Episode 476 - Jess Robson


This week’s show is sponsored by Runderwear, Martin speaks to Jess Robson, Laura Muir smashes the British indoor mile record, there’s a couple of 5K world records, sort of, and Thriva sponsor Training Talk where we get a little serious about Comrades. Facebook Friday asks for your perfect talking, parkrunning, and dining partners, Kit Around the World is here with a competition to win some wonderful runr gear, and Tony brings us his latest Trials.

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Show Notes


  • Holly's been racing the Hoka Tough Runner and sharing this great video
  • Tom's been not running very much as he 'prepares' for Comrades

Thanks to this week's sponsor - Runderwear

This week the show is sponsored by Runderwear, a British brand which makes seamless, moisture-wicking, technical performance underwear to prevent chaffing.

To find out more and buy online, check out www.runderwear.co.uk where you can get 20% off by using code MT20.

There’s still time to enter our amazing Runderwear competition where two lucky listeners can get their hands on the full Runderwear System. This includes a Base Layer, Hat, Headband, Pair of deluxe Merino Runderwear for winter, Pair of regular Runderwear for summer, Pair of Anti-Blister, Merino and Cushioning Socks and a Pair of graduated Compression Socks. Women can also choose from a High Impact Running Bra or Crop Top.

Check out our social channels for a special competition link where you simply need to enter your details to be in with a chance to win. Entries close on the 13th March. Good luck!

There’s a new competition launching on Friday via our Facebook and Twitter pages with our good friends at runr.

runr is the fitness and lifestyle brand for people like us who are passionate about running, and this week they bring us an amazing bundle of prizes including leisure garments, designed for us by Sarah at Art of Your Success.

The prize bundle worth over £100 includes our Proud to be a runner hoodie, Proud to be a Runner tee, runr race magnets, the runr winter bobble hat and a retro runr mug. The hoody, tee and hat will be in your choice of colour and size.

To be in with a chance of winning check out our Facebook Friday post this Friday (22nd) and tell us what makes you a runner.

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One lucky winner will be chosen on Tuesday 26th February, and announced on next week’s show.

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Tony's Trials

Training Talk sponsored by Thriva

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Holly's Comrades Training

  • Plenty of hills
  • Fasted runs to become fat-adapted
  • Not much more training volume than for a marathon
  • Plenty of marathons
  • Could she have started faster?

Interview - Jess Robson





  • Holly will be at Run Camp
  • Tom will be at Run Camp

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