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We have Dave Proctor with us this week, if you don’t already know Dave why not check out episode #98 where we dive into the backyard ultra. Almost three years later we are touching base again, this time to discuss the trials and tribulations of breaking the land speed record of running the 7,159km across Canada. Starting in Newfoundland and ending …
 
After a computer crash I thought I had lost this episode which was recorded in Feb of this year, so much has changed in the ultra running world since then with Backyard records being crushed, another fun year at the Barkley and numerous 100m, 100k & 50k records being broken. That means we are back in full swing and I was delighted to find the 'lost…
 
A month has passed since we set foot in frozen head, and I can’t believe that I’m only getting this episode released that aside I’m super excited to introduce you to Kristi Pashia who was the first person in the Barkley Fall Classic to cross the finish line in the 50k and still manage to DNF. The cut off time is 13hrs 20min which reflects the Big B…
 
I can’t believe we have been off air for over six months, super excited to have the show back and we have some amazing guests lined up to keep you motivated. None more amazing than this week's guest Andrea Larson who became the first female to podium in the Barkley Fall Classic this year, retaining her title from the 2021 event. Andrea is fast beco…
 
I recorded this episode with James two days after he completed the very first Winter Wainwrights Round which entails 325 miles across the 214 Wainwright Peaks which has a mind blowing 36,000 metres of ascent. He was met with snow swept hills and strong winds, the severe winter conditions made this an even bigger achievement for James and his crew. …
 
We have a great episode for you this week with local lad 'Ireland' Graeme Black who finally gets to realise a dream as he takes part in the 2022 Barkley Marathon. Graeme is no stranger to the Frozen Head Park in Tennessee as he’d raced there in the Barkley Fall Classic however this time he returns to compete along side some of the worlds most infor…
 
Yesterday I had the pleasure of breaking down the latest Backyard event with the winner of the 2022 Castle Ward back yard Keith Russel who was taken to 37 loops by up and coming ultra runner Cathal McParland. Some you might be aware that we have had Keith on the podcast previously firstly for his amazing story with Alana that starting his running j…
 
A super Art O’Neill special this week featuring Ellen Vitting who was first lady home in the Art O'Neill Challenge in a great time of 7:05:18 just a couple of minutes ahead of second place, and Alastair Higgins who won the overal race in a pretty incredible time of 5:53:33. For those who haven’t heard of The Art O'Neill Challenge it is a unique eve…
 
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last episode was released but the wait was worth it as we have a 2hr feature with the round machine himself Ross Jenkin, who earlier this year completed all four of the UKs infamous Mountain Rounds within the same week. The well known English Bob Graham, The Welsh Paddy Buckley, The Scottish Charlie Ramsay and …
 
This week we have a local club runner who I have been watching with almost misbelief over the last couple of years as he has gone from strength to strength. Gareth King from Tandragee County Armagh who back in Aug this year not only become the National 100km champion, but he smashed the Northern Ireland record by 22 minutes in time of 7:12:30 secon…
 
Once again we have the pleasure of Noel Hanna on the podcast, some of you will remember Noel from episode #51 where we unpack his adventure on the 135 mile Bad Water race across death valley, and his succesful summit of K2 the Savage Mountain amongst other crazy endurance accompishments. In this episode we discuss his recent winter attempt on K2 wh…
 
It's hard to know where to begin with Liz Canty, an immense rugby player who changed direction and ended up on rat jaw, what more can be said.... Liz really hasn't held back in any way or form, starting on the road and moving to the trails she has gone from strength to strength racing numerous 50k to 100 mile races and although realtively new to th…
 
Epic episode with Irish Backyard record holder Keith Russell who ran an amazing 63 loops back in May during the Atlas Running event in N.Ireland. Last week he competed in the 100k Anglo Celtic Plate gracing his first Irish International vest which was a very proud moment for the relatively new ultra runner. In this episode we break down how to isol…
 
What a treat we have for you this week with one of Ultra Runnings most interesting runners Vajin Armstrong, not only has he podiumed some of the worlds toughest races but he brings with him a different dimension into the sport. A follower of the Indian Spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy creator of the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence race in New York, Vaji…
 
We have a very interesting guest this week, Dr. Rebecca Robinson. Sports and Exercise Medical Consultant who has represented GB in the marathon distance gracing a 2hr 36min pb, along with a 33min 09sec 10k, she is also an absolutely awesome mountain runner winning team gold with GB in 2015. In this episode we unpack RED-S (Relative Energy Deficienc…
 
I can’t believe we have been absent for almost four months I'd just like to thank everyone for their continued support, and who better to start off with than fellow club mate Slieve Gullion Runners Paddy Hamilton who at his first attempt in the world of ultra smashed the field to take first place in the 100km Race to the Stones. Paddy is more commo…
 
It's been a while since I've released an episode, the joys of setting up a new business however no better place to start of again than the Barkley Marathon. Karen McNeany gained her entry into the Barkley by being the first lady across the line in the Barkley Classic however that didn't stop Laz giving her race number one the human sacrifice, her p…
 
