91 episodes

Running is the one thing that we all like talking about. Every fortnight, we will be having a chat and a cuppa with an incredible woman from the world of running. From superstar pro runners to everyday plodders, each of them has made a big difference to running - and to women. We realised that there was a huge gap in the podcast world: a podcast that was about our favourite subject, that was about women, and was also long enough to keep us entertained on our longer runs. We don’t want to listen to blokes waffling on about quads and cadence (we can do that perfectly well ourselves, thank you very much). We want to listen to women who have made a proper difference in running, who have done some incredible running themselves, and who we can have a giggle with. Some you’ll know, and some you won’t - but they’re all utterly magnificent. We will talk to them about all the things that affect us when we step out the door: sexism, hormones, menopause, food, pelvic floors, relationships, mental health. But. BUT. We will also talk about races, PBs, shoes, training, starting running, enjoying running, finding the fun. And quads and cadence. This is the Women’s Running Podcast, and it’s for women who love to run.

The Women's Running Podcast Esther Newman

    • Sports
    • 4.0 • 7 Ratings

Running is the one thing that we all like talking about. Every fortnight, we will be having a chat and a cuppa with an incredible woman from the world of running. From superstar pro runners to everyday plodders, each of them has made a big difference to running - and to women. We realised that there was a huge gap in the podcast world: a podcast that was about our favourite subject, that was about women, and was also long enough to keep us entertained on our longer runs. We don’t want to listen to blokes waffling on about quads and cadence (we can do that perfectly well ourselves, thank you very much). We want to listen to women who have made a proper difference in running, who have done some incredible running themselves, and who we can have a giggle with. Some you’ll know, and some you won’t - but they’re all utterly magnificent. We will talk to them about all the things that affect us when we step out the door: sexism, hormones, menopause, food, pelvic floors, relationships, mental health. But. BUT. We will also talk about races, PBs, shoes, training, starting running, enjoying running, finding the fun. And quads and cadence. This is the Women’s Running Podcast, and it’s for women who love to run.

    Ep 91. Stress, safety, breathing techniques, embarrassing moments

    Ep 91. Stress, safety, breathing techniques, embarrassing moments

    In this episode Holly and I are talking about the National Running Show, which took place last weekend. This was a big event for the podcast, as we were doing a talk on stage, and we were a little bit nervous about it – thankfully it’s all over and done with now, and it went better than we could ever have expected! Did you see us there? 
    We also talk about stress, and how that can affect our training negatively, something I’d be interested to hear from you about if this is something that has also happened to you. And then we talk about *that* Samsung advert and how I got caught up in a bit of a media storm! 
    We talk about the danger of the advert in that it emphasises the belief that women feel safe and are empowered on every run, which isn’t representative, and at the same time undermines our campaigning to make women feel safer.
    We then have a few emails to discuss – one of them is a question about breathing, which we will address with the help of an expert in a forthcoming episode. And we have a couple of brilliant embarrassing stories – thank you so much! More please!
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    Women’s Running magazine
    If you like this podcast, you will love Women’s Running magazine. Right now, you can read each issue every month right on your phone for just £2.99 a month. That gives you instant access no matter where you are, and you can access and search over a hundred back issues too. Use the code WR SPR 22POD at the checkout. 
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    We’ve launched ourselves on to Patreon as we need your help to keep going. Please support us with whatever you can and you’ll get some lovely patron-only perks. You can support us from as little as £2 a month – and every patron helps us continue to produce a podcast that has at least 10% running content in it in every episode. Please join our very lovely gang to keep us going. Some of our recent patrons include these wonderful people: Jodie Price, Carly Evans, Georgina Taylor, Claire Farrer, Gillian Askew, Hannah Finch & Heidi Shuster.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 90. Seagulls, Scummy Mummies, 10K races

