Episodes

  • Like a TV Drama after the watershed, Helen Thorn arrives with a compelling narrative - and strong language from the start. The Get Divorced - Be Happy author and one half of the Scummy Mummies is about to run her second London Marathon after a really rollercoaster couple of years, and joins Paul and Rob for a taper run in Clissold Park. Featuring marathon memories, plans and predictions, marriage, divorce, parenting, lifting weights, mainlining tacos, hugging everyone, conkers, rainbows and a little bit of poo in a museum.


    Sponsor Helen's marathon and help Gingerbread here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/running-the-london-marathon-for-single-parents


    ...and buy her book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/get-divorced-be-happy/helen-thorn/9781785043697


    And while we're on the subject of books, Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270


    Thanks so much for running with us Helen - and thank you to all of you for sharing your runs on line - and to everyone who's supported us through the Acast Supporter button. We love you all.

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  • Paul has been caught up in the emotional moment as Her Majesty The Queen was laid to rest, while Rob's been having a few emotional moments of his own touring round the country. Featuring The Queue, a feline fatality, highs and lows in Worcester, a crazy Caledonian conflagration, parkrun report, a Tonkinson/path interface and some impressive PBs.


    Some little noises towards the end here - don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your headphones. Thanks to everyone as ever for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button, and just listening to all our adventures. We love you.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • With the nation in mourning - or at least limbo - Rob and a very hungover Paul return to Finsbury Park for their lightly hilly two-lap parkrun.


    Featuring sundry irreverence, the powers and limitations of social networks, being home alone, seeing friends in real life, ultra-style drinking, and how to rub your fellow parkrunners right up the wrong way.


    Thank you - to all of you for sharing your running lives with us, to all of you who have supported us through the Acast button, to all the volunteers at Finsbury Parkrun, and to our late, great Queen.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • It's time for the boys to get back out on Hampstead Heath and address the new month. Paul's done some classic gigs, Rob did the Big Half, and they've both watched their families dive into the new school term one way and another. Featuring sound effects real and imagined, many a magpie, gig and parkrun reports, time management issues, thoughts on the world of TV and your fantastic PBs


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Paul and Rob are reunited in Finsbury Park on a sunny Sunday morning, and they talk parkrun, motivation, falling down and getting up again, knees, festivals, '90s music, Sunday league football and how there's always another wave.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Rob goes for a run in Nunhead, south-east London, with Charlotte Hill - CEO of The Felix Project - who's running in their relay team at The Big Half next month. They talk training, chat-running, walking the hills, and how running can help charities - and vice versa. Plus there's an adventure in a cemetery, and we find out the full, thrilling story of how Nunhead got its name.


    You can sponsor Charlotte and her team here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlotte-hill-felixfoodfighters


    PAUL TONKINSON WILL RETURN. AGAIN.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • In the last hours of the heatwave - an extended, thundering deluge hit north London just hours after this run - Rob and Paul get back to the Walk and the Woods to catch up after a few weeks of travel - Paul to Canada and Seattle, Rob to Edinburgh, the Lakes - and Nottingham.


    Featuring Paul speaking at a wedding, Rob forgetting his trainers, shonky knees, bears and chipmunks, lots of lager, unshakeable earworms and intractable hounds, when you need a why, the road to Yorkshire, gig-and-parkrun report, some small signs of Autumn, and trouble sleeping due to heat, neighbours and pigeons.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Paul is in Canada - and Rob finds himself in Scotland - so polymath, friend-of-the-show and Edinburgh Festival legend Mark Watson stands in (well, runs in) for Paul in a special Caledonian edition. Featuring,all the classic stuff: banter, gig reports, interactions with passers by, parenting, wordplay, and talk of running events completed and yet to come. Thank you Mark.


    PAUL TONKINSON WILL RETURN.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Rob and Paul's long run continues on to beautiful Hampstead Heath, where thoughts and chat turn to the future, as a new month begins, kids come of age, and Rob heads for the half century.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's UK; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Refreshingly, Paul and Rob are both pretty fit, so they set off on a long run. Not Ultra Marathon-long, of course... Featuring adventures for Paul in Dubai and for Rob at the Podiatrist, treadmill tension as Rob questions some of Tonks' wisdom, comedy report, training plans and 10k predictions.


    Thank you for sharing your runs with us, supporting us through the Acast Supporter button and sponsoring Rob for Parkinson's Uk; you're wonderful - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Once again safely on Clissold Park's soft surfaces, Rob gives Paul the full report on the second day of his Race To The Stones adventure. Featuring support teams, morris dancing, campsite rage, wet hats, Barack Obama, tears, indie rock, pasties, ice lollies and plans for the future... or not.


