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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 • 156 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.

    E9: Gary Laybourne, AWMM Age Group World Champion

    E9: Gary Laybourne, AWMM Age Group World Champion

    For anyone needing inspiration to smash a PB this year, the story of the 2022 AWMM 40-44 Age Group World Champion is one to behold.
     
    The race was only Gary Laybourne’s fourth marathon, and he came home in a stellar 2:21:07 - it’s a privilege to hear from him on this week’s Marathon Talk, as he shares his background in triathlon, and the training that helped him fulfil his potential.
     
    Also in episode 9, it’s time to build patient progress in February if you’re lining up an April race, we cover some record breaking news from two incredible Aussies, and mull over a shocking start to the recent Valencia 10k.
     
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Cold running essentials, the shocking start to Valencia’s recent 10k, two Australian women’s new records, and much more 17:20 - Training Talk, covering the lead up to a spring race with a look at how your February, March and April should be shaping up and where to focus 25:30 - A conversation with the AWMM Age Group World Champion, Gary Laybourne about his remarkable entry into the marathon scene, charitable work with Coach Core, and specific sessions that help him maximise his potential 48:40 - Rounding up the episode with a look at the new Majors magazine  
    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/

    • 57 min
    E8: Emily Sisson, US Marathon Record-Holder and Olympian

    E8: Emily Sisson, US Marathon Record-Holder and Olympian

    It’s a new year, and Marathon Talk is starting strong with a record-holding star whose standout performance in Chicago set the US marathon record - Emily Sisson.
     
    This episode is PERFECT for shaking off the post-Christmas dust, as we hear from Emily how she trains to achieve her stunning results, and Martin & Deena run through how to pick a running plan that works for you!
     
    All this, and more on Sydney’s push to secure Kipchoge for their 2024 race, a beloved Boston canine spectator, and the close of the Age Group World Rankings.
     
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Rounding up the winter break, news on Sydney’s 2024 race, and the Spencer the Golden Retriever’s latest battle 13:30 - Training talk; how to find a training plan that works for you, whatever event you’re planning to build up to 33:00 - US record-holder Emily Sisson on owning your training plan, how to uphold good habits, her staggering Chicago run, and buildup to the Boston Half 1:02:30 - Closing out the show with some final tips on maintaining motivation in the dark, cold, rainy months  
    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 6 min
    E7: Preparing for Running Success in 2023

    E7: Preparing for Running Success in 2023

    You don’t need to have set personal best times this year to find a success story, and it’s those success stories that’ll help drive you to glory in 2023.
    The year’s end marks a wonderful time for Martin and Deena to look back over 2022, and help you use your highlights, achievements, struggles and ambitions to plan for a marvellous year ahead!
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    7:30: How Deena reflected on her performances during her most successful seasons 10:45: The questions you should ask yourself to extract the most value from the past year 26:15: Projecting forward and setting your sights on success in 2023 31:20: A very special 6 Questions for a 6 Star Finisher 32:50: Highlighting the staggering number of national records set this year, and wrapping up the running year 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/

    • 39 min
    E6: JohnBoy Smith, Commonwealth Gold Medal-Winning Paralympian

    E6: JohnBoy Smith, Commonwealth Gold Medal-Winning Paralympian

    Success isn’t earned by deep pockets, but by heart, determination and mindset. Such is the winning mentality of Commonwealth gold medallist, JohnBoy Smith.
    Recalling his call-up for Team GB in Tokyo and some of the greatest challenges he’s overcome, JohnBoy joins us for a fascinating discussion in the latest episode of Marathon Talk.
    We also take a look at the fastest ever 2nd half run in Valencia, the scintillating European Cross Country race in Turin, and how Boston is set to tee up a clash of the titans between Kipchoge and Chebet.
    In this episode of Marathon Talk:
    0:00 - Adverse weather running and England’s recent world cup woes 6:00 - Rounding up Valencia’s fastest ever second half, and the exhilarating European Cross Country in Turin 20:05 - Team GB’s JohnBoy Smith on winning Commonwealth Gold, finding sources of drive & inspiration, and accessibility for budding young wheelchair athletes 53:30 - 6 Q’s with a 6 Star Finisher, and preparing to reflect on 2022 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/

    • 57 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

Steve Wallen ,

Addicted to the Britishness of this podcast!

Love Martin and Tom (and Holly and Tony). I’ve learned so much and laughed so much and now speak with a British accent even though I’m from Indiana. Keep up the brilliant interviews, lads!

Bob1111137469 ,

My Sunday run Podcast!

I really enjoy listening to the banter between Martin and Tom, but Holly and Tony are great, too! Really look forward to their perspective on all that is running, and how they bring in their own experiences.

VirginiaRunHerGirl ,

Brilliant Running podcast!

Huge Fan!!! Hilarious, informative and inspiring! Perfect companion for the weekly Long Runs! Combo of Masterpiece Theater-Monty python-for Marathoners!!! Ten out of Ten!!!

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