Statistics from the past season 19:50 - Training Talk this week hits a personal point for Martin, with the best methods for recovery if you’ve picked up an unexpected niggle 27:50 - Runner’s World Deputy Editor of Health & Fitness Mallory Creveling joins Deena to share their remarkable recent work for mental health, and Mallory’s own journey discovering the mental benefits of running 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/
60:51 5/17/24
E42: Anya Culling - Lockdown Runner-Turned-Elite International Athlete
What a story Anya Culling written, from humble beginnings to the elite field in a matter of years. She plans to continue her upward trajectory as her tale was one of so many stunning performances from the recent TCS London Marathon! Anya joins us as we debrief a weekend that gave us a new women’s-only WR, a moving success story for friend of the show Sam Perkins, and Training Talk tackles the three things EVERYONE should do after a spring marathon… In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We intro the show with some personal stories away from the sharp end of the London Marathon field, like Sam Perkins’ emotionally charged triumph and Martin’s tips for ‘calf-wrestling’ 9:35 - It’s a packed roundup this week, with a world record-setting performance from Peres Jepchirchir, a stunning showing with two British men in the top 4, and so much more 28:40 - Training Talk is short and sweet this week, with three quickfire things that any runner should do in the wake of a spring marathon 31:45 - The marvellous Anya Culling talks us through the journey from a 2019 first-timer to becoming one of Britain’s fastest women in the marathon 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/
61:46 5/3/24
E41: Cedric King - Award-Winning T64 Marathoner
When you overcome the voice in your head telling you to tap out, that’s where a true champion is made. Such wise words come from a man whose past does not define his future - double amputee Cedric King is achieving the double this weekend with some huge Boston and London finishes. His story is pure distilled inspiration; listen this week to learn more, as Martin & Deena also recap the highlights from a blistering Boston race, break down London’s lineup, and bring some post-race focus to Training Talk. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin & Deena touch base on their recent escapades, with some takeaways for those struggling to train through challenging weather 4:50 - In a huge roundup, we recap Boston’s biggest stories from a title defence in the women’s race to domination in the men’s and men’s wheelchair races, plus a look ahead to this weekend’s stacked lineup for the TCS London Marathon 27:00 - Training Talk this week touches on post-race reconciliation - what should you do with your body and your mind immediately after a marathon, and how do you thank your body for what it’s achieved? 31:45 - The remarkable Cedric King joins us to discuss his journey as a double amputee, the battle between talent vs will, and why living in the moment might be the key to distance running success 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/
69:22 4/19/24
E40: Helen Thorn - Comedian, Author and Back-to-Back Marathon Runner
All that running does for wellbeing is well-documented, but Helen Thorn’s marathon journey is an uplifting reminder to us all.   In the wake of a divorce, it became a central tenet to her mental health - now it’s central to her huge goal this year to run Boston and London back to back!   This week’s Marathon Talk shines a light on the mental wellness that so many find in running, we celebrate Jasmin Paris’ stellar Berkley Marathon performance, and Training Talk tackles the tailored tips to a flawless race in Boston.   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We kick off with a poignant recording period for Deena in preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month, and Martin hails the UK’s recent sunny spells 6:40 - Rounding off recent stories, we praise Jasmin Paris’ world-first performance in the infamous Barkley Marathon, cover the East African dominance at World Cross, and look ahead to Boston’s promising race 18:10 - Training Talk: Boston Edition! Deena shares her invaluable experience for those now entering their taper stage for the race on April 15th 22:35 - Helen Thorn joins us in a heartfelt discussion on the power that running has for mental wellbeing, her journey from beginner to marathon finisher, and how she’ll take on the huge feat of Boston and London back to back 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/
54:08 4/5/24
E39: Andrew Kastor - Deena’s Coach & Husband
