RunPod

RunPod

By Global

Welcome to RunPod, the weekly run club you can join simply by listening. In this series Jenni Falconer welcomes special guests who share that passion for running. Together they’ll discuss the challenge, reward and sometimes obsession of pounding the pavement whilst asking what drives us to run, why some catch the bug more than others, and how it can transform the lives of those who do it. Along the way, you'll hear top training tips, monumental mistakes and some inspirational stories. So, whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, treadmill trainer, fitness guru or simply putting off that Sunday jog, RunPod is here for you.

Episodes

Nik and Eva Speakman

This week on RunPod, Jenni chats to a husband and wife team who are life change therapists. Nik and Eva Speakman will help eliminate any negative thoughts and instead promote that glass half full approach to life….and to running. Sometimes we all need some motivational chat to remind us why we love getting out there and maybe even to encourage us to get up off the sofa. Well this episode will absolutely give you that boost you may well need. So if you’re procrastinating, delaying going out for that run, stick this episode on and before you can say ‘Speakmans’, you’ll be reaching for the trainers! Enjoy!
15/10/2144m 49s

Joe Wicks, Johnny Vaughan and Ella Davies: The RunPod Relay

This week is a very special episode of RunPod supporting the brilliant charity, Global’s Make Some Noise. Welcome to the first ever ‘RunPod Relay’. Who better to kickstart the relay than the man who motivated us all throughout lockdown, Mr Body coach himself, Joe Wicks. We also hear from the wonderful Ella Davies who works with Changing Faces, one of the smaller charities which will benefit from any donations to Global’s Make Some noise. And the final relay runner is Radio X presenter Johnny Vaughan who shares key reasons why we should all keep active. A truly inspiring listen which will absolutely motivate you to get up off that sofa and will also hopefully encourage you to donate to a brilliant cause! To donate £5, simply text RUNPOD5 to 70766.
08/10/2155m 29s

Meet the Runpod Run Club : Sarah Stephenson-Hunter & Hannah Webber

Next up in this series of minisodes meeting the RunPod Run Club, Jenni meets Sarah Stephenson-Hunter & Hannah Webber. Many people bond through their love of running, and these two women are no different. Hannah and Sarah met 12 years ago and Hannah got Sarah into running, soon becoming her guide. The pair speak about the struggles of running with impaired sight, running for headspace, and their reliance on each other for motivation and support.
06/10/2121m 47s

The London Marathon 2021 RunPod Special

This weekend thousands of runners will take to the streets of London to take on the 41st Virgin Money London Marathon. It’s one of the most iconic marathons on the planet and is set to be the biggest marathon not just since Covid but the biggest mass participation marathon ever. Even if you’re not taking part, in this episode you’ll get a little taster of what it’s like and perhaps this will encourage you to enter the ballot for next year! Jenni speaks to Race Director, Hugh Brasher, who shares news of when that 2022 ballot opens. He also gives a great insight into what we can expect from 2021’s race and how things have changed in light of the pandemic. Jenni also speaks to London Marathon officials, Fran Ridler and Chris Davey who work on the start and finish line. Other guests include Eleanor Mahmoud and Alistair Douglas who share their reasons to run. Whilst Helen Thorne and Ellie Gibson, aka The Scummy Mummies return to RunPod to chat big day nerves, preparations and post-race plans. You might be listening whilst you’re running in the actual event, in which case, good luck, run like the wind and enjoy this special episode.
02/10/211h 0m

Chris Finill

This week, joining the RunPod run club is a man who is in another running club. His club formed 41 years ago and only has a few members, it’s that exclusive! What’s more, you can’t join this group, you can only leave... The group is called the ‘Ever Presents’, because they have been present at every single London Marathon since its inception in 1981. In this episode, Jenni is joined by the youngest member of the group, Chris Finill. Chris talks about being a member of such a special group whilst also sharing his marathon memories and experiences. A truly perfect episode for someone preparing to run the actual London Marathon but even if you’re not, it is an equally insightful and inspiring listen. Enjoy. Happy running.
01/10/2147m 34s

Meet the RunPod Run Club: Simon Truscott

In this series of bonus episodes we meet the members of the RunPod Run Club and this week Jenni chats to Simon Truscott. Everyone gets something out of running - whether that be improved fitness, time out or perhaps it’s a way to help you cope with loss, and that is something which is touched upon in this episode. The last year has been tough for everyone but particularly hard for Simon and his boys, in this episode he reveals why and explains how he has turned to running to help get through the dark times.
29/09/2115m 34s

Eliud Kipchoge

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by the greatest marathon runner of all time, there’s no denying it. He just confirmed his ‘G.O.A.T.’ status at the Tokyo Olympics where he picked up his second Olympic gold medal for the marathon; he is also the marathon world record holder and he is the only person to have ever run a sub-2 hour marathon...it is the one and only Eliud Kipchoge. Jenni and Eliud discuss making the history books, marathon training, his reason to run and they chat about his favourite marathon. Eliud also gives some key tips for all runners. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.
24/09/2132m 33s

Meet the Runpod Run Club: Ashley Fraser

Welcome back to The RunPod Run Club, where members of all running abilities, styles, speeds, shapes and sizes are welcome. Your stories are all different, your running journeys have taken you on different paths and so let's continue in this series of bonus mid-week episodes, meeting another member of the ‘RunPod Run Club’. This week in the Run Club is Ashley Fraser. Ashley started running when she got a place in the London marathon in 2017 and it changed her life. She talks to Jenni about the wonderful running community, how she isn't a competitive runner but how running makes her a better person physically and mentally, the motivation of small wins, going from running 3k up to full marathons and how the day of the London marathon can be one of the best in your life.
22/09/2112m 51s

Iwan Thomas

Another gathering of the RunPod Run Club and this time Jenni is joined by one of the our greatest 400m sprinters, the current UK record holder, Iwan Thomas. Iwan may well have retired from competing in the 400m after winning medals at all major championships but he has most certainly not stopped running! In fact, he’s run further this year than ever before…this year, Iwan decided to enter a 100 mile race. In this episode, we hear why he decided to set himself this epic challenge, how he prepared and can a sprinter really also be an ultra-marathoner? It’s a truly inspiring listen and you will without doubt be in awe of Iwan once you hear his ultra marathon story. Enjoy.
17/09/2143m 56s

Meet the RunPod Run Club: Neil Holmes

The RunPod Run Club has grown so much since it first started and in that time, has become a wonderful, friendly and supportive community of runners. There are members of all running abilities, styles, speeds, shapes and sizes. Everyone is welcome. With that in mind, it soon became clear that some of the best guests are in fact you, the members of the club, the ones who listen to the podcast. Your stories are all different, your running journeys have taken you on different paths and so now in this series of bonus mid-week episodes, we are going to meet the ‘RunPod Run Club’. First up, Neil Holmes shares his story. Neil has always been very fit and active, until last year when something happened which turned his world upside down. Neil tells his tale and explains why running is now a little more challenging, yet something he’s determined to do. It’s a truly inspiring listen.
15/09/2114m 46s

Tom Read Wilson

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by someone who brings new words to running lexicon. No matter which words you use to describe your run-positive, or less complimentary, you will find this episode of Runpod insightful - from a running tips point of view or from a vocabulary perspective for Jenni is joined by a one of the most eloquently spoken people on the box. Tom Read Wilson has a truly fabulous and unique way with words. He is best known as the ‘Celebs Go Dating’ receptionist but is about to give you a lesson in all words running related - thankfully he is also a runner. How to motivate yourself, reasons to run and the joy of a morning run routine are all discussed in this fun episode which will absolutely keep you going on your next outing. Happy running.
10/09/2132m 15s

James Crossley

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats to a man who’s known for being mega-fit. He is James Crossley, aka Hunter from the long-running ITV series, ‘Gladiators’. James and Jenni discuss all things running as well as what you can do to compliment your run fitness. If you would like to see performance improvement, physique enhancement and fitness gains, then James has a ton of tips which will come in very handy. It’s a great listen about a bodybuilder who took up running. Truly perfect for those wanting to be motivated whilst out for a run. Enjoy. --- L'OCCITANE have given me an exclusive discount code for RunPod listeners, so you can get 10% off all purchases online and in-store, as well as FREE delivery on all online orders with the code RUNPOD. Code valid until 12th September 2021, exclusions apply.
03/09/2139m 35s

Josh Patterson

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by relatively new runner and reality star, Josh Patterson. JP is known well for his time in ‘Made in Chelsea’ but is gaining a new following of runners due to his might impressive recent challenges. Although Josh only started running in the last 2 years, he’s already pushed himself to the absolute limit. Not many of us would be able to run continuously for 24 hours but Josh can, and by the way he might well make you want to rise to the challenge too. What’s most impressive about JP is that he’s new to running yet has already achieved more than most of us. In saying this, his reason to run is entirely inspiring and will inevitably motivate you to keep you going whilst out. Enjoy. Happy running! --- L'OCCITANE have given me an exclusive discount code for RunPod listeners, so you can get 10% off all purchases online and in-store, as well as FREE delivery on all online orders with the code RUNPOD. Code valid until 12th September 2021, exclusions apply.
27/08/2152m 2s

Joe Choong

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by a Gold medal winning Olympian fresh off the jet from Tokyo! Joe Choong represented Team GB in the Modern Pentathlon and returned to Britain with a lovely bit of bling! The first British man to take gold in this event. Joe chats to Jenni about the moment he knew he was going to win the gold medal and what it feels like to be the world number one in the sport. They discuss fellow Team GB competitor, Kate French, who also won Gold in the Women’s Pentathlon. You’ll hear about training for an event like this and how intensive it is when you have to excel at 5 different disciplines. We learn which of those 5 modern pentathlon disciplines is the hardest, which is the preferred and Joe shares a ton of tips for anyone keen to improve their own running. Also he touches on how training for the modern pentathlon compares to other running events. A great listen with a brilliant athlete who has most certainly made us all incredibly proud and after this episode you never know he might even inspire you to join a local modern Pentathlon club! --- L'OCCITANE have given me an exclusive discount code for RunPod listeners, so you can get 10% off all purchases online and in-store, as well as FREE delivery on all online orders with the code RUNPOD. Code valid until 12th September 2021, exclusions apply.
20/08/2135m 10s

AJ and Curtis Pritchard

Races are back! After so much time without pinning a number to your tshirt and picking up a finishers' medal, finally many events are back up and…running! It’s a welcome return and for many it’s the chance to put all those lockdown runs to the test. If you’re someone who’s gearing up for a first half marathon, then in this episode you will hear what it feels like to take part. In this episode Jenni is kept company by 2 brothers, professional dancers and first time half marathoners. Former Strictly dancer AJ and Love Island star Curtis Pritchard describe their experience of the London Landmarks Half. From pre-race nerves, to start-line atmosphere, the tough parts, the lessons learnt and the emotion of crossing the finish-line, you’ll get a real insight as to what taking part in a half marathon really feels like. In addition, you get an insight into AJ and Curtis’ home-life, the fitness advice they learnt from their parents, as well as maybe get on board with them in the new challenge they set themselves mid-episode. Perhaps you’ll want to try it too? It’s a great, fun episode, which will make you want to sign up for a race as soon as possible. Happy running. --- L'OCCITANE have given me an exclusive discount code for RunPod listeners, so you can get 10% off all purchases online and in-store, as well as FREE delivery on all online orders with the code RUNPOD. Code valid until 12th September 2021, exclusions apply.
13/08/2138m 28s

Mike Seaman

Mike Seaman loves running. He loves it so much, his life revolves around it - even his work is running related! Only a few years ago Mike realised there was a gap in the market for a place where runners could go and buy, talk, live and breathe all things running and so he created ‘The National Running Show’. In this episode we learn why he was absolutely the right man to be the founder of such an event, he shares his passion for running, his reasons to run and explains the overwhelming pride he feels when crowds turn up to his events. It’s a wonderful episode which will just make you want to grab your trainers, get out there and of course, book your tickets for the next National Running show!
06/08/2143m 40s

