Running Commentary

Running Commentary

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


Episode Fifty Three - Way Out West, Part One  

Rob and Paul pull a few January miles, with a long canal run out of London to the West. Featuring even more birds than usual, a gusset-toe interface, family members charging you full price, several branches of Sainsbury's and a coconut.

Episode Fifty Two - Clapham Common with Bryony Gordon  

Paul and Rob are joined by writer Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl, for a start-the-year walk-run round Clapham Common; it's a day for dynamic extremes - slow and fast, high and low, serious and silly, partying and planking, Ibiza and Kensington Palace, first-time London Marathoners and old campaigners, and the glory and grubbiness of the condom. Sorry - common.

Episode Fifty One - Marathon Tips, Running Resolutions.  

Rob and Paul hit the ground running in 2017, trying to untangle the headphone wires that are their running plans for the Spring. Featuring Rob's regime, friendly cyclists, unfriendly dogs, marathon mantras, to wee or not to wee - that is the question - and a return to the postage stamp of grass where it all began. Happy New Year everyone - and happy runnin'.

Episode Fifty - Last Run of the Year  

Paul and Rob run down the canal to Limehouse Basin, looking back over Running Commentary's 2016... once they've dealt with booze, foxes, teddy bears, sunken boats, sitcom-characters-in-real-life, Rob's knees and Paul's thoughts on what to do at a comedy gig when they've already had it all. It's been a good year everyone - thanks for listening. See you in 2017!

Episode Forty Nine - Running Home for Christmas  

A little one to help you not run TOO far over the Christmas weekend; Paul and Rob have just run South Manchester parkrun, where there was mud, lowering skies, questionable cornering, and a real-life elf. Happy Holidays!

Episode Forty Eight - Christmas Memories  

Round Highgate Wood, and down memory lane, as Rob and Paul do some Christmas reminiscin'. Featuring the joy, sadness, and gluttony of the festive season, mid-life crisis rope swinging, student life then and now (it was grubbier then), grouting, foxes and Chris Rea.

Episode Forty Seven - Freezing and frosty with guest Tom Price.  

Rob and Paul are joined by actor / comedian / DJ Tom Price on the coldest, crispiest morning of the year. Featuring Arsenal landmarks, running-as-therapy vs the worst kind of peer pressure, 'can you run with a broken thumb?', frost, sunshine, skiing, mountains, Argentine Tango, Doctor Who and Paul's car.

Episode Forty Six - happy on the Heath.  

A 'dog run' round Hampstead heath on a beautiful Autumn day. Featuring classic cross country, road rage, big nights and nights off, violence and the avoidance of, and a variety of green birds.

Episode Forty Five - Dark Clouds and Blue Skies.  

Out East to Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, where the sun starts shining and Autumn gets out the gorgeousness. Featuring apples, macs, Apple Macs, post-truth politics, poppies, and the beginnings of a review of the year - allowing for whatever might happen next.

Episode Forty Four - Sorry Ms Jackson  

Our guest this week is Lisa Jackson, author of Running Made Easy and Your Pace Or Mine, and sworn chat- and walk-runner. Featuring the Tower of London, South African things from biltong to Anthony Sher, and some excellent insight into some of the adventures that take place in a marathon beyond carb gels, motivational headphones and speedy PBs.

Episode Forty Three - November Sunshine  

After a week of illness and international upheaval, a surprisingly lovely turn round the parks and waters of Hackney, Haringey and Islington. Featuring Planet Earth 2 plot spoilers, one runner feeling better than the other, football, films, a fleet float, footwear, fowl, families, Four Weddings... and a fuse box.

Episode Forty Two - Golden Brown  

A crisp golden autumn run with a little bit of rock'n'roll Hackney thrown in for good measure

Episode Forty One - Heroes and Villains  

Still recovering from the Yorkshire Marathon, Paul and Rob take an Autumnal turn round Islington. Featuring Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Jarvis Cocker, Rosemary's Baby, killer clowns, multiple magpies, a hipster having canal boat-related difficulties, and Rob's friend Lesley. Quite an exciting morning all round!

Episode Forty - last run before York.  

Paul and Rob talk taper as we flash back to their last run together before the Yorkshire Marathon, on another sunny run round (and round) North London's Clissold Park. The sound of runners breathing comes in for some criticism - quite a pot-calling-the-kettle-black situation for listeners - along with chat about childhood games, parkruns, deer, and the boys' delicately balanced commitment - or lack of. But who's on a bit of a downer, and who seems ready for a fight? Listen and find out...

Episode Thirty Nine - Marathon Report  

We join Rob and Paul in York just before the Yorkshire Marathon, and on their recovery run round Clissold Park afterwards. Featuring a scary hotel, a TV presenter getting a workout, Starburst, extreme weeing, a high-fiving vicar and a very impressive PB.

Episode Thirty Eight - mighty, modest Vassos Alexander  

BBC broadcaster and incredible runner Vassos Alexander takes Paul and Rob - and his dog Holly - on a sunny spectacular round the green spaces of South West London. We hope you find this as inspiring as we did, it was GREAT. Some minor sound issues at the beginning - apologies.

Episode Thirty Seven - Can You Hear Louise?  

Rob and Paul are joined by actor Louise Breckon Richards, along to tell us all about her autobiographical, one-woman play Can You Hear Me Running? - if she can get a word in. Featuring classic woods, real and pretend running.... but no plot spoilers.

Episode Thirty Six - Indian Summer  

Gorgeous September Sunshine in North London, as Rob and Paul discuss - and in one case execute - their last long runs before the Yorkshire Marathon. Featuring a Good Samaritan, a pack of dogs, fund raising, hill climbing, bird watching, a shiny conker and a vibrating knee.

Episode Thirty Five - Back to School  

Rob and Paul head from Newington Green to Victoria Park along the canal - and back again. Featuring ideas for new sitcoms, all the new-term, September-y Autumness you can handle, a good look at the upcoming Yorkshire Marathon and hazards left right and centre.

Episode Thirty Four - Two Mice, Two Tigers, Two Feet, Two Faces  

The boys take a turn around Hackney's nicest bits on the cusp of Summer and Autumn. Featuring mid-life crisis hobbies, Buddhism and bare feet, Keats, a witch and some credit card fraud.

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