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Bruno Dias, Pedro Falcão and Gus Lanzetta are writers that work with video games and they wanna talk about them. This is a podcast about playing and making video games in Brazil, bringing a different point of view and cultural baggage to the international conversation about games. Also there's so much food talk, man.
 
Running Tales, presented and produced by husband and wife couple Michelle and Craig Lewis, aims to tell the extraordinary stories of everyday runners. There are so many wonderful and inspiring stories in the world of running - this podcast aims to give as many of them as possible the publicity they deserve.
 
Join me, Caleb, as I delve into the world of Unity (the 3D game development engine, not the concept of emotional togetherness). I know almost nothing about programming, but I love video games. And you know what they say, loving is half the battle (the other half is being flamed in forums for being new and not knowing about programming). I’ll share resources, discoveries, and maybe a recipe or two (not really) as I come to understand coding, Unity, and perhaps a little bit about life (not rea ...
 
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This week Running Tales was live at the Bedford Festival of Running to speak to Dannii Levi. You may remember Dannii's story from Running Tales Series One, Episode 47 where Michelle spoke to her about dealing with Raynaud's disease, a condition which results in reduced blood flow to people's fingers and toes - and can make running impossible. On Su…
 
Nikki Page founded Love London Running Tours to offer sightseers the chance to see the capital city in a unique and fun way. The fledging business catered for all abilities and gave people opportunities to see London and get fit at the same time. Fitness instructor Nikki even took in running city tours in places all over the world, including Melbou…
 
When Ross Jeavons ran the London Marathon in three hours seven minutes last year, his over-riding feeling was disappointment. Despite not discovering running until a few years ago, Ross had found an affinity with it - leading to him aiming to beat the three hour barrier. But he hit the wall in the last few miles and was left crestfallen despite ach…
 
One of the most popular parts of many runners' weeks is parkrun. The 5km event takes place up and down the country - and these days across the world - every weekend. At it's most basic level every local parkrun is based on the efforts of a core team of volunteers, who work as event and race directors to make sure thousands of people up and down the…
 
Erik Heine's story is intrinsically linked to that of his son, Stephen. Born in 2006, Stephen was diagnosed with a rare disorder that affects all areas of his development when he was just 18 months old. He always loved watching Erik, a keen runner who has competed in the Boston Marathon, in races, but wasn't able to take part himself until in 2014 …
 
Sarah Longstaff has big plans - and most of them involve running. Despite not having run more than six miles previously, she - egged on by her Instagram followers - decided to run 30 miles to celebrate reaching 30 years old. The milestone had been causing Sarah some worry, but the challenge proved the perfect pick-me-up to get her over her fear of …
 
Carl Wright is a 64-year-old ultra runner, lay pastor and environmentalist. He only started running at 55 (and hated it!) after being told to lower his blood pressure by his doctor. A 5km became a half-marathon and before he knew it, Carl was running ultras - although his first was something of an accident when his niece egged him into turning a 25…
 
There has been much talk this week in the parkrun community - and beyond - about the fantastic achievement of 92-year-old Arthur Walsham. Despite his more senior years, Arthur completed his 300th parkrun at Longford Park in Stretford, near Manchester. It reminded us of our Running Tales chat with Northampton parkrun legend Bob Emmerson last year. I…
 
When Michele Heller started running aged 38 her aim was to get fit and lose weight. More than 10 years on, she has slightly loftier goals. Having already completed 11 marathons across her home country - including Boston, Chicago and New York - the US resident is aiming to tick off all six marathon majors. Michele is set to run London this year, wit…
 
In recent weeks on the Running Tales podcast we've spoken to a number of ultra runners about their fantastic stories. Today, we've decided to do something slightly different with the podcast, taking time to look back at our archives to pick out some pearls of wisdom from ultra runners we have previously spoken to. This episode includes audio from C…
 
