Episode 426 - Chris Chataway


We remember Sir Roger Bannister and listen to Sir Chris Chataway recounting that incredible first sub 4 minute mile. There’s some great racing at The Big Half (apparently), some fake racing in Cambridge, Jake Robertson runs 2:08 at Lake Biwa, Team Sky’s fortunes go from bad to worse, and there’s rumours of a high profile drugs bust from Kenya. You rate your run, stand on the podium, and Active Cover sponsor Training Talk with guest Mario Fraioli.

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Show Notes


  • Martin's been sledging, solo with the kids and running a bit
  • Tom's going off on a Big Half coverage one (justifiably).

We remember Sir Roger Bannister who died recently. An icon and legend in running and medicine. Athletics Weekly | BBC Watch the mile

Sir Chris Chataway reflects on 'that' 3.59.4 mile at the Iffley Road track in 1954.

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  • Calorie counting - No thanks PHE | BBC
  • The Big Half | Athletics Weekly
  • DQ winner of the Cambridge Half | BBC
  • Jake Robertson runs 2:08 at Lake Biwa. |NZ Herald
  • Team Sky back on the block | BBC
  • Oh dear.  Another Kenya EPO bust? | Guardian

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Mario Fraioli joins Martin to talk getting marathon race ready.


  • Tom will be logging a banker.
  • Martin will be working on a children's mental health and movement project and running the path.

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