This week’s guest needs no introduction to Deena - he’s her coach, her husband, and now a Boston Marathon qualifier after an admirable performance in LA. It’s a joy to catch up with Coach Kastor fresh from his 3 hour and 13 minute run as he shares the unique experience of coaching himself, his best recovery tips, and how to prepare your training cycle for a marathon far into the future. Elsewhere in the show we spotlight a stacked field for the upcoming London Marathon, and in Training Talk we guide you through the do’s and don’ts of the final phase of your training. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:45 - Deena and Martin catch up on the last two weeks, from the LA Marathon and speaking at UCLA, to Martin’s Purbeck Loop and a sweary sheep-herding story, plus coverage of a staggering new World Record 9:50 - We bring the latest on a London Marathon field that’s absolutely stacked with elite runners, and a men’s lineup which will bring us a first-time champion 20:00 - Training Talk this week focuses on the do’s and don’ts in the late stages of prep, why ‘less is best’ at this point, and the unexpected power of doing a ‘kit lay’ 29:10 - Deena’s coach and husband, Andrew Kastor, takes us through his recent LA Marathon experience, how he coaches himself through races, his top recovery advice, and how to build a training schedule to target a marathon 12 months out 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/
64:30 3/22/24
E38: Visually-Impaired Six Star Hopeful Mark Rogerson & his guide Katie Garrity
Marathons form very unique bonds within the running community, but when your life is in your guide’s hands it’s truly a bond like no other. That’s where Six Star hopeful Mark Rogerson’s story sheds light on the joys of running - he joins us on this week’s Marathon Talk fresh from a PB-setting Tokyo race with guide runner Katie Garrity. Join us this week as we round off all the other stories from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the year, from surprising slow runs, to sprint-finish drama in the Women’s Wheelchair race. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin and Deena kick things off with a retrospective on the Indoor Athletics World Championships, and Martin’s endeavours to dust off the road bike in spite of some savage weather conditions 8:55 - We round up the hottest news from the first Abbott World Marathon Major of the season, with shock slumps from Kipchoge and Hassan, the sprint finish in the Women’s Wheelchair race, and the 2,628 runners earning their sixth Star 22:20 - Training Talk this week tackles the vital final five weeks of race prep, and the emphasis on nailing that all-important final long run 29:10 - Mark Rogerson and Katie Garrity talk us through the complexities of training on opposite sides of the Atlantic, their emotional Tokyo experience, and how they’ll take on that all-important sixth Star 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/
63:23 3/8/24
E37: Becs Gentry: Tokyo Marathon Preview
The 2024 Abbott World Marathon Majors season has arrived! It all starts this Sunday in Tokyo with Eliud Kipchoge AND Sifan Hassan both on the start line.   This episode we dive into the elite races, talk pre-race prep and preview a crop of Six Star hopefuls looking to get their hands on that medal.    One of whom is Becs Gentry, who joins Martin and Deena this week, sharing her mental strategies for staying motivated during the race and offers valuable tips for maximising training time.    In this episode of Marathon Talk: 8:57: We delve into the Men’s preview, including Benson Kipruto, who is no stranger to the Majors podiums, and Kipchoge revving up for his 12th win. 13:39: Next up it’s the Women’s preview, as Sifan Hassan goes for three wins from three different Majors in her first three marathons ever - never been done before. 20:02: The wheelchair races are going to be intriguing with no victory from Marcel Hug and no Catherine Debrunner who was so dominant in the back half of the season last year.  22:32: On to the Six Star Finishers with more than 2600 due to collect their medal this year - the second biggest group ever.  25:43: Becs Gentry share her hopes for Tokyo and her top tips 58:32: This week’s Training Talk covers marathon strategies for any weather conditions.    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/  
68:12 3/1/24
E36: Celebrating Kelvin Kiptum’s Remarkable Legacy
In 2013, Kelvin Kiptum participated in his first half marathon. 10 years and three game-changing marathons later, his was a World Record to be reckoned with.   A light that shone so incredibly brightly and all too briefly, Kiptum and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, sadly died on Sunday 11th of February in Kenya.   We’re taking this episode of Marathon Talk to explore the stellar highlights of his career, and share in his irreplaceable impact on the marathon community with Chicago’s Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski, and Author of Running With The Kenyans, Adharanand Finn.   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We take a moment of silence to remember Kelvin & Gervais, relive the moment that he stormed to the finish line at the London Marathon, and follow the journey he took to marathon glory 20:00 - Chicago’s Executive Race Director, Carey Pinkowski, joins us to relive the moment that he shattered the fastest time in human history, and discusses the impact that he made on Chicago and the marathon community as a whole 36:20 - Kelvin’s performances earned him praise from the community’s greatest, and we parse through some of the most glowing quotes shared in his wake 41:00 - Adharanand Finn, Author of Running With The Kenyans, shares his experiences of Gervais & Kelvin’s impact on the community in Kenya, diving into just how family-focused he and his community are   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/   Abbott World Marathon Majors https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/ https://www.instagram.com/wmmajors/ Martin Yelling https://www.instagram.com/martinyelling/ Deena Kastor https://www.instagram.com/deena8050/ Adharanand Finn https://www.instagram.com/adharanand  
