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Marathon Talk has returned in 2022 as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors family. Hosted by Martin Yelling and the great Deena Kastor, every two weeks we'll bring you news, views and some amazing guest interviews from across the world of marathons and running.

Marathon Talk Deena Kastor & Martin Yelling

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    • 4.7 • 813 Ratings

Marathon Talk has returned in 2022 as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors family. Hosted by Martin Yelling and the great Deena Kastor, every two weeks we'll bring you news, views and some amazing guest interviews from across the world of marathons and running.

    E5: Gina Little, The World’s Oldest Female 6 Star Finisher

    E5: Gina Little, The World’s Oldest Female 6 Star Finisher

    Gina Little is a true inspiration, and a lesson in longevity, having achieved her 6 Star Finisher’s medal at 77 years young! She carries with her the true spirit of the sport, and stories of such a strong running community.
    We hear from Gina having completed her 602nd marathon, plus a roundup of stories including the life-saving marathoner, an intriguing sub-3:30 time set while chain smoking, and how to use cross country in your spring marathon build up.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Deena’s recent Mammoth Turkey Trot, and the World Cup rivalry across the pond 7:30 - A roundup of a remarkable chain smoking marathoner, real life superhero saving two lives in the Monterey Half Marathon, a huge incident in Troy, and how to use cross country in your marathon prep 21:20 - The oldest 6 Star Finisher, Gina Little, on her 600+ marathons, affinity to London’s race, and the secrets to her longevity 51:10 - 6 questions for a 6 Star Finisher, and looking forward to the holidays with the 12-day Christmas Tree running challenge Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 56 min
    E4: Ben Wickham, Sky Sports’ Director of Creative Output

    E4: Ben Wickham, Sky Sports’ Director of Creative Output

    The TCS New York City Marathon is not an easy run at the best of times, but this year’s race gave us some outstanding performances amid the gruelling, humid conditions.
    One man who’ll attest to the difficulty is this week’s podcast guest, the fantastic Ben Wickham - Director of Creative Output at Sky Sports! We hear from him about his running journey, the holistic pleasures of marathoning, and how we can tell better stories within the sport.
    Elsewhere, we round up the best performances from that race, a cracking fundraising debut for Ashton Kutcher, and the curious cheating tale of a tram-travelling policeman…
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Breaking down Deena’s commentating experience in NYC, and top performances from that humid race 25:30 - The most bizarre marathon cheating stories 30:15 - Ben Wickham on the holistic pleasures of marathoning, what makes NYC a gruelling route, and how we can better tell the compelling stories of marathon runners 58:00 - This week’s 6 questions for a 6 Star Finisher Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    E3: Edna Kiplagat

    E3: Edna Kiplagat

    In any sport it’s ideal to learn from the very best, and as a two-time Marathon World Champion and three-time Abbott World Marathon Majors series winner, it’s hard to find better than Edna Kiplagat.
    Labelled the ‘Queen of Persistence’ by Outside Magazine, the strength of her mindset is equalled by her consistent success throughout the years.
    On Marathon Talk this week, we hear what drives Edna’s stunning performances, round up the recent Valencia Half Marathon and upcoming NYC Marathon, and share AWMM’s exciting initiative to support 2,000 runners on their 6 Star journey!
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Rounding up news from Toronto, Frankfurt, and the blisteringly fast Valencia Half Marathon 23:00 - The incredible Edna Kiplagat on the preparation, motivation, consistency and persistence behind her continued success 50:00 - 6 questions with featured 6 Star Finisher Martin Cauldwell 51:10 - Closing out with a look forward to New York, and training plans to suit the winter season

    • 53 min
    E2: Chicago’s Blistering Races, Marcel Hug’s Domination, and Chicago Winner Susannah Scaroni on the Evolution of Wheelchair Racing

    E2: Chicago’s Blistering Races, Marcel Hug’s Domination, and Chicago Winner Susannah Scaroni on the Evolution of Wheelchair Racing

