Episodes

  • A classic Parkland Walk catch-up in the January chill. Featuring Rob's 10k report - and Paul's 10k plans - talking Ultras and Water Bras at the National Running Show, argumentative compadrés, dog grooming, winter underfoot, boiler trouble and the culture of D.I.S.E., towpath slapstick, birthdays and anniversaries, the ephemeral nature of parkrun, and why dogs don't trust Rob.


    Thank you as ever for both your generosity through the Acast Supporter button, and for sharing all your running adventures on line. You're all wonderful people and we're lucky to know 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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  • Sub-zero temperatures and winter sunshine as Paul and Rob take a turn through frost-covered Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes. Featuring icy beauty, all kinds of birds, gig, run and booze reports, 10k prep or the lack thereof, dramatic river scenes, Ultra thoughts, shonky knees and spicy calves, a surprise moment of familial pride, long-distance yoga, 'Blue Monday', not wasting time, and a gauntlet thrown.


    Thank you, as ever, for your wonderful generosity through the Acast Supporter button, and for sharing your running lives with us; 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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  • Paul and Rob take advantage of a brief break in January's demoralising weather to take a turn round Finsbury Park. Featuring new shorts, Paul's Daughter's 10k, Rob's first parkrun of the year, that second-week-of-January feeling, new year, new projects, and a deep-ish dive into the early days of marathon training.


    Thanks again to everyone who was so generous to us through the Acast Supporter button over Christmas - and thank you for sharing your running life with us on line; what a lovely bunch of people you are.


    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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  • As rain clouds gather, the slopes and woods of leafy North London see Paul and Rob's first run of the year. Featuring the full Christmas and New Year's Eve report - dinner, shopping, relatives, shows, cocktails, watching Happy Valley - and the beginning of all those New Year commitments: parkrun, work-life balance, yoga with Adriene, the plans of the progeny, watching Happy Valley. Plus: festive films and romcoms beyond Christmas.


    Most importantly, this episode features a huge thank you to all of you who have sent us messages - and money - this festive season through the Acast Supporter button. We are so touched by your support and appreciation; it's so nice to know that this is all worthwhile as we run into another year. All our love to you - here's to a joyous and run-filled 2023!


    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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  • Happy New Year everyone! Thank you so much for listening, and for sharing your running lives with us in 2022; here's to more fantastic adventures ahead. In this episode Rob and Paul take a look back at all their wanderings, and remind themselves of all the friends - guests, listeners, running compadres - they've shared this year with.


    All our gratitude for all your Christmas wishes and kindness on line; we really appreciate it.


    Let's do it all again in 2023!


    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

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/runningcommentary.


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  • It's chriiistmaaas... and Rob and Paul are in a bit of a state in this seasonal slice of shenanigans. Featuring football fun, surprise celebrities, the long coach ride to Scotland, crowd control, in praise of The Holiday and other festive film favourites, and some choice words from Father Christmas himself; we are quite literally going to find out who's naughty or nice.


    Thanks for sharing your running adventures with us, and thank you so much for your Christmas generosity via the Acast Supporter button. You're beautiful people and we love you; we wish you joy this season, and health, wealth and happiness in the new year. And running, of course. Lots of running.


    Last minute Christmas present ideas for that literate runner in your life? 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 snow and ice underfoot and Paul nursing a back twinge, Rob and Paul take a very leisurely Jeff round Finsbury Park, the New River and Woodberry Wetlands; of course, walking rather than running means they can go where they normally fear to tread... Featuring fear of falling, water fowl, Rob's parkrun DNF, a bit of parenting, and lots and lots of spectacular snowy surroundings.


    Thanks for all your support - through the Acast button - and for sharing all your runs; we love you.


    What was your favourite Running Commentary moment this year? Let us know and we'll revisit it before the year is out.


    Stuck for Christmas present ideas for that literate runner in your life? 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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  • As the Winter Solstice looms and the sun sets before 5pm, Paul and Rob head into the darkening woods. Featuring being seen at night, Rob's Wales running report, Paul's gigs for religious folk, various entertainingly interactive strangers, whether England will win the cup, when the trees will go up, trouble underfoot in the gathering gloaming, and a few impressive new PBs.


    Thank you for sharing all your runs and adventures, and for your generosity through the Acast Supporter button; you really are a wonderful bunch.


    Stuck for Christmas present ideas for that literate runner in your life? 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 Rob's actual birthday, so Paul and he take to Hampstead Heath for their monthly state-of-things run a couple of days early - and are rewarded with glorious sunshine. Featuring far-away gigs, party report, Paul's present, slippery surfaces, wonderful wives, parkrun hangin', Christmas at Kenwood, Birthday Buckaroo, fifty to sixty, thirty-four in a thirty, active daughters, a little litter pickin', the eternal battle between good and evil, dogs, and a big get-well-soon to Clive.