54:28 2/23/24
E35: Dan & Becky Sharp - London Marathon Fundraising Family
Preparations for Paris 2024 are firmly in the final stages, and we finally have all the action from the US Olympic Trials from Deena Kastor herself! It’s a jam-packed episode of Marathon Talk this week, where we tackle debutant winners, a heart-wrenching story from this week’s guest & London Marathon hopeful Dan Sharp, and a Training Talk that touches on how to put a positive spin as you reflect on your progress. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Topping off the show with Martin’s parkrun escapades and Deena’s role at the recent Olympic Trials 7:30 - All the latest from the US Olympic Trials, from a debut performance earning Fiona O’Keefe her spot, and our guest last week Ed Eyestone comes through with his two young charges taking a 1-2 finish in the men’s race 24:45 - Training Talk this week focuses on reflections and progress, with a three-step plan to regain control of your motivation during a run 33:40 - Dan Sharp is our special guest this week, running London Marathon for Brain Research UK this year; he talks us through the emotional turmoil that’s brought him to this point, and wife Becky Sharp makes a charming appearance on the show sharing her own goals alongside Dan’s 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/
66:54 2/9/24
E34: Ed Eyestone - NCAA Coach & Double Olympian
Olympic years bring the toughest tests for every nation’s athletes, and the coaches who feed such elite talent - coaches like the indomitable Ed Eyestone.   He coaches the only two athletes going into the US Olympic Marathon Trials who’ve hit the Olympic standard of 2:08:10, and this week we discover out the coaching tips that make an Olympic marathon star.   Elsewhere we round up a record-breaking Valencia 10k, Evans Chebet’s potential hat trick in Boston, and training talk this week focuses on tackling life’s unavoidable barriers.   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin welcomes Deena back to the podcast as we hear how both have inspired their kids to take the running initiative 11:45 - All the latest on Evans Chebet’s potential to join Boston’s 3-in-a-row club, and the 10k world record being obliterated in Valencia 23:15 - Training Talk this week brings relief to those feeling the pressure of unexpected hurdles in your training plan, whether it’s nagging injuries or winter weather 31:10 - Ed Eyestone joins Deena to share his stunning marathon and cross country journey, and the confidence-building tips to elicit an elite performance when it counts   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/  
71:47 1/26/24
E33: Richard Whitehead MBE - 2x Paralympic and 4x World Champion
Welcome back to Marathon Talk! It’s 2024, and what better way to inspire the year ahead than a fascinating episode featuring a four time world champion - Richard Whitehead MBE.   We learn more from him about his 10 year unbeaten streak in 200m track events, and the training plan that’ll see him to his 6 Star finish in Tokyo.    Also in this jam-packed show, Training Talk returns to kick off your training plans for a spring marathon, and we round up the news from record-breakers and blistering debutants galore!   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin welcomes back Danny Coyle as a guest host this week, caps off Christmas, and the duo review the start of their 2024 training plans 7:00 - Our roundup of the busy holiday season, from a javelin thrower-turned-debutant-winner, a new fastest women’s debut ever, and a road 5k record toppled 17:50 - Training Talk returns with a kickstart to your running year, focusing first on laying the essential groundwork for the all-important months leading up to a spring marathon 31:15 - Richard Whitehead MBE joins us to detail his remarkable career, from finding his specialism and hunting his 6th star, to world-beating performances and the biomechanics of running as a double amputee   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/  
64:10 1/12/24
E32: Top 10 Marathon Moments of 2023
As we run towards welcoming in the New Year, join us in this special podcast episode where hosts Martin & Deena reflect upon the Top 10 most exciting Marathon Moments of 2023.  Count down a remarkable list featuring multiple world records, major championship performances and standout wins.  This episode includes: Catherine Debrunner’s late-season charge to the Series Title Ernst Van Dyk, a legend of wheelchair racing, bidding farewell to the sport. Hassan’s remarkable marathon year Martin & Deena’s Christmas Plans & goals for 2024 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/
