An action-packed run round Angel finds Rob skiing, Paul retiring, the towpath full of all kinds of people, the roads full of angry cyclists, Radio DJs out walking their dogs and sunshine, lots of sunshine. Plus jazz, movies, teenagers and topiary.
A long one here as Paul and Rob take on a bitterly cold and totally beautiful ten-miler around all the nice bits between their houses. Featuring run report, film review, anniversary celebration, children’s achievements, getting the giggles about a terrifying, existential nun, dog control, book title workshop, and much much more.
Back to the woods in the beautiful Winter sunshine, as Paul and Rob head up the Parkland Walk to Highgate Woods for the first time this year. Featuring pals, parenting, pies, magpies, homeworkers, tearjerkers - all of these, AND your PBs.
Paul and Rob are in Manchester, where they trot up the towpath to Salford and back. Featuring the phantom canal pusher, Mancunian memories, the incredible achievement of wossername, finish-line spitters, a demo on the down-low, a pretend parkrun, Rob’s lovely leggings, real-life soap opera and soap stars in real life, and a strange ringing noise that may or may not be the actual sound of Paul's reminiscences.
Laura Lexx - late of Live at the Apollo, and a smash at last year's Edinburgh Festival - joins the boys for a chilly triple turn round Clissold Park, where they chat about all the Big Things - taking control of your life, running and mental health, climate change and, of course, comedy in all its forms.
Paul and Rob see in 2019 with the parkrun at Hackney Marshes; if you think they normally huff and puff, just wait til they start racing… Featuring resolutions, being recognised, not being recognised, drinking, not drinking, drinking but feeling like you're not drinking, competing with children and little dogs, and the definitive sprint-finish workshop.
Before all the New Year's resolutions kick in, one more brand new interview run. This time it's back to Lapland for the return of the man himself - Father 'Santa Claus' Christmas. Featuring the entire festive round-up; presents, mince pies, booze, elves, Christmas dinner, Die Hard, reindeer, and, of course, digestive problems. Happy New Year everyone!
Paul and Rob are joined by Miranda Markham, who writes the Award-Winning Thoughts and Pavement blog, for a breezy blow round Victoria Park. Featuring obscure sports, Marathon highs and lows, emergency cookies, running in extreme cold, triathlons, foot grief, running without ‘the numbers’ and, of course, Christmas.
Susie Chan returns to run round Regents Park and report - with customary modesty - on her year of adventures, coming back from illness to run a hundred miles here, a hundred miles there... Featuring Goldilocks, baby food, Primrose Hill, wolves and warthogs, foot trouble, stories from the wrong side of the tracks, marathon majors, and matching the aged with minors.
Gorgeous winter sunshine in Clissold Park as Paul and Rob talk festive shows, shouting out of cars, winter birds, river parkruns, Elvis, dogs... and Rob tries to stop Paul singing THAT song. Plus all your festive PBs!
Soft surfaces under grey skies as Paul and Rob loop none-more-December Hackney Marshes. Featuring back pain, backstop plans, Christmas songs, Christmas shows, abandoned shoes, abandoned poems, surprise potatoes, Ireland, plans for 2019, some audacious curry puns and an in-depth discussion of washing up.
A short shuffle up and around Alexandra Palace Park. Featuring bad backs, bad moods, bad bread-based behaviour, when children become grown-ups, seasonal reality TV report, old people - seeing them and being them - shouty weirdos and other sundry craziness in the mean streets of Crouch End.
As November bites, Rob and Paul run easy through the woods. Featuring flatulence without frontiers, the Shamen for some reason, maintenance running, the return of the policemen, why maths matters, and your marvellous PBs - vs their marvellous noises.
A short Sunday run in the Autumn sun, featuring memories, performing for the queen (and the headmaster), abstemiousness - or lack of - entrepreneurial and confrontational children, comedy and comedians.
Paul and Rob wander East at the end of October, as All Hallow's Eve looms and the Autumn leaves slowly lose their battle with Winter. Featuring birds - majestic, in flight, and leaving their lucky, er, gifts - parenting, gap years, motivation and the lack-of, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Halloween (the film), technology for the superannuated luddite, sports cars, marathon cheats and all your brilliant PBs.
At last, on a Sunny morning in Highgate, the full report from Rob’s Yorkshire Marathon. Featuring Tony Audenshaw, Wayne the pacer, James Brolin and Telly Savalas, would-be high-fivers, and rain - ‘is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.’ Also in this episode: tree questions, Paul’s trip to Dubai and post-marathon mantras.
The boys sneak in another pre-Yorkshire run on a stunning day. Featuring new shoes, old mantras, physio, finances, film references aplenty, reality TV and, of course, virtual klaxons.
Rob and Paul's guest is Gemma Bell, author of Running with Robins. Her story digs right into the highs and lows of running - running to deal with bereavement, then not being able to stop. Meanwhile, the woodlands of Berkshire are suffused with Autumn perfection, leaving these city boys wide-eyed.
Rob and Paul's traditional pre-marathon short one round Clissold Park, enhanced by a day as autumnal as a Keats sonnet. Featuring ping pressure, parkruns, mantras, musicals, ravens, ravers, conkers, corporates, and a canine existential crisis.
On a beautiful day - the first of October - Rob and Paul run through the woods and catch up. Featuring treadmills and tracks, mantras and moomins, burses and ganglions, parkruns, Postman Pat, and the inaugural Running Commentary PB Awards.
