Wow! what a privilege to chat to 19 year old Rory Leonard.
Rory has represented Team GB in both track and Cross Country both home and abroad. He is also the co-owner of the truly brilliant trackstaa.com - a running media channel mixing things up with great youtube videos and podcasts - time for Caminos to check out Craig Engels and learn the way of the mullet.
Rory is sponsored by Hoka and loves all kinds of running - in about 20 years time he might try his first ultra - and that will probably be Barkley
We also chat about Rory's extraordinary fast 5KM times (14:16) and how Daz may never achieve a sub 20 again. We don't talk about the importance of proper "warm-ups" for attempting these blisteringly fast short runs and we probably should have done!!!!
We cover so much in this podcast:
Who would win in a 600 metre face-off between Mo Farah & Usain Bolt
Why Exhale Coffee is the drink of the gods!!
What happens at "after-parties" at modern track events
This podcast is in honour of Rory's buddy Olly who was taken from us a few months ago and who inspires Rory and his running every day. RIP Olly x
Alastair has been a friend and fellow lover of the epic Spartathlon for several years. Al has finished Top 10 in it and been first British runner. His running achievements are long and varied.
In this soulful and reflective episode we touch on the early days when (like so many) Al read Scott Jurek's inspirational "Eat and Run" book and he first learnt about this 'impossible' ultra called Spartathlon.
We delve into what it meant for Al to wear his country's vest during the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km and to share the track with so many brilliant runners.
Special time is spent reflecting on Al's experiences of employing a coach - not any Coach! - Only Camille Herron - in our opinion one of the greatest ultra athletes on the planet. h
We have some banter around race shoes that we don't love, why Al's beloved whisky industry might crash, whether Daft Punk breaking up was a good thing.....
Huge thank you to Al - not only for his time on this podcast but for being such a beautiful soul and an incredible competitor in the ultramarathon community. Al has already achieved some sensational race goals but there's no doubt even more to come.
Dean Karnazes quote!!!! If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. If you want to talk to God, run an ultra.
Episode 4 of Camino Ultra's "Legends of Running Endurance" podcast where our Rising Stars guest is Coventry Godiva's one and only Damian Carr.
Damian finished second in the Elite version of last year's Gloucester 24 hour event and had been impressing in small ultras before that.
We had a great laugh on this podcast - with Damian asking "who did drop #that banana skin on Lane 1 at Gloucester 24", we find out about Damian's secret training technique and his amazing time out in US during the Black Canyon 100Km with Hayden Hawks and Camille Herron
Damian is without doubt one of the most upbeat and positive runners on the UK ultramarathon circuit and has undoubtedly many great years and events ahead of him. Follow the legend https://www.instagram.com/damocarr83/
Episode 4 was kindly sponsored by our friend from Coros Global
Michael Stocks is a London based South African born runner who has been successful at every distance from 10km up to 24 hour - crowning things with a place in the 2019 TEAM GB 24hour squad in Albi France
Comrades History: Established in 1921. Course records: Down: Men: David Gatebe: 5:18:19 (2016) Women: 5:54:43 (1989) Frith van der Merwe Up: Men: 5:24:49 (2008) Leonid Shvetsov Women: 5:58:53 (2019) Gerda Steyn
Michael Stocks 10 time finisher - GREEN NUMBER 31054 PB: 6:47:11
DAZ PB (2006) - 10:27:16
TOOTING BEC: https://www.runandbecome.com/race/24-hour-2018 - Michael (far left) Bone (in Puffa Jacket!)
Michael 1st Place - 249KM Bone 3rd Place: 222KM
Michael Book - Launched March 2021 - "One Track Mind" - PRE ORDER IT HERE - https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Track-Mind-Running-Miles-ebook/dp/B08WC6VC8S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1613055614&sr=1-2
Michael mentions the infamous 1967 Comrades video finish by Tommy Malone - http://runningspiration.com/2018/06/17/la-adversidad/
Julien Cazorla has quietly been throwing down some spectacular distances, times and run-streaks throughout the Covid-19 world of 2020. In early 2020 he set out to run 12 official marathons in 12 months and after hitting a 2hr 55 minute PB in his February event....Pandemic struck.
Like so many other runners around the world Julien kept himself to local runs. However it wasn't long before Julien kept upping the ante and was looking for further distances and faster times.
Most impressively in 2020 was a 15 hour - 100 MILE solo run around the streets for London as part of Centurion's One Love Community series in Autumn 2020.
Kicking on from there, Julien currently sits at the top of the Ultra-X World Championship Leaderboard having run 3 hrs 55 minutes for a 50 KM run with over 1,200 metres of gain.
We ask Julien how he made these giant leaps, how he motivates himself to keep up his daily runstreak and how he manages to produce world-class times whilst constantly stopping to takes pictures!.
Julien is a truly beautiful guy and a genuinely exciting talent in the ultrarunning world.
THANK YOU to our Podcast Sponsors: KOMFuel - www.komfuel.co.uk - Use discount code CAMINOFUEL for 20% off all nutrition orders
Legends of Running Endurance - Debbie Martin Consani. David and Darren chat with Scottish ultra legend Debbie Martin Consani. There's not much in the ultra running game that Debbie hasn't completed and in many cases won, including: GUCR outright win, Montane Spine 2nd, many Centurion 100 mile wins, GB 24 hour athlete, Tor des Geants, UTMB, Bob Graham Round, TGC and many many more. Debbie shares some of her epic race experiences and what drives her on to such big performances. Expect some very random banter too. This episode is sponsored by exhalecoffee.com - the UK's first & only speciality coffee that's crafted for health. Use code CAMINO40 for a 40% discount off your first order.
At Camino Ultra we are getting ready for our first event of the year, the hopefully Covid-proof "Centre of the Universe". Start from anywhere, finish at Here East in the Olympic Park, minimum distance to cover is 50k to receive your unique Camino prize-bag. Details and sign up: http://www.caminoultra.com/race-detail-centre-of-the-universe.html