Episode 53 - Mike Bushell & Happy 1st Birthday to us


It's our 1st Birthday! What an amazing year.  On this weeks show we talk to BBC Sport presenter and all round action man Mike Bushell about his plans for his first ever Virgin London Marathon in 2011.  Tony tells us about his Birthday Olympics. There's news of our super cool running challenge 'Jantastic' and some race results and we talk intervals for marathon running. 

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Show Notes

00:00 - Intro

- Jantastic update - 585 entrants - how many are on 100%?

Prize addition: Win a FREE place in the 2011 Edinburgh Marathon! (standard and club entries are closed).

To enter:

-        On this weeks show notes enter the total number of runs that you think all Jantastic entrants will log during January.

  1. Once someone has guessed a number you can’t guess it again.
  2. Include your full name and the total number.
  3. Closing date for entries is Sunday 23rd Jan at 1200 midnight.
  4. The winner is the person who gets the closest total guess and will be announced in the show on Weds Feb 2nd 2011. (where that number is equally less or more, i.e., not spot on, the first person to have entered will be the winner).

- Fancy joining Martin and Liz Yelling for a Marathon Training Workshop?  

They will be in Scotland doing a training day for the Edinburgh on Sunday March 13th.

Marathon talk listeners can get a 50% discount and come along for £20.  Use the code "training50" when booking online.

Sign up here

- The Enigma Quadzilla! Four Marathons in Four Days in Feb.

Enter here

10:30 - News
- Rate Your Run - 146 ratings with an average of 7.8.
- Paula Radcliffe gets bitten by a dog! Link
- Tiberias Marathon. Isreal Link
- Disney Marathon: Report here
- Great North XC: Results and reports here
20:20 - Tony's Trials
The grueling Birthday Olympics

24:35 - Training Talk - Get going with some Intervals

What’s wrong with running at one pace?  Won’t that be enough to get me round my marathon?


  • Stop you being a one paced plodder
  • Help you explore the breadth of the running spectrum
  • Helping your understand of pacing
  • Running faster makes MP feel easier!
  • Boosts your fitness faster
  • Helps you avoid hitting a plateau and going stale
  • Are great for motivation with others

Start these early on in your marathon prep and be a stronger, faster runner. 

36:00 - Rant and Rave

Tom raves about shoulder to shoulder racing.
Martin rants about people who say one thing and do another.
38:28 - Interview - Mike Bushell BBC TV Sports presenter & 2011 Virgin London Marathon runner

Mike Bushell presents BBC Breakfast sport on Friday and Saturday.  As well as reporting on the mainstream sports he's well known for getting stuck into some lesser known sports.  Over the last 5 years he's tried over 270 different sports.  In 2011 it's not a one off for Mike as he's doing his first ever Virgin London Marathon.
01:12:55 - Winner of  the Week

Tony Hayhoe and John Dunn.

Nominated by Graham McLachlan. ‘Both have helped me immensely over the last year to rediscover some of my running form , they both put up with my slower pace in training and always run back from the finish of races to then encourage me across the line, they often give me a lift to races and not forgetting the fact that they always have spare safety pins cos I nearly always forget mine’


01:14:05 - Close

- Don't forget to Rate You Run
- Definitely don't forget to log your Jantastic efforts
- Pop over to our events pages and stick your name down
Clothing – thanks for your orders – teal hoody has been discontinued by the supplier!  Boo.  We are looking for alternatives. 
- Marathon Countdown - what's happening when.

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