Short intro to this weeks guest Gary House from the run strong club, an ultra runner himself signing up for races such as UTMBS TDS and The Dragon's Back he has earned himslef an indepth knowledge on coaching techniques which he shares through the club. Check him out on Instagram if you want to be entertained, or if your interested in being coached…
 
George is very talented Mountain Runner who focuses on shorter sharper mountain races, however last October during the nations lock down he took on the Bob Graham round and beat Billy Bland's time which had previously stood for 36 years prior to Killian Jornet breaking it. At 13hrs 44min it hit the running community with a wave of amazement and tru…
 
We have one of if not the best coach that I have had the pleasure of talking to Martin Cox from Vo2 Max Coaching, he is a world class athlete who has been on the top flight in mountain running for numerous years. He has rubbed shoulders with some of the best coaches the world has ever seen which along with his own experience in racing is where he l…
 
I've been back in the hills with a new set of tyres, the Inov-8 Terraultra G270s. I was so blown away by them that I had to invite the Inov-8 team on to the podcast to find out more about the product and the people behind this increasingly competitive brand. Not only is Bodil Oushoorn the Design Manager at Inov-8 but she is also a kick ass ultra ru…
 
A 17hr Bob Graham, seven times winner of the OMM, winner of the infamous 2012 Dragons Back race, and former record hold of the wainrights, not to mention author of one of the best Mountain books out there There is no Map in Hell. If only I had half the knowledge that Steve Birkinshaw carries, it was great sitting down with him, I’ve been in awe of …
 
In this episode we talk to Paul Tierney Irish international ultra runner and current FKT holder of the 214 fells of the Wainwrights which he completed in a little over 6 days and 6hrs, which normally taken people months if not years to complete. He has a list of accomplishments and a great depth of experience in the longer races, here is a list of …
 
Robbie Britton is an athlete that isn’t afraid of a challenge, be it on the road or the trail, Robbie has performed from 5k to 24hr, with highlights such as a 2:29 marathon and a 261km 24hr best, which earned him a World & European bronze medal. Robbie loves a challenge whether it is crossing Iceland, completing the Kom-Emine in Bulgaria, setting a…
 
During the week I got wind of Ben’s attempt of running 31 marathons in 31 days with the ambitious target of running a sub four hour average, today Ben completed his 27th marathon in 27 days so I thought I grab him for a quick chat to unpack what its all about. I’ve just taken a look at Ben’s just giving page which can be found at www.justgiving. Co…
 
We have Kevin Webber on the show this week, one of the most inspirational runners that I have had the pleasure of meeting, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and was told that he only had two years left to live. During his chemotherapy to the shock of his doctor Kevin started to train for a marathon, not only did he finish it but he followed it…
 
What a guest we have with us this week, a pioneer in the world of ultra running and author of one of the most inspiring books out there The Extra Mile. Pam Reed the first female to be the overall winner of Badwater in 2002 and again in 2003 pushing Dean Karnazes into second place. First person to run over 300 miles (302) without sleeping 74 hrs. Pr…
 
I find it absolutely mind blowing what Hillary Allen has achieved over the last couple of years, falling 150ft off a ridge during a skyrun in Norweigh, miraculously escaping what was almost certain death, being told your never going to compete again, I can only image the emotions that must have flooded her body as she lay in her hospital bed with 1…
 
We have a special episode for you this week with one of the members from the UK Backyard Team that took part in the Big Dog's Backyard Ultra - World Championship on the 17th Oct 2020. It was an epic event to be part of the UK came team home finished in 13th place out of 21 when Richie Hinson completed his 39th loop, Johnny Breen came in an amazing …
 
With so many races cancelled people are starting to look at the Winter Rounds to cash in on their summer training, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to release an episode with the DRR winter record holders for anyone who may be interested in having successful but more importantly safe round. All our guests on this special winter round edition h…
 
Quite a few things happening since we last talked, Karel Sabbe knocked out 75 loops at Big Dogs Backyard Ultra smashing Johan Steene’s record, the Garmin Skyline was cancelled on the weekend and we edge closer and closer towards another total lock down. Luckily the Kerryway Ultra went ahead and our next guest managed to crawl his way to first place…
 
What an exceptional fast tracked journey Galen has been on taking 2nd place on the podium in Tour de Geants on two different occasions and winner of the 2019 Dragons back. It was marked as the worlds toughest mountain race with 315km and 15,500m vert but cruely they have added an additional day for the 2021 edition bringing it to a total of 380km a…
 
Great to back into the flow after a few weeks off, really enjoyed this off the cuff interview with 100 mile expert and USA 48hr record holder Olivier Leblond. Age really is just a number when it comes to long distance ultra running, Olivier is highly competitive at the age of 48 although he wouldn’t want to admit it taking numerous 100 mile podiums…
 
We have an exceptional runner on the show this week, so exceptional in fact that he has won more 100 mile races than anyone else on the planet, he has so many accolades I really wouldn’t know where to start so check out the show notes below where I’ve listed a few so you can gain an idea of how awesome Karl Meltzer actually is. As usual I had no ti…
 
