15 of the best podcasts to run to, according to the Runner’s World runners

If you’re getting bored of that marathon playlist, or looking to make your long runs bearable with a podcast, we’ve got just what you’ve been looking for. After asking our team of Runner’s World runners on Facebook, we found the following podcasts were suggested time and time again – from running chat, to podcasts that will make you laugh out loud on a particularly gruelling hill session, have a look at the best podcasts to run to:

1. Desert Island Discs

Starting with a classic, no matter where or how far you’re running, the theme tune will instantly take you back to your childhood. A solid favourite from our runners, browse through the archives, or listen to recent favourites you might have missed.

2. No Such Thing as a Fish 

A podcast where the brains behind QI sit down and discuss the best things they’ve found out that week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber, with James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski, it won’t be running related, but it will keep you entertained.

3. My Dad Wrote a Porno 

Another podcast that won’t necessarily give you tips on your running form, but will make you laugh out loud along the way, My Dad Wrote a Porno was a popular suggestion amongst our runners. A comedy podcast by Jamie Morton, who, as the name suggests, reads his dad’s book to the world along with his friends James Cooper and BBC Radio One’s Alice Levine.

4. The Bad Boy Running

According to the description ‘Bad Boy Running is a podcast for runners who are bored of the dull and dry podcasts currently on offer’. Hosted by friends and running journalists Jody Raynsford and David Hellard, it’s less running chat, more the kind of conversations you’d have in the pub afterwards. According to the duo, whatever you’re training for, ‘you’ll find something in here to be offended by’.  

5. Distraction Pieces Podcast 

A weekly podcast hosted by spoken word poet and hip hop artist Scroobius Pip, who chats to everyone from Russel Brand to Frankie Boyle to his own mum. A good one for a long run, as they are normally nearly two hours long.

6. Serial 

People seem to have been talking about this one for years, but if you haven’t listened to Serial yet, you need to. A podcast made by the creators of This American Life and hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig, Serial unfolds one true crime story over the course of a whole season. You’ll quickly get absorbed in all the various plot twists and will want to keep running until you’ve found out who did it.

7. Marathon Talk 

If you’re the kind of runner who wants to listen to runners talking about running, whilst you’re actually running, the Marathon Talk podcast is one for you. A weekly podcast by Martin Yelling and Tom Williams, expect interesting chat about marathon running and regular guest interviews from incredibly motivational guests.  

8. Running Commentary 

Another firm favourite from our runners, comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering talk about running, life and comedy, whilst running.

9. The Adam Buxton Podcast 

Join British comedian, writer and actor Adam Buxton for a chat that will make you laugh as you run. It’s a long-running podcast that gets a five-star rating, both on iTunes and from our runners.

10. The Guilty Feminist 

A podcast hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White, who invites special guests on each week to discuss ‘feminist topics’ – from monogamy to mental health. Despite the big issues being discussed, it’s a light-hearted podcast that will keep you entertained, and make you laugh as you run.

11. Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast  

Another one that was recommended multiple times by our runners, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. A weekly podcast that sees Richard Herring chat to some of the biggest names in comedy, (think Russell Brand, Sarah Millican and David Mitchell) and some newer comics you may not have heard of.

12. Women’s Hour 

A long-running podcast that consists of reports, interviews and debates on health, education and political topics aimed at women and mothers. The last 15-minutes of each podcast features a short-run drama series.

13. Run, Selfie, Repeat 

Following the success of her blog Run, Selfie, Repeat, Kelly Roberts started her podcast of short pep talks, helping to motivate runners to take their first steps into running, and laugh along with her through the struggles. One of our Runner’s World runners said: “Listening to another struggling runner talk about how important running is to her inspires me to keep plodding on when I’m struggling too.”

14. The Citius Mag Podcast 

Another podcast about running, for runners, every week The Citius Mag Podcast talks to an interesting figure from running culture, whether that's a coach, agent, writer or athlete. Hosted by Citius Mag founder Chris Chavez, past guests include Olympians Molly Huddle and Robby Andrews.

15. The Runner’s World Podcast 

Last, but by no means least – The Runner’s World Podcast! Hosted by Rick Pearson and Ben Hobson, each month the duo discuss topics within the world of running, with inspirational guests to keep you moving.  

Have we missed any off the list? Let us know!