Running Commentary

Running Commentary

United States

Comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering talk about life and comedy - but mainly running. Whilst running.


Episode Seventy Three - Tech Trouble, Tremendous 10k  

After performing at the Comedy Store in the early hours, the men turn up - Paul injured, Rob on virtually no sleep - for the glorious Crouch End 10k. Part of this recording was lost, but Steve has saved the day, so enjoy the huffs and puffs as Rob and Paul try to chat, make up time and sprint to the finish all at once.

Episode Seventy Two - Sunny Regents Park with Natalie Haynes  

Summer in Regents Park, where Rob and Paul are joined by writer, broadcaster, stand-up and classicist Natalie Haynes. Featuring classical tragedy and popular film, camels, bears and fancy ducks, nudity and toe-length in ancient Greece, but NO RUNNING ON THE GRASS.

Episode Seventy One - Highs and Lows  

The yin and the yang of life on a classic Islington loop; cold but Summery, beautiful but polleny, new rivers, old canals, private jets and forgotten support acts, preparation and improvisation, and spotting a minor celebrity... and her bag of poo.

Episode Seventy - Bluebells, Beasts and Kneejerk Knonsense  

Normal service is resumed as Paul and Rob trot up the Parkland Walk to Highgate Wood. Featuring wheels and the wall, Liverpool and Lincoln, complaining about complainers, wheelie bins and wild beasts, toilets and traps, masculine pursuits and a man in a gorilla suit.

Episode Sixty Nine - The Virgin Money London Marathon 2017  

Paul and Rob's full report on the weekend's long-anticipated adventures. Featuring before, after and longer after, the squirting of water and gels, body armour from both ancient Britain and a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, hot air balloons, spaghetti bolognese, to wee or not to wee, sub-3 and not sub-3, chilling on Sunday, martini Monday and much more besides.

Episode Sixty Seven - Last Thoughts Before London  

Twice round the park and the boys are set for Sunday. Featuring predictions, temptations, Belgians, karaoke, ill-advised shoe shopping and the quest for a mantra.

Episode Sixty Eight - A Marathon/Crossword Special with John Halpern  

Rob takes a short run in London - a few days before the LONG run in London - with John Halpern, crossword setter, who is setting a crossword as he runs the marathon on Sunday. Featuring cryptic clues, crosswords and comedy, Christopher Wren, wedding rings and London landmarks.

Episode Sixty Six - Six On Grass Round Hackney Marsh  

A foot-friendly long loop-the-loop round Hackney's huge Marshes. Featuring toe trouble, DJ Dobby on the Decks, Brexit, clock nazis, proper dancin', smoothies and cocktails, saveloys and a tongue-tied crow.

Episode Sixty Five Kate Carter Guardian  

A run along the Regent's Canal and around his park with the Guardian's Kate Carter who, like Paul, is hoping to do the London Marathon in less than three hours. Featuring drama, confusion and stupidity - right at the start - a noisy pontoon, Strava, cherry blossom, jam, a shy giraffe, international adventures, and hopes and plans for April.

Episode Sixty Four - A Brighton Long'un, Part Three  

The third and, thank goodness, final part of Paul and Rob's epic run, back along the coast to Brighton, past it, and back again. Featuring wind and waves, surfing and Starburst, nudism and ball games, piers, poles and the possibility of pasties, an inspiring statue of Steve Ovett, PWs, PSBs and PDBs. We may never know how far they went in the end - but it was pretty darn far.

Episode Sixty Three - A Brighton Long'un, Part Two  

The boys turn South from the South Downs Way and head towards the sea. Featuring a Runkeeper-related confession from Rob, Irish adventures - and accents - a beautiful, sad spot, lots of map-reading, Bill Bryson, the pros and cons of solitude, and a wind that slides inexorably up the Beaufort Scale towards Gale Force.

Episode Sixty Two - A Brighton Long'un, Part One  

Rob and Paul head out from Brighton for a pre-London 22 miler. In part one they climb up to and along the beautiful, windy South Downs. Featuring the Bath Half in review, an old school Ordnance Survey map, cyclist/runner tension, invisible fences, the Hanson Method and a little bit of Withnail & I. To be continued...

Episode Sixty One - Bath Half  

Adventures real and ridiculous, before, during and after Bath Half. Featuring flatulence, floozies, fancy dress, dinosaurs, impressive and not-so-impressive race times and all kinds of good fun and good people.

Episode Sixty - A Spring Taper Special  

Ahead of their next Half Marathon, Paul and Rob keep it to a strict three miles round pretty Clissold Park. Featuring Tai Chi, tree surgery, tapering tips, saucy swans, skiing stories and thoughts on doing a Half for the first time.

Episode Fifty Nine - Road Rage  

A little trot down the canal to Victoria Park turns out to be far more exciting than Rob and Paul could have expected. Featuring White Van Man, Cerys Matthews impressions, speed cameras, Driver Awareness courses and Motorway Service Areas - along with sinking boats, heavy rain, squawking parakeets, Oscars and running to jazz.

Episode Fifty Eight - Spring is Springing  

Paul and Rob check for evidence of Spring on a leisurely 7 miles round North London's parks and green spaces. Featuring noisy drills, road-crossing thrills, nights in Havana, parkrunners in bandanas, Jonny Lee Miller's muscles, squirrels, geese and castles, crocuses and daffs, and how to cook brown rice, and serve it up with something nice.

Episode Fifty Seven - Joe Warner  

Round Regent's Park and up Primrose Hill with Joe Warner, Editor of Men's Fitness magazine, who's running the London marathon for Parkinson's UK. Featuring a surprise trip to Berlin with Haile Gebrselassie, a mystery bum ache, transformations, giant chocolate buttons, and how Boris Johnson drove Joe to drink.

Episode Fifty Six - Finsbury Fun  

A short one for a change, as Rob and Paul head down for a spiral round Finsbury Park. Featuring Cross Country and Launch Lunch reports, Trainspotting, track suits, slips and sweats, caymans and couscous.

Episode Fifty Five - Sub Zero  

To distract themselves from the bitter chill of this North London run, Rob and Paul cover it all; treadmills, improving half marathon times, the yin-and-yang of inner voices, killing your pets to improve your marathon time, builders scamming your neighbours and much more besides. Features excitable dogs and a glimpse of a previous guest.

Episode Fifty Four - Way Out West Part Two  

Paul and Rob complete their long run out along the Grand Union Canal to Hayes. Featuring potato techniques, family relationships, bittersweet comedy vignettes, Eva Longoria, foxes, herons and swans... lots and lots of swans.

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