Tom Palacio is preparing to complete a 50 miles ultra to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. Tom is aiming to run the distance in less than 12 hours on July 16 after his friend, James Pullen died from the disease in 2015. Along with his friends he has previously raised more than £20,000 for research into brain tumours. Rugby player Tom's experie…
 
Fundraising is second nature for Gary McKee - he's raised close to £1m for Macmillan Cancer Support. Previous endeavours have seen him cycle across Brazil, climb Kilimanjaro and trek through New Zealand, and plenty of his challenges have included running. He's run from Lands' End to John O'Groats, completed 100 marathons in 100 days, become the fir…
 
Ben Davies started running three years ago after his young niece sadly passed away. When his wife started a fundraising challenge for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital, he supported her - but he didn't really like the running! Struggling with his mental health, he suddenly stumbled across ultra running - and without stopping along with the way to ti…
 
At just 26, Alex Staniforth has already become an expert in overcoming challenges. From epilepsy to a stammer, bullying and mental ill health problems, Alex's biggest challenges have been close to home. Running and the great outdoors have helped him to face them down to become a record-breaking adventurer, motivational speaker, author, mental healt…
 
In October 2020, Martin Lopez was fighting for his life. Having contracted Covid-19, he was in intensive care, his situation exacerbated by a blood clot. As he battled to recover, he noticed that those around him who best fought off the virus had lived fit and healthy lives. When he came out of hospital, Martin decided to change his life - and he t…
 
Michael Hobbs-Aldridge had one of the his best seasons of running in 2019. The British Masters athlete won both the Northampton Half Marathon and Milton Keynes Marathon, but under the surface things weren't quite right. Doctors had detected a potential problem in Michael's heart, a ticking time-bomb that could go off at any moment. Fearing the wors…
 
Adam 'Tango' Holland was only 23 when he completed his 100th marathon, becoming the youngest person to complete that lung-busting achievement. With a personal marathon best of 2:24:24 and more marathon/ultra marathon wins than anyone else in the UK, Adam is a serious athlete. Today (Bank Holiday Monday, May 2) he took part in Milton Keynes Marathon…
 
It was third time lucky for Michael Williams as he completed the gruelling 860 mile JOGLE earlier this month. The event, which gets it's name from the course than runs from tip (John O'Groats) to toe (Land's End) of Britain, takes place over 17 days meaning runners face distances of more than 50 miles on most days. Michael, an experienced ultra run…
 
Bruce Fordyce is a running legend. The South African has won his home country's premier event, the gruelling Comrades Ultra-Marathon, an incredible nine times. His achievements also include winning the London to Brighton race three years in a row, but these days he's more at home taking on a 5km parkrun. As the chief executive of parkrun South Afri…
 
At 88 years old, Bob Emmerson is a popular and famed figure at Northampton parkrun. He's completed the 5km race a grand total of 399 times, with only the coronavirus pandemic preventing him from reaching the milestone mark of 400 already. Bob's running career goes far further back than parkrun though, with broken records and a garage full of old tr…
 
Like many of us Louise Hannam-Jones' life has changed during the last year. Coronavirus and the plethora of lockdowns it instigated got her thinking about her own mental health and wellbeing. As a result, she started her own Instagram account - The Wellness Curator. It has proved so popular Louise is now taking on clients to teach them how to be fi…
 
Qualified couples counsellor Karin Blak is the author of 'The Essential Companion to Talking Therapy' - a guide to what therapy is and how it works. With the Covid pandemic bringing fears of a mental health crises, Karin is keen to re-frame the discussion. Time to analyse and talk about our problems means, she says, this could be the chance to star…
 
Gareth Snelson is Mr Milton Keynes parkrun. But his journey to founding the event is not what you might expect. Already a keen runner, Gareth stumbled upon parkrun and decided it looked like the perfect thing to get people running together in the new city. Incredibly, though, he'd never previously taken part in the 5km event. That didn't stop him t…
 