Lia Fyles

After 18 months of everything and anything being cancelled, races being rescheduled and us all getting used to the 'virtual run', at long last we are seeing the return of actual organised running events and this weekend it’s The London Landmarks Half Marathon. In this episode Jenni speaks with the woman in charge, race director Lia Fyles, about the build up to the big day as well as chatting about the impact Covid has had on running events in the UK. Even if you are not taking part in this particular half marathon, it’s a great listen and will get you fired up and excited about the prospect of signing up for a race in the coming months. You’ll also get plenty of great race day tips. Races are so much more than just getting a PB, they’re about the camaraderie, the atmosphere and uniting with the running community and this episode certainly celebrates that. Enjoy.
30/07/2138m 55s

Will Goodge

It’s been said many times, everyone has their own reason to run - whether that be for fitness, mental health, weight loss, a personal challenge or for some, it is a mechanism to help cope with grief. In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by Will Goodge whose first run was only a few years ago along a boardwalk in California. It was a pivotal moment in his life, one that he associates with extreme joy. Within a year, life had done a complete u-turn. His mum had lost her battle with cancer and he was looking for something to help him cope with his grief. This is where the running comes in…. Will started running on days that meant something to his mum, Christmas, her birthday and then progressively he challenged himself a little more until he was running the length of the country, raising money in her honour. It’s a truly inspiring story of someone who’s reason to run was to partly escape, yet by running, he’s found something that’s now become a huge part of his life. Enjoy.
23/07/2144m 19s

Ed Gamble

This week on RunPod, joining the RunPod Run Club is a comedian, podcaster, radio host and runner Ed Gamble! Ed talks to Jenni about his eureka moment when he lost weight and found out he liked to exercise at 23, running smugness, identifying as a plodder, coming up with ideas for jokes whilst running, not being a vegan, eating to run or running to eat and how his diabetes affects his running. A really entertaining listen. Enjoy!
16/07/2141m 1s

Mr Motivator

This week joining Jenni in the Runpod Run Club is someone who knows something about motivation...and he's made a name out of it. It's Derrick Errol Evans MBE, a.k.a Mr Motivator! Derrick talks about the curative power of exercise, how he became Mr Motivator, adopting lessons from the past year, how its never too late to take up running, becoming more disciplined and how the healthier you are the better it is for everyone who matters in your life. Hopefully he can give you the motivation to put your runners on and get out there! Enjoy!
09/07/2140m 12s

Katya Jones

The new recruit this week is known more for the cha cha, the rumba and the salsa, than the jog, the sprint or the tabata. She’s a World Dance Champion and a regular on Strictly, in this episode Jenni is joined by the uber fun and incredibly talented Katya Jones! Now Katya took up running to maintain her fitness levels when she’s not dancing, which was most of lockdown. She quickly realised that although she is very much ‘dance-fit’, she really needed to get ‘run-fit’. Jenni and Katya discuss how fitness requirements for different sports vary so much; Katya explains why she never did any running whilst growing up in Russia. They also talk about how you can do decent dance training on a treadmill and why running is such a great way to get to know your local community. It was a lot of fun recording this episode - so we hope you enjoy listening.
02/07/2145m 9s

Karen Weir

In this week's episode of RunPod Jenni speaks to the lady who coached Jenni to her marathon PB. Yes, if you're in training for one of the many races coming up this year, this is definitely one for you. Karen Weir is a running and triathlon coach and PT, as well as being a parkrun ambassador and pioneer. She chats Jenni through the steps we all should be taking to help us achieve the goals we set, how walking can actually help us get that PB, the importance of weight training as we get older and she walks us through the different types of runs we should be incorporating into our running schedules. Enjoy!
25/06/2152m 14s

Colin Jackson CBE

Colin Jackson’s been in the public eye since he was a teenager, he’s had a hugely successful career as a sprinter and hurdler with some incredibly impressive world records. In this episode Colin explains race start-line tactics, the ‘dip’ at the finish line and how it can all go very wrong with a touch of over-confidence. Jenni and Colin take a look at some of the real issues affecting athletes heading out to Tokyo for the Olympic Games and touch on the pressure of being at the top of your game. They also discuss the negative impact of all that training and the upcoming medical treatment Colin now requires. Throughout the episode Colin offers great tips from his years of experience not only as a phenomenal athlete but also as a top trainer and coach. A truly wonderful listen with a lovely man, a brilliant coach and someone who remained unbeaten for almost 3 decades. Enjoy
18/06/2149m 7s

Anna Rutherford

For all runners, there is a distance that you dream of running. It could be a 5k, a 10k, a half or a full marathon. Or perhaps after hearing people enthuse about even longer runs, you’ve been tempted by an ultra. Well in this episode, mum, lawyer and runner, Anna Rutherford does a brilliant job at describing a race she completed a couple of months ago. Anna ran over 200 miles, smashing the race record in the process. Her story is incredible. She’d just given birth a few months earlier, she napped in 11 minute bursts and her secret weapon is something you may want to try yourself….it’s a food (of sorts) and was a huge help on her journey. After hearing Anna’s account of this epic run, I would be surprised if you don’t ask yourself ‘Could I do an ultra?’ Or perhaps you’ll ask, ‘When can I do an ultra?!’ Enjoy this hugely inspiring episode with a superwoman who said she’s 'nothing special’. I beg to differ. Happy running!
11/06/2153m 38s

Colson Smith

Returning to RunPod this week is Colson Smith, aka Craig from Corrie! He found running during lockdown and ever since it has quite literally changed his life for the better. He has documented his running journey in a new film, which is out now. ‘Bored of being the Fat Kid’ follows Colson as he embarks on a new health and fitness regime which has now become a way of life. Colson’s commitment to running is so inspiring and will absolutely motivate you to get off the sofa and head out for a run. He offers tons of brilliant tips and advice for new runners or anyone keen to improve and discusses at what point you can officially refer to yourself as ‘a runner’. A great episode with someone who has truly been bitten by the run bug. Enjoy.
04/06/2145m 5s

John Humphrys

Do you consider yourself a runner, a jogger or a plodder? In this episode of RunPod, the guest is adamant he’s a plodder! He also fully expected to have exhausted all running chat in approximately 5 minutes, then surprised himself by enthusing about the feelgood of running for a good 40 minutes. Journalist, quiz show host and former presenter of the ‘Today’ show, John Humphrys, is known for asking questions, yet for a change, here you hear him answer them. John’s been running for almost 50 years and started whilst in Washington DC reporting on the Watergate scandal. Despite his reluctance to admit he truly loves running, he gives a passionate account of exactly what he enjoys about it. He represents anyone who believes they’re ‘not really a runner’....but soon realises that actually, perhaps they really are! A great listen with the longtime Mastermind quizmaster. In this episode his specialized subject is running. Enjoy.
28/05/2141m 24s

Suzanne Shaw

Some people like a challenge and they always seem like a good idea, at the time... Suzanne Shaw decided to set herself a running challenge that really wasn’t for the faint hearted. Running for 19 hours straight. Having only started her running journey at the start of lockdown last year, you’d have thought a marathon would be impressive enough but no, she went one further. She took on her challenge this week and so this episode of RunPod is all about it covering the highs, lows and everything in between. Jenni catches up with Suzi directly beforehand to find out how she’s feeling ahead of stepping, or should that be jogging, out her comfort zone. Then they catch up again immediately afterwards to find out if it went to plan, how it went and whether Suzi enjoyed the experience. A hugely inspiring episode which may leave you setting yourself your own epic challenge. Happy running!
21/05/2148m 40s

Jake Tyler

It’s mental health awareness week and so this episode is particularly poignant. Jake Tyler has struggled with his mental health for a number of years. From the outside everything looked rosy, but in reality, he was fighting a private internal battle and was truly struggling. Jake’s honesty is humbling as he discusses the challenges he experienced whilst suffering from depression - and what he did to try and take control of it. One thing that helped was exercise. He started with going for a walk and developing a routine, a simple moment in the day that was something to focus on. Over time he walked further and further until the walking turned to running. Whilst not every run is fast and easy, each run does take him to a happier, more positive place, where he feels a little better. This sentiment is certainly something most of us can relate to. This episode is a discussion of how something as simple and pure as a run can help you to turn your life around, and lead you to feel more empowered, more in control and have a far more optimistic outlook. Jake’s story and experiences are incredibly inspiring, they might also make you consider setting some challenges so you too can feel even more alive. Happy running.
14/05/211h 1m

Zoe Hardman

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by fellow radio presenter, podcaster and friend, Zoe Hardman. Zoe loves running but her experience of it has been limited in recent years due to injury. However now she’s back, giving it a go once again and absolutely loving being back out pounding the pavements. Jenni and Zoe discuss how being a runner doesn’t mean you have to sign up for long distance races and how making time for a run can make a huge difference to your mental health. It’s a totally relatable listen and will inspire you to grab your trainers and get out there!! Happy running.
07/05/2148m 39s

Tobias Mews

There is much excitement about races and running events gradually starting back in the coming months and if you are tempted to sign up to run somewhere exotic, try something challenging or have a go at getting your first medal, well this episode of RunPod is just what you need. Tobias Mews is a journalist and adventure athlete who likes a serious challenge and has experienced most running events out there. In fact if there isn’t one on the cards, he’ll invent one! He’s run so many different races, he’s even written a book about them! He’s got bounds of energy, is ridiculously enthusiastic and a great raconteur making this episode an absolute must-listen. So which race is the most gruelling, which is the most ‘romantic’ and which is for beginners?.... Tobes tells Jenni about so many fascinating events that you’ll certainly fancy signing up for (at least) one. Enjoy. Happy running.
30/04/2149m 1s

Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by two comedians who love to run and who are fellow podcasters. Just like all good ideas, their podcast was born whilst out running! Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson’s friendship developed through their mutual love for pounding the pavements. So this episode is a totally relatable conversation between 3 people who all fully appreciate the joys of going for a simple run. They also all admit they savour the benefits and the feel-good effect of a decent run session and recognise that after time out in your trainers, running is the best therapy that gives an incredible natural boost of positivity. They chat hills, training, talking whilst running, hitting the wall, getting lost, gaining weight, losing weight and taking up running due to a mid-life crisis. A great episode that will be your perfect companion on your next run. Enjoy.
23/04/2157m 39s

Daniel MacPherson

Some people discovered a love for running in lockdown, others found it in recent years but the guest on this week’s RunPod has been loving running as long as he can remember. In fact growing up, his dream was to be a triathlete.... Well, Daniel MacPherson is indeed a pretty nifty triathlete and runner but he’s also very well known as an actor. In the UK, he’s most recently been on our screens in ‘Strike Back’ but first grabbed our attention when he bagged his debut acting role in Neighbours. Ever since, he’s carved a hugely successful, international career alongside maintaining incredible fitness and has also added being a dad to the mix. He’s a busy boy but he made time to talk to Jenni and join the RunPod Run Club....whilst locked in quarantine in a hotel in Sydney!! So in this episode, they chat coping with 2 weeks isolated in a hotel room without getting out for fresh air and exercise. Why running is so much more than smashing PBs and the 3 words you need to repeat over and over on the days you’re struggling for motivation. A great listen that will inspire you to just get out there. Enjoy.
16/04/2143m 3s

Mel Bound

Whether you’re a new runner or you’ve been lacing up those trainers for years, we all know it can sometimes be difficult to fit in that run with work, life and family getting in the way, especially if you’re a mum. So this week Jenni speaks to the lady who’s responsible for setting up the world’s largest community for Mums, This Mum Runs. Joining the RunPod Run Club is Mel Bound. In this episode Mel discusses how and why she set up This Mum Runs, her mission to get a million mums on board in the next couple of years, the importance of community, her love of trail running and safety whilst running at night. An inspiring listen that'll make you want to get out there!
09/04/2144m 14s

Toby and Fia Tarrant

This long Easter weekend Jenni is joined by two reluctant runners and our first sibling duo on the podcast! Radio X's Toby Tarrant and Heart's Fia Tarrant not only share profession and parents, but both blame Jenni for getting them into trainers and pounding the pavements. They talk Toby's marathon motivation (beating his fiancées time), Fia's marathon to come and her enviable treadmill, how Jenni left Toby panting outside a Pret à Manger on a run, their competitive nature, the incredible pace of improvement that running allows and we find out which celeb loves a chicken nugget from the kids' menu.
02/04/2145m 56s

