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    Over the years athletics has done a woeful job of presenting athletes to the public. The rare interviews stars give to the press are obviously conducted with a press officer in the corner of the room. Trackside interviews are unbelievably banal. When Michael Johnson is sent to do a feature interview with a new star it seems there is a contractual obligations to spend the first 5 minutes reminding us how great he was.

    In recent weeks however, I've heard some great interviews on That Running Podcast (Ross Murray with Colin McCourt) and Stephen Scullion's Road to Tokyo. Both are free on iTunes and Spotify. The former has featured Emilia Gorecka, Jake Wightman, Kyle Langford, James Thie; the latter, Andy Butchart, Andy Veron and Aisha Praught. Last week the Let's Run Podcast did a long interview with Shelby Houlihan. The variety of topics covered has bene great from training and race tactics to training environments to Danny Baker-esque questions from Murray that really reveal the personalities of the athletes.

    Murray and McCourt occasionally lapse into Beavis and Buthead (harmless but unnecessary when they are both funny and intelligent blokes) and Scullion should now (post Houston Marathon) cut the podcasts down to one or two a week and avoid the daily stream of consciousness and try to add in a few more interviews, but these are minor criticisms.

    In a similar vein, if you haven't already watched the episodes of The Ingebritsens on YouTube - YOU MUST! My 12 year old daughter claims to have retired from athletics and no longer watches it on TV but was gripped by every single episode.

  • #2
    When I'm feeling better I'll post some (mostly American) that I listen to and some best avoided.


    • #3
      House of Run from the Flotrack guys is pretty good, too.


      • #4
        Seconding the "That Running Podcast". Whether they'll find the energy to keep it up, I don't know, but so far they've had some really insightful stuff into the head-spaces of runners which I've really enjoyed, especially having a son who has struggled with some of that self-worth and expectations issues as a runner.

        I still enjoy marathon talk, though it's less "athletics". The Trackside podcast seems to have died a death, but was a bit narrowly focussed on Tonbridge it seemed to me.

        I need to find time to watch the Ingebritsens.


        • #5
          Martin Rooney was on this week’s That Running Podcast. Turns out he’s the Roger Mellie of Athletics. Very entertaining.


          • #6
            what is a apodcast exactly, and how does one access this creature; octogenerians like me are not clued up always on such exotica#


            • #7
              Backstraight Boys (& Girl) is the only one I really listen to and it's always really good. Some of you may know Jody & Bayo Furlong from other athletics journalism but this podcast is definitely the best work they've done so far.

              Join Jody, Bayo, and Claire each fortnight as they discuss athletics' hot topics, cover live events, and host stars of the sport in longer interview specials. Hit 'subscribe', give us a rating, and join in the conversation on Twitter: @Backstraigh...


              • #8
                Originally posted by philipo View Post
                what is a apodcast exactly, and how does one access this creature; octogenerians like me are not clued up always on such exotica#
                Hey philipo,

                A podcast is an audio file, typically (but not always) about a specific topic or area of interest. Some may have a couple of hosts discussing things or others may just have one host interviewing other people of interest. Some podcasters aim to produce a weekly show, some only monthly whereas others may be more haphazard in how often they publish. Some don't last long whilst others have been going for many years and have produced several hundred episodes.
                Think of it like a more informal radio show though a) it's on the internet rather than the radio, and b) some, these days, are very professionally produced. There are podcasts about all sorts of things - sports, science, history, politics, you name it. Anyone can produce and publish them and 99.9% of them are free to listen to.
                Virtually all podcasts archive their entire output so you can go back to the first episode and listen from the start if you so desire.

                There's a number of ways to access them and it may vary depending on how the individual podcaster has set things up.
                Many will have websites where you can listen to each show in your browser. Many will also have a download button/link for each show so that, if you prefer, you can download for listening in a media player on your computer (e.g., Windows Media Player) or for transferring to another device like an MP3 player or smartphone.
                Most/all podcasts will also make their podcasts available on a couple of "aggregation" platforms such as Stitcher, Podbean,, Deezer or iTunes. You can download apps for these platforms on your smartphone or tablet and then set them to alert you when there is a new show available for your chosen podcast/s which you can then listen to easily via the app.

                So, for example, go to the House of Run's website and you'll see that you can play each show directly in your browser, or you can download shows to listen on your computer or to transfer to another device, or you can stream/download episodes via iTunes. Incidentally, they also upload their shows to other platforms/apps like Stitcher (but they don't publicise this on their website). If you go to you'll see that they have all their episodes going back to the very start in 2010 available for listening/download. However, for any long-running & regular podcast like this you're unlikely to be able to find the oldest episodes on any of the aggregation platforms/apps such as iTunes or Stitcher because they often only have, say, the latest 100 or 200 episodes available.

                * Be aware that if you download podcasts from iTunes they are in a format (.m4a files) that non-Apple devices sometimes struggle to play easily. The "normal" file format for a podcast is MP3 which non-Apple devices have no problem with, and if you download episodes directly from the podcast's website they will usually be in MP3 format.
                Last edited by LuckySpikes; 24-02-19, 13:37.


                • #9
                  I think it all depends on what angle you want to come at, for me I'm not fully that interested in general Athlete interviews, although I will now and again listen and just see if I glean an insight into the training methods

                  I focus more on athletic development PodCasts (which makes sense for me as a Coach and a Masters Athlete).

                  We Do Science
                  The science of Sport
                  Complete Sports Performance Podcast
                  The Physical performance Show
                  Restoring Human Movement
                  Strength and Conditioning Journal
                  Pacey performance
                  NSCA Coaching
                  The Strength Coach
                  Gain Cast
                  Nutrition Facts

                  Actually wow, considering I listen to all these almost weekly (not Altis as they kinda stopped a while back) and not including any Audible Books I have on the go, its clear I now have no idea what the local radio station talks about when I'm driving lol