We rejoin Paul and Rob in Highgate Woods, five miles or so into Rob's pre-Yorkshire Marathon twenty miler. Featuring dogs, the booze gang, a pre-school attempt on Everest, the quest for an unfriendly parkrun, wrestling with your central governor and fibbing to yourself about finishes, time, John Betjeman, and the dronings of Elon Musk.
Another two-parter begins, as Rob sets off on his pre-Yorkshire Marathon 20 miler and Paul tags along. Featuring robot cows, partial nudity, corner cutters, Mick Artistic, Serena Williams, stand-up reports and some traffic trouble in the woods.
The adventure out East continues, as Paul and Rob follow the canal out past the Olympic Park to Hackney Marshes, and Downs, and home. After Rob's brush with insect evil in Part One, Paul reveals an incredible family story of wasps and baked goods. Plus a bit o' barefoot running, back-to-school shenanigans and more.
Quickly abandoning their plans, Paul and Rob head East and hope for the best in a long run round Hackney way. Featuring training reports, speed, distance, Daley Thompson, Paul Hardcastle, Mick Artistic, stags and a wasp.
Once again Paul and Rob are reconvening after a period of travel and adventure - particularly for the former; featuring booze, canoes, teenagers, hernias, stand-up sitting down, missing the city, missing the parkrun, cats, dogs, traumatic movies and second-rate ninjas.
Sunshine and joy as Paul and Rob reconvene after several weeks of holiday running and adventures for a 'Dog Run' through Regents Park to Camden and beyond. In Part Two the boys wrestle with snobbery in comedy, training without injury in middle age, not falling into canals, noisy neighbours in the city Summer, and being ridiculed by your own children.
Sunshine and joy as Paul and Rob reconvene after several weeks of holiday running and adventures for a 'Dog Run' through Regents Park to camden and beyond. Part One features airport parking, inexplicable jumping, parenting with your mouth full, Tracy Chapman, Mary Wollstonecraft, when comedy is not comedy, and trouble on the towpath.
Before Rob and Paul head off on their family holidays they take a little home run, where they review the excitements and setbacks of July's out-of-town adventures, and anticipate the joys and logistics of going away. Also featuring an encounter with a dapper werewolf and some kids who are very keen to barbecue.
Paul drove all the way up the M1 to run with Emmerdale star, running legend and lovely bloke Tony Audenshaw... and then his recorder didn't work. Luckily, Tony's did, and Rob's, so here's the Audenshaw lowdown on a really gorgeous run round New Mills in the High Peak. Sorry there's no Paul - he really was there. He was quite quiet in real life when Tony and Rob got excited about birdwatching and quizzes, mind.
Rachel Ann Cullen, author of Running for my Life, joins Paul and Rob for a beautiful loop in the Peak District. Featuring high-level trails and in-depth chat - listen for Rob trying to make a complicated point on a serious climb, and Paul just getting his head down, as Rachel makes spurious claims about her lack of fitness whilst leaving them both behind.
Under the beating sun, Rob and Paul set off for a fifteen-ish miler through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Featuring wardrobe malfunctions, drinking and the spilling of drinks, keys and the loss of keys, the World Cup and all its wonders, Trumpcopters, Paul's 5k race and Rob's 10 mile slog, and the pros and cons of putting the band back together... or not.
Rob and Paul juxtapose the local with the global on a run with Nick Kershaw, whose Impact Marathons are designed to change lives in places like Nepal and Uganda. A couple of lives get changed in Finsbury Park along the way... For more info: www.impactmarathon.com
With the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones - a 100k ultra along the beautiful Ridgeway - coming up, they asked Paul and Rob on their thoughts about getting through 'the wall'. Here's the expert and not-so-expert advice the boys came up with, recorded on location in sunny Wiltshire.
Rob and Paul resort to their Summer safety run - a few short loops of Clissold Park - and talk medieval diseases, medals, media associates and major achievements
The marvellous Mark Watson returns to share his training for the Berlin Marathon with Paul and Rob - in a very real sense, as they join him for a long run in the sun round Alexandra Palace and Highgate Wood. Featuring pre-internet stand-up memories, Mark’s off-stage heckle history, topless sommeliers, ice-based revelations, plastic brains, shady foliage, sweet views, and how to pace yourself in the long game, whether in marathons, comedy or real life.
Beautiful scenery - and lovely dogs - as Paul and Rob tour their North London estates. Featuring Parkrun tourism, low-level criminality on Fathers’ Day, nostalgia in the West Country, a warm welcome in the Midlands, how to succeed in showbusiness, distance-running thoughts, and a little light hippiedom for the Summer Solstice.
Quite a lot of adventures for the boys this week, as they tour the Crouch End estate; bobbins, bewhiskered old rock stars, backaches, planes (private), giving up the gardening, rope swings, barefoot runs, microwaves, planes (model), puns, protests, parenting, potential guests and more.
Paul and Rob run North and East - and ultimately West - through Hackney, and discuss Paul's bad back, Michael Mac's attack, bowls, hills, Halfs, Alistair Campbell, climbing rocks, floating stones, Love Island, Britain's Got Talent, poppies, guppies, daleks and book deals.Except guppies - they don't really talk about guppies.