Vassos Alexander

Joining the Runpod run club this week is someone who shares more in common with Jenni than just a love of running, he also works in breakfast radio! Vassos Alexander is part of the Virgin Radio breakfast team, and isn’t one to shy away from turning up to work in running shorts. In this uplifting episode hear Vassos and Jenni talk about their shared early mornings, the return of parkrun, how he started just running down his road and ended up breaking 3 hours in the marathon, how he’ll miss when his daughter no longer runs alongside him holding his hand and his new love of fresh water swimming!
26/03/2150m 2s

Charlie Watson

As runners we are often obsessed about whether or not we are eating the right food to fuel our runs. Are we eating enough? Are we eating too much? Should we be avoiding certain foods? Well this week joining the RunPod Run Club, we have someone who can guide us along the right path when it comes to all things nutrition... Charlie Watson is an NHS dietician as well as a very keen runner...and she has the answers to many of our food related questions! So what should we eat before a run? How should we refuel afterwards? Should we carb load? When does Charlie recommend we eat roast potatoes?! These questions and more are answered in this episode. Jenni and Charlie also talk about losing your running mojo and more importantly, how to get it back...and if you are training for your first ever marathon, there are tips on how to get started. A great listen, with lots of handy hints and recommendations along the way! Enjoy and happy running.
19/03/2137m 5s

Richard Ward

This week on RunPod, joining the RunPod Run Club is top hairdresser to the stars, and longtime friend, Richard Ward. Richard tells Jenni all about picking up running in his 30s, travelling the world (always with trainers), the freedom that running affords him, his new found addiction to podcasts (including Runpod of course!), getting aches and niggles, how he’ll miss exercising outdoors every day once lockdown is over and we couldn’t let Richard onto the podcast without his haircare tips, especially for runners. A fun listen that will make you smile and want to get out there pounding the pavements!
12/03/2149m 35s

Eilidh Doyle

This week, Jenni is joined by Scotland’s most decorated track and field athlete of all time. Yes, it’s Eilidh Doyle. She’s seen the podium at European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic levels, and not only dominates in 400m, but 400m hurdles too. Eilidh is one of the few thanking lockdown for an extra year in preparation for the Olympics after giving birth a year ago. In this episode of RunPod, Eilidh and Jenni chat about how pregnancy and birth affected her running and training afterwards, her hopes to add the the medal collection in Tokyo, the very impressive just 3 second addition to her 400m time that hurdles adds, plus a ton of helpful tips for hill running and new runners alike. A fantastic listen with another incredible athlete who we’ll all be cheering on in 2021.
05/03/2150m 35s

Martin Pert

This week RunPod recruits its first fighter pilot as we welcome Squadron Leader Martin Pert to the RunPod run club. Martin has been in the RAF for over 20 years and has just finished his 3 year tour of duty leading the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, also known as the Red Arrows. In this episide we get an insight into life as a Red Arrow pilot and why fitness is so crucial in this role. Martin is a passionate runner and he shares stories of some of the incredible places he has been able to run and reveals which races he would love to tick off the bucket list. It is a fascinating episode that truly is a must-listen and will absolutely urge you to get your trainers on and get out there.
26/02/2146m 50s

Dr Zoe Williams

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by Dr Zoe Williams, NHS GP, regular on ITV’s This Morning and of course, a runner. They talk all things running and at this time of COVID-19, get the lowdown on the impact of Coronavirus on your fitness. They also discuss running whilst pregnant as Zoe has recently revealed that she’s expecting her first baby. She explains what you can and can’t do when preparing for motherhood. What’s more, did you know Zoe was a Gladiator? Yup, she was a regular on the show battling contestants as Amazon. She talks Gladiator fitness and reveals secrets about the show. So, in my best voiceover voice RunPod run club ready? Gladiator ready? 3, 2, 1, listen! Happy running. X
19/02/2151m 21s

Laura Muir

Joining the RunPod run club this week is someone who is having a great year so far. She’s just run her first ever sub 4 minute 1500m indoors and nabbed herself a British Record in the process. She’s one to watch for sure. Not only that, alongside her intense training she also managed to graduate from uni and qualify as a vet. There is no end to her talents! It is 1500m European and World medallist, Dr Laura Muir. Laura talks all things running, training and shares her top tips on how you can run that first 5k, or how you might improve on it. We discuss juggling studies with training, nerves at the start line and how it felt to break Dame Kelly Holmes’ Olympic gold winning record. A truly great listen with a brilliant athlete who we’ll all be cheering on in 2021.
12/02/2138m 8s

Henry Holland

In the RunPod Run Club we know how good running makes us feel, but a bonus is feeling like we look good whilst we run. And this week joining Jenni on Runpod is a man who knows a thing or two about fashion. It’s fashion designer (and nifty runner), Henry Holland. Henry and Jenni chat being overly competitive with himself, using running as a form of meditation, marathon faux pas, the spectrum of fitness throughout the various lockdowns, and of course fashion. It turns out not even designers get it right when going for that first run. A hugely enjoyable listen, and you may get a bit of inspiration to jazz up your running gear too!
05/02/2142m 45s

Olivia Tompkins

Joining the RunPod Run Club in this episode is someone who has been working relentlessly, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, since March 2020. Olivia Tompkins is a nurse working for the NHS in intensive care, where her patients have, or are recovering from, Covid-19. It’s a high pressure job which requires great strength of mind so after a long shift, you’d think it’s time to head home and relax.....not for this nurse: Livvy turns to running and CrossFit. Jenni and Livvy discuss a day in the life of an NHS intensive care nurse, how challenging it is, how on earth she has the energy to work out and why actually it’s so important to her to go running and lift some weights. It’s a fascinating, moving and emotional insight into life at the hospital and a deeply inspiring, motivating and humbling account of Livvy’s day to day experiences. A must-listen which will make you realise you truly have no excuse to get out of that run yourself.
29/01/2155m 12s

Lucy Spraggan

There have been a lot of new runners out pounding the pavement in the last year and the guest on this episode of RunPod is one of them. Out the blue she felt the urge to go for her very first run and quite frankly has never looked back. Singer Lucy Spraggan now loves running. Along with cross fit and an incredibly committed workout regimen, she's lost weight, become incredibly fit (she even loves running up hills!) and has shared it all with her followers on social media. Lucy and Jenni chat never wanting to run again after her first run, to running 10k after three weeks, her song 'Run', sharing her weight loss and boob job online, and her huge desire to do a marathon.
22/01/2152m 31s

Olivier Bernhard

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by someone who wasn’t content with his multiple Ironman victories and world duathlon championship wins, he wanted to leave an even greater impression on the running world. After retiring from competing on a professional level, Olivier Bernhard devoted himself to creating the ultimate running shoe. One that would give the perfect running sensation. He began by cutting up garden hoses at home and gluing them to the soles of his shoes, this was the start of the On Running Revolution. Together with his fellow co-founders, they officially founded On Running in 2010 and in the years which have followed, their game has picked up a pace. You’ll see their shoes on athletes on the world stage, they’ve been on podiums, broken records and they’re worn by millions of regular runners round the globe. In this episode, Olivier talks about the brand, its growth, which On trainers are right for you and their new sustainable initiative which will be the first in the trainer world. It’s a thoroughly interesting conversation with someone who has turned their passion for running in the Swiss Alps into a business, which has become a major player in the fitness world.
15/01/2137m 38s

Lord Sebastian Coe

This week joining the Runpod Run Club is a Lord. Yes, the first Lord of Runpod, and a man who needs no introduction. In 1980 he held all four middle distance World Records simultaneously and went on two be a two time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, part of the International Olympic Committee and President of World Athletics, it is of course, Seb Coe! Seb chats to Jenni about his incredible career, starting out at the Hallamshire Harriers and working his way to Gold at not one but two very unique Olympic games, how his family will notice if he doesn't run, and what the odds are on Team GB getting more that 67 medals at the Olympics this year. An incredible listen!
08/01/2141m 53s

Hannah Beecham

Happy New Year! Now unless you’re someone with the most incredible willpower on the planet, chances are that over the festive period you have eaten mince pies, drunk some wine and gorged on festive feelgood. It's at this moment, you possibly need to find a helping hand to motivate you to get back on track, working on your health, well-being and fitness levels. Well this episode is exactly what you need. Jenni is joined by Hannah Beecham, the founder of RED January. A brilliant initiative that has one mission - to get the nation active in the first month of the year. It's been a challenging time for us all and perhaps RED January is exactly what you need to start 2021 with a purpose, with a positive attitude and feeling fantastic. It's a thoroughly motivating listen... by the end of the episode, you will be desperate to sign up and get yourself out running.
01/01/2131m 18s

Eddie Izzard

After the year we've all had it's fair to say that we're ready for some eating, drinking and being merry... but perhaps in amongst all the celebrating you might find a little time to get out there for a run? In the final episode of 2020, Jenni is joined by a comedian, actor, writer and a runner….in fact she's run so much over the last few years, it's hard to believe she actually has time for anything else! Eddie Izzard runs marathons - a lot of them, back to back. She claims she likes to challenge herself. Her epic running challenges started back in 2009 and have escalated ever since and in January she will embark on yet another impressive mission and so in this episode she talks all about it. Eddie also shares tips on finding motivation, how to keep going if you 'hit the wall', she discusses reasons for running and explains what she gets out of it. It's a fascinating listen that may have you wondering what you can also do to challenge yourself in 2021
24/12/2045m 6s

Tom Kerridge

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by Michelin starred chef, Tom Kerridge. Now traditionally a chef’s lifestyle isn’t the healthiest and until recently, Tom was certainly living his life to the full....a lot of fun but perhaps not great for longevity. So when he got a reality check a few years ago, he decided to do something about it, embarking on a new fitness regime which included a lot of running! Tom had never considered himself a runner before (and to be fair, he’s a reluctant runner now) but he credits his new physique to running. In addition to pounding the pavement, Tom’s changed many elements in his life and it’s fascinating to hear his new approach to health and well-being. What’s more as we her ever closer to Christmas, we discuss fitness over the festive period, the perfect ‘healthy’ turkey dinner and debate whether running on the 25th is acceptable behaviour. A great listen with a truly lovely man and utterly brilliant chef. Enjoy.
18/12/2041m 52s

Angela Griffin

On this week's #RunPod, Jenni is joined by a very familiar face to many of us. The brilliant actress Angela Griffin. Angela talks to Jenni about how she went from thinking running outside was for professionals only, definitely not for her, to running not only for fitness reasons, but for the mind too! Running in new cities, training regimes for jobs, wanting to do a marathon at some point and whether she'll be out hitting the pavements over the Christmas period. Have a listen!
11/12/2044m 24s

Greg Rutherford MBE

On this week's Runpod, Jenni is joined by not just a talented runner, but a Gold medal winning jumper. Yes, it's Greg Rutherford! Although retired now, Greg continues to run, and not just those short distances his sport required. Greg and Jenni talk the difference between training as a professional and training now, how he got into long jump, Super Saturday (how could they not?!), his nippy 5k time, running a half marathon with close to zero training, Strava excuses, and if Greg will be running on Christmas day. A fascinating listen!
07/12/2043m 31s

Greg Rutherford MBE

On this week's Runpod, Jenni is joined by not just a talented runner, but a Gold medal winning jumper. Yes, it's Greg Rutherford! Although retired now, Greg continues to run, and not just those short distances his sport required. Greg and Jenni talk the difference between training as a professional and training now, how he got into long jump, Super Saturday (how could they not?!), his nippy 5k time, running a half marathon with close to zero training, Strava excuses, and if Greg will be running on Christmas day. A fascinating listen!
04/12/2043m 57s