31:07 12/22/23
E31: Liz Yelling - Team GB Manager & Olympian
This week’s guest on Marathon Talk is truly special; not only is she a Commonwealth Medalist, Olympian, and Team GB Manager, but Martin’s own wonderful wife!   Liz’s formidable marathon and cross country experience is matched only by her philanthropic commitments to the running community, all of which she shares with us on this week’s episode.   Elsewhere, we cover the latest from a Valencia race that saw 12 new national records, and Sydney’s super strides towards becoming the 7th Major…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We catch up with Martin & Deena’s running escapades through the darker months,  9:45 - Huge news from Sydney’s drive to become the next Major in 2025, and Valencia’s rip roaring, record-breaking race  19:20 - Liz Yelling takes over the mic from husband Martin to talk about her Team GB squad mentality, top tips for taking on hills, mud and hay bales, plus how cross country feeds into marathoning   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/  
49:42 12/8/23
E30: Simone Carniglia
Simone Carniglia is a remarkable runner whose records in the Abbott World Marathon Majors make him the world’s fastest 6 Star Finisher with type 1 diabetes.   The Italian marathoner is our fantastic guest on this week’s podcast, in which we also share how to rest up and hit your new year’s training right, and cover this year’s most scintillating 6 Star Stats…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We kick things off with the results of Martin’s recent race at Corfe Castle, and indulge in the muddy joys of cross country 9:50 - Rounding up the fascinating 6 Star Stats from the year, share our concerns & support for Tom Evans, and discover a unique marriage proposal method 20:35 - The return of Training Talk, as we cover how best to recover in the off-season, and the smartest way to pick your training back up in the new year 26:35 - A fascinating conversation with Simone Carniglia about his record-setting runs, how he manages his runs with Type 1 Diabetes, and what lies ahead for him   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/  
62:13 11/24/23
E29: Catherine Debrunner
After a thrilling season we’ve crowned our Abbott World Marathon Majors Series champions, and in elite women’s wheelchair racing, Catherine Debrunner reigns supreme.   Her series culminated in a stunning three wins on the bounce in arguably the best year of her career to date, and we’re fortunate to have her join us on Marathon Talk this week!   Elsewhere on the show we debrief after a NYC thriller, prepare for Kelvin Kiptum’s next shot at the sub-2 hour race, and Deena’s scintillating commentary for the world feed.   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Deena’s recovery from a 25 hour trip home from New York & the excitement of commentating on the world feed 11:20 - Rounding up a thriller in NYC with a course record broken, close call in the women’s race, and Marcel Hug completing the clean sweep 33:50 - Catherine Debrunner joins us to break down her HUGE 2023, becoming Series XV Champion, the challenges of NYC street racing, and much more   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/  
65:07 11/10/23
E28: Calli Thackery
Imagine your first marathon almost breaking a national record - that’s how you break onto the scene and make a statement. Barring Paula Radcliffe’s time in London, Calli Thackery’s 2:22:11 is the UK’s best, and as she sets her sights on the Paris Olympic Games, she joins us to share the run that’s been 15 years in the making. Elsewhere we’re gearing up for New York, as Letesenbet Geday prepares for his Majors debut, the women’s wheelchair race features four fierce frontrunners, and Marcel Hug’s lining up an unprecedented clean sweep. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin’s dinner with the stars, Deena’s joyful exploration, and the art of leaf peeping 9:00 - A roundup of Deena’s induction to the New York Road Runners’ Hall of Fame, the stacked lineup for NYC, and Marcel Hug’s hunt for a clean sweep 20:00 - Calli Thackery takes us through her route to running the UK’s 2nd fastest women’s marathon EVER, setting her sights on Paris, and enjoying running for what it is, rather than goal-chasing 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/  
59:20 10/27/23
E27: Gene Dykes
We’ve just witnessed the fastest marathon ever run, the first under 2:01 - last week’s Chicago Marathon will go down in history. The stars aligned, and the weather played ball for not only some earth-shattering runs from Kelvin Kiptum and Sifan Hassan, but also the Age Group World Championships. Taking part in that event was this week’s guest on the show, Gene Dykes, and we spoke to him about his amazing performance, alongside our analysis on the future of shoe tech and tumbling records. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Deena’s front row seats for the Chicago Marathon, and Martin’s other running escapades 8:00 - All the lowdown from Chicago, with Kiptum & Hassan’s stellar runs, the start of a race for shoe supremacy, and much more 37:00 - We sit down with the incredible Gene Dykes to get his take on an exemplary performance, unparalleled dedication to his watch, and setting his sights on yet another World Record 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/