    We’ve seen the back of a triple header that’s one of the busiest marathon seasons for a mighty long time, and there’s plenty of superlative performances to pick out.
    Ruth Chepng’etich ran the 2nd fastest time in women’s marathon history and Marcel Hug’s emphatic racing continues, but it’s the ultimate pleasure to speak with Susannah Scaroni after her first Chicago Women’s Wheelchair Race win!
    Join Martin & Deena on Marathon Talk for all this, and much more on the busy past and exciting future of the sport.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Wrapping up the busiest triple weekend of remarkable racing with last week’s Chicago Marathon 19:00 - Alex Williams shares the heartwarming stories from recent races that exemplify the best of our running community 31:00 - Deena interviews Chicago winner Susannah Scaroni on her optimism, motivations, and how the wheelchair sport could continue evolving 1:14:00 - Spotlight on a 6 Star Finisher, and peering into the crystal ball for November’s NYC Marathon Photo credit: Getty Sport
    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 24 min
    E1: Kipchoge’s New WR, Standouts from Back-to-Back Races, and Race Director Hugh Brasher on London Marathon’s Highlights

    E1: Kipchoge’s New WR, Standouts from Back-to-Back Races, and Race Director Hugh Brasher on London Marathon’s Highlights

    Berlin brought us a monumental new World Record from Kipchoge, and London saw some absolute standout performances, and if you missed any of it then Martin & Deena have you covered this week!
     
    We’re also lucky enough to speak to the Race Director of last week’s London Marathon about the biggest moments, huge changes to the event this year, and looking ahead to 2023.
     
    Alexandria Williams catches us up on her recent back-to-back races, and how the rousing support of the marathon community continues to drive her towards that 6 Star finish.
     
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Berlin Marathon highlights, including Kipchoge’s huge new World Record  11:30 - Deena’s incredible experience in Berlin 29:30 - Standout performances from last week’s exhilarating London Marathon 38:00 - In-depth interview with TCS London Marathon Race Director, Hugh Brasher 1:07:00 - Alexandria Williams’ back-to-back races en route to her 6 Star finish 1:19:00 - Insights from our 6 questions for a 6 Star finisher, and what’s in store for Martin & Deena  
    Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    E0: The Warm Up - Marathon Talk's Return, the BMW Berlin Marathon, and becoming a Six Star Finisher

    E0: The Warm Up - Marathon Talk's Return, the BMW Berlin Marathon, and becoming a Six Star Finisher

    Marathon Talk is BACK, but not as you know it…
    Martin Yelling returns to the mic with brand-new co-host Deena Kastor for Marathon Talk 2.0, powered by the Abbott World Marathon Majors. 
    Martin & Deena - a marathon legend, Olympic medallist and former US record holder - kick off with The Warm Up, a pre-release episode where we look ahead to Deena’s preparation for Berlin, break down the ones to watch across the field, and share our exciting plans for the future of Marathon Talk. 
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    The podcast’s exciting return, and the many stories yet to tell Deena’s running history & anticipation to become co-host Ones to watch at the upcoming BMW Berlin Marathon Inspiring stories from the Age Group World Championships Marathon Talk is proudly powered by Abbott World Marathon Majors, who create, build and support opportunities for all to discover the power of the marathon community. Learn more at https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
813 Ratings

813 Ratings

Chris Scotland ,

Marathon Talk

The Olympic recap was enjoyable. Hollie is enthusiastic but this leads to her interrupting Martin on many occasions in the show and doesn’t make for great listening. Good to hear Training Talk back.

Al_P ,

Revived to Advertise AWMM

A shadow of its former glory, feels heavily scripted and condemned to mention the Abbott World Marathon Majors at every available opportunity. I assume the podcast was revived as a marketing tool leveraging the reputation of the original format. Won’t be listening in the future I’m afraid (it’s painful!)

sbgtr1969 ,

The jury is out

Well.
Welcome back, Marathon Talk; you were my companion and guide during prep for my first ever marathon in London 2021.
However, the new format and sponsorship deal with the Abbott World Majors has (IMHO) taken more away than it has given. It feels more like a supporting advert for the AWM series rather than an interesting, independent show.
I don’t think the addition of a presenter from the USA does anything to help either, regardless of how experienced a runner she is. I find her accent grating and the words “maraTHON” and “BuckingHAM Palace” are really starting to irritate.
Sorry, but it’s not hitting the mark.

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