The RunPod Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This is a special bonus episode of Runpod intended to help you come up with ideas for the best gizmos, gadgets and gear for runners this Christmas. Jenni is joined by 2 experts in this field - Esther Newman, editor of the brilliant Women’s Running magazine; and Jessie Watts from Runners Need, one of the UK’s leading running retailers. Between them, they have the guide to the best GPS watches, earphones, jackets, tops, trainers, undies, socks and accessories out there. If you need ideas for gifts, or fancy updating your own kit, this episode is bursting with suggestions, top tips and excellent advice.
01/12/2048m 1s

Natalie Anderson

Striding into the RunPod Run Club this week is actress, fellow podcaster and founder of The Capsule, Natalie Anderson. Natalie chats to Jenni about taking to running in her 20s, finding that time for you, competing against herself, weight training to compliment her runs, some amazing places she's been able to run and celebrating the fit, active older woman. An upbeat listen to keep you going, go on grab those trainers!
27/11/2032m 15s

Aled Jones

We know he has ‘The Voice of an Angel’, he is after all the boy who sang the song from ‘The Snowman’ but now the question is, can he run like a gazelle?!! This week on RunPod, I’m joined by TV presenter, singer and Welsh wonder, Aled Jones. Like many other people in 2020, @realaled has taken to running to get him through periods of lockdown. Fitness is important to Aled not just to help him perhaps burn off the excess of lockdown life but also because of the mental health benefits. The struggle is often juggling work and life alongside a fitness regime but we discuss how he manages to fit in exercise. We also hear about his experiences growing up when fitness was far from a concern and when he found himself hanging out with pop royalty. This is a lovely episode with a guest who is brilliant and totally relatable on many levels. Enjoy and happy running.
20/11/2035m 52s

Roger Black MBE

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by former 400m sprinter, Roger Black. Although Roger has since retired, he still runs daily but now he gets to relax the pace, run for enjoyment and more importantly to maintain his health. Despite the fact he was so fast on the track, even picking up a silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, throughout he had an underlying heart issue. We discuss how he didn’t let that stop him becoming a world class athlete and what it was like to face the pressure racing against the legendary Michael Johnson. Roger also has great tips for newbies, so if you’re just started running this year, he’ll give you reason to keep going!! A fascinating listen from a man who was at the top of his game for many years and who now still prioritises the opportunity to run because he knows the benefits make it so incredibly worthwhile.
13/11/2043m 12s

Jacqui Smith

This week on RunPod, fresh from her samba on the Strictly dance floor. Jenni catches up with former Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith. Ok, so Jacqui might not have what it takes to win the Strictly glitterball but she is a nifty runner. She first turned to running about 10 years ago and claims it was her time in the Cabinet that led her to switching things up. Jacqui’s life has changed somewhat in the past decade, not just in terms of work but she’s also in a new relationship. Running is also key to helping her feel fantastic and is her happy place. A joy to listen to and should help keep you going on your run too!
06/11/2046m 7s

Eilish McColgan

This week, Jenni is joined by British runner Eilish McColgan. Only a decade ago, Eilish was a student living it up at university: Late nights and a typical student lifestyle are not what you’d expect from one of Team GBs elite runners but Eilish didn’t yet realise that was her true calling. One day she decided to switch things up and only a year later found herself competing at London 2012. In this episode of RunPod, Eilish and Jenni discuss the commitment required to be at the top and what it’s like to follow in her mum, Liz McColgan’s footsteps. Also since Eilish is known for running the 5000m, she has plenty of tips for us to improve our own 5k time. A great insight to life as an elite but ultimately we all have one thing in common, and that is an appreciation for the joy of running.
30/10/2049m 52s

Tim Peake

Ever since RunPod started, there’s been one man that Jenni has been desperate to talk to. He’s run where few men have run before....in outer space. In this episode, Major Tim Peake joins the RunPod run club and they discuss what on Earth it’s like to run in space! They chat about the level of physical fitness required to become an astronaut, what happens during the selection process and discover the gruelling side of the training programme. There is much to learn about working out in space and Tim explains about the recovery process on returning to Earth. It is a truly fascinating listen, one to listen to whether you’re running, sitting or staring into space.
23/10/2031m 11s

Emma Campbell

In this hugely inspiring episode of RunPod, you’ll hear the story of the fabulous Emma Campbell who quite simply loves running. She claims she could talk endlessly about the positive ways that running has enhanced her life after turning to it following a time of adversity. For Emma is a three times cancer survivor…. This episode has an important message of courage and sheer determination whilst also showing how running can be hugely beneficial to individuals by ultimately offering a boost to our mental health. You won’t be able to stop listening.
16/10/2052m 40s

Louise Minchin

This week on #RunPod, Jenni is joined by someone you will know from the telly every morning! Louise Minchin sits on the BBC Breakfast sofa, and so early starts are a thing she and Jenni have in common! The other thing they have in common is their passion for running....The only difference is that Louise has taken it one step further and enjoys adding a bike and swim element! She’s pretty good at it too and has even represented GB. Louise’s story is absolutely brilliant and truly inspiring-hard to believe she only started running around 8 years ago when she was in her 40s! Jenni asks Louise about some of the (crazy) events she’s completed, what it’s like to represent your country and how daunting it is to take on a triathlon....is the run the best part?! Have a listen, enjoy, be inspired and be warned...you’ll definitely want to go for a run afterwards. You might even be tempted to sign up for a triathlon...
09/10/2042m 5s

Mike Tindall and Will Cook

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats to 2 guests who have both run a lot over the years. One was a part of the 2003 England World Cup winning rugby squad, the other has dabbled in rugby, triathlons and plenty of marathons. Mike Tindall and Will Cook are friends who have mixed feelings about running - one likes it, the other not so much! However both have teamed up to run and raise money for a great cause. They talk Run Local and Cure Parkinson’s Trust, as well as the pros and cons of jogging with your other half, running for rugby fitness and which rugby player is the fastest! Mike also introduces us to some more extreme running challenges the UK has to offer. An inspiring listen with an opportunity for you to get involved in raising awareness for a great cause. Cureparkinsons.org.uk
02/10/2033m 46s

Danny Bent

Every guest on RunPod has an amazing story to tell along with the ability to inspire and motivate you to run further, faster and for longer. They might even get you to try running for the first time. In this episode, Jenni is joined by someone who will achieve all these. Danny Bent is one of Britain’s happiest people. It’s official, he made the top 100. Why is he so happy? Because he runs. It’s that simple. Danny loves running and his passion will fire you up too. He’s achieved amazing things and when you listen, there’s a chance you will cry, you may also laugh, you will without doubt be inspired, but most of all, you will most certainly want to run. Enjoy. X
25/09/2048m 53s

Paula Radcliffe MBE

Paula Radcliffe is back! She joined the RunPod run club earlier this summer and now she’s returned with a ton of advice especially for you. Tips on staying fit as winter approaches, suggestions on how to stay on top of good nutrition and a general great all-round motivational chat about all things running! Stick your headphones in, press play, run... Coach Paula will keep you going! Happy running. X
18/09/2032m 2s

Tom Grennan

This week joining the Runpod Run Club is a man you will know far more for his music, rather than his fitness. It’s the brilliant Tom Grennan. Tom and Jenni bonded over their inability to do a pull up in the gym, and now you can find Tom mastering the handstand press up on his social media. Tom chats through how he started his fitness journey, finding running after his brother dragged him out during lockdown and starting crossfit, how it affects his mind, improves his performances and work output, and how he’s building fitness into his new on-the-road routine. Give it a listen!
11/09/2029m 19s

Jessica Robson

We have all heard time and time again that running isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mind too. And this week on RunPod, we hear from a someone who has worked out how to combine talking about your mental health with doing something about it. Jessica Robson set up Run Talk Run three years ago in a bid to make both running and mental health support more accessible. It’s a weekly 5k with a difference - the focus isn’t on setting a PB or racing against your neighbour, but listening to them. In this episode Jessica discusses why and how she set up Run Talk Run, how it helps her mental health and how you can get involved. An inspirational listen that might just prompt you to head out and talk. Enjoy!
04/09/2030m 10s

Alex Crockford

We’ve all heard how running can help you feel good, well this week on RunPod, we hear how it can get you looking good. Alex Crockford is a personal trainer and creator of workout plans that will help you look your best. In this episode he discusses the advantages of running and how your body could be in the best shape. He also suggests other exercises which, combined with running, will produce the ultimate results. An episode crammed with top tips, great advice and motivational words that will absolutely get you reaching for your trainers. Happy running!
28/08/2041m 15s

Rich Edmonds

Ever since launching RunPod, Jenni has been inundated with suggestions for episodes from you. Well she has listened! This episode is one that has been requested because we all are desperate to find the dream sports undies.... As nice as it is to look good when we run, it's crucial that you feel good and the right underwear can help - for instance for women it really is important to have the right sports bra, for fellas, the undergarments are equally key to help avoid irritations like chafing. So see this episode as a public service! Jenni is joined by Rich Edmonds from Runderwear, a running brand that specialises in underwear! They chat about all things running whilst Rich also shares some great tips for everyone on underwear and how to make your run more comfortable. It's fun, you'll smile, you'll feel motivated, you'll definitely think about your current undies and there's a high likelihood that immediately after listening, you'll be googling Runderwear! Happy running.
21/08/2045m 46s

Liz Earle

This week on RunPod, joining the RunPod Run Club is business woman, author, and wellbeing expert Liz Earle! At this time, we’re being encouraged to think about our health and wellbeing and to take a more healthy approach to our lives so for this episode Liz talks to Jenni all about the moment she decided she wanted to start her fitness journey, how she was tricked by her trainer into running and then loved it, her key to a well balanced diet, the importance of sleep and we couldn’t have Liz Earle on the podcast without talking of course about taking care of your skin. A really interesting listen with loads of tips to take away! Enjoy!
14/08/2049m 24s

Tony Audenshaw

Tony Audenshaw is best known for playing Emmerdale’s Bob Hope and it’s fair to say he loves running. In fact he’s loves running so much, he’s run more marathons than he’s had wives (in the show obviously) - and that’s a lot!!! This week he gets his RunPod Run Club membership and chats about why he loves getting out there in his trainers, rain or shine. We discuss fitting running in around your work schedule, an issue many of us have to deal with, and also give an insight into racing in fancy dress. Tony has run in costume multiple times and shares the joys and the challenges of doing so. It’s a great listen, and might even encourage you to sign up for a run dressed as a rhino... Enjoy and happy running! X
07/08/2044m 22s

Suzanne Shaw

This week on RunPod, joining Jenni down the line is actress and singer and new runner Suzanne Shaw. It’s hard to believe that Suzanne only started running in 2020 and truly caught the running bug by changing the way she thought about exercise. She’s went from wondering whether she could run 5k to running 17k within a month and has really leapt trainer first into the sport. Suzanne talks about how running has helped her to know herself, the benefits that swapping to a plat-based lifestyle has given her, her desire to run a marathon - AND an ultra marathon and her mission to virtually run and cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End. A hugely inspiring and uplifting listen from someone who matches Jenni’s passion for running.
31/07/2048m 29s

Ben Price, Colson Smith and Jack P Shepherd

This week we're initiating not one, not two, but three new members to the Runpod Run Club! From the cobbles of Coronation Street and their brilliant podcast 'Sofa Cinema Club' it's Ben Price, Colson Smith and Jack P Shepherd. The guys chat to Jenni about Colson's running journey- from running for just a few minutes to a weekly 26 miles, how running has helped Ben through lockdown and how he uses running as a kind of meditation and about the time when Jack signed up for the gym, went to the gym and cancelled his gym membership all in the same day. A very funny listen with three very different viewpoints!
24/07/2040m 54s

Charlotte Purdue

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by one of Britain’s best long-distance runners, Charlotte Purdue. Charlotte is incredibly down to earth and so easy to chat to, she is also a truly fast runner. Her specialties are half-marathon and marathon distances and her sights are set on Tokyo 2020. In this episode we talk about her intense training schedule and what life is like for a professional runner. We also discuss speeds you have to hit on the treadmill if you’d like to match Charlotte when she runs, could you do it? It’s a brilliant, motivating listen with someone who is clearly passionate about running which will have the knock-on effect of motivating you to reach for your trainers and possibly even run a little further. What’s more it’s full of tips for us to improve our own running game. Enjoy. X
17/07/2057m 57s

