Episode 537 - John McAvoy


On this week’s show UK Athletics report the passing of Performance Director Neil Black at the weekend, it should have been Boston last weekend and London this weekend, instead you can do the 2.6 challenge. Martin speaks to former high profile armed robber who found redemption through the power of sport, John McAvoy, about running in lockdown, Tony is here with his trials, you rate your runs and you share your marathon talk kit around the house.

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Show Notes

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  • Martin's been writing for Garmin, running, missing human interaction.
  • Holly's been writing for Asics, picking wild garlic and running 17.48 for 4.8km.

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Martin interviews the incredible John McAvoy.

John was previously a high profile armed robber who found redemption through the power of sport. Having broken both British and World records whilst in prison he is now forging a new life as an endurance athlete and speaker who is committed to using his story of rehabilitation to help and inspire others to change their lives for the better.



Tony's Trials


  • Martin will be running, solo, writing and reading and twopointsixchallenging
  • Holly will be podcasting and running.

Thank you John for the interview, our wonderful production and social team, and you, our listeners tuning in every week.

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