Local Loops with Laura LexxRunning Commentary add
Laura Lexx - late of Live at the Apollo, and a smash at last year's Edinburgh Festival - joins the boys for a chilly triple turn round Clissold Park, where they chat about all the Big Things - taking control of your life, running and mental health, climate change and, of course, comedy in all its forms.
Happy New Year MarshalRunning Commentary add
Paul and Rob see in 2019 with the parkrun at Hackney Marshes; if you think they normally huff and puff, just wait til they start racing… Featuring resolutions, being recognised, not being recognised, drinking, not drinking, drinking but feeling like you're not drinking, competing with children and little dogs, and the definitive sprint-finish workshop.
Santa, Canter, BanterRunning Commentary add
Before all the New Year's resolutions kick in, one more brand new interview run. This time it's back to Lapland for the return of the man himself - Father 'Santa Claus' Christmas. Featuring the entire festive round-up; presents, mince pies, booze, elves, Christmas dinner, Die Hard, reindeer, and, of course, digestive problems. Happy New Year everyone!
Round Victoria Park with Miranda MarkhamRunning Commentary add
Paul and Rob are joined by Miranda Markham, who writes the Award-Winning Thoughts and Pavement blog, for a breezy blow round Victoria Park. Featuring obscure sports, Marathon highs and lows, emergency cookies, running in extreme cold, triathlons, foot grief, running without ‘the numbers’ and, of course, Christmas.
Susie Chan's Biggest FansRunning Commentary add
Susie Chan returns to run round Regents Park and report - with customary modesty - on her year of adventures, coming back from illness to run a hundred miles here, a hundred miles there... Featuring Goldilocks, baby food, Primrose Hill, wolves and warthogs, foot trouble, stories from the wrong side of the tracks, marathon majors, and matching the aged with minors.
Seasonal Singing in the Stokey SunshineRunning Commentary add
Gorgeous winter sunshine in Clissold Park as Paul and Rob talk festive shows, shouting out of cars, winter birds, river parkruns, Elvis, dogs... and Rob tries to stop Paul singing THAT song. Plus all your festive PBs!
Carry On RunningRunning Commentary add
Soft surfaces under grey skies as Paul and Rob loop none-more-December Hackney Marshes. Featuring back pain, backstop plans, Christmas songs, Christmas shows, abandoned shoes, abandoned poems, surprise potatoes, Ireland, plans for 2019, some audacious curry puns and an in-depth discussion of washing up.
Going DownhillRunning Commentary add
A short shuffle up and around Alexandra Palace Park. Featuring bad backs, bad moods, bad bread-based behaviour, when children become grown-ups, seasonal reality TV report, old people - seeing them and being them - shouty weirdos and other sundry craziness in the mean streets of Crouch End.
Commemorations, Comparisons, Comedians and Christmas (nearly)Running Commentary add
A short Sunday run in the Autumn sun, featuring memories, performing for the queen (and the headmaster), abstemiousness - or lack of - entrepreneurial and confrontational children, comedy and comedians.
A Long One for those Long Autumn NightsRunning Commentary add
Paul and Rob wander East at the end of October, as All Hallow's Eve looms and the Autumn leaves slowly lose their battle with Winter. Featuring birds - majestic, in flight, and leaving their lucky, er, gifts - parenting, gap years, motivation and the lack-of, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Halloween (the film), technology for the superannuated luddite, sports cars, marathon cheats and all your brilliant PBs.
The York ReportRunning Commentary add
At last, on a Sunny morning in Highgate, the full report from Rob’s Yorkshire Marathon. Featuring Tony Audenshaw, Wayne the pacer, James Brolin and Telly Savalas, would-be high-fivers, and rain - ‘is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.’ Also in this episode: tree questions, Paul’s trip to Dubai and post-marathon mantras.
Sunshine, Shoes, Shenanigans and SeannRunning Commentary add
The boys sneak in another pre-Yorkshire run on a stunning day. Featuring new shoes, old mantras, physio, finances, film references aplenty, reality TV and, of course, virtual klaxons.
A turn round the forest with Running with Robins author Gemma BellRunning Commentary add
Rob and Paul's guest is Gemma Bell, author of Running with Robins. Her story digs right into the highs and lows of running - running to deal with bereavement, then not being able to stop. Meanwhile, the woodlands of Berkshire are suffused with Autumn perfection, leaving these city boys wide-eyed.
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.