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Inspiring stories from everyday runners who've achieved incredible things.

Running Tales Michelle Lewis

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Inspiring stories from everyday runners who've achieved incredible things.

    Bob Emmerson: The grandfather of Northampton parkrun and multiple record breaker

    Bob Emmerson: The grandfather of Northampton parkrun and multiple record breaker

    At 88 years old, Bob Emmerson is a popular and famed figure at Northampton parkrun.


    He's completed the 5km race a grand total of 399 times, with only the coronavirus pandemic preventing him from reaching the milestone mark of 400 already.


    Bob's running career goes far further back than parkrun though, with broken records and a garage full of old trainers signs of his achievements.


    I spoke to him about what makes him 'keep on running'...

    • 21 min
    Louise Hannam-Jones: Meeting 'The Wellness Curator'

    Louise Hannam-Jones: Meeting 'The Wellness Curator'

    Like many of us Louise Hannam-Jones' life has changed during the last year.


    Coronavirus and the plethora of lockdowns it instigated got her thinking about her own mental health and wellbeing.


    As a result, she started her own Instagram account - The Wellness Curator. It has proved so popular Louise is now taking on clients to teach them how to be fitter, healthier and happier.


    Running is an integral part of that, providing - Louise says - an addictive structure and routine, as well as the base to start every day.

    • 18 min
    Karin Blak: Talking Therapy author on lockdown and being a 'Hill Demon'

    Karin Blak: Talking Therapy author on lockdown and being a 'Hill Demon'

    Qualified couples counsellor Karin Blak is the author of 'The Essential Companion to Talking Therapy' - a guide to what therapy is and how it works.


    With the Covid pandemic bringing fears of a mental health crises, Karin is keen to re-frame the discussion. Time to analyse and talk about our problems means, she says, this could be the chance to start a mental health revolution.


    One of the ways Karin looks after her own wellbeing is through running - including sprinting up hills with my Step Forward With Lewis group.


    I spoke to her about her book, lockdown and how TV doesn't always tell the truth about therapy...


     


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    Karin's website: www.karinblak.co.uk


    Karin's blogs: https://karink-blak.medium.com and https://psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/demystifying-therapy


    You can buy Talking Therapy on Amazon


     


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    The music in this podcast is:


    "Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 24 min
    Gareth Snelson: The man who decided to set up a parkrun before even running one

    Gareth Snelson: The man who decided to set up a parkrun before even running one

    Gareth Snelson is Mr Milton Keynes parkrun.


    But his journey to founding the event is not what you might expect.


    Already a keen runner, Gareth stumbled upon parkrun and decided it looked like the perfect thing to get people running together in the new city.


    Incredibly, though, he'd never previously taken part in the 5km event.


    That didn't stop him though - although those at parkrun HQ did suggest he tried one out himself before he took a plunge which, until Covid hit, saw hundreds and sometimes thousands of people turn up in MK every Saturday morning to take part.


     


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    The music in this podcast is:


    "Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 44 min
    Alan Hackett: Facing up to cancer, life in a wheelchair... and new challenges

    Alan Hackett: Facing up to cancer, life in a wheelchair... and new challenges

    Alan Hackett has spent a significant chunk of his life running.


    His achievements include 24 hour runs, taking on the London to Brighton challenge and serving as chairman of Northampton Road Runners.


    Recent years have thrown a different set of challenges his way, but he's already using the skills and mindset he developed during ultra running to tackle them head on.


    After developing a back injury, Alan eventually found out he had cancer and the coronavirus pandemic means he is still waiting for an operation to remove a mass from his kidney.


    Now in a wheelchair, he has recently completed a fresh challenge to complete 100kms and help him lose weight in the process.


    I spoke to Alan about his life in running and how his health issues might slow him down, but they won't be stopping him...


     


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    The music in this podcast is:


    "Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 21 min
    Stephen Buck: Inspired to run - and write - by an orange

    Stephen Buck: Inspired to run - and write - by an orange

    Stephen Buck never intended to write a book about his experiences in the world of running.


    Then again, he didn't really plan to start running either.


    Once he did though he found a love for the sport that took him away from fears he would never amount to anything.


    The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other changed Stephen's life and gave him a new confidence.


    When a little boy offered him an orange at a race it not only encouraged him to complete it, but also gave him the inspiration to write a book about his experiences.


    This is Stephen's Running Tales story...


     


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    Stephen's book, 'Inspired By An Orange,' is written under the name S.I. Rolland


     


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    The music in this podcast is:


    "Fearless First" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


     

    • 37 min

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Great motivational stories that involve running! Inspiring and motivating! The hosts have great chemistry and are very descriptive! Looking forward to more!

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