70:25 10/12/23
E26: Keith Turner - The World’s Fastest Blind Half-Marathoner
World records are toppling in the marathon world - stand up and take a bow Tigist Assefa and Keith Turner.   The new women’s record fell in a truly stunning Berlin Marathon last week, and Keith Turner’s half marathon time sets a benchmark for a visually impaired, untethered athlete.   Join us as we share a conversation with Keith and his guide, Jim Roberts, in this week’s Marathon Talk, cover off the biggest stories from Berlin, and look ahead to Chicago next week…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Catching up on Martin and Deena’s escapades, recent runs, and how they stack up to the recent record-breaking runs 5:00 - One of the most breathtaking weeks in marathon running with Berlin’s record-setting race, and how it sets up a super showdown in Chicago 32:30 - The amazing duo of Keith Turner and Jim Roberts give us the inside track on how they set the new half marathon WR for a blind, untethered runner   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/  
69:27 9/29/23
E25: Wayne Larden - Sydney Marathon’s Race Director
The Wanda Age Group World Championships have never been hosted on a non-majors course before… Enter: The Sydney Marathon.   As the budding race hopes to become the 7th Major, we hear from the marvellous Wayne Larden on what it’s like to be Race Director of a course with such potential.   Elsewhere, we touch on Berlin’s stellar lineups, a mad Mexico City race with thousands of DQs, and why housework is as dangerous as any high intensity sport…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Martin & Deena return to cover a surprise visit to A&E, a thrilling road bike race, and racing children 9:50 - Rounding up the marathon world’s top stories, from a Mexico City marathon fraught with cheaters, to the anticipation building for Sydney & Berlin this month 21:10 - Sydney Marathon’s Race Director, Wayne Larden, shares the race’s fascinating journey to hosting the Age Group World Championships, and its hopes to become the 7th Major   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/  
50:29 9/15/23
E24: Alexandria Williams
The 6 Star Journey is for all of us, and nobody shouts that louder than an amazing woman who recently earned the 6 Star Finisher’s medal for herself - Alexandria Williams.   She joins us in an inspirational episode of Marathon Talk, which sees the return of Martin in the co-hosting seat, a wild World Record set in high heels, and murmurings of Martin’s next race…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We herald Martin’s return with a look at his and Deena’s contrasting camping escapades, connecting with nature through running, and the Women’s World Cup 10:50 - Rounding up the World Athletics Championships’ dramatic Women’s 10,000m, warming up for this weekend’s race in Budapest, and a new high heeled World Record 25:25 - Alexandria Williams shares the inspirational journey she’s taken to becoming a 6 Star Finisher, and the importance of the running community   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/  
62:37 8/25/23
E23: Tom Williams - parkrun COO and Marathon Talk Co-Founder
Long-time Marathon Talk listeners will be treated to a familiar voice this week, in the majestic return of former Co-Host: the wonderful Tom Williams! Tom joins Deena to guest host an episode packed with news of Chicago’s lineup announcements, the US Olympic Trials in Orlando, and some grand race plans of his own. He also stars in our interview section, where he joins forces once again with Martin to discuss parkrun’s landmark achievements, the value of volunteers, and majors aspirations. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Starting the show with a focus on Tom’s major impact on the global running community, and his time-pressured race plans 9:20 - Wrapping up the biggest stories, from the continued wait for Kiptum vs Kipchoge, to the sweat-inducing start time announcement for the US Olympic Trials 22:40 - The long-awaited reunion for Martin and Tom, as the former Co-Hosting pair cover the parkrun landscape, huge global milestones, and Tom’s lessons & moments of pride in his accomplishments 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/  
56:46 8/11/23
E22: Dawna Stone - AbbottWMM CEO
Dawna Stone needs no introduction, as her achievements and commitment in the running community speak for themselves. An Apprentice winner, Co-Founder of The Women’s Half Marathon series, Founder of Women’s Running Magazine, and of course CEO at Abbott World Marathon Majors, it’s a delight to host Dawna on this week’s Marathon Talk! Elsewhere, Danny Coyle steps into Martin’s co-hosting shoes as we tackle a superb showing in the Diamond League, a new World Record in the mile, Deena’s upcoming TEDx Talk, and so much more… In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Introducing interim co-host Danny with a look at the World Cup, Deena’s high school reunion, and an exciting TEDx opportunity 7:20 - Rounding up some stellar times in the Diamond League, a new World Record in the mile, and Jeannie Rice’s domination at the age group world championships 17:05 - Abbott World Marathon Majors’s CEO Dawna Stone shares her staggering career in marathon media, huge hurdles she’s overcome, and the tenets that she holds true in all that she does 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/  
