Centurion Running Podcast


Mini Race Brief from Centurion RD James Elson on our third One Community virtual event that starts tomorrow - 2nd April 2021.


As we reach Day 30 and pass the mid way point in the Virtual Slam event, Centurion RD James Elson chats to one of our Centurion coaches Neil Bryant about the best way to tackle what is ahead. Neil has an incredible pedigree as an endurance athlete which he turned into his passion as a coach five years ago. The two talk over Neils career before going over some advice for those looking to remain consistent and complete the Slam feeling stronger and better as the event goes on.


James gives a short update as we hit the 10 day mark of the One Slam virtual event. There are some thoughts about the One Love 5km/ Half/ 50km over next weekend and how to incorporate that into the broader challenge of the Slam.




James talks about the experience of taking on One Slam so far, some tips and advice for how to structure this two month long 'event and talks briefly about Martin Stone's epic Solo Unsupported Mid-Winter Bob Graham Round. (Image: Martin Stone at the finish of his round, with 4 volt battery powered handtoch in hand).

One Community final day pod features a conversation with Ian Maddieson, 15 time Western States finisher who at 78 just wrapped his One Community event up across the pond in New Mexico

Well done to all of you so far this week. Today a quick interview with Phil Marshall. Sarah Marshall who is trying to complete the 5km over the course of the week, has captured the hearts and minds of everyone on the community facebook page. Please take a listen to understand a little more about why. Her efforts really epitomise why whether it’s 5km or 100 miles, everyones journey is different and worthwhile. Sarahs fund raising page is available here. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarahandphilcenturionchallenge. Thank you.

It is day three of the One Community II week.

This episode features some of the key stories of the first two days and is followed by a conversation with Explorer/ Runner/ Cave Diver - John Volanthen. John has a background of multi-sports but became a little more widely known recently, as the cave rescuer who reached the missing Thai soccer team trapped in the Tham Luang Cave in 2018 and ultimately helped bring them out to safety. James explores how John approaches risk and manages difficult situations such as cave rescue, through sport and in day to day life.

In this episode, James Elson, Robbie Britton and Drew Sheffield discuss the upcoming One Up Virtual event taking place over 20th-26th July. The aim is to accumulate as much vertical/ elevation gain within the week as possible to achieve the highest of the eight possible levels that they can. The trio of hosts try to break the details down and share tips and advice for those planning on taking part. Full details by heading to this link.


You can also find our planning and advice document here 


James chats to one of our Centurion Running regulars, Sonny Peart, about the Black Lives matter movement, Racism today in the UK and Black runners within the sport of ultrarunning. Why are there so few and what can we do to increase participation and access?

If you want to learn more, here are a list of resources we have put together with Sonnys help

Books recommended by Sonny

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race, by Renni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack, by Paul Gilroy
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Davis
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • Netflix has made the documentary 13th available currently for free on YouTube

Daily Update from the final day of the One Community challenge. Today we speak to Claudia Burrough who shattered the 100 mile distance in a time of 15 hours and 20 minutes, but did so in a wheelchair, creating a whole new category in the process. We also catch up with Spencer Millberry who finished the 100 mile distance in one go, over Friday into Saturday in a series of out and backs from his front door.

Update from Day 6 of the One Community Challenge, the interview today is with James's co-host of the British Ultrarunning Podcast and past European 24hr Champion Dan Lawson - who currently leads the Mens 50km overall.

A quick recap of the first 4 days of the One Community virtual event, and an interview with Kat and Fran who are probably two of the most remote participants this week, geographically. A team of 7 from their British Antarctic Survery Base on South Georgia Island are entered and working their way towards their targets over the course of the week.

A quick recap of the first 3 days of the One Community Challenge and an interview with the Leaney family who are all taking part this week.

A quick recap of the first 48hrs of the One Community event and an interview with Jess Schumann who is running the 100 mile distance on a cruise ship!

Centurion Running head coaches James Elson and Robbie Britton discuss the upcoming One Community Virtual event and offer their top tips and advice on planning and participating in this unique challenge. The discussion also covers general training and racing advice relevant to all ultra distances.

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