After their countryside adventure, Rob and Paul head back up their Parkland Walk to Queens Wood - but there's nature there too, as Summer continues apace. Featuring Rob's lovely legs, how (on Earth) you run an Ultra, a radio review and some preposterous policemen from their road trip, and talk of when runners push hard, from some guys taking it pretty easy.
A foray into the Wiltshire countryside, as Paul and Rob run the ancient Ridgeway from Avebury to Barbury Castle - on a perfect May day. Featuring Paul's report from the front line of marshalling, Rob's new mantra, a round-up of everyone else's running adventures, cycling stories, awkward orthotics and nostalgia for the fun and larks of World War Two.
Sunshine over North London, as Paul and Rob take the tour; Finsbury Park, Woodberry Down, Clissold Park, Highbury Field, Emirates Stadium, Gillespie Road Garden... and Finsbury Park. Beautiful, but challenging, with a lot of pollen in the air, and alcohol in the bloodstream. Featuring a host of stars including friend-of-the-show Mark Watson, reports from behind the curtain of comedy, a running rundown that shows the boys are getting back to fitness in spite of themselves, and a little bit of pla...more
Rob and Paul run in and around Market Harborough with Frances Quinn on a jewel of a day. Featuring bespoke Bake-Off-champion-baked cakes, some very impressive marathon results, a beastly blister, people who hurt their backs but run anyway, running with and without music - particularly cheesy '80s pop - hot yoga, chocolate hill, and Dave.
Inclement weather can't hide the verdant beauty as Rob and Paul take a gentle, back-friendly turn through Queen's and Highgate Woods. Featuring osteopaths, friends who enable, marathon cheats and their nemesis, the yin and yang of yoga and booze, how Running Commentary ruined Rob's life, and Paul's new position.
A very easy jaunt - from the living room to the kitchen - as Rob reports from the London Marathon, and Paul explains that his return to fighting physical fitness has been extremely short-lived so far. Featuring Sophie Raworth's might - and socks - Frances Quinn's spirit guide, stress dreams that came true, the madness of marathons - especially in the midday sun of Sunday - massage etiquette, and plans for the future, featuring York, Dubai and Scarborough.
Paul and Rob's final thoughts and tips ahead of the London Marathon... but only after they've discussed every other key issue of the day; road safety, Rob's holidays, beautiful blossom, Brighton, Boston and the Marathon de Sables, the incredible generosity of the woman on the train, disagreeing with people on line and in life, lost dogs, polite parkrunners, Back to the Future and beetroot juice.
Spring and Angela Barnes are both in evidence in Regent's Park. Paul and Rob interview friend-of-the-show and ever-more-into-running Barnes on a two-mile trot past daffodils, birds and blossom. Featuring non-topical comedy, running vs Edinburgh, buying houses and other grown-up activities, 'flat' runs, parkruns, toe trauma, alternative exercises, the music of the '90s, and gazump potential.
This epic episode begins with disaster, turns into adventure, and becomes a dog-run-half-marathon. At least. No wonder it's so bloomin' long. Featuring crime, good deeds, how NOT to prepare for a marathon, mud, mucus, memories and much much more.
Ten miles plus is Paul and Rob's aim here, with the London Marathon just a month away, so they tie together a bunch of East London's greenest spaces in the Spring sunshine. Featuring their training report, a couple of top-notch birds, some classic hitchhiking stories, Keanu Reeves, the best way to run - or walk - to get the philosophical juices flowing, and a woman doing a very unusual tree-based handstand.
Rob and Paul run with Firefighters from A21 Paddington, who were all on the scene at the Grenfell Tower fire, and are now running the London Marathon - in all their gear - for Fire Service and community charities. Thanks for taking us along, gentlemen, particularly Guy, manfully handling Running Commentary microphone duty.
Rob is very excited to have Paul back on the trail - and there are signs of Spring in the woods. Featuring spitgate, training report, parkrun problems, dog action, mothers' day, Film '18, stand up woes and a very exciting log/mud traverse.
It's the Running Commentary equivalent to a Rail Replacement Bus Service, as Rob and a still-poorly Paul report from a very cosy car on the M4. Still - plenty of running news: Brighton Half (NOT Bath Half), snow running, slow running, Kate Carter's sub-3, carb report, colds, the cold, a delicious pasty and an impromptu slice of R.E.M.
A short, cold blast round Islington after Paul and Rob's latest adventures overseas. Featuring jetlag, hard uncling, sleepwalking, jaywalking, mountain adventure, training plans, lack of training, lack of plans, and getting lost whilst running with the sea on one side of you and land on the other.
With Paul briefly in the country between prestigious international trips - and Rob back from the muddy North - the gentlemen run up the chilly hill to Ally Pally and beyond. Featuring toes, toilets, training, tree surgeon trouble, Tokyo, Toronto Tignes, temperatures (low), tadpoles (no), and tendentious tips.
More bants from the woods; in this episode the boys talk tax, Take That, tadpoles, Tough Mudders and travel. Also featuring kafka, sharks, graffiti, Riverdance, Greggs and home furnishings.
Signs of Spring as Rob and Paul circumnavigate their Highgate haunts. Featuring the launch of the London Marathon, a movie premiere, comparing injuries with Tom Cruise and some well-lubricated first-class air travel - classy - plus an allotment report, and a variety of the first wild flowers of the year - grassy.
