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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.


E0: The Warm Up - Marathon Talk's Return, the BMW Berlin Marathon, and becoming a Six Star Finisher
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
36:29 09/23/2022
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03:10 09/12/2022
Episode 600 - Dave Bedford
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.
192:17 01/19/2022
Episode 599 - Steve Way
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.
95:12 01/05/2022
Episode 598 - Gary House
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.
77:39 12/23/2021
Episode 597 - Kevin Dutton & Steve Ingham
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.
103:39 12/08/2021
Episode 596 - Mike Sheridan
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.
80:51 11/24/2021
Episode 595 - Chas Newkey-Burden
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.
99:24 11/11/2021
Episode 594 - Rose Harvey
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.
80:31 10/27/2021
Episode 593 - Rachel Horne
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.
84:08 10/13/2021
Episode 592 - Sam Harrison
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.
70:51 09/29/2021
Episode 591 - Tom Williams
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.
64:38 09/15/2021
Episode 590 - Josh Griffiths
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.
75:08 09/01/2021
Episode 589 - Steph Davis
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.
72:17 08/17/2021
Episode 588 - Jerry Lockspeiser, Running Stories
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.
105:25 08/04/2021
Episode 587 - Sian Longthorpe
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.
86:31 07/21/2021
Episode 586 - Matt Rogan
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.
93:50 07/07/2021
Episode 585 - Calum Johnson
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.
86:33 06/24/2021
Episode 584 - Jo Wilkinson
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.
90:56 06/09/2021
Episode 583 - Celebrating Ron Hill
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.
93:42 05/26/2021
Episode 582 - Damian Hall
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.
111:31 05/12/2021
Episode 581 - Chris Pratt
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.
99:38 04/28/2021
Episode 580 - Chris Thompson
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.
97:59 04/14/2021
Episode 579 - Steph Davis
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.
66:46 03/31/2021
Episode 578 - Tom Bedford
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.
87:58 03/17/2021
Episode 577 - Joan Benoit Samuelson
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.
79:12 03/03/2021
Episode 576 - Tom Craggs
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.
89:45 02/17/2021
Episode 575 - Scott Burrell
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.
91:02 02/03/2021
Episode 574 - Sophie Raworth
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.
93:29 01/20/2021
Episode 573 - Pete Reed
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.
93:56 01/06/2021