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111 Marathon Talk

by Editor
Thursday 1st March 2012
Tags  Marathon Talk   |   Martin Yelling   |   Tom Williams   |   Steve Cram

On this week’s show we interview a legend of the golden era of British Middle distance running Steve Cram. It’s Marathon Talk Live today in Leeds. We update Febulous and introduce Marchvellous. Mary Keitany and Mo Farah run fast. Runners go long in the Brighton Half. Training Talk is all about how to work your pace out for a marathon. You rate your runs and this week there’s a Kiwi ranting.


  • Martin's been...feeling heavy and trying to keep up with the OH.
  • Tom's been...running a fast mile and boddy popping.
  • Thanks adidas.
    We’ve always said that everything we provide at Marathon talk will be free for everyone who wants to be a part of our community. We’d like to thank adidas for their support in helping us grow this community and bring Marathon Talk to you each week.
  • Febulous - At the time of recording the show (Tuesday 8am) - 2318 participants logged 79,951 runs so far! - 1354 runner completed Febulous and of those 392 are still on 100% for the full Jantastic challenge!
  • Marchvellous - still submit number of runs and longest each week (before Feb 27th)
    • - Time to zip up your man suit and test the central governor
    • - Enter a race, take part in a parkrun, or do battle with a favourite training route
    • - Predict your finish time for a max effort… spot on = 100%, out either way = points deducted!


  • Mary Keitainy runs fast at the RAK Half Marathon (IAAF)
  • Farah 'heavy legs' runs a new European record over 2miles (Athletics Weekly)
  • Kenyan Olympic 5000m and 10000m Olympic Trials at Pre Classic? (Link)


  • Tony's injured.


  • Just how do you work out your target marathon pace?
    • in training?
    • with a fancy prediction equation?
    • in a race?


One crazy summer in 1985 'the Jarrow Arrow' ruled the middle distance track world setting 1500m, mile, and 2000m world records in a 19 day period. 1983 world 1500m champion and 1984 Olympic 1500m silver medalist Steve Cram was at the top of British middle distance running in the golden era. The first man ever to run under 3mins 30sec for 1500m also has a marathon PB of 2:35 (set in 1999). Now a BBC commentator and event organiser Steve still lives in the North East.

Steve's next event - The Marathon of the North.

This week it's a RANT.

Siobhan Leachman rants about cross training injuries.



Run well

Martin & Tom


Episode 111 of Marathon Talk is now out and is available completely free on www.marathontalk.com



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