Alan Hackett has spent a significant chunk of his life running. His achievements include 24 hour runs, taking on the London to Brighton challenge and serving as chairman of Northampton Road Runners. Recent years have thrown a different set of challenges his way, but he's already using the skills and mindset he developed during ultra running to tack…
 
Stephen Buck never intended to write a book about his experiences in the world of running. Then again, he didn't really plan to start running either. Once he did though he found a love for the sport that took him away from fears he would never amount to anything. The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other changed Stephen's life and ga…
 
Dannii Levi has Raynaud's disease, a condition which results in reduced blood flow to people's fingers and toes. For Dannii, Raynaud's can result in extreme pain, in her becoming a prisoner inside her own home when it's really cold and can make running an impossible task. With the help of medication and the Scleroderma and Raynaud's UK charity. Dan…
 
Race walker Shaun Lightman's incredible international career peaked when he represented Great Britain at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Competing in the 50kms walk, it was as challenging a race as it is possible to imagine. Press reports before the team left for Mexico suggested athletes might die due to the heat and altitude, once there Shaun found …
 
Shack Baker wasn't traditionally a runner. In 2019, someone challenged him to take on a half marathon for charity. As with so many first time runners, it was a challenge that stretched him physically and mentally - and one which has changed the way he looks at the world. Shack's story is one everyone who has turned from relative couch potato to reg…
 
When Kathy Saunders had to have major lung surgery, she had a choice. After having part of her lung removed, she said she could have thrown in the towel when it came to running. Instead, she decided to re-evaluate what she could do - and running has remained a part of her life ever since. This is a story about never giving in, even when all the odd…
 
Andy Cottrell only started running when rugby, as he says, became too much for his body. It has now become an obsession. Inspired to take part in 12 marathons across a year, he quickly came across other runners who made even that incredible achievement look minuscule. The Northampton Road Runner, better known as Sharky, soon had his sights set on 5…
 
Gerald Billis is automatically recognisable at Northampton parkrun. He's one of a group of octogenarian runners who, pre-Covid at least, took part in the five kilometre event week-in, week-out. What people might not know is Gerald spent 60 years, between school cross-country success and parkrun, without running. Once he found parkrun, there was no …
 
Doug Richards was only in his 30s when he found himself out of breath having run up the stairs to see his son. It was then he decided to get fit - and start running. It's a habit he's found hard to shift since with Doug having run across all seven continents, including in Antarctica and across the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. He's also become an author…
 
This week's guest is Lorraine Lewis, the driving force behind a charity which provides support and companionship for adult cancer patients. The Lewis Foundation sources, packages and - in normal, non-Covid times at least - hand delivers free gifts and support packs to people enduring the often lonely, frightening trial of cancer treatment. One way …
 
Kevin Orchard loves running - but it's not always enough. The Redway Runners co-founder decided to add cycling into the fray. Before too long he was excelling as a multisport athlete, competing for Great Britain in his age group. I caught up with Kevin at Redway Runners' Daytona 5,000 event earlier this year...…
 
If 'life is like a box of chocolates' it's fair to say Rob Pope's chocolate of choice is running. Seeking a challenge no-one had completed before, he decided to follow the route Tom Hanks' celebrated Forrest Gump character took in the film of the same name. In all he covered 15,000 miles and travelled six times across America, even growing a Gump s…
 
In 2014, Emma Timmis became the first person in the world to run across Africa, completing the equivalent of 94 marathons in 89 days. It's just one of a series of incredible challenges and experiences Emma has embarked upon, from roller skating across Holland to riding an Elliptigo bike across Australia. As if that wasn't enough she's just finished…
 
I met Sarah Lightman as she whizzed round Salcey Forest at a recent Big Bear Events race. Sarah, however, wasn't running, she was race walking - and the event was her second Ultra in as many days. It perhaps shouldn't have been a surprise though. Sarah's dad, Shaun Lightman, finished 18th in the Men's 50km walk at the 1968 Summer Olympics. I spoke …
 