On a damp January morning down in Brighton, Paul and Rob are joined by TV, radio and live comedy's Angela Barnes for a bit of comedians' insight into running - from a newer-to-it point of view. Featuring breathing and talking, couch to 5k, cardboard medals, mud, ill-judged panel-game aggression, and internet trolls even more aggressive than that.
Paul and Rob head back from the Basin, finish sharing their marathon wisdom, and move on to the key issues of the day - of every day: kids and comedy. Featuring leftfield thinking on flat marathons, high-vis vaseline provision and fancy dress, being an embarrassing Dad and owning it, various shades of discipline, when nostalgia goes too far, and getting paid to do nothing.
Paul and Rob start to edge up the miles as training for the next Marathon kicks in, marshalling their combined knowledge as they go - footwear, facts, long runs, fast runs, canaries and cormorants; it's all here.
Rob and Paul take a turn round Highgate Wood in the still chill under an iron grey January sky, inadvertently terrifying passers by as they go. Featuring a foot report, some litter bitterness, good and bad gardening tips, boat gig stories and big bloke stories - sometimes at the same time - retro graffiti and a very tempting tyre swing.
The first run of 2018 - a rainier and rainier run round and round Hackney Marshes - sees the boys planning - pragmatically - for the year. Featuring dogs and Dads, veganism and velour, resolutions and predictions, self-discipline, smooth corrections and Steves.
Marathon Talk's Martin Yelling joins Paul and Rob on the Isle of Purbeck. It's a coastal calamity running across golf courses, there's cows of course , more rocks, Old Harry this time - a condensed version for a New Year's day run.
Wind and waves, surfing and Starburst, nudism and ball games, piers, poles and the possibility of pasties, a Brighton re-run (well frankly a repeat of two episodes, condensed, Readers Digest style)
A massive festive scoop as Paul and Rob take a little trot through Lapland with Santa Claus himself - Mr Christmas, as he likes to be known for the rest of the year. Featuring insight into the Claus training schedule, reindeer relations, elf politics, cracker jokes, steamy knees, and what he really thinks of mince pies.
A freezing foray into Rob and Paul's Safe Space, as a fighting fit Tonks leads a poorly Deering around icily beautiful Clissold Park. Featuring leggings, funerals, a teeny tiny snowman, social drinking vs vampirism, second-rate nature photography and a little clue as to who next week's big guest is.
Gloomy skies but nice conditions as Rob and Paul head East to Hackney Downs and Marshes. Featuring family foibles, Paul's further adventures in Norway and the Far - well, further than Hackney - East, sore feet and long distances, angry robins and aggressive squirrels, and the major issues of the day: Brexit, the Trump Presidency, whether Jack could have got on that door with Rose, and appalling pigeon behaviour.
On the auspicious occasion of their one-hundredth podcast, Paul and Rob retrace the steps of episode one - gingerly, for they are, of course, injured and hung over. Featuring birthday messages - from former guests AND passing van drivers - comedy, philosophy, memory, love actually, and an urgent visit to a popular coffee establishment.
A beautiful 'there-and-backer' along the canal from Birmingham to Bourneville - also by the railway, which might explain the strange and slightly sinister background noise. Featuring Dad comedy vs Comedian comedy, lost gloves, university memories, Ultra plans, synonyms, synagogue gigs and cinema visits, and a veritable kaleidoscope of accents.
On a sunny morning in north London Paul and Rob get to grips with the key issues of our time - how comedians should be treated backstage and how comedians really shouldn't behave backstage, the way forward for men and women in the age of the internet, the very nature of change, judaism, armageddon and, of course, the John Lewis Christmas advert.
In the soft, safe environs of Clissold Park, Rob gives Paul the blow-by-blow story of his New York adventure. Featuring medals and miles, bridges and burgers, support and solitude, speed and sloth, beat cops and superstars.
The clocks have gone back, the back is all better, and the sun is shining, so it’s back to the woods for a beautiful seven-or-so miler. Featuring miserable men from Fazakerley, parkrun etiquette, taper talk ahead of New York, student life choices, new shoes, being a ‘vaygan’, drinking, surveillance, and meeting up before Christmas.
A little review of the parkrun Paul and Rob have somehow not done before now. Featuring pace in spite of injury from Paul, the weight advantage/disadvantage from Rob, impressive stats from a man called Tom, and a blast of extreme weather from Brian.
Paul and Rob return to Hampstead Heath on a wet, quintessentially Autumnal day. Featuring memories of the late Sean Hughes, solutions for wet microphones, extreme medicine for recurrent back pain, training and preparation for New York, comedy for charity, new shoes and old ideas.
A ginger trot round Clissold Park, Paul and Rob's Safe Space, as Paul recuperates from a condition known as 'old guy's back'. Featuring long runs, running machines, PB's celebrating the Autumn season and all your successes therein, and the most elaborate pronunciation of Weinstein you'll hear this week.
On a quintessential September day Paul & Rob take in Ally Pally, the old railways and the woods, and talk passports, time, relays, races, watches, Strava, Jesus Christ Superstar, and playground pugilism.
Rob and Paul are joined by BBC broadcaster and top-notch runner Sophie Raworth. Featuring medals, achievements, injuries, ultras, goals, plans, swans, Parkinson's and camels. Good luck in Chicago Sophie!