    Ep 90. Seagulls, Scummy Mummies, 10K races

    In this bumper episode, Esther and Holly launch into it with the week’s headline event: Holly’s fight with one of Bath’s resident Herring Gulls. One stressful day later, and bolstered with a tetanus jab, she is FINE, and has used the experience to boost our stats on the podcast. Good girl. Then, less interestingly, Esther ran the London Vitality 10,000 on Monday, so lots of chat about the experience, the runners, the course, the time. 
    Then Esther and Holly talk to comedians Scummy Mummies, one of which (the lovely Helen Thorn) was also running the V10K on Monday as well. They chat about running, their enduring friendship, and the big life changes that Helen has been through over the past couple of years. Be warned, it’s a bit sweary – but when isn’t the WR Podcast? 
    Then there’s lots of chat about your embarrassing moments, which Esther and Holly have LOVED, so do please continue to send in, as it makes them feel so much better about their own.
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    Women’s Running magazine
    If you like this podcast, you will love Women’s Running magazine. Right now, you can read each issue every month right on your phone for just £2.99 a month. That gives you instant access no matter where you are, and you can read all our back issues too. Use the code WRSPR22POD at the checkout. 
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    We’ve launched ourselves on to Patreon as we need your help to keep going. Please support us with whatever you can and you’ll get some lovely patron-only perks. You can support us from as little as £2 a month – and every patron helps us continue to produce a podcast that has at least 10% running content in it in every episode. 
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 89. Accidental ultras, 10K training, embarrassing moments

    Ep 89. Accidental ultras, 10K training, embarrassing moments

    In this episode Holly and I are talking about how doing this podcast is our therapy (sorry for that). We also talk about how incredibly awful netball is, and the old “thank you marshall” email rears its head again. We are firmly in two minds here. Then I get the chance to debrief the trail run at the weekend that allows me to officially describe myself as an ultrarunner. In short, it was ace – find out more about my first ever just-about ultra, and the best way to start doing this too. We also talk about the Vitality 10K, which is coming up next week (more of that on the next podcast), which I’ll be running with the rest of the Celebrate You crowd. That neatly segues into our next podcast happily enough, because NEXT WEEK we have some very special guests – the wonderful Scummy Mummies, who are not only funny but they’re also runners. 
    And if you like this podcast, you’ll love Women’s Running magazine. You can read every issue – and we make 12 a year – direct on your phone with our digital membership, which is just £2.99 a month. Use this code at the checkout to claim this fab offer: WR SPR 22 POD
    We’ve launched ourselves on to Patreon as we need your help to keep going. Please support us at with whatever you can and you’ll get some lovely patron-only perks. You can support us from as little as £2 a month – and every patron helps us continue to produce a podcast that has at least 10% running content in it in every episode. 
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    This is the beautiful Bath Beat I ran over the weekend. 
    And here is the Long Distance Walkers Association, in which they include Challenge Events, many of which (perhaps all) are open to runners. 
    Here is the Vitality 10,0000 I’m running next week as part of the Celebrate You wave – although it’s too late to sign up to the in-person event, you can run virtually if you sign up before this Friday 29th. Join me virtually!
    Holly is very excitedly going to be taking on one of these Conqueror virtual events in the meantime for a brilliant medal.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 88. Ups and downs, FKTs, more annoyances

    Ep 88. Ups and downs, FKTs, more annoyances

    This week, Holly and I are chatting utter nonsense as ever, as well as a bit of running chat you’ll be pleased to hear, from tales of woe around her poorly foot, to my nerves ahead of a fast approaching trail marathon.
    I interrupt our gassing to have a lovely chat with Anna-Marie Watson, an ultrarunner like no one I’ve ever met before. Over the last ten years she’s trained and raced across the globe, and has achieved podium positions at multiple ultras, and has competed in three Ironman World Championships. Since the arrival of Covid she’s switched her attention to the pursuit of Fastest Known Times (FKTs) from her doorstep in Wiltshire. And this is why I wanted to talk to her, as it’s on my doorstep too. I got in touch after watching Eight White Horses, the incredible film that she’d had made of her FKT attempt to run the white horses of Wiltshire. She is astonishing.
    Holly and I come back after my chat with Anna-Marie to talk through some more of your running annoyances – mostly, it turns out, it’s still other people. But because we like to think of ourselves as unbiased (ahem), we also include an email from a listener who has provided the other half of the story, and we find ourselves thoroughly chastised as a result. Maybe we shouldn’t hate people so much? Also we discuss our new topic: embarrassing moments, and a listener’s personal moment with a pesky front zip fastening. Do please email uswith your own stories!
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 87. Berlin! Berlin! Berlin!