Matt Johnson

In this week’s edition of your favourite audio Run club, Runpod is presenter, mental health advocate and fellow podcaster Matt Johnson. Matt started his running journey from quite a dark place in his life and since then has used running as a big help for his mental health. Matt shares with us the importance of exercise for his health, his marathon running experiences, his affinity for sprint training and he swaps supplement tips with Jenni. An inspirational listen that will have you reaching for your trainers!
10/07/2042m 55s

Anna Williamson

Joining Jenni for Runpod this week is author, life coach, dating expert and podcaster Anna Williamson! Anna talks to Jenni about falling in and out of love with running through her life, how running has changed for her since childbirth, her London Marathon tale, the dreaded joggers' log, the emotions you feel whilst running a race, the mental health benefits of running and how it helped her come back from a mental health fall out. A very relatable and upbeat listen, Anna's not shy to speak her truth.
03/07/2039m 3s

Katie Piper

Being initiated into the Runpod run club this week is author, presenter and fellow podcaster Katie Piper! Katie talks us through her running journey, how she ran away from unhealthy coping mechanisms (literally), building up to running a half marathon and finding a new love for it. Katie tells us how running has become almost a form of therapy for her, never failing to help her in unexpected ways, whether it’s improving her confidence or just giving her the space to work things out in her head. An incredibly worthwhile and inspiring listen, you’ll be reaching for your trainers after this, that’s for sure!
26/06/2040m 7s

Ollie Ollerton

In this gathering of the RunPod Run Club, Jenni chats with someone who is former Special Forces and one of the stars of SAS: Who Dares Wins...Ollie Ollerton. Warning: You will absolutely be desperate to get out for a run after hearing this highly inspiring episode. Ollie very openly discusses a life-defining near-death experience at the age of just 10, resisting his ‘break point’ in the SAS selection process, as well as why running is so important to his mental health now. A fascinating listen, with a man who is one of the tough guys on the telly. But as you’ll see, he’s actually got a very nice side too that will definitely motivate you to get off the sofa!
19/06/2052m 39s

Paula Radcliffe MBE

Joining Jenni on this episode of RunPod is someone whose name is synonymous with running. She’s run countless marathons and she held the Women’s World Marathon Record for 16 years. Oh yes, it’s Paula Radcliffe MBE! Even though Paula has now retired from official racing, she has by no means stopped running, it very much plays a part of her life and the reasons are entirely relatable. She opens up on what running means to her now, why she loves it so much, whether (or maybe when) she’d run the London Marathon again and shares some brilliant top tips to keep you going if you’re heading out soon. A hugely inspiring listen. Happy running!
12/06/2048m 34s

Bryony Gordon

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by Author, Journalist and Podcaster, Bryony Gordon! Bryony tells us about running the marathon in her underwear, how running helps her mental health, competing in an unexpectedly competitive triathlon, the beauty of the universality of running, and how to change your mindset around running - how to run for the gains not the losses. A truly inspiring listen.
05/06/2040m 51s

Happy Global Running Day!

Today is Global Running Day and RunPod couldn’t claim to be the Run Club of the podcast world if we didn’t acknowledge such an event! So this is just a reminder why you run, or why you should run. Perhaps it’ll spur you to pop your trainers on and get out there. If there’s one day to pound the pavement, to have a go for the first time or to remind yourself about that amazing feelgood effect running has, then today’s the day!
03/06/206m 28s

James Smith

We're heading down under for this edition of RunPod to talk to best-selling author, podcaster and outspoken PT, James Smith. James has always been fit, he played rugby when he was younger and his job as a PT certainly keeps him in shape, but since lockdown, much to everyone’s surprise-most of all his own- he has caught the running bug! In a short space of time, he’s become hooked...he’s got all the gear, running regularly and is obsessed with PBs... and by the way, he's only been running for 5 weeks! Whether you're a new runner too, or someone who’s been pounding the pavement for years, you'll definitely find common ground with James. This episode of RunPod is definitely worth a listen on your next run....he’s a man who talks a lot of sense and will certainly inspire you to think about the way you approach your own fitness in future. Happy running.
29/05/2049m 16s

Michelle Mone

This week in RunPod, Jenni has to watch her Ps and Qs as she is joined by a Baroness. Michelle Mone is best known for founding Ultimo, a lingerie company that launched the Ultimo bra and in the process she developed a reputation as one of the UK's most successful women in business. However working relentlessly on her company took its toll and Michelle certainly felt that she neglected her health. Consequently when she sold Ultimo several years ago, she also took the opportunity to treat her body as a new business and started focusing on a healthier lifestyle which resulted in her going from a size 22 to a size 10! Michelle lost over 8 stone by assessing many factors and making changes which had a positive impact on her lifestyle, her body, her attitude to fitness and her happiness. She also started running. By taking up the latter, she recognises how her approach to fitness has changed everything for her - and has given her a more positive outlook on life which in turn has boosted her self-confidence. Michelle credits running as one of the key reasons to her being stress-free, happy and healthy in body and mind. Michelle talks about couples workouts, how you can fit running in when you are running an international business and the importance of prioritising fitness. If you are struggling to find the motivation - well Michelle might just give you the boost you need...happy running!
22/05/2028m 33s

Calum Best

In this edition of RunPod, Jenni is joined by Calum Best! Calum's a nifty footballer, a regular in the gym but hasn’t been running in quite a while....until now. At the start of lockdown, he started running and he is loving it. He loves the challenge, that feeling you get afterwards and what's more, he's got the mindset down. Jenni and Calum discuss setting goals, running in lockdown, the importance of preparation, getting in the right mentality to run, Calum's health journey since arriving in the UK and what keeps him heading out again and again....and again. A hugely motivational listen and totally relatable to anyone else whose running journey has just started. Enjoy.
15/05/2034m 45s

Amy Lane

Ever heard yourself or someone else saying 'I can't run'? Well this week's guest is here to tell you that you can. Amy Lane has written a book described as 'the must have running book for anyone who's experienced a moment of defeatism' and made that very excuse - I can't run. It's called 'I can run'. And not only has she written a book on the matter, she hosts her own running podcast Well Far. She's also the digital editor of Women's Health Magazine, and has an exciting addition to her family joining her on her runs at the moment. Yes, Amy's pregnant. Amy talks all about fitness through pregnancy, when she became a runner, her change in mentality around running, gives up some top tips to engage the right muscles pre-run and of course takes on the Run Pod Quick fire Questions.
08/05/2045m 43s

Jay Morton

This week on RunPod in Lockdown, Jenni is joined by possibly one of the most hardcore, fittest people to have joined the RunPod run club, ex-Special Forces, SAS Who Dares Wins DS and 2 x Everest summiteer Jay Morton! In this episode, he reveals what SAS training is really like, talks us through some hardcore endurance challenges he's had to face and continues to set himself, what it was like climbing Everest, and of course how running has been a common theme throughout his life, whilst in the forces and having left.
01/05/2049m 39s

Shareefa J

In this edition of RunPod, Jenni is joined by model, mental health advocate and this month's face of Women's Running Magazine, Shareefa J! Shareefa joined another lockdown edition of RunPod from the comfort of her own home to chat to Jenni all about how running is helping her at this time, how running affects her mental health, how her marathon training was (and is) going, running the Vitality 10k in her pants, and she lets us in on what cryotherapy is really like. Listen in to find out!
24/04/2041m 7s

Hugh Brasher

Every April since 1981, the London Marathon has seen people pound the streets of the capital. However this year, on account of Coronavirus, the marathon has been postponed till the Autumn. In this episode of RunPod, Jenni speaks with Race Director, Hugh Brasher about the task of changing dates, the challenges of an October London Marathon and what we can do on April 26th instead. They talk about the new 2.6 Challenge which has been set up to help save the nation's charities. They also discuss the incredible sub-2 hour marathon achievement of Eliud Kipchoge and whether it might be possible to match that time in London. A great, insightful listen that will absolutely encourage you to get your trainers on and do something active! https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/
17/04/2030m 33s

Chris Baber

This week on another special episode of ‘RunPod in Lockdown’ we hear from someone who spends all day in self-isolation either running or cooking. Not a bad way to spend the time. Chef Chris Baber is THE man when it comes to inspiring you with a nice post-run meal...he is best known for being that fella on the TV ads, as he is the chef and face of M&S, and in this episode he will whet your appetite for some seriously tasty grub. So we will be talking running and eating - it’s like a dream combo for many of us…..perfect to listen to on your one run or walk of the day, or whilst at home to get some great ideas for what to cook up in the kitchen!
10/04/2035m 59s

Derek Redmond

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by a man who has quite a tale to tell. Derek Redmond is an athlete who has excelled at many sports, one of which was sprinting. He went to the Olympics, twice, representing GB but alas both experiences did not go to plan. In this episode, we discuss how in sport, anything can happen and how you deal with the consequences. As a motivational speaker, Derek also shares some great tips and food for thought if you want to run but you’re struggling to get yourself up and out the house.... An inspiring listen with a man who always gets back up again. Enjoy.
03/04/2044m 40s

Sally Gunnell OBE

This week on RunPod, it’s all about staying active throughout this period of self-isolation and who better to turn to for guidance at this unsettling time than Olympic gold medal winner, Sally Gunnell OBE! Now Sally might not compete on the track any more but she still loves running and the way it makes her feel. Whilst we are limited to going outside to exercise once a day, in this episode of RunPod, both Sally and Jenni champion running as your activity of choice and discuss the impact of the strict new regulations on exercising. Sally also introduces the new ‘Sally Gunnell Run Club’, which she’s launched to help anyone get started out running at this time, to encourage everyone off the sofa and get out there, so that we can all benefit from fresh air, vitamin D, a healthier outlook and a fresh mindset. Enjoy. Happy running
27/03/2024m 55s

The Scummy Mummies

Disclaimer: This episode was recorded before the announcement that the London Marathon had been postponed. We all know it's hard to run while you're laughing, so you'll have to forgive us for this episode. Helen and Ellie, a.k.a fellow podcasters, comedians, authors, mothers and runners, The Scummy Mummies join Jenni to chat all about their running journeys. They started running not too long ago, but have definitely been hooked, now boasting a full wardrobe of lycra and a running team to boot. The ladies chat about their scummiest running experiences, training for the marathon, the joys of getting out the house for a run, training on tour and grabbing a sneaky Gregg's Steak Bake mid-run. Enjoy!
20/03/2046m 55s

Dick and Dom

This week Dick and Dom are in Da Studio. The TV double act have left the bungalow and joined the RunPod Run Club to chat all things running. Their approach to running couldn’t be more different. One follows a programme and has all the gear, the other just runs and has no idea.... With this in mind, in this episode you’ll get tips of what to do...and perhaps some idea of what NOT to do when prepping for a race. The boys are currently in marathon training mode-it’s the first time in 10 years they’ve entered the London Marathon and you can hear how they’re feeling ahead of the big day. A truly fun, relatable episode that will have you laughing whilst you run. (just don’t mention BOGIES....) Enjoy.
13/03/2047m 34s

Anna Harding

RunPod is the run club of the podcast world. And, in this episode, Jenni catches up with someone who helped set up the run club of the YouTube world. 2 years ago Anna Harding quit her role as a radio journalist to turn her passion for pounding the pavement into her job. The most incredible thing of all, she’d only just started running the previous year. This is a story of how running can truly change your life, for the better. Anna’s world has changed in the last 2 years and is now full of adventure, excitement, trainers and lycra. This is an inspiring listen about how someone decided to make a brave change to do what they love most and it has paid off.
06/03/2044m 48s

Emma Kirk-Odunubi

In this episode of RunPod, we discuss a part of the body that is often neglected or taken for granted by runners, whilst also being one of the key and most important parts we have when it comes to pounding the pavement....yes this week it's all about the feet! In order to sustain an entire episode about feet, Jenni has called in one of the best shoe and foot experts around - Emma Kirk-Odunubi. Not only is she an incredible 'fitness machine' but she knows her stuff. Emma's specialist knowledge is movement analysis for runners and running footwear. So, are you wearing the correct trainers? How do you know which ones are right for you? Why do you get blisters? Which socks should you wear? How do you know if you are a neutral runner? Do you pronate? How should you tie laces? Any foot related question you may have will be answered in this fascinating episode of RunPod. And if you listen while you actually run - you never know, you might even find you pick up some tips to improve your technique....and that will keep you running longer. Enjoy and happy running!
28/02/2046m 14s