Adventures in North London as Rob and Paul do a leisurely ten miles round their locale. Featuring half marathon self abuse, fortieth, fiftieth and one-hundredth birthday parties, parenting on the front line of school and university, the social power of banks, rage both run- and road-, a close-up visit to the towpath, Autumn glory vs awful roughness, and a LOT of silly high voice action.
Ahead of Sunday's 'Stampede' event at ZSL's London Zoo, and their Roar With Laughter comedy gala at the Hammersmith Apollo on November 30th, Paul and Rob take a glorious, morning turn around Regent's Park Primrose Hill and the zoo itself with ZSL Director James Wren.
On a rainy run round the woods the boys submit their weekly report; featuring wine (loads), cars (none), audiences (chatty), Rob's decision making (flappy), Dick Gregory (legend), graveyards (grey area) and Paul's hot take on hedgehog gate (curmudgeonly). Wet mic issues / Paul sounding like he's in a tin tube later on.
Feet, foxes, food-for-fuel and funny friends as Paul and Rob take a tentative turn around Clissold Park - their 'safe space' - to test out Rob's injured toe - bumping into a few interesting people along the way.
More Hampstead Heath, as Paul and Rob take a wandering trot and report on their Summer adventures. Featuring Paul's holiday in Corfu, Rob's Cannock Chase 10k, live dog-runnin', a whole load of magpies, a look at the athletics championships, and Hayes and Hampstead contrasted.
Rob and Paul crawl out of bed on a Saturday morning to attempt a parkrun they've never done before. Featuring beautiful scenery, Paul's lavatorial concerns, Rob's gig report, some extremely questionable parenting, and more panting than ever before as they race for the finish line
The return trip up the towpath back in sunny July. Featuring marathon plans, 10k talk, snoggers and froggers, drunkenness in comedy audiences, abstemiousness in training runners, festivals, families and the smell of toast.
The first half of a sun-kissed two-parter, recorded in July. Featuring the new Dr. Who, Wimbledon, a little light parkour, sub-aquatic police work, a look at the boys' running plan for the coming months, and a nasty stinging incident.
A summer trot with 'Running with the Kenyans' author and modest but impressive runner Adharanand Finn. Featuring Wimbledon in Kings Cross, buses that aren't buses, street food and buskers, ultras, barefoot running, global running differences and similarities, and running right into Heaven - unless they shut the gate.
Rob and Paul, now totally resigned to being hopelessly lost, go even further into the woods. Featuring the Happy Mondays' long lost slug song, a detour down the Woodcock Way, deer in the distance, mediocre metaphysics, and getting lost all over again right at the very end.
Paul and Rob attempt a challenging ultra, without support or GPS, on a different day to everyone else, in a misty forest - what happens next will blow your mind... Featuring Rob sounding like he's in a little tin box, slugs, deer and cat hair, Ed Sheeran, and a very exciting - albeit quietly grumpy - cliffhanger.
Friend of the show and runner extraordinaire Susie Chan takes the boys back to Regents Park to report on her latest adventures. Also featuring a parkrun PB for Rob, some camels, and some technical difficulties for Steve to wrestle with.
Paul and Rob's favourite park - Clissold Park - sizzles and shines as the boys take a brief turn on the hottest day of the year. Featuring paddling pools, bad gender guesses, what-and-what-not to wear, a Golden Stag preview, and the most disgusting trainers in London.
Rob and Paul are back in North London after a week of national and international travel. Featuring swans, reality TV, a little bit of politics, surprisingly good Donald Trump impressions. Bookended by Clissold Park House fun - a kids' singalong upstairs to start, and an emergency visit downstairs for Rob to finish.
The epic jaunt continues and concludes. Featuring cows, comparative podcasts, what to tell a runner before they do a run (or have a baby), more rocks (Old Harry this time), the magic of parkruns, reasons to run a mile, and how to do it when you do.
Marathon Talk's Martin Yelling joins Paul and Rob on the Isle of Purbeck. In this first instalment, they talk about coastal calamity and the wonders of Comrades, photobomb a non-couple, get into difficulties on a rock, cross a golf course and climb a hill. Will Rob's vulnerable knees make it all the way round? Find out next week.
Insight and larks with Paul's fellow Runner's World columnist Sam Murphy on a Summer run round St. James's Park, Green Park... and St. James's Park again. Featuring serious bird action, three-dimensional training, running then and now, and serious running challenges in the past and in the future.
After performing at the Comedy Store in the early hours, the men turn up - Paul injured, Rob on virtually no sleep - for the glorious Crouch End 10k. Part of this recording was lost, but Steve has saved the day, so enjoy the huffs and puffs as Rob and Paul try to chat, make up time and sprint to the finish all at once.
Summer in Regents Park, where Rob and Paul are joined by writer, broadcaster, stand-up and classicist Natalie Haynes. Featuring classical tragedy and popular film, camels, bears and fancy ducks, nudity and toe-length in ancient Greece, but NO RUNNING ON THE GRASS.
The yin and the yang of life on a classic Islington loop; cold but Summery, beautiful but polleny, new rivers, old canals, private jets and forgotten support acts, preparation and improvisation, and spotting a minor celebrity... and her bag of poo.
