I’ve have met so many inspirational people since joining the sport of running, I thought it would a good idea to capture their stories to help inspire those who are battling with their own adversities, struggling to see past their limits or just simply wanting to improve their running performance.
These people aren’t super olympians, they are the people who line up along side you at the start of a race, they are your neighbours and your friends, they are Inspirational Runners.
Episode #127 Olivier Leblond USA 48hr Record Holder 100 Mile Podiums and Backyard Ultras
Great to back into the flow after a few weeks off, really enjoyed this off the cuff interview with 100 mile expert and USA 48hr record holder Olivier Leblond.
Age really is just a number when it comes to long distance ultra running, Olivier is highly competitive at the age of 48 although he wouldn’t want to admit it taking numerous 100 mile podiums. He was lined up with the worlds best for Bigs backyard ultra this year, real shame it’s turned into a satellite event but it will still make for some interesting dot watching I’m sure.Olivier Leblond Ultra Sign Up Results https://ultrasignup.com/results_participant.aspx?fname=Olivier&lname=Leblond
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Episode #126 Karl 'SpeedGoat' Meltzer The Most Successful 100 Mile Ultra Marathoner on the Planet
We have an exceptional runner on the show this week, so exceptional in fact that he has won more 100 mile races than anyone else on the planet, he has so many accolades I really wouldn’t know where to start so check out the show notes below where I’ve listed a few so you can gain an idea of how awesome Karl Meltzer actually is.
As usual I had no time to prep for this episode but when you have one of the world’s best ultrarunners on the line finding things to talk about is never going to be an issue, in this episode we unpack the life of a 100 mile expert, training, fuel, mindset, the grounded approach to life in general.
This really is just a chat about everything from the Speegoat himself....
Currently hold the record for most 100 mile trail race wins on earth: 38
Most 100 wins in a calendar year (6 in 2006), (5 in 2007), (5 in 2009), (4 in 2005)
60 race wins, 52 of them Ultamarathons, 8 trail marathons
2006 Ultrarunner of the Year
2006 Everest Award
Runner up-Ultrarunner of the Year, 2007, 2009
4th fastest Appalachian Trail completion 2008. 2176 miles, 54 days 21 hours, 12 minutes
Red Bull Human Express 2010. (Pony Express Trail, Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, MO 2064 miles, 40 days. 105 miles the last day in 19:21
All-time winner, Hardrock 100. 5 wins
All-time winner, Wasatch 100. 6 wins
All-time winner, Massannutten 100. 4 wins
All-time winner, San Diego 100. 3 wins
All-time winner, Squaw Peak 50. 5 wins
Winningest 100 mile runner on earth.
16 years in a row of winning at least 1, 100 mile race. A world record
World Record 230 golf holes played in 12 hours.
On September 18, 2016, Meltzer set an Appalachian Trail record by completing the 2,190 miles over 14 states in 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes
Speed Record for running the Pony Express Trail from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri
Episode #125 Bruce Fordyce The Comrades King 9 Times Winner
Another treat for you this week especially for those who feel connected to The Comrades Marathon 9 times winner 8 of which were consecutive the man they call The Comrades King Mr Bruce Fordyce himself quite arguably one of the best runners in the history of the sport.
He ran the 89km down course in an amazing 5hr 24min 7 sec (which is a crazy pace of 5:48), but even more amazing he ran the challenge up course in 5hr 27 min 42 sec (for a pace of 5:52)
He has completed the Comrades course 30 times, won the London to Brighton ultramarathon three years in a row. He was the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.
With all his numerous successes in the sport you can tell from this interview that his proudest is his introduction of Park Run into South Africa where he has touched the lives and left a legacy for 1.2 million people who have currently signed up to the compete in the Sat 5km.
Truly is a humble guy who has holds a lot of experience and is considered as one of the best runners in the world.
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Episode #124 Barefoot Ted Born to Run Find Your Flow
I really don’t know how to introduce my next guest he first featured in arguably the best selling and most inspiring running book of all time Born to Run, I remember how reading about how the Tarahumara totally opened up my mind to what was humanly possible.
Ted McDonald aka Barefoot Ted inspired a nation and very soon after the book Born to Run was released there was movement in barefoot running which Ted was very much a part of, he is an exceptional runner and has now moved into an amazing space in life he has enough positive energy flowing through him to heal the universe.
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Episode #123 Anne Audain the First Professional Female Runner and Former 5000m World Record Holder
Adopted as a child born in Auckland, and had her feet reconstructed at the age of 13 Audain finished ninth aged 17 in the 1973 World Cross Country Championships.
She ran in the 1500 m at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing sixth, and top New Zealander, in the final with a time of 4:21.1.
In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Audain competed in both the 800 and 1500 m. Although she failed to get past the heats, she broke the New Zealand record for the 1500 m.
Prior to the start of the 1980s, major track and field athletics meetings had not had any women's events longer than 1500 metres. This started to change early in the new decade, and in March 1982, Audain competed in her first 5000 metres, breaking the world record. In the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane she won Gold in the 3000 metres in 8m 45.53s, a Newzealand record. The record stood for 25 years until it was finally broken by Kim Smith of Auckland, when she ran 8min 35.31sec on 25 July 2007 in Monaco.
At the 1984 Olympic Games Audain competed in the inaugural women's Olympic marathon. In the 1988 Games, her last, she finished 11th in the inaugural women's 10,000 metres.
In 1993 Audain founded the Idaho Women's Fitness Celebration 5K, now the largest 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) race for women in the USA.She was the first professional female runner who took a prize purse of $10,000 which seen her receive a life time 'temporary', ban from the world of athletics.
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Episode #122 Adam Tango Holland 10 Marathons in 10 Days Guinness World Record Holder
This is a no thrills no spills episode where I try and unlock the secret to breaking the Guinness World Record for 10 marathons in 10 days with an average time of 2:45:42 which is absolutley mind blowing.Adam is currently challenging for the world Strava lead place this month in July, a superb athlete and a genuine down to earth guy who was the youngest person in Europe to reach 100 marathons at the age of 23.If you would like to help support the future of the podcast please donate £10 by clicking on the link below to help support a new subscription package for the next 2 years which will significantly improve the sound quality.https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theinspirationalrunner?utm_term=7vwPvKGN8&fbclid=IwAR0P1_5kMNZjJwxt7nxSAgIYPSl-KVTj-LoHbfHpXEr8yT6O3LQl6qinTVY