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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, wh ...
 
Join comedians Carl Donnelly and Julian Deane as they interview a comedy guest each week (well, Carl tries to interview them while Julian interjects and tries to get them cancelled!).
 
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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…
 
Paul is taking a break for the sake of his poor calf, so we welcome Tom Price back for a sunny turn around our local parks and waterways. Featuring golf, runners’ noises, fowl families, dizziness and ADHD, dogs and their owners, theme tune facts and Tom’s game attempts at policemen and PB klaxons. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us…
 
This week Robin and Josie are joined by author Yasmin Khan to talk about her knew book Ripe Figs which is part cookbook, part travel book that traces recipes from the Mediterranean from the time of Ottoman rule to the influence of recent refugee communities. They chat about the inspiration for the book, favourite recipes, first cookbooks, best cook…
 
It's a beautiful sunny day in Victoria Park, but the boys have seen off all kinds of drama to get there. Featuring Paul's trouble spiral, Rob's 10k plans, returning to stand-up, weak and non-existent glutes, what to do when your house falls down, pinging calves and talking toes, Celebrity Mastermind and the return of Your PBs - aaaarrrrRRRRROOOOOge…
 
Comedian and Bake Off host Tom Allen joins Robin and Josie this week to talk about his memoir No Shame, which is out now. They chat of growing up in the suburbs, doing Julie Andrews numbers at high school plays and early comedy gigs in New Cross. They also discuss in detail how many celebrities admit to soiling themselves in their autobiographies..…
 
A very gentle run / walk round and round Clissold Park this week, due to Paul being a little up against it physically and emotionally. Featuring what it’s like to lose someone you love, what happens when the football people fight the power, pirates at play, Rob’s heavy training-and-gaming schedule, and the grubby underbelly of the Vaporfly generati…
 
Two guests on this week's episode. Firstly Robin chats to A.L. Kennedy who returns to the podcast to chat about her new collection of short stories We Are Attempting to Survive Our Time and why she finds writing short stories a different, and sometimes harder, challenge than writing a novel. And then in the second half of the episode Josie talks to…
 
Under a big blue sky, with greenery and birdsong all around, Paul and Rob have a lovely mooch round the Lee Valley marshes. Featuring UK run chat, what this crazy year has done to our running, parkrun and half marathon memories and predictions, Paul's progeny seeing the world and Rob's relaxing at home, dogs, birds, planks, finish lines, fastest la…
 
Robin and Josie are joined by author Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel Shuggie Bain ahead of it's release in paperback. They chat about the book's decade long gestation, growing up in Glasgow under Thatcher and the importance of getting more working class stories into popular fiction. As always, an extended version…
 
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 th…
 
A bright and chilly North London join-the-dots through Finsbury Park, Highbury, Clissold Park and Woodberry Down. Featuring stories of Daughters, Easter Sunday, formal and informal public toilets, films, birds, dogs, and the sleeping habits of the elderly. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - through the Acast S…
 
On today's episode Josie and Robin are joined by the actor, comedian and writer Katy Wix to talk about her new book, Delicacy: A Memoir about Cake and Death. They chat about the book, stories of the Fringe, jugglers who can't juggle and then, eventually, Josie just can't keep her love of Stath Lets Flats in any longer... To hear a super bumper edit…
 
Paul and Rob head out for their second run in as many days, and enjoy it much more than they expected. Featuring freebies, big breakfasts, 2021 plans, Victorians living among us, the Wooden Enemy, ‘special extras’, spies, recipe ideas, and when children start outperforming their parents. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’…
 
Two science authors on the show today, both with new books that look at different ways of what makes us human. First up it's Shambles regular, Ginny Smith chatting to Robin and Josie about her new book Overloaded: How Every Aspect of Your Life is Influenced by Your Brain Chemicals, which is out today! And then they chat with Melanie Challenger abou…
 
A lovely long double loop of Hampstead Heath sees Paul and Rob in ruminative mood, talking hope and vaccines, stand-up comedy and the future, ornithology and horticulture, Rob's finish line theory, Paul's chicken cacciatore, running fast and fasting, and what to write next. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - t…
 
This week's Book Shambles is a cross over event. Physicist, and one of the world's biggest selling science authors, Carlo Rovelli has a new book out today, Helgoland. He joined Robin for a conversation for our Patreon exclusive series Tips for Existence but we're making some of that conversation around the book available for free here on Book Shamb…
 
A bright blast up the Walk and through the Woods as Spring springs. Featuring supporter report, Rob on the yoga mat, Paul on the Covid ward, knitted legends, abstemiousness, injury and ageing - naturally, Running in the Midpack and trusting the process, and a little risky rugby. Seriously, thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffe…
 
It's a double header this week! First up Robin and Josie chat with journalist Ben Machell about his book, The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw and then in the second part Robin chats to Booker Prize shortlisted author of The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste. If you'd like to hear the full versions of both of these interviews, yo…
 
On an absolute jewel of a day, Rob and Paul set off up the hill to Alexandra Palace to look out across London - and into the future. Featuring children moving on, the obligatory booze and yoga report, Paul's job, Rob's treespotting, extreme gardening, Harry, Meghan, Oprah and Piers, and an optimistic appraisal of upcoming running events. Thank you …
 
Journalist Nell Frizzell's new book is The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts, and the Mother of All Decisions and it spoke so strongly to Josie that she provided one of the cover quotes so it only makes sense she join her and Robin on the podcast. They chat about the book, motherhood, some of Nell's favourite books about parenting, vegetable growing and m…
 
A chilly, misty circuit of the Heath - but signs of Spring abound. Featuring Rob's slightly speedy week, Paul's new job, why trainers are like fresh fruit and vegetables, a pair of exploding boots, an angel sighting in North London, and tough times for chateau owners. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have ‘bought us a coffee’ - or more - through…
 
On today's episode, Josie couldn't make the recording and so Robin is joined by a guest co-host, the brilliant Natalie Haynes. They chat to Mark Steel about a new book of collected writings and musings of the late Jeremy Hardy, Speaks Volumes, for which Mark wrote the introduction. They chat about the difference between a comedian and a comic, favo…
 
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