    Thank you for all your Birthday wishes, sharing your runs with us on line and your generosity through the Acast Supporter button; you bring us weekly joy, so we hope we're doing the same for you.


    Stuck for Christmas present ideas for that literate runner in your life? 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 went to a brand new place, recorded a wonderful episode... and lost it, so it's back to the Parkland Walk and Queens Wood for a re-record that turns out to be a lot of fun. Featuring drinking report, Rob feeling shonky at fifty, Paul slip-sliding away, parkrun plans, how to lose an audience - any audience - motivation (lack of), more of your fantastic PBs and some sound-based slapstick.


    Thanks, as ever, for sharing your running lives with us on line, and to those of you who've 'bought us a coffee' - or multiple bottles of red wine - through the Acast Supporter button. You're beautiful people, and we love you.


    Looking for Christmas gift ideas for the reading runner in your life?


    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

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/runningcommentary.


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  • On a November morning to beat them all, Rob once again meets writer, runner and adventure-seeker Gavin Boyter, this time for a loop of beautiful Richmond Park. Featuring midlife madness, lockdown lunacy, turning fifty, mixing it up running-wise, inappropriate clothing, beautiful views, mountain miles, life changes, misty memories, and a worrying lack of deer.


    PAUL TONKINSON WILL RETURN.

    Gavin's book Run For the Hell of It: 50 Running Adventures from 5K to 100 Miles is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Run-Hell-Running-Adventures-Miles-ebook/dp/B0BF2YRZZN

    Plus you can get Rob's book Running Tracks here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/running-tracks/rob-deering/9781800180444, and 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 New York City Marathon was tough, but what an adventure. Naturally, he and Paul take to Clissold Park's gentle woodchips for the debrief. Featuring late departures, early starts, pratfalls, celebrities, partial nudity, sore nipples and cheering - lots of cheering.


    If you'd like to sponsor Rob for Parkinson's UK, you still can - his JustGiving page is here: http://rb.gy/b4v985


    Thanks for sharing your running adventures with us on line, and everyone who's 'bought us a coffee' through the Acast Supporter button; 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


    Happy running. x

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  • As November begins, Paul and Rob take to Hampstead Heath to review their current situation. Featuring the history of Halloween, what not to wear in Bahrain, art review and parkrun report combined, birds and trees and surprisingly nice weather, sundry slips and the resulting whoops, teenagers' adventures and other Dad stuff - plus some more PBs.


    Rob is off to New York to run the Marathon again - if you want to track him, his number's 28528, and if you'd like to sponsor him for Parkinson's UK, his JustGiving page is here: http://rb.gy/b4v985


    Thanks for sharing your running adventures with us on line, and everyone who's 'bought us a coffee' through the Acast Supporter button; 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


    Happy running. x

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  • After various adventures, Paul and Rob are back on the Parkland Walk, somewhat hungover, like old times. Featuring fallen trees, gut stories, fast moving politics, deep tissue massage, Shake With Laughter for Parkinson's UK, moving in opposite directions, shaping up for New York and your brilliant PBs.


    Thanks for sharing all your running stories, sponsoring Rob's marathons and 'buying us coffee' through the Acast Supporter button. 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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  • Paul and Rob meet either side of the Yorkshire Marathon - but not the Scarborough 10k - for the predictions and then the debrief. Featuring antiques in Clissold Park, Paul's priorities, Rob's feeling of detachment, deer, magpies and jays, and then the full blow-by-blow story of Rob's nineteenth marathon, up in the Yorkshire sunshine.


    Congratulations to everyone else who completed a big run this weekend - thanks as ever for sharing your adventures with us. And thank you to anyone and everyone who has 'bought us a coffee' through the Acast Supporter button - 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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  • At long last, Rob and Paul volunteer at a parkrun. On a beautiful autumn morning, they take on the heavy responsibility of counting down the start - and tailwalking - at Highbury Fields' 500th event. Featuring a dewy dawn, parkrunners and walkers of every speed, cone confusion, dog attacks, squeaky pushchairs, going sober in October, marvellous marshals, and sundry shenanigans.


    Thanks as ever to everyone who has shared their running with us, and/or supported us through the Acast Supporter button; 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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  • Marathon stories and other news on Hampstead Heath as October begins. Featuring spectator emotions, the poop deck of the Cutty Sark, celebrating the final finishers, streamlining for Scarborough, Runner's World, dogs, daughters, drinking, eating, heating, gig reports and an incredible raft of PBs.


    Congratulations to anyone and everyone who's run an event recently - thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. And thank you to everyone who's helped us through the Acast supporter button; we love you all.


    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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  • 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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