Normal service is resumed as Paul and Rob trot up the Parkland Walk to Highgate Wood. Featuring wheels and the wall, Liverpool and Lincoln, complaining about complainers, wheelie bins and wild beasts, toilets and traps, masculine pursuits and a man in a gorilla suit.
Paul and Rob's full report on the weekend's long-anticipated adventures. Featuring before, after and longer after, the squirting of water and gels, body armour from both ancient Britain and a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, hot air balloons, spaghetti bolognese, to wee or not to wee, sub-3 and not sub-3, chilling on Sunday, martini Monday and much more besides.
Twice round the park and the boys are set for Sunday. Featuring predictions, temptations, Belgians, karaoke, ill-advised shoe shopping and the quest for a mantra.
Rob takes a short run in London - a few days before the LONG run in London - with John Halpern, crossword setter, who is setting a crossword as he runs the marathon on Sunday. Featuring cryptic clues, crosswords and comedy, Christopher Wren, wedding rings and London landmarks.
A foot-friendly long loop-the-loop round Hackney's huge Marshes. Featuring toe trouble, DJ Dobby on the Decks, Brexit, clock nazis, proper dancin', smoothies and cocktails, saveloys and a tongue-tied crow.
A run along the Regent's Canal and around his park with the Guardian's Kate Carter who, like Paul, is hoping to do the London Marathon in less than three hours. Featuring drama, confusion and stupidity - right at the start - a noisy pontoon, Strava, cherry blossom, jam, a shy giraffe, international adventures, and hopes and plans for April.
The third and, thank goodness, final part of Paul and Rob's epic run, back along the coast to Brighton, past it, and back again. Featuring wind and waves, surfing and Starburst, nudism and ball games, piers, poles and the possibility of pasties, an inspiring statue of Steve Ovett, PWs, PSBs and PDBs. We may never know how far they went in the end - but it was pretty darn far.
The boys turn South from the South Downs Way and head towards the sea. Featuring a Runkeeper-related confession from Rob, Irish adventures - and accents - a beautiful, sad spot, lots of map-reading, Bill Bryson, the pros and cons of solitude, and a wind that slides inexorably up the Beaufort Scale towards Gale Force.
Rob and Paul head out from Brighton for a pre-London 22 miler. In part one they climb up to and along the beautiful, windy South Downs. Featuring the Bath Half in review, an old school Ordnance Survey map, cyclist/runner tension, invisible fences, the Hanson Method and a little bit of Withnail & I. To be continued...
Adventures real and ridiculous, before, during and after Bath Half. Featuring flatulence, floozies, fancy dress, dinosaurs, impressive and not-so-impressive race times and all kinds of good fun and good people.
Ahead of their next Half Marathon, Paul and Rob keep it to a strict three miles round pretty Clissold Park. Featuring Tai Chi, tree surgery, tapering tips, saucy swans, skiing stories and thoughts on doing a Half for the first time.
A little trot down the canal to Victoria Park turns out to be far more exciting than Rob and Paul could have expected. Featuring White Van Man, Cerys Matthews impressions, speed cameras, Driver Awareness courses and Motorway Service Areas - along with sinking boats, heavy rain, squawking parakeets, Oscars and running to jazz.
Paul and Rob check for evidence of Spring on a leisurely 7 miles round North London's parks and green spaces. Featuring noisy drills, road-crossing thrills, nights in Havana, parkrunners in bandanas, Jonny Lee Miller's muscles, squirrels, geese and castles, crocuses and daffs, and how to cook brown rice, and serve it up with something nice.
Round Regent's Park and up Primrose Hill with Joe Warner, Editor of Men's Fitness magazine, who's running the London marathon for Parkinson's UK. Featuring a surprise trip to Berlin with Haile Gebrselassie, a mystery bum ache, transformations, giant chocolate buttons, and how Boris Johnson drove Joe to drink.
A short one for a change, as Rob and Paul head down for a spiral round Finsbury Park. Featuring Cross Country and Launch Lunch reports, Trainspotting, track suits, slips and sweats, caymans and couscous.
To distract themselves from the bitter chill of this North London run, Rob and Paul cover it all; treadmills, improving half marathon times, the yin-and-yang of inner voices, killing your pets to improve your marathon time, builders scamming your neighbours and much more besides. Features excitable dogs and a glimpse of a previous guest.
Paul and Rob complete their long run out along the Grand Union Canal to Hayes. Featuring potato techniques, family relationships, bittersweet comedy vignettes, Eva Longoria, foxes, herons and swans... lots and lots of swans.
Rob and Paul pull a few January miles, with a long canal run out of London to the West. Featuring even more birds than usual, a gusset-toe interface, family members charging you full price, several branches of Sainsbury's and a coconut.
Paul and Rob are joined by writer Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl, for a start-the-year walk-run round Clapham Common; it's a day for dynamic extremes - slow and fast, high and low, serious and silly, partying and planking, Ibiza and Kensington Palace, first-time London Marathoners and old campaigners, and the glory and grubbiness of the condom. Sorry - common.
Rob and Paul hit the ground running in 2017, trying to untangle the headphone wires that are their running plans for the Spring. Featuring Rob's regime, friendly cyclists, unfriendly dogs, marathon mantras, to wee or not to wee - that is the question - and a return to the postage stamp of grass where it all began. Happy New Year everyone - and happy runnin'.
