Pinch, Punch, Parkland Walk, Parkrun, PBRunning Commentary add
On a beautiful day - the first of October - Rob and Paul run through the woods and catch up. Featuring treadmills and tracks, mantras and moomins, burses and ganglions, parkruns, Postman Pat, and the inaugural Running Commentary PB Awards.
Rob's Long One Part TwoRunning Commentary add
We rejoin Paul and Rob in Highgate Woods, five miles or so into Rob's pre-Yorkshire Marathon twenty miler. Featuring dogs, the booze gang, a pre-school attempt on Everest, the quest for an unfriendly parkrun, wrestling with your central governor and fibbing to yourself about finishes, time, John Betjeman, and the dronings of Elon Musk.
Rob’s Long One Part OneRunning Commentary add
Another two-parter begins, as Rob sets off on his pre-Yorkshire Marathon 20 miler and Paul tags along. Featuring robot cows, partial nudity, corner cutters, Mick Artistic, Serena Williams, stand-up reports and some traffic trouble in the woods.
Hackney Dog Run Part TwoRunning Commentary add
The adventure out East continues, as Paul and Rob follow the canal out past the Olympic Park to Hackney Marshes, and Downs, and home. After Rob's brush with insect evil in Part One, Paul reveals an incredible family story of wasps and baked goods. Plus a bit o' barefoot running, back-to-school shenanigans and more.
Drinks and Hi-jinks for TonksRunning Commentary add
Once again Paul and Rob are reconvening after a period of travel and adventure - particularly for the former; featuring booze, canoes, teenagers, hernias, stand-up sitting down, missing the city, missing the parkrun, cats, dogs, traumatic movies and second-rate ninjas.
The Camden Catchup - Part TwoRunning Commentary add
Sunshine and joy as Paul and Rob reconvene after several weeks of holiday running and adventures for a 'Dog Run' through Regents Park to Camden and beyond. In Part Two the boys wrestle with snobbery in comedy, training without injury in middle age, not falling into canals, noisy neighbours in the city Summer, and being ridiculed by your own children.
The Camden Catch-up - Part OneRunning Commentary add
Sunshine and joy as Paul and Rob reconvene after several weeks of holiday running and adventures for a 'Dog Run' through Regents Park to camden and beyond. Part One features airport parking, inexplicable jumping, parenting with your mouth full, Tracy Chapman, Mary Wollstonecraft, when comedy is not comedy, and trouble on the towpath.
Holidays Here We Come!Running Commentary add
Before Rob and Paul head off on their family holidays they take a little home run, where they review the excitements and setbacks of July's out-of-town adventures, and anticipate the joys and logistics of going away. Also featuring an encounter with a dapper werewolf and some kids who are very keen to barbecue.
With Tony Audenshaw - and without Paul.Running Commentary add
Paul drove all the way up the M1 to run with Emmerdale star, running legend and lovely bloke Tony Audenshaw... and then his recorder didn't work. Luckily, Tony's did, and Rob's, so here's the Audenshaw lowdown on a really gorgeous run round New Mills in the High Peak. Sorry there's no Paul - he really was there. He was quite quiet in real life when Tony and Rob got excited about birdwatching and quizzes, mind.
A Run in the Country with Rachel Ann CullenRunning Commentary add
Rachel Ann Cullen, author of Running for my Life, joins Paul and Rob for a beautiful loop in the Peak District. Featuring high-level trails and in-depth chat - listen for Rob trying to make a complicated point on a serious climb, and Paul just getting his head down, as Rachel makes spurious claims about her lack of fitness whilst leaving them both behind.
Long Run in the Hot Sun (Part One)Running Commentary add
Under the beating sun, Rob and Paul set off for a fifteen-ish miler through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Featuring wardrobe malfunctions, drinking and the spilling of drinks, keys and the loss of keys, the World Cup and all its wonders, Trumpcopters, Paul's 5k race and Rob's 10 mile slog, and the pros and cons of putting the band back together... or not.
A Run With Impact Marathons' Nick Kershaw (Not The Pop Star)Running Commentary add
Rob and Paul juxtapose the local with the global on a run with Nick Kershaw, whose Impact Marathons are designed to change lives in places like Nepal and Uganda. A couple of lives get changed in Finsbury Park along the way... For more info: www.impactmarathon.com
Breaking the Wall - a Race to the Stones SpecialRunning Commentary add
With the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones - a 100k ultra along the beautiful Ridgeway - coming up, they asked Paul and Rob on their thoughts about getting through 'the wall'. Here's the expert and not-so-expert advice the boys came up with, recorded on location in sunny Wiltshire.
What's on with WatsonRunning Commentary add
The marvellous Mark Watson returns to share his training for the Berlin Marathon with Paul and Rob - in a very real sense, as they join him for a long run in the sun round Alexandra Palace and Highgate Wood. Featuring pre-internet stand-up memories, Mark’s off-stage heckle history, topless sommeliers, ice-based revelations, plastic brains, shady foliage, sweet views, and how to pace yourself in the long game, whether in marathons, comedy or real life.
Hit and Run and Run BackRunning Commentary add
Beautiful scenery - and lovely dogs - as Paul and Rob tour their North London estates. Featuring Parkrun tourism, low-level criminality on Fathers’ Day, nostalgia in the West Country, a warm welcome in the Midlands, how to succeed in showbusiness, distance-running thoughts, and a little light hippiedom for the Summer Solstice.
Pair of Wallys Up Ally PallyRunning Commentary add
Quite a lot of adventures for the boys this week, as they tour the Crouch End estate; bobbins, bewhiskered old rock stars, backaches, planes (private), giving up the gardening, rope swings, barefoot runs, microwaves, planes (model), puns, protests, parenting, potential guests and more.
Up and Down, Back to FrontRunning Commentary add
Paul and Rob run North and East - and ultimately West - through Hackney, and discuss Paul's bad back, Michael Mac's attack, bowls, hills, Halfs, Alistair Campbell, climbing rocks, floating stones, Love Island, Britain's Got Talent, poppies, guppies, daleks and book deals.
Except guppies - they don't really talk about guppies.
Back In The Hoods, In The WoodsRunning Commentary add
After their countryside adventure, Rob and Paul head back up their Parkland Walk to Queens Wood - but there's nature there too, as Summer continues apace. Featuring Rob's lovely legs, how (on Earth) you run an Ultra, a radio review and some preposterous policemen from their road trip, and talk of when runners push hard, from some guys taking it pretty easy.