Chemmy Alcott

In this week's episode of RunPod Jenni speaks to Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott. Now after 13 years competing across the globe this woman is one powerful athlete but her pace slows ever so slightly where running's concerned. In fact Chemmy's a self-proclaimed plodder! But that may not be surprising given how many injuries she's had: spinal breaks, femur fractures, bumps and bruises Chemmy's had them all. She runs despite all of this because of that incredible feel good factor - the runner's high. This conversation will remind you what you love about running and why we're so lucky we're able to do it, so what are you waiting for? Get listening!
21/02/2028m 50s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: The Big Day

So this is it, the final episode of the RunPod 5K Challenge. If you've made it through all 5 Blocks of training, well done you! And remember if you've found these last few tricky, just take it as slow. This YOUR running journey. But if you're feeling ready to take the plunge, congratulations because weeks of heavy breathing and red cheeks are about to pay off - you're going to run 5K today! Now that you've built strength, stamina and endurance, we want you to run 3.1 miles without stopping. This has been an incredible adventure and you're about to take that final step. As always think positive, visualise that finish and know that you have got this. Good luck, and happy running!
16/02/2053m 4s

Gustavo Váz Tostes

As you’ll know by now, RunPod is for runners at all levels from beginner to marathoner, but this week we’re going to be helping those of you who are looking to push yourselves and your 5K times just that little bit further. In this episode Jenni meets CrossFit trainer Gustavo Vaz Tostes who’ll tell us how varying your runs and adding weights to your workout can increase power, balance, coordination and speed. It’s all about strength conditioning, stretching and varying the muscle groups we use as runners. In fact, CrossFit works so well that just one session a week could help you shave 5 minutes off your 5K! Gus is a serious professional who knows it all and makes it fun! So if you’re looking to impress your mates at parkrun, this is the episode for you.
14/02/2025m 7s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: So VERY Close Now!

So today we're going to really test your progress and put all the things you've learned about pacing and endurance to the test! Now remember you can repeat all of these runs as many times as you like, so just take your time and do what's right for you. As always, good luck, smile and happy running.
13/02/2032m 20s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: So SO Close to the End!

Following on from your first run of the week we're focusing on pacing. That's right we want to get you going that little bit harder with confidence! Yet again think about lengthening those legs, keeping your arms nice and relaxed and don't forget to breathe! Happy running!
11/02/2030m 3s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: So Close to the End!

This is it, you're so nearly there! And what a long way you've come. Now that you've built strength and stamina, in this session we're going to look at your pacing and yet again we're mixing things up with a little bit of interval training! As always think postive, visualise that finish line - you've got this!
10/02/2030m 24s

Mimi Anderson

Some people love running so much that they want to run everywhere! This is Mimi Anderson. Nicknamed Marvellous Mimi, she quite honestly has a ton of marvellous tales to tell. Mimi has been described as one of the most inspirational female distance runners - in fact, I’d say she is the queen of running a long way! In this episode of RunPod, Mimi describes some of the world’s most exciting and gruelling ultramarathons and endurance races. Whether or not you aspire to ever take part is irrelevant, it’s absolutely fascinating to hear about the different races that are out there and Mimi has firsthand experience of them all! She also took on the ultimate challenge-running coast to coast across the USA. Her experiences and achievements are incredible to hear and the fact that she, in her words, was simply a stay at home mum who took up running is hugely inspiring. In fact, Mimi is not just a mum, she's also a grandma...Probably the fittest granny out there! Sadly her extreme running has also had a serious impact on her body-the consequences are severe but of course this won’t stop her. Believe me, listening to this episode will absolutely make you desperate to go for a run yourself....even if it’s not quite as far as Mimi!
07/02/2043m 7s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: BUILDING UP

Well done, you've made it block 4 of 6 in your 5K challenge! This one's all about building mental endurance - but nothing too scary, you've done this before. As always think positive, visualise that finish and take it slow - you've got this!
02/02/2027m 45s

Jamie East

This week Jenni sits down with radio and telly broadcaster, Jamie East, who only started running a couple of years ago and has somehow got himself signed up to now take on the big 26.2 miler round the capital. Yup, he’s running the London Marathon! It’s the biggest challenge for him yet. Jamie has surprised himself and fallen in love with running, appreciating more than anything the way it’s helped him through some darker times. In this episode, he reveals how gadgets helped him run that very first kilometre and why running a little slower has been the key to his success. Prepare to thoroughly enjoy the chat but also be warned-you‘ll soon want to go for a run yourself!
31/01/2044m 7s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: Keep on Keeping On!

Now, this one's a biggie so take a deep breath and repeat after me: "You Can Do Hard Things". You are about to embark on the third run of your week, the final run of block three and your first twenty-minute run. Think positive, visualise that finish line and take it slow - you've got this!
30/01/2028m 16s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: Keep Keeping It Up!

Welcome to the second run of your week and the second in Block 3. In this run we're going to be pushing you a little bit futher than you've been before but we are here with you encouraging you all the way. You’ll get a break as per usual and by the end of this episode, you’ll truly feel proud of your achievement. We want to test the endurance you've built so far, and take it just one step further. You’ve got this. Happy running.
28/01/2028m 17s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: Keep It Up!

Congratulations! You've made it to the THIRD BLOCK of the RunPod 5K Challenge! You are well and truly on your way to running 5k. This episode is the first of three different runs you’ll be doing this week where we’ll be combining short runs and active walking, so get those trainers on and have your kit to the ready! Now, as always, feel free to repeat the block as often as you’d like before heading on to Block 4 next week. It’s about building your confidence, your endurance, your stamina and most importantly maintaining the enjoyment factor. As always relax have fun, SMILE and enjoy that post-workout feel-good!
26/01/2030m 38s

Nick Butter

Nick Butter is the first man to run a marathon in every country in the world. It’s an incredible achievement and he has many a tale to tell. So in this episode of RunPod, Jenni catches up with him and they have a post trip debrief. Broken bones, muggings at gunpoint, being locked up, attacked by dogs, shot at, the list continues...The endless tales of perseverance and resilience led this man to accomplish a dream. And it all started with his love for running. Such an incredible listen. You’ll want to hear more...
24/01/2042m 13s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: You're Doing Well!

Well done you! You've made it BLOCK 2 of the RunPod 5K Challenge! You are well and truly on your journey to run 5k! Now today you'll be doing a varied session combining short runs and active walking and believe you me, you'll have done half an hour before you know it. As you know, we want you to run a few times this week, so repeat this episode three times before moving onto block 3 or as many times as you would like, the next step will be there when you feel ready! As always relax and have fun, and SMILE!
19/01/2028m 52s

Charlie Dark

Charlie Dark is one of those people who makes a difference - he is on a mission to unite and inspire people and he is doing it through running. In 2007, Charlie started a group which unbeknown to him would become a respected running community on a global platform. Run Dem Crew promotes well-being through running together and talking, it truly is a game-changer, and life changing, for many of its members. In this episode of RunPod, Jenni and Charlie discuss the benefits of pounding the pavement, running at 2am and brainstorm an exciting running event....watch this space. An episode of RunPod that will absolutely inspire you and without doubt make you want to get up and get your trainers on.
17/01/2047m 10s

RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: LET'S GO (REPEAT THIS EPISODE 3X)

The time has come. The time has come to run. The 5k challenge is now officially on and this is your first session. Jenni and Faisal have a programme tailored to getting you started, building up and achieving that 5k. There is no time limit, there is no pressure to run fast, they are here to encourage, motivate and keep you company on your first run. Follow the instructions, don’t be scared and enjoy the banter. It’s no more that half an hour if your time. You’re expected to repeat this episode 3 times before proceeding onto block 2. However repeat as many times as you would like, block 2 will be there when you feel ready. Good luck. Smile. And....Happy running!
12/01/2030m 27s

Anna McNuff

This week, real life adventurer Anna McNuff joins the RunPod Run Club. Anna is someone who has many a tale to tell - and they’re all fascinating! She started out as an elite rower and then once she decided to move on, she started setting herself new challenges in which running featured heavily. In the last year, she faced one of her biggest yet. She wanted to make sure it was something that felt impossible and so when running from the top of the British Isles to the bottom didn’t seem hard enough, she had to add some jeopardy.....she thought, ‘Why not do it barefoot?’ So that’s exactly what she did. We hear about Anna’s incredible journey right here. You won’t want this episode to stop and you certainly won’t notice the miles clocking up if you run while you listen! Enjoy
10/01/2039m 33s

THE RUNPOD 5K CHALLENGE: THE WARM-UP

Welcome to the RunPod 5k challenge. This is a series that will get you running 5K! That's right, over the coming weeks, with the help of RunPod you will gradually build up to running that 5k, 5000m, 3.1miles. In this ‘warm-up’ episode, Jenni is joined by celeb trainer Mr. Positive Mental Attitude himself, Faisal Abdalla, to kick-start your 5k fitness journey. Expect top tips, a lot of laughs and some infectious motivation. So what are you waiting for? Get your trainers on, head to the park and hit play.
05/01/2010m 37s

Izzy Judd

Izzy Judd is a musician, mum, author and runner! The latter is something she’s turned to in recent years to give her quality ‘me time’ and in her words ‘has been a saviour’. In this episode, Izzy and jenni discuss mindfulness through running, why keeping fit can have a positive impact on your mental health and how as parents, we shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to head out on a run. Izzy has written a book on mindfulness and listening to this episode will instantly make you feel calmer, at ease and entirely motivated to get your trainers on and get some 2020 miles under your belt!
02/01/2028m 27s

HAPPY NEW YEAR from RUNPOD

Hello there! Not only is it a new year, but a new decade too! So, why not start a new running journey. We’ve had so many messages asking how to get started, so we’ve teamed up with celebrity coach and beloved Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Faisal Abdalla to bring you a no-nonsense 5K challenge designed to get anyone (including Jenni’s Mum) from non-runner to 5K champ. Over the next few months we’ll be bringing you weekly instalments which will ramp up until you are running 5000 meters. So, tell your friends, tell your family, and join us for the first instalment on the 6th of January.
01/01/201m 36s

RED January: Hannah Beecham

It’s that time when we are all full of healthy plans and good intentions, we set fitness goals and hope that we can start the new year on a fresh note. With that in mind, in this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats to Hannah Beecham, founder and creative mind behind the brilliant campaign RED January. Hannah set up the initiative in the hope that she’d inspire the nation to get out there, go running and just simply be active throughout the first month of the year and perhaps lay foundations for a healthy outlook beyond January. You have 31 days to kickstart your 2020 on a positive note, this is an episode which will absolutely inspire you to sign up and motivate you off the sofa through the darker, colder months. New year. New start. Become a Redder! If you want to find out more about RED January follow this link: https://redtogether.co.uk
26/12/1929m 56s

James Cracknell

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats with someone who is the ultimate endurance athlete. He’s fit, fast and focused. Running is also not his first sport. James Cracknell is known best for rowing however his skills as a runner are mighty impressive. He chats about festive fitness and running on Christmas Day as well as revealing which other non-runner Olympian is a pretty nifty sprinter. James also has some top tips for anyone keen to start out on a running journey, or improve and last the distance....although there is one interesting piece of advice that he dishes out which actually you may never have the guts to try!!! What is it?! Listen to find out. It’s a fascinating episode-and you’ll be completely in awe of James’ commitment to training. Enjoy.
19/12/1936m 43s