Paul and Rob run down the canal to Limehouse Basin, looking back over Running Commentary's 2016... once they've dealt with booze, foxes, teddy bears, sunken boats, sitcom-characters-in-real-life, Rob's knees and Paul's thoughts on what to do at a comedy gig when they've already had it all. It's been a good year everyone - thanks for listening. See you in 2017!
A little one to help you not run TOO far over the Christmas weekend; Paul and Rob have just run South Manchester parkrun, where there was mud, lowering skies, questionable cornering, and a real-life elf. Happy Holidays!
Round Highgate Wood, and down memory lane, as Rob and Paul do some Christmas reminiscin'. Featuring the joy, sadness, and gluttony of the festive season, mid-life crisis rope swinging, student life then and now (it was grubbier then), grouting, foxes and Chris Rea.
Rob and Paul are joined by actor / comedian / DJ Tom Price on the coldest, crispiest morning of the year. Featuring Arsenal landmarks, running-as-therapy vs the worst kind of peer pressure, 'can you run with a broken thumb?', frost, sunshine, skiing, mountains, Argentine Tango, Doctor Who and Paul's car.
A 'dog run' round Hampstead heath on a beautiful Autumn day. Featuring classic cross country, road rage, big nights and nights off, violence and the avoidance of, and a variety of green birds.
Out East to Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, where the sun starts shining and Autumn gets out the gorgeousness. Featuring apples, macs, Apple Macs, post-truth politics, poppies, and the beginnings of a review of the year - allowing for whatever might happen next.
Our guest this week is Lisa Jackson, author of Running Made Easy and Your Pace Or Mine, and sworn chat- and walk-runner. Featuring the Tower of London, South African things from biltong to Anthony Sher, and some excellent insight into some of the adventures that take place in a marathon beyond carb gels, motivational headphones and speedy PBs.
After a week of illness and international upheaval, a surprisingly lovely turn round the parks and waters of Hackney, Haringey and Islington. Featuring Planet Earth 2 plot spoilers, one runner feeling better than the other, football, films, a fleet float, footwear, fowl, families, Four Weddings... and a fuse box.
A crisp golden autumn run with a little bit of rock'n'roll Hackney thrown in for good measure
Still recovering from the Yorkshire Marathon, Paul and Rob take an Autumnal turn round Islington. Featuring Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Jarvis Cocker, Rosemary's Baby, killer clowns, multiple magpies, a hipster having canal boat-related difficulties, and Rob's friend Lesley. Quite an exciting morning all round!
Paul and Rob talk taper as we flash back to their last run together before the Yorkshire Marathon, on another sunny run round (and round) North London's Clissold Park. The sound of runners breathing comes in for some criticism - quite a pot-calling-the-kettle-black situation for listeners - along with chat about childhood games, parkruns, deer, and the boys' delicately balanced commitment - or lack of. But who's on a bit of a downer, and who seems ready for a fight? Listen and find out...
We join Rob and Paul in York just before the Yorkshire Marathon, and on their recovery run round Clissold Park afterwards. Featuring a scary hotel, a TV presenter getting a workout, Starburst, extreme weeing, a high-fiving vicar and a very impressive PB.
BBC broadcaster and incredible runner Vassos Alexander takes Paul and Rob - and his dog Holly - on a sunny spectacular round the green spaces of South West London. We hope you find this as inspiring as we did, it was GREAT. Some minor sound issues at the beginning - apologies.
Rob and Paul are joined by actor Louise Breckon Richards, along to tell us all about her autobiographical, one-woman play Can You Hear Me Running? - if she can get a word in. Featuring classic woods, real and pretend running.... but no plot spoilers.
Gorgeous September Sunshine in North London, as Rob and Paul discuss - and in one case execute - their last long runs before the Yorkshire Marathon. Featuring a Good Samaritan, a pack of dogs, fund raising, hill climbing, bird watching, a shiny conker and a vibrating knee.
Rob and Paul head from Newington Green to Victoria Park along the canal - and back again. Featuring ideas for new sitcoms, all the new-term, September-y Autumness you can handle, a good look at the upcoming Yorkshire Marathon and hazards left right and centre.
The boys take a turn around Hackney's nicest bits on the cusp of Summer and Autumn. Featuring mid-life crisis hobbies, Buddhism and bare feet, Keats, a witch and some credit card fraud.
The boys' last Caledonian run before Paul heads home and away - actually the second part of a 12-miler. Featuring flat-sharing, a Yorkshire Marathon preview, a Great North Run critique, baby-carriers, Braveheart and a speedy finish.
Rob shows Paul one of Edinburgh's lesser-known routes. Featuring bounce bouncers, a beef about a roast, a bit of local history and ZOMBIES!
Fourth and final comedian on the Edinburgh run Zoe Lyons talks comedy and running. Zoe is a regular on 'Mock The Week' and is having a stonking time in Edinburgh
Our third comedic run in Edinburgh with the hugely talented Mark Watson a regular on 'Mock The Week' and 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'
Our second run in Edinburgh with comedian Simon Evans, not only do we ask the question why do we enjoy running? Simon also talks about making financial news funny and there are bagpipes too, the noo!
A run with Irish comedian Jason Byrne that includes Black Belt comedy, the pain of running a Marathon. And nearly a technical disaster when Jason knocks one out as he runs. Running Commentary with Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering.