59:24 7/28/23
E21: Madison de Rozario
It takes a special talent to stay atop your field for over 15 years, but since Beijing in 2008, Madison de Rozario has continued to excel. The multiple gold medal winner & London Marathon champion is our special guest on Marathon Talk this week, bringing an uplifting demeanour matched by a determination to grow and excel. Elsewhere in the show, Martin & Deena share tales of 200 races in 200 days with 2 dogs, how you can still bag a spot in next year’s London Marathon, training tips for races next spring, and so much more! In this episode of Marathon Talk: Martin & Deena catch up on celebratory camping, Deena’s teammate’s Budapest marathon, and the power of training with & against the wind 7:15 - The fortnight’s biggest stories, from thrilling UK & US Track & Field finishes to the Tour de France’s rapid runners, two marathon-running dogs, and much more 27:20 - Madison de Rozario talks us through her dominant paralympics performances, cherishing the London Marathon, her special Barbie doll, and pushing the boundaries of wheelchair racing 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/  
66:26 7/14/23
E20: Nora Nishi
At the start of every marathoner’s journey is a spark, and Nora Nishi’s shines so brightly that it gives life to those around. Nora has a wise head on young shoulders, learning from the best as she recounts the joys of her first marathon, and plans for many to come… Join us on Marathon Talk as we share her story, cover the changing Kenyan World Championship lineup, a new world-best Parkrun, and much more! In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Kicking off with Martin’s heartwarming ride up Mount Ventoux & our genius idea to spice up Short Track events 9:00 - Rounding up the stunning Chicago lineup announcements, a new world-best Parkrun record, and a shoutout to fellow marathon podcaster and all around inspiration, Ali Feller 22:45 - Nora Nishi on taking advice from a phonebook of professional runners, her first marathon run in Houston, and her incredibly multi-talented aspirations 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/  
51:50 6/30/23
E19: Gerda Steyn
Spectators of Gerda Steyn’s Comrades run were treated to 5 hours, 44 minutes and 54 seconds of pure athletic prowess, and a brand new course record… This week on Marathon Talk, as we round up some of the standout stories and blistering times from the running world, we’re fortunate to have a fascinating discussion with the South African! Tune into episode 19, as we also illustrate the art of the benchmark run, and learn why meeting your heroes isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We get things started with a look at the art of the benchmark session, and being a parent to an athletic child 11:20 - Rounding up the latest from the stellar Comrades Marathon, remarkable course records, world-beating times, technology revolutionising the Diamond League, and much more 30:45 - A fascinating interview with Gerda Steyn, an incredible athlete whose electric performance in South Africa set a new Comrades course record 1:03:30 - We close out with a story about Arnold Schwarznegger that backs up why you should never meet your heroes… 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/
69:34 6/16/23
E18: Wayne Spies
87.7km separate Wayne Spies from a showstopping 11th finish at the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon, Comrades. A 6 star finisher alongside his wife, Wayne is a shining beacon to those of us looking for the mental fortitude to conquer their running goals… He’s our special guest in this week’s Marathon Talk, where we dive into the stories of a particularly musical marathoner, the sad loss of running icon Rick Hoyt, a handcuffed marathon record attempt, and so much more! In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Opening with Deena & Martin’s recent running escapades, and some strange fox stories ranging from the heart-warming to the horrible 7:15 - News from the running world, including an icon’s sad passing, Indoor Athletics’ new name, a remarkable barefoot run for charity, a musical marathoner, and handcuffed world records 25:00 - The incredible Wayne Spies joins Deena ahead of his 11th Comrades Marathon, the South African race’s staggeringly unique challenges, and he shares the inspiring 6 star journey of he & his wife 55:20 - Closing the show on an emotional upcoming adventure, and a camp to introduce the next generation to the joys of running 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/
61:58 6/2/23
E17: Alex Eagle & Victor Macauley from The Running Charity