George Mathias

There are some people who are very special indeed and in this episode of RunPod, we hear from one of them. George Mathias wanted to give back after his younger brother was admitted to hospital as a little boy. He has now raised a very impressive £800,000 for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to show his gratitude and he’s managed it through running. The most remarkable part is that George is only 13 years old. He tells us how a surprise from Simon Cowell kicked off the craziest year of his life and how running is now a Matthias family activity! George has not only raised an unbelievable amount of money, he’s also won more awards than he can count and after listening to this episode, you’ll be so motivated, you’ll want to get out there and run a mile...or maybe a lot more. Never one to sit still, George is hoping that other children and young people will get involved in a challenge he’s currently doing with the Prince’s Trust. Are you up for it? You’ll get all the details right here. Happy running!
17/12/1922m 22s

Denise Lewis

The guest in this episode is someone RunPod has been trying to pin down for a while. She’s a busy lady! You see, yes, Denise Lewis OBE is a truly inspiring Olympian, but she’s also a working mum who somehow manages to fit running into her hectic schedule. So why does she enjoy running so much? How does it differ now to when she was competing? And how easy is it to get back into it after having a baby....at 46?! Denise is a true sporting legend, with a shiny gold medal collection to her name and she will absolutely motivate you to get up and get out there.....listen and you’ll hear how!
12/12/1934m 20s

Tina Muir

This week, Jenni sits down with Tina Muir, a hardcore pavement pounder and host of the podcast, ‘Running for Real’. Once an elite runner, Tina was at the peak of her career when she made the snap decision to quit running, to improve her health. She had just achieved a 2:36 marathon PB and had been representing Great Britain doing the sport she loved....so why on earth did she want to stop? You’ll have to listen to find out. An episode that will absolutely keep you going if you listen whilst you run!
05/12/1935m 18s

Josh Cuthbert

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni catches up with singer, model and radio presenter, Josh Cuthbert. Jenni and Josh discuss how they have sporting highs and lows. The low was their major sporting fail on national television - their high is their love of running. They also discuss the etiquette of running on holiday and how Josh managed to fit training into his busy schedule when he was on the road with Union J. He also gives us a peak into his favourite treadmill workouts for improved fitness and burning the calories, as well as the secrets to good post-run food from the Masterchef kitchen AND how a run can be ruined by raccoons and pigeons! A fun episode that will keep you perfect company on your run, on your commute or whilst you try to find the motivation to get up off the sofa. Enjoy.
28/11/1932m 41s

Anya Lahiri

Not all people who like running like running outside. Treadmill training is hugely popular, especially this time of year when there are colder, shorter days - but can you get a decent workout simply by pounding that machine? Well in this episode of RunPod, you will be convinced yes! Jenni is joined by 'Queen of the Tread', Barry’s Bootcamp trainer extraordinaire, Anya Lahiri. Anya is someone who loves running on the treadmill, and not outside. In this episode, you hear what it is that gives her the same buzz others get sprinting along the pavement. She also suggests some clever drills for you to try next time you’re in the gym, whilst sharing the very personal journey of training through pregnancy and how returning to fitness after giving birth is never as easy as we anticipate. Be warned, this episode will absolutely make you want to get on the treadmill and see if you can hit that 12.5!
21/11/1933m 55s

Adam Gemili

There are some people who are natural born runners, Adam Gemili is one of them. He switched football for sprinting in early 2008 and by that summer was representing GB at the Olympics! His medal collection is growing and he’s currently getting ready for Tokyo 2020 but managed to find some time out to come and join the RunPod fold. Jenni and Adam chat about what it’s like to run alongside the world's greatest sprinters - including Usain Bolt. They discuss the excitement, the nerves, and the relentless training schedule as well as what kind of running he does in his free time. Alongside insider tips, you'll get some brilliant recommendations for other podcast to listen to whilst you run!
14/11/1941m 45s

Mother & Papa Pukka

This week, Jenni is joined by Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson AKA Mother and Papa Pukka. They explore two very different running journeys. From slow starts and 5k's for Matt and early morning sprints and marathon training for Anna. They also talk about keeping fit when you have two kids, overcoming body shame, and buying the gear when you have no idea. Finally, Anna shares some running challenges you can try at home - ever beaten a bus before? You'll want to after this episode!
07/11/1933m 12s

Faisal Abdalla AKA Mr PMA

We’ve heard from some incredible guests on RunPod who really know how to inspire and motivate. Well now it’s time for the ultimate motivator. MR Positive Mental Attitude himself, Faisal Abdalla. Faisal knows a thing or two about fitness and he has got the physique to prove it. With abs of steel, he’s a former Barry’s Bootcamp and Nike master trainer, who has graced the floors of a fair few celebrity homes too-and there's a good reason for it: Faisal's positivity has earned him the name Mr PMA. Together Faisal and Jenni talk about the negative bias we all have, losing the excuses and how to create a lasting, positive mindset. They also discuss battling the clock by putting workouts in the diary and the best way to set (and stick to!) your fitness goals! If this episode doesn't get you reaching for those trainers, nothing will! Keep this episode in your inbox, you will return to it repeatedly when you need a little motivational boost.
31/10/1928m 53s

At the Movies: 'Brittany Runs A Marathon'

What kind of runner are you? The enthusiast; the Forrest Gump; or the reluctant jogger who feels obliged to exercise (and maybe ditch a pound or two along the way). If you're the latter you're in the right place, because that echoes the (true!) story told in 'Brittany Runs a Marathon’, a film that's won over critics and audiences alike. In this episode Jenni chats with the star, Jillian Bell, and director, Paul Downs Colaizzo. Jillian plays Brittany, a chaotic New Yorker who sets herself an improbable goal and struggles to achieve it. As runners know well, pounding the pavement can be addictive, but seems an impossible feat for the unfit and ill-prepared. The film documents Brittany’s inspiring journey from non-runner to marathoner. The film is hugely relatable, and so is this episode, as together they reveal a novel way to keep focused whilst jogging, what it’s like to be filmed when running as well as the actors guide to making your running style look truly 'believable’. This bonus episode of is well worth a listen.
29/10/1928m 25s

Chris Baber

Every runner looks forward to that moment after time out pounding the pavement when they can refuel and enjoy a decent post-run meal. Well this episode with chef Chris Baber will definitely whet your appetite. As an ex-track athlete, Chris is pretty nifty in a pair of trainers, and is desperate to get back to it after an injury took him off course. In this episode of RunPod, he talks about the joys of running, the sheer intensity of those track sessions and the pleasure of seeing in Christmas Day with a run at sunrise. He also dishes up some incredible meal ideas for us all to try the minute we get home and offers up the ultimate post-run recovery fuel. Chris delivers some brilliant recipes during the interview which will only make you run that little bit faster so you can get home sooner, start cooking one of his recommended meals and get a taste of the Baber Flavour!
24/10/1928m 7s

Iwan Thomas MBE

This week joining the RunPod run club is a man who is faster than most...he has an enviable medal collection and has held the UK 400m record for an incredible 22 years! It is of course the one and only, Olympic medallist and blonde bombshell, Iwan Thomas. In this episode, Iwan gives us an insight into that Olympic mind set, reveals how to psyche out the competition and tells us what really happens in the pre-race holding room. We also learn what a “lactic acid bullet” feels like and Iwan shares some amazing tips that you can try on your next run! Did he love his time competing? Would he do it all again? And during the 400m, when does it really hurt the most? You’ll have to listen to find out!
17/10/1939m 40s

Nell McAndrew

In this episode Jenni sits down with a true running machine. An uber gorgeous and mega fit one at that! After becoming Britain's 34th fastest woman in 2012, there's not much Nell McAndrew doesn't know about running. Nell ran 12 miles to get to the studio for this one, braving torrential downpours and traffic. But when they sat down, Nell talked Jenni through her journey from casual jogger to running champ, finding the sport later in life, as well as the food we need to fuel our bodies, and fitting it all in. Expect tips galore and some seriously infectious motivation in this one!
11/10/1940m 11s

Sally Gunnell

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni joins Olympic legend Sally Gunnell at the Great Scottish Run where they explore the rush of crossing that finish line knowing you’re the best in the world! Sally also reveals how it felt when her Olympic career came to a heart-breaking end and Jenni asks what Sally gets out of running nowadays. All of this happens whilst walking through Glasgow city centre, a tricky enough challenge when you’re a highly recognisable Olympic gold medallist!
03/10/1925m 56s

Happy International Podcast Day!

In this special episode, RunPod takes a little detour to celebrate of the power of podcasts for International Podcast Day. Jenni puts down the trainers to instead tell you about a few podcasts which entertain and encourage her to just keep running! Who knows, you might find you want to give them a go yourself.
30/09/199m 45s

Mark Wright

In this edition of RunPod, Jenni is joined by a man who is fit - in every sense of the word!! Mark Wright has a reputation as a nifty footballer, he’s proved himself on the Strictly dance floor and he’s a regular in the weights section of the gym but what's more important is that he is also a keen runner. His competitive streak means he can nail an explosive 5k but where does he go from here? What’s the next step in his running journey? Jenni and Mark discuss how running makes him feel, why he prioritises fitness and how he’d approach a potentially huge challenge in 2020. What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!
26/09/1926m 12s

BONUS EPISODE - RunPod at the Disneyland Paris Half

In this special episode, we actually go running instead of just talking about it! Last week we took RunPod across The Channel to France for a magical few days at the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend. Hear what it’s like to be a part of this exciting event, by going on the journey with Jenni and her family. Each of them takes on a running challenge over the course of this episode-how do they get on? You’ll have to listen to find out! If you’ve ever fancied entering a race but the prospect is daunting, perhaps this is the perfect place to try for the first time. Quite possibly one of the most fun and definitely one of the most unique running experiences out there...you never know, perhaps after listening, you’ll be tempted to sign up for next year! Sign Up Here: Run.disneylandparis.com
25/09/1926m 59s

Laura Crane

Laura Crane is a former professional surfer and model but is probably best known for her time on ‘Love Island’ 2018. What you may not have known is that she is also an avid runner. Like many of us, Laura finds that running helps to clear her head. In this episode, she gives Jenni a very honest account of living with bulimia and explains how fitness aided recovery by helping her regain control. Laura exudes a passion for running, fitness and sport in general as she talks about the joy of pushing yourself, whilst also filling us in on how to stay toned in the Love Island villa. She also sheds light on which is harder - running or surfing. The positive message powering this episode will inspire you to just keep going, so listen whilst you’re out pounding the pavement yourself!
19/09/1931m 40s

Giovanna Fletcher

When it comes to running, everybody has to start somewhere and in this episode of RunPod, Jenni meets with fellow podcaster, blogger, author and mother of three, Giovanna Fletcher to talk about her running journey. She only started running this year and has already become hooked. Together they explore how one run changed her life forever, altering the way she thinks about sport and her physical limits. They also discuss how running encourages good mental health and body positivity, all while providing some much needed me time. Running's opened up a whole new world for Giovanna, but will she take on the ultimate running challenge? What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!
13/09/1932m 11s

Rob Rinder

RunPod is back – did you miss us? One guest who’s been on our wish list has finally made it to the RunPod run club. Now you might be surprised to hear he’s a running mega-fan as we are more used to hear him discuss justice rather than fitness but criminal barrister Judge Robert Rinder is a proud and passionate runner. Rob explains how running has completely changed his life forever: From over worked comfort eater to sub 3 hour marathoner - just wait till you hear his 5k time!!! - this is a journey you’ll definitely want to hear more about. Jenni and Rob discuss having a competitive edge, how being kind to yourself can go a long way, and the most famous judge on telly has his gavel at the ready and will declare you guilty if he thinks you're committing ‘crimes against running’. Are you? You’ll have to listen to find out!
05/09/1940m 4s

RunPod Summer Break 2019 - Gone Running - Back Soon!