    Thank you so much for all your support, whether you've shared your running journeys, bought us a coffee through the Acast Supporter button, or sponsored Rob through his JustGiving page. We love you - namaste - thank you marshal.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270


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  • The excitement is palpable on the start line, but how will Rob and Paul's Race To The Stones adventures play out? Featuring early starts, picturesque woodland, beautiful birds, walking up the hills, walking down the hills, friends old and new, drama predictable and unpredictable, a fine array of ridiculous voices, a lack of potatoes, some slapstick-based karma, a half-way humbling and a Running Commentary spin-off group.


    With your help, Rob's run raised over £3,000 for Parkinson's UK - thank you, thank you, thank you. We can't express how much we appreciate you sharing your running lives and your hard-earned cash with us. Namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Just days before the Race To The Stones, Paul and Rob take a traditional turn around Clissold Park's soft surfaces and discuss their readiness - or lack thereof. Featuring shoe review, how carrying is a carry-on, maranoia and other pre-event maladies, delicious potatoes, industrial-size tubs of vaseline and what to do when your head explodes.


    Thank you so much to everyone who's sponsored Rob for Parkinson's UK - and, as ever, everyone who shares their running adventures on line, and everyone who supports us via the Acast button; namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • A long run on the longest day of the year, as Paul and Rob reflect on and test their respective Race To The Stones readiness - and, along with Steve, realise the ramifications of recording such long runs! Featuring gig reports, a cancelled parkrun, one of Rob's recipes, Paul's yoga, track temptation, a friend in Highgate Woods and some walk-the-hills practice.


    We are more grateful than ever for your continued support - wonderful dialogue online, touching messages and generosity here through the Acast Supporter Button, and some incredible fundraising on Rob's #RTTS JustGiving page. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Rob's already run many a mile and Paul's still favouring soft surfaces - how will this affect their Race To The Stones plans? Also featuring Tonks' yoga schedule, Rob's running adventures in Wales and parkrun report, Paul's Father-in-Law's blasé attitude to his health, and what 'men did in the old days'.


    Thank you for YOUR running commentary on line, and for your ongoing generosity through the Acast Supporter button. You're beautiful people and we love you - namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • On Rob and Paul's now-traditional monthly turn about Hampstead Heath, Rob describes his high-mileage, regular parkrun training schedule ahead of the Race to The Stones - and Paul lays out his radical plan. Also featuring parkrun report, bird lectures, and what it might really mean to 'walk the hills'.


    As ever, massive thanks to everyone who has donated money through the Acast Supporter Button - it's still there if you need it guys! - and thanks so much for sharing your running stories with us on line; you're beautiful people and we love you.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • In the beautiful countryside around Bradford-On-Avon in Wiltshire, Rob runs with Renee McGregor, sports dietitian and author of More Fuel You: Understanding Your Body and How To Fuel Your Adventures. On a perfect day - and with perfect timing as Paul and Rob's Race To The Stones is just a month away - Renee gives us a fascinatingly three-dimensional picture of how to make nutrition work for you. Her two dogs get a good run out too.


    PAUL TONKINSON WILL RETURN.


    Renee's new book is available here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/more-fuel-you/renee-mcgregor/damian-hall/9781839810824. And while we're on books, Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270


    Happy running.

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  • Rob has stories to tell of high mileage and faraway parkruns, but Paul's legs are showing a bit of the old trouble, on a brief and ginger run/walk round - you've guessed it - Clissold Park. Featuring boozy taxi drivers, regal hounds and your PBs.


    Thank you for sharing your runs, plans, questions and suggestions on line - and for all your support.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • Part two: with the Race To The Stones looming, Paul and Rob head out for a longer run on the closest routes to trails their locale can offer. Featuring sudden bad weather, ways to run fast when you're old, humanity in the face of adversity, more posh houses, and a review of Rob and Paul's physical condition as the miles tot up.


    Thank you, as ever for sharing your running lives with us on Twitter, facebook and Instagram - and for subbing us through the Acast Supporter button. You're beautiful people and we love you; namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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  • With the Race To The Stones looming, Paul and Rob head out for a longer run on the closest routes to trails their locale can offer. Featuring inappropriate preparation, snack testing, parkrun report, tales from the road, Rob's many ailments, Paul marshalling - thank you marshal - and whether to go to Dubai, and who with if so.


    TO BE CONTINUED...


    Thank you, as ever for sharing your running lives with us on Twitter, facebook and Instagram - and for subbing us through the Acast Supporter button. You're beautiful people and we love you; namaste.


    Rob's book Running Tracks is available here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and you can get Paul’s award-winning 26.2 Miles to Happiness here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/26-2-miles-to-happiness/paul-tonkinson/9781472975270

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