The Running Charity’s purpose is positive and powerful, and in nobody is it more prevalent than the wonderful Victor Macauley. Victor, their Partnership Lead, joins us on Marathon Talk this week alongside CEO Alex Eagle for a dive into their life-changing work for homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised young people. Elsewhere in the episode, we’re tackling the Leeds Marathon, a new 100km World Record, and a disastrously drenched camping trip… In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Kicking off with an update on Martin & Deena’s training, and a disastrously drenched camping trip 9:45 - Rounding up some heartwarming news from the Leeds Marathon, Aleksandr Sorokin’s new 100km World Record, and the art of the ultra run 19:15 - The Running Charity’s Victor Macauley and Alex Eagle on their first London Marathon, inspiring the next generation, and running’s impact for marginalised communities 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/  
53:27 5/19/23
E16: Anthony Butler & Jessie Rix
The TCS London Marathon had it all - world records, a new course record, a sprint finish, and a remarkable new 6 Star Finisher in Anthony Butler. The visually-impaired runner completed the race alongside Jessie Rix, his partner in both running and wedlock, a story which we hear more of as they join us for this week’s Marathon Talk! Tune in to hear all about last week’s guests’ emotional race, Sifan Hassan’s wacky route to winning one of the best ever women’s fields, Marcel Hug’s wheelchair domination, and much more…   In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - An introduction where we catch up on the emotional London story of last week’s guests, Sam & Chrissie 7:35 - Covering the immensely eventful London Marathon with a look at Sifan Hassan’s bizarre winning performance, Kelvin Kiptum’s course record and 45 World Records 35:00 - A heartwarming conversation of romance and racing with visually-impaired 6-Star Finisher Anthony Butler and his wife & guide, Jessie Rix   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/
66:46 5/5/23
E15: Chrissie Wellington, 4-time Ironman World Champion, and Sam Perkins, Stand Against MND’s Founder
With a shocking Boston Marathon behind us and the formidable challenge of London just a few days out, it’s all go in the marathon world… Among the jam-packed highlights and hopeful finishers are Eliud Kipchoge’s surprise loss to Evans Chebet, and this week’s guests Sam Perkins & Chrissie Wellington taking on a stunning assisted wheelchair race in London. Join us this week as we also feature Abbott World Marathon Majors’ very own Danny Coyle LIVE from Boston to detail the aftermath of the races, including a masterclass from Susannah Scaroni in both racing, and on-track repairs… In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - Kicking off with Martin & Deena’s latest runs and recovery from Paris 5:30 - A huge roundup of Boston’s standout stories, with Danny Coyle dialling in from the Boston Marathon press conference 29:00 - Sizable predictions for the London Marathon, weighing up debutants against running titans in the star-studded women’s field 36:10 - Training Talk this week touches on how to react when races go wrong, and keeping your mindset steady 42:00 - Interviewing the incredible Sam Perkins and Chrissie Wellington about their team’s run in London, Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis, and the inspiring example they’re setting   Sam’s staggering journey to the finish of the TCS London Marathon is in aid of Stand Against MND, which you can find here (https://standagainstmnd.com/). You can directly support Sam’s race and the incredible cause for which he’s racing on JustGiving here (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/onemoremarathon). 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/
67:08 4/21/23
E14: Haroon Mota - A 6 Star Champion for Underrepresented Runners
Running is truly for everyone, and there’s no greater champion for that notion than the remarkable Haroon Mota. A 6 Star Finisher, Founding Director of Active Inclusion Network, and huge advocate for running within the Muslim community, Haroon joins us on Marathon Talk to share his experiences of training through Ramadan. We’re also hot off the back of Paris, so we hear Deena’s exciting experiences and the standout stories from the race, plus a segment of training talk with some quick top tips for race day success. In this episode of Marathon Talk: 0:00 - We kick off with Deena’s exhilarating Paris Marathon experience, and some tips for those of you looking to do the same next year 16:00 - Rounding up the big stories from Paris, including a sprint finish, debutant winner, and looking ahead to Eilish McColgan’s big London debut 30:00 - Training Talk this week covers 5 quick tips to see you through the big day if you’ve been training for a spring marathon 34:20 - An uplifting interview with Haroon Mota, who shares the intense discipline for runners during Ramadan, becoming a voice for underrepresented runners, and what makes London such a special race 1:16:40 - Wrapping up the show with a look ahead to London, Boston and Easter 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/
73:47 4/6/23

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