Hello! I'm having a small summer break, but don't worry, RunPod will be back really soon. Don't forget to listen back to the rest of the episodes, where you can get inspirational advice and motivation from guests including Kelly Holmes, Amanda Holden, Jo Pavey and Park-Run founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt! I'll be back very soon with more amazing interviews, In the meantime, chuck your headphones on, listen to your favourite episode of RunPod on Global Player and get running!
23/08/1939s

Georgie Lambert

In this episode of RunPod, we meet Georgie and Ben who introduce us to a sport that is huge across mainland Europe, very much on the rise at a competitive level and as a social, fun activity for all ages. Georgie Lambert decided 'canicross' sounded fun and wanted to give it a go so persuaded Ben to go along with her...let’s just be clear, Ben is her dog! Canicross is a sport that involves humans and their four-legged friends, where dogs run alongside their owners, which in turn can massively improve your running PB, help you get fitter than you could be through regular running whilst creating an even closer bond with that family member who wags their tail every time you come through the door. Seriously, even ardent, non-dog loving, cat fans will be fascinated to hear details of this sport! You never know, after listening to this episode of RunPod, you might even find yourself heading out with a pooch to give it a go yourself!!
15/08/1932m 44s

Jason Vale

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni meets someone whose life has completely U-turned in the last 20 years. Jason Vale, aka The Juicemaster, is a man whose habits have changed entirely. When he was younger, he struggled with extreme psoriasis, as well as giving into various vices...he was certainly not the picture of health. However, he made some key changes and is now at his healthiest with running playing a huge part in his new-found regime! This episode is full of tips and suggestions that worked for Jason and could well work for you too. If you listen whilst you run, you will absolutely be spurred on! If you listen on the commute, you might find you want to grab your trainers the minute you get home and head out for a 10k! Happy running!
08/08/1934m 4s

Lee Latchford-Evans

5, 6, 7, 8! I'm sure we’re delighting pop fans everywhere with this week's episode as we recruit Lee Latchford-Evans into the RunPod fold. Lee is not just part of the hugely successful band Steps, he’s also a massive fitness fan - and more importantly a keen runner. Jenni and Lee talk about getting back into training, whether working out with your other half ever works out, and he proposes a fitness challenge that we should all try -- if we're brave enough! You’ll just have to listen to find out if you're tough enough...!
01/08/1936m 46s

Susie Chan

This week Jenni sits down with one of the most recognisable faces in the British running community, and someone whose life has changed entirely since she found running 10 years ago. Susie Chan is an absolute inspiration, she never planned to be a runner but since she started, she’s never looked back. Some are happy to run a marathon just once, she runs them regularly! How would you feel about a 12 hour treadmill challenge? Cause Susie broke the world record in 2016, running 68 miles in 12 hours without stopping once. She’s essentially a female (and far more glamorous) Forrest Gump! Together they discuss human endurance, racing in the world’s harshest landscapes and how her life has changed for the better. She also gives us as a peak into the one of most extreme races on the planet – and it’s one Susie has her heart set on. What is it? Listen in to find out. If you enjoyed the episode don’t forget to rate and subscribe. You can also connect with me on Instagram and Twitter: @jennifalconer and use #RunPod to share your own stories and tips.
26/07/1942m 51s

Keith Lemon

Every runner has a friend who struggles to see the joy of jogging and it soon becomes a challenge to try to convert them. In this episode of RunPod, Jenni’s mission is to convince one of her running friends that there are benefits of running and her ultimate goal is to persuade them to join her out pounding the pavement. The friend in question is TV star and ‘bang tidy, sex god’, Keith Lemon! Along the way Keith describes his first running experience, his reasons to run and he shares tips for a happy, healthy life. However the big challenge remains - will Jenni succeed in getting Keith to pop his trainers on and join her for a jog? You’ll have to listen to RunPod to find out!
18/07/1919m 22s

Amanda Holden

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni catches up with someone who can often be found out running - on those rare occasions when she’s not acting, sitting on the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judging panel or waking up the nation on breakfast radio. Amanda Holden is one of the busiest women about but found time to have a chat about the joys of jogging, her favourite running tunes and sweaty Walkmans! She also shares the secret to staying in great shape, reveals her running motivation and spills the beans on fellow BGT judges. What’s Simon Cowell’s fitness secret?! Find out right here!
11/07/1936m 1s

Lorraine Kelly

This week Jenni chats with the Queen of breakfast telly, multi-marathoner and fellow Scot, Lorraine Kelly! They chat about hoodwinking friends into marathons, the joys of keeping fit and the Love Island effect. They also share top tips on how to get active and ask what Lorraine’s next big challenge will be. Well you’ll find out right here!
04/07/1930m 19s

Bella Mackie

This week Jenni is joined by journalist and bestselling author, Bella Mackie, who reveals how running can help overcome anxiety, conquer heartbreak and be a contributing factor to true happiness. Topics for discussion include exploring a city, running with dogs and the question on everyone's lips: to smile or not to smile at other runners?! As Bella says; "Running gives you the opportunity to run away from your life, but also gives you the ability to come back" This emotive and inspiring episode will make you want to pop your trainers on and get out the door, no matter your mood.
27/06/1930m 0s

Adrienne Herbert

Get ready to be truly inspired because this week Jenni sits down with Adrienne Herbert, a fitness influencer with abs of steel and a positive mental attitude to match. Adrienne found running after her husband had a spontaneous brain annerysm and never looked back. She's since run races around the world and is now a global brand ambassador for Adidas, all while hosting her hugely successful 'Power Hour' podcast. Together they discuss falling down the running 'Rabbit Hole', fitting it all in when you're a busy mum, and the motto to motivate: "You can do hard things". This is one for those early morning runs when you simply can't be bothered! Instagram: www.instagram.com/jennifalconer/
20/06/1924m 47s

Col. Dame Kelly Holmes MBE

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by a true running legend. Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE is a runner with more winner’s bling than you can count on both hands. She’s a two time Olympic, and Commonwealth, gold medal winner, as well as a European and World Championships medalist. In addition to her track success, she has served an impressive military career climbing the ranks to Colonel status, she has ‘HGV driver’ down as a skill on her CV and for the last 10 years, she has held the 800m British record. In this podcast, Kelly gives you a taster of what it feels like to stand on the winner’s podium, how running ‘just for fun’ compares to competing (is it even possible?!) and she fills us in on her rather unusual pets. A hugely motivational and inspiring episode that will definitely have you reaching for your trainers!
12/06/1937m 32s

Jason Flemyng

In this episode of RunPod, ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Jamestown’ star , Jason Flemyng joins Jenni to discuss the feelgood of running. Jason also gives a fascinating insight into life as an actor in the movie industry and why running is a huge relief when he is filming away from home. He also chats about the time he ran the London Marathon with fellow actor Jason Statham and want to know what director Guy Ritchie gets his cast doing on set in between scenes? You’ll have to listen to find out!!
06/06/1931m 52s

Aimee Fuller

This week on RunPod, Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller talks to Jenni about switching her board for trainers and taking on her first ever 26.2 mile race in one of the most reclusive places on the planet - Pyongyang, North Korea. Not necessarily everyone’s first choice! Aimee reveals what it’s like to run this unique event under the watchful eye of government officials, giving rare insight into a country that remains closed to the Western world. Aimee and Jenni also discuss unique marathons from across the globe that anyone is free to enter....should they be up for the challenge!
30/05/1929m 53s

Jo Pavey MBE

In this episode, Jenni takes RunPod on the road to meet 5-time Olympian and European Championship gold medalist, Jo Pavey. They discuss how to train in a hallway cupboard, what it's like to have your husband as your coach, juggling elite sport with two young children and competing against athletes who are half your age. Also -- can Jo match the British record by making it to her 6th Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020? You’ll have to listen to find out!
23/05/1936m 16s

George Lamb

This week on RunPod, Jenni is joined by TV and radio presenter, George Lamb to discuss what it’s like to train with Olympic athletes. He recruited the best trainers about - Sir Mo Farah, Dame Kelly Holmes and Joe Wicks - to see if he had what it takes. George shares elite training tricks, talks about what it’s like to run with Mo and gives great advice to all aspiring runners. Did it work for him?! You’ll have to listen to find out!
16/05/1936m 40s

Richard Whitehead MBE

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni chats with double Paralympic champion, Richard Whitehead. Rich is a double through-knee congenital amputee, and runs with prosthetics, yet he claims to be someone who ‘just puts one foot in front of the other’. We hear how Rich sees no obstacles in between him and his running goals. He talks about how a double amputee decides to take up running, what it’s like to run in blades and has a load of top training tips. His story is hugely inspiring and what he says is incredibly motivational. After listening to this episode of RunPod, you’ll be reaching for your trainers!
10/05/1936m 47s

parkrun with Paul Sinton-Hewitt

This week on RunPod, Jenni’s joined by the man who gave 3 million of us in 23 countries, across 5 continents the gift that is parkrun. Paul Sinton Hewitt CBE tells us how he turned a simple get-together into a global phenomenon, and how it’s transformed so many lives around the world – including his own! They also chat parkrun challenges, Paul’s favourite running spots and the power of community spirit. He might even persuade you to give up that Saturday morning in bed for a 5k run instead!
02/05/1932m 44s

Post-Marathon Cooldown with Lewis Moses

That's it for another year, so whether you're nursing those blisters or eager to get your trainers for the first time, this episode is the perfect companion for your post-marathon cooldown. Join Jenni as she chats to GB champion and top running coach Lewis Moses, who answers that all important question: How do you recover after the big race? We also bust some of the biggest myths out there, talking trainers, stretches, warm-ups, protein shakes and discuss some of the most common injuries for new starters.
28/04/1931m 33s

The London Marathon with Hugh Brasher, David Weir & Kirsty Gallacher

In this episode of RunPod, Jenni learns all about the London Marathon and chats to special guests about taking on a 26.2 mile challenge. Marathon big boss, Hugh Brasher, shares how it all started and what you can expect on race day. Jenni also chats with 8-time marathon winner David Weir, celeb runners Kirsty Gallagher, Nell Mcandrew and Matt Wilkinson whilst Celebrity chef, Marcus Bean, gives you the lowdown on what to eat before and after; We also learn what it’s like to run as a rhino and hear interesting facts on Britain’s biggest race. As a listener you‘ll get top tips for preparing for a marathon and experience the excitement of the buildup to race day itself.
25/04/1947m 58s

EastEnders Special

In this week's episode of RunPod, Jenni is joined by two soap icons who are leaving Albert Square to go and run around the capital. EastEnders stars Natalie Cassidy and Jake Wood are taking on their biggest running challenge yet and for a truly worthy cause. Jenni chats with them about training, running for Barbara Windsor and whether Dot will be cheering them on from the Queen Vic.
18/04/1944m 36s

Sophie Raworth

In this episode of RunPod Jenni is joined by BBC news anchor, TV presenter, ultra marathoner and running buddy, Sophie Raworth. Sophie was bitten by the running bug at 37 and has never looked back! She discusses her rather eventful first marathon, running adventures in the Sahara and what it's like to race a horse! There are plenty of marathon tips as well as a fun debate between Jenni and Sophie about losing friends to get a PB.
11/04/1930m 50s

Bonus: Race for Life Special

In this very special bonus episode of RunPod Jenni discovers how being active can change your outlook for the better, even when your body is in the worst shape it's ever been. She sits down with Gemma Hillier-Moses, founder of MOVE Charity, Mike Beeson from Cancer Research UK, and Alex King, ten-time Race For Lifer and cancer survivor to talk about the big C that is Cancer - expect to be inspired by the power of positivity! To discover your local event, go to www.raceforlife.org.
07/04/1931m 42s

Ben Shephard

Join Jenni in this episode as she welcomes multi-marathoner, close friend and television presenter Ben Shephard to the RunPod Run Club. Together they talk hitting the wall, losing to a carrot and why you should always carry 20p on a run. Ben also shares his top tips for getting out that door, staying on track and when to wear lycra.
04/04/1933m 17s

Peter Andre

In this first episode of RunPod Jenni is joined by Peter Andre as he charts a rocky road from gym bunny to daily jogger. Together they discuss the feel-good-factor that hooked him in and how running changed his life for the better. Pete also shares some top tips for first timers, couch potatoes and rookie runners.
31/03/1930m 31s

RunPod Trailer

Launching on Monday the 1st of April, join Heart presenter and passionate runner Jenni Falconer as she discovers what it is that we love about pounding the pavement. She talks all things running with some of Britain's favourite personalities and elite athletes, including Peter Andre, Ben Shephard, Natalie Cassidy, Richard Whitehead, George Lamb and many more.
29/03/191m 48s
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