Another treat for you this week especially for those who feel connected to The Comrades Marathon 9 times winner 8 of which were consecutive the man they call The Comrades King Mr Bruce Fordyce himself quite arguably one of the best runners in the history of the sport. He ran the 89km down course in an amazing 5hr 24min 7 sec (which is a crazy pace …
 
I really don’t know how to introduce my next guest he first featured in arguably the best selling and most inspiring running book of all time Born to Run, I remember how reading about how the Tarahumara totally opened up my mind to what was humanly possible. Ted McDonald aka Barefoot Ted inspired a nation and very soon after the book Born to Run wa…
 
Adopted as a child born in Auckland, and had her feet reconstructed at the age of 13 Audain finished ninth aged 17 in the 1973 World Cross Country Championships. She ran in the 1500 m at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing sixth, and top New Zealander, in the final with a time of 4:21.1. In the 1976 Summer Ol…
 
This is a no thrills no spills episode where I try and unlock the secret to breaking the Guinness World Record for 10 marathons in 10 days with an average time of 2:45:42 which is absolutley mind blowing. Adam is currently challenging for the world Strava lead place this month in July, a superb athlete and a genuine down to earth guy who was the yo…
 
This week we revisit Irish Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty who featured on an earlier episode #34 if you want to check it out, this is an amazing podcast especially for those who are managing an injury at the minute. Last September Kerry broke her 5th metatarsal during a key race in Spain, she was in top form, with her sights set on the road to Tokyo. Th…
 
Most people will know Rik as being the Race Director from Phoenix Running but there is a lot more to this cowboy than people will realise. He held the world record for 10 marathons in 10 days running 7 of those under sub 3 leaving with a sub 30hr accumulative time, he held the British Record for the most marathons ran in a calendar year, he has ran…
 
This week we revisit Johnny Breen from episode number 26, back then he had a 3:50 marathon pb, he DNF’d the 107 miles Belfast to Dublin Ultra, it’s been quite inspiring to watch Johnny's progress over the last 18 months. He ran a sub 3hr during lock down and he went on to run 10 sub 4 hour marathons in 10 consecutive days as part of the great virtu…
 
Its difficult to know where to start with Mike Wardian he has such a long list of achievements, some we touched on in the podcast he ran all world majors in 2016 with a world record breaking average of 2:31, he ran the 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days in 2017 with a world record average time of 2:45 and many many many FKTs and achievements far…
 
Johan is a Swedish ultrarunner, most notable for winning the 2018 Big Dog's Backyard Ultra, at which he completed 68 laps or 283.335 miles of the coursein 67 hours 48 minutes and 36 seconds, thus setting a new record on the course and beating the incredible Courtney if that wasn’t awe inspiring enough he turned up to the event exhausted and sleep d…
 
Most people would have heard about the GVRAT Lazarus Lake's 1000km virtual race across Tennessee by now, you had four months to complete the challenge which started on the 1st May and if you had time you could make it back home to complete the 2000km. Well our next guest decided that's exactly what he would do, but more than that, somewhere along t…
 
Staying on home soil this week with the inspiring story of Keith and Alanna Russell, Alanna was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, with no speech or use of her arms or legs she became the youngest person to complete the Dublin Marathon with proud father Keith. Shortly after the race in December Alanna sadly left us, leaving behind a gif…
 
In this episode we unpack the 2019 world championship race series where Sarah McCormack was crowned world champion whilst representing Ireland, we relive the Snowdon race which was arguably the most exciting race of the season where Sarah narrowly beat Elisa Sortini with a time of 1:14:49 for the 10 mile course which includes the 1085m of ascent to…
 
I think everyone has heard of the Great Virtual Run Across Tennesse by now, our next guest amazingly was the first person to finish the event out of 18,999 (not 19,000 typical Lazarus Lake Style🤪) 1000km and it only took her 11 days 20 hrs which is roughly 85km a day or 2 marathons in runners lingo. Terri empowers the essence of running, health, we…
 
I really don’t know where to start with Sharon Record holder of both the Jogle and the Mizen Head to Malin Head, winner of races such as the Hardmoors 110 miler, the Fire and Ice 250km race, The Himalayan LA Ultra The High Ultra, Commonwealth 24hr champion, Silver in the European 100k & 24hr with a 17 year career racing at the top for GB, but she h…
 
With UTMB race announcement planned for the 20th May I thought it would be a great idea to unpack each of the top four races that are currently scheduled for the last week of Aug, PTL, UTMB, TDS & CCC There was no one more suited to this job than Ireland's very own Richard Nunan, who has crossed the finish line in PTL, UTMB & TDS , throw Tour de Ge…
 
We have a superb bonus episode for you this week with one of the most accomplished UK ultra runners Beth Pascall, she really hit the running scene with a bang in 2015 by winning The Spine, the Brecon Beacons Ultra, she came 2nd in the infamous Dragons Back stage race, and came first in a chanced 24hr race where she ran a staggering 142.9 miles. Sin…
 
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