Rob and Paul run from Pimlico central London via the old Tate to Tate Modern a journey that involves some disturbing stories of hairy legs whether salt or sugar is best to add to your hydration plan, bad jobs and London sights.
Picturesque North London Loop starting with Clissold Park in the sun, a run that involves the benefits of heavy drinking, rat urine and moths in the wardrobe running the beautiful Woodberry Wetlands and the Emirates Arsenal Stadium. Running Commentary is the podcast where comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering talk about running, whilst running. It’s funny, free-form and frank, and covers plenty besides running, from nature to politics, parenting to booze and beyond
Paul and Rob take a detour in more ways than one, covering a range of subjects as they cover new ground in Highgate Woods. Featuring favourite films, fancy dress, flowers, superheroes, high-speed challenges, tardiness, dogs, dark tales of the comedy circuit and... well, a lot of stuff.
Guy, Rob and Tom from TRIBE - the guys who can take you for a run and/or put healthy running food through your door - take Rob and Paul on a Summer's evening jaunt round East London's green spaces. Featuring long-distance adventures, audacious road crossings, fascinating facts and first-date revelations.
Susie Chan, Guinness World Record holder and Ultra runner extraordinaire, joins Rob and Paul between marathons and multi-stage epics to tell them all about it, on an altogether more genteel turn around Regents Park and Primrose Hill. Featuring, pizza and pot noodles, birds and buckets, ants and alligators - well, caymans - and danger of death. Mainly from motor scooters.
Paul and Rob are joined by newsreader, presenter and two-time London Marathon-er Matt Barbet for a turn around Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. Featuring twangy hamstrings, speedy parents, cygnets, cycling, and a mysterious silvery wolf.
The gentlemen put the world to rights on a trip to Victoria Park. Featuring canoes, foxes, squirrels, helicopters, plumbing supplies, Boris and a bunch of Brexit.
A wet wander through the boys' classic haunts, but via some hillier routes. Featuring hotly-contested parking tickets, near-death experiences, Nigel Havers and big red balls.
As it turns into a veritable jewel of a day, Rob and Paul continue their Yorkshire wander. Featuring doubtful directions, sheep and unicorns, a catalogue of minor injuries for Rob and a treat at the end for Paul.
A change of scene for Rob and Paul as they start a long one in Yorkshire. Featuring birds, a bench, Bilberries, the word 'Buchanesque', and a distinct lack of confidence from the navigator. Will they ever return? TO BE CONTINUED...
Rob and Paul head East to Hackney Downs in the sunshine, having previously headed elsewhere. Featuring explanations and apologies, fake falls and niggling nipples
Paul and Rob go off-piste and find some new ways through their old stomping ground. Featuring Dog Runs, Dad races, bathroom breaks, secluded spots, a circus, and a little sound-effects fun from Steve the sound man.
The big day! Featuring doubts, doughnuts and the near-mythical quest for Julie.
Adventures in humid, verdant, rainier and rainier North London ahead of the boys' 10k in Crouch End. Featuring feet, confessions, the philosophy of the finish line, education, politics, doughnuts, classic literature, petrol-related adventures... there's very little not featured, if we're honest.
Paul and Rob are full of the joys of Spring - and the joys of having completed a marathon - in the parks and green spaces of North East London. Featuring cheats, crackheads and chin-ups, and memories of a traumatic wasp attack.
Before, after and even-more-after the big day. Featuring... well, everything.
A sunny taper trot along the Thames and North to and through Islington - featuring all Rob and Paul's pre-Marathon tips and theories - some more useful than others.
As their pre-London Marathon taper begins, Rob and Paul get back to home turf - where Spring is springing - and talk kilometres, sideline supporters, showbiz parties and (more) arguments with strangers.
We rejoin Paul and Rob for an epic trot across North West London. Featuring picturesque parks, Paul's (lack of) pants, magpies, wolves, and a radical reassessment of the route.
Rob and Paul take a turn around London's surprisingly lovely Finsbury Park. Featuring parkruns, American Footballers, leaves, and the threat of unnecessary cartoon violence
The first leg of Rob and Paul's 20 miler, featuring heavy plant, flowering plants, stately homes and a host of... something daffodils.
'Rob and Paul report from the Bath Half Marathon. Featuring glorious weather, and several different takes on this classic run. Plus Paul comes into some money...
Less than a week to go til the Bath Half Marathon, Rob and Paul take a turn round North London's nice bits. Featuring booze, Buddhism, belittling bald guys, literal mud-slinging, a picturesque palace, and a weird noise.
Regents Canal, Victoria Park, stories from the front line of parenting and veganism, and lucid critiques of Groucho Marx and George Clooney. No one fell or was pushed into the canal during the making of this programme...
Paul and Rob run a long way at an early hour through Hackney's green - if dark and damp - spaces. Featuring shocking admissions, heavy exercise regimes and a heartbreaking birthday story.
Paul and Rob run a long way at an early hour through Hackney's green - if dark and damp - spaces. Featuring some nipple talk, and a lot of not-yet-open pubs.
Join Paul and Rob for a Sunday seven-miler - though for the record, they'd already done three. Featuring sad children, shy dogs and outsized sporting goods.
This week Rob and Paul go over their reasons - alright, excuses - for not starting their London Marathon training (and Running Commentary) five weeks earlier. Plus: wind, ducks, Norwegians, mud, and a run in with the law.