Lizzie Tovey is remarkable. Despite only recently taken up running when she started to struggle with her eyesight, the visually impaired runner completed the 2019 London Marathon. This year was to bring more battles though. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, she had original planned to drop out of the 2020 race. But when it became a virtual event, she…
 
Running had never been a big part of Wayne Chalmers' life. Aside from the odd bit of training to keep fit as a referee, he - in his own words - "didn't really like running". His relationship with the sport changed, though, when his baby daughter Daisy sadly died just an hour after being born. Not one to stand idle, Wayne launched Team Daisy; a char…
 
Menna Evans only started running seriously two-and-a-half years ago. This year she ran from the tip of New Zealand's north island to the depths of the south in an incredible 35 days and 27 minutes. In doing so, she smashed the previous fastest time for a woman to run the length of the country, becoming a Guinness World Record holder in the process.…
 
Martin Lawrence started running during his lunch time at work. He grew to love the sport so much that when he was made redundant, he was determined to carry on. He originally took part in running sessions at Milton Keynes' David Lloyd gym, but after it decided to end them he took the mantle on himself. Soon afterwards Redway Runners was born, and t…
 
It's been a long hard year for those of us who like to get out and do some races. Coronavirus locked us down in our homes, limited us to one run a day and stopped us getting together to run for fun, PBs and those much valued medals. Now, finally, some races are starting again and today I travelled to Milton Keynes to speak to some of those people t…
 
Jeff Kase was a star runner growing up in Michigan, but when he went to university partying and alcohol took over his life. For decades, Jeff was caught up in the pain of alcholism, experiencing personal tragedy along the way. I spoke to Jeff about how he finally managed to kick the habit and how how he embraced a new addiction - running - not only…
 
Kath Kirkland wrote her debut novel 'Mum Runners' after her own journey saw her start running to lose her baby weight and take on the iconic London Marathon. It was such a success she has a sequel on the way. We chatted about running in the rain, how snooker sometimes beats marathons and the freedom you get on a good run... ------------------------…
 
You might know him better as Bob Hope, but Emmerdale star Tony Audenshaw is something of a running fanatic in his spare time. When he's not serving fictional pints, Tony can often be found pounding the pavements or talking about his favourite sport on the Marathon Talk podcast. He's recorded some pretty quick times as well and is prone to the occas…
 
Bryan Lewin is one of my favourite runners - but he's so much more than that. Every parkrun has that special volunteer who turns out in wind, rain and shine and Bryan is Northampton's. He even has his own special corner at the Racecourse where he cheers on every runner, walker and wheelchair user. I spoke to him about how he came to take up tempora…
 
Josh Lay is an athlete with a bright future ahead of him. The Loughborough University scholar and 1,500m runner has one eye on the Tokyo Olympics - and he's a Northampton lad so we had plenty to talk about. Josh's local 'claim to fame' may not be one he hopes to be remembered for - he sent two-time Olympian Andrew Baddeley the wrong way round the N…
 
Mags Doyle didn't take up running until she was in her 50s, but there's no stopping her now. Her love of the sport started after she did a number of long distance walking events, got bored one day and just started running. Mags tells me she switches between running and walking while taking part in races, but that hasn't stopped her completing aroun…
 
You might remember that back in episode 15 of the Running Tales Podcast we spoke to Brendan Rendall. Brendan put his hedonistic lifestyle behind him to complete a series of spectacular challenges, including running across Africa - if you haven't listened yet, it's well worth checking out. His latest challenge saw him attempting to raise money for C…
 
Katie Brown's mission is to share how to live your best possible life. The Northamptonshire blogger does that through her inspiring and informative Cake vs Scales blog and her shiny, new podcast, 'Am I Supposed To Say This?' Part of Katie's journey has been to develop a love of running, and in between chatting about everything from cake to mental h…
 
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