RW's Free Pre-Flora London Marathon Podcasts

Tips and insight from RW's experts, about the UK's most famous race. All on your MP3 player or PC!

Posted: 5 April 2006

Runner's World Podcasts
Flora London Marathon: A Runner's World Audio Special
Take Runner's World magazine with you while you prepare for the biggest race in the world. Listen to expert advice on training, nutrition, motivation, race tactics and the secrets of the course itself.

Here at we've been listening to our MP3 players, watching the increasing popularity of podcasts over the past few months and looking for the right moment to surge ahead. As the Flora London Marathon was approaching, we realized the moment had arrived.

In our magazine pages, Runner's World has always delivered expert advice on training for, and running in, the marathon. But now you can take the expertise of our staff with you by downloading it onto your MP3 player. Then you can listen to it wherever and whenever you need it most -- during your last few training runs, while planning what you'll eat the day before the marathon, while travelling to the start at Greenwich, or even while making your way through the streets of London on race day. It's like having your own team of coaches, nutritionists and veteran marathon runners to help you run the race of your life -- except it's free.

Click one of the links below to download the first installment of our first Runner's World training podcast. And look for future updates we'll post between now and Marathon day.

If you wish to save the podcasts directly to your computer right-click on the "Download mp3" link and select "Save Target As" and then select where on your computer you would like to save the file.

Enjoy and let us know what you think.

Hitting the wall
  Steven Seaton explains the strategies you will need to break through the wall at this year's Flora London Marathon.
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From club runner to elite athlete
  Tracey Morris, who finished fourth in this year's Commonwealth Games marathon, talks about her rise from club runner to world-class athlete.
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Overcoming the challenge of 26.2 miles
  Double Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell talks about how he hopes the mental strength he gained as a top oarsmen will help him finish his first Flora London Marathon, and how the lessons he's learnt can help you too.
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Fine-tuning the final 96 hours
  Sam Murphy, author of Marathon From Start To Finish, provides advice on how to make the best of the last four days before this year's Flora London Marathon
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Best plans for your final week
  Sean Fishpool, the editor of, guides you through the minefield of your final week of preparations before this year's Flora London
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Secrets of the course
  Hugh Jones the 1982 Flora London Marathon winner and official course measurer of the last 10 years talks you through the course from start to finish.
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How to make the most of RW's free pace groups

  Steven Seaton, the editor of Runner's World magazine, tells you everything you need to know about the official pace groups and how they will help you break through your marathon barrier.
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Mental tricks that work
  Runner's World senior writer Alison Hamlett reveals the mental tricks that really will make the miles go quicker.

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First-time marathon runners
  In the first episode of this podcast, Runner's World staff writer Elizabeth Hufton offers a personal account of what a first-time marathon runner can expect at this year's Flora London Marathon.  
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I love the idea of Podcasts giving you advice and motivational tips. It could be like a personal trainer.

However, I do hope the one MP3 available is just a test as I didn't find the American editor of RW very helpful. Telling me how wonderful the New York marathon is and how its the best city and best marathon in the world - what a cheek. London is clearly the world's greatest city and has the world's best marathon. I've done both and there is no way New York is better.

Here's hoping for some good British podcasting soon.
Posted: 05/04/2006 at 22:57

try the ricky gervais podcasts - b*gger all about running, but you'll laugh like a drain and forget where you were meant to be running anyway....
Posted: 06/04/2006 at 00:07

i can't find them either. the magazine said they were about london sponsored by adidas but all i can find is the american ones about NY marathon soponsored by ascics? If anyone finds them maybe they could let us know.


Posted: 06/04/2006 at 10:59 have a good one
Posted: 06/04/2006 at 10:59

I've written a song for the Podcasts
Posted: 06/04/2006 at 20:07

So where are they then Rob?
Posted: 06/04/2006 at 21:26

We're launching on Monday...
Posted: 07/04/2006 at 10:01

Hi again CP
I like Phedippidations by Steve Runner
The is also iRunningRadio
Both American, I've found a few other running ones but so far none of the British.


Posted: 07/04/2006 at 15:41

Rob, I so hope you were joking...
Posted: 07/04/2006 at 15:55

I liked the podcasts runners world US did for boston and new york. Good for motivational stuff. But for actual training the 'podrunner' podcasts are ace. Up to 2 hours of dance music each episode at a set bpm. Ace
Posted: 10/04/2006 at 19:02

I listened to the podcast today and it is all advice about London. Advice about how the race unfolds etc.

Presumably it is a new one loaded.

Posted: 10/04/2006 at 19:07

I downloaded the podcast on Sunday and it was totally different to the one thats on there now. Was that one a trial?
Posted: 10/04/2006 at 20:11

Yes, sorry about the confusion - that test page with the New York edition shouldn't have been made live at all

Hope you like the UK versions!

Sean, RW
Posted: 10/04/2006 at 21:36

I think these are excellent - I can listen to them on the pc whilst I'm working . It makes me wish I was doing the FLM - I'll stick with the 10K's whilst my legs will still allow it!!
Posted: 13/04/2006 at 11:35

I thought the podcasts were good too, although Dave Bedford sounds like David Bellemy
Posted: 13/04/2006 at 12:58

The podcasts are pretty good actually. I just listened to them all on a run and although I've run marathons before I'm a London newbie I found them very helpful. The RW staff all sound frightfully posh, however - were they making a special effort for the microphone?
Posted: 14/04/2006 at 21:10

Sean F. - excellent podcasts - I've listened to all 5 posted so far and found them very helpful. Many thanks to you and the team! See you on Sunday 23rd!

Posted: 14/04/2006 at 22:36

David Bellamy ... that's right. I was trying to place it. Thanks Mecury!

Posted: 18/04/2006 at 16:52

Evergreen. Don't be fooled. We hired in some actors. Steven Seaton is played by Alan Rickman, Alison Hamlett is brought to you by Julia Sawalha, Sean asked for Jonny Depp but ended up with Anthony Head and Liz was played by Joanna Lumley. Me? BRIAN BLESSED of course. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Posted: 18/04/2006 at 18:23

Is there any plan to have more regular podcasts from runners world?
Posted: 23/06/2007 at 19:58

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