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The Bad Boy Running Podcast

Running is great, so why aren't the podcasts? Bad Boy Running is a podcast for runners (boys AND girls!) who are bored of the dull and dry podcasts currently on offer. Hosted by friends Jody Raynsford and David Hellard, both running journalists, bloggers and lovable idiots, the show features the conversations they'd have in the pub focusing as much on the camaraderie and social side of the sport as the technical. 

Sep 1, 2018

Allie Bailey joins David Hellard as they grill James Elson, who is not only race director of Centurion Running that runs classic 100 and 50 miler races, including the South Downs Way 100, North Downs Way 100, Thames Path 100 and Autumn 100...

... but he's also an incredible ultrarunner himself having competed in some of the world's best-known and toughest ultras. 

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Why James was suitably impressed with Hellard's first ultra attempt at Country To Capital
  • The lengths James went to in order to qualify for Badwater
  • How the challenge of running a 100 miler has changed
  • The funniest complaint James has ever received moment after a competitor finished 
  • The amazing lengths James went to in the early days of Centurion to organise the race
  • The importance of volunteers in 100 milers and how volunteering at aid stations can add to your ultra training
  • How to tell when someone's "done" on a 100 miler (and when to dust them off and kick them back out there...)
  • How "what is possible" has changed in terms of the times of running 100 milers
  • The competitor who has achieved an incredible 28 consecutive DNFs on Centurion events (honorary Do-Badder status right there!)
  • Why the Autumn 100 should be your first 100 miler (if you're thinking about doing a 100 miler)

Before jumping into the interview, Allie and David debrief after their live podcast broadcast at the Lovetrails Festival where the Commandment of BBR are revealed.

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