    Ep 87. Berlin! Berlin! Berlin!

    This is our special we’ve-just-got-back-from-Berlin podcast. Holly and I have a LOT to talk about, so brace yourselves. We start off with Drag Race – standard – and then move on swiftly to a whistle-stop tour of our exciting trip to Berlin with Sports Tours International. We talk about hotel etiquette – and most importantly, the concern about which loo to poo in to be the most neighbourly. And we talk about our impressions of Berlin itself – and let me say right here, it’s absolutely bloody AMAZING, what a wonderful city. And then we chat about the half marathon itself, and what that was like to experience as a runner (me) and as part of the cheer squad (Holly). Oddly enough, we have had such an exciting adventure that the run was really just a minor part of it, and that really helped with race day nerves. If you can bear it, listen right to the end for a revolting European revelation.
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    If you like this podcast, you will love Women’s Running magazine. And right now we have a bit of a treat for you. You can read each issue every month right on your phone for just £2.99 a month. That gives you instant access even if you’re running a race in Berlin, and you can read all our back issues too. All for just £2.99 a month! We’re practically giving it away! Use the following code at checkout for this brilliant offer – WRSPR22POD.
    In case you’ve not noticed, we’ve launched ourselves on to Patreon as we need your help to keep going. Please support us with whatever you can and you’ll get some lovely patron-only perks. And some of you have already started supporting us, which is LOVELY. You can support us from as little as £2 a month – every little helps!
     
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    • 58 min
    Ep 86. Postponements, injuries, annoying pedestrians

    Ep 86. Postponements, injuries, annoying pedestrians

    In this episode Holly and I are talking about how our running is going in the lead up to the Berlin Half. It’s a game of two halves really, as you’ll soon find out. Changes are afoot, but never fear, we’re still lacing up our lederhosen in anticipation.
    We also want to talk about the Bath Half controversy – as you might know, this is a race that’s dear to our hearts, being our local half and the first half marathon that both of us have ever done – albeit about 15 years apart. It has been postponed again, which feels a little bit cruel. So we talk through that, and the local response to it. If any listeners want to run it on its new date on 16th October (through a charity place) or the one in 2023, which I believe will still be in March as usual, find out more here.
    We then, prompted by listeners who are totally on our side, get properly cross about poor use of pedestrian areas – aimless people walking out of shops, cyclists on pavements. We have loved having a rant about our pet running peeves, and hearing all of yours – it’s been very cathartic!
    But we’re changing the assignment – we want you to tell us your embarrassing running stories, and we promise to tell you ours in return! Email us at wrpodcast@anthem.co.uk with all those things that have embarrassed you on a run. Go on, dare you!

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    Over on our Instagram page we’ve launched #Run4Ukraine because we want to do whatever we can to support people who need it most right now. It’s really simple to get involved: just run or walk 4K, donate £4 to the Red Cross and encourage 4 friends to do the same thing. Tag us, use the hashtag #run4ukraine, and raise some cash. Please help. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

erikavdoggett ,

Love this friendly inspiring show!

Love love love this show. I would listen to it on my runs and then took a break for an injury, and really missed listening! Don’t do that, keep listening even if you’re not running at the moment. It’s inspiring, and friendly to runners of all abilities. Esther and Holly are normal everyday women, with different bodies, paces, journeys, and very down to earth, very relatable. And the women they bring on to interview have incredible stories of amazing feats, but are still friendly and down to earth. It makes you feel like whatever your goal is, you can do it too.
I also love that they regularly address what it is like to run as a woman, from how hormonal cycles affect your running to the logistics of period gear.
Fabulous show, ladies, big thank you and fandom from California!

icantcomeupwithauniquenickname ,

Podcast binge worthy

I’m on a mission to listen to every episode! Listening while I run Is like having a running partner!

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