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Stimulate Run

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A podcast where we hear from everyday people who manage to fit running in to their normal day, high achievers, those running for a cause and running personalities.
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Road to Comrades Episode 13

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Road to Comrades Episode 13

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Carlos Furnari - Was...Is...Going to be
Many might not recognise the name Carlos Furnari but you will recognise the brands. You could say he is one of many who puts together what we see from the brands itself and the athletes who represent them.  From Radcliffe to Kipchoge. From Tinman to Strava. Carlos has worked with them all.  How did a guy of an Italian dad and country upbringing do all of this? Well listen in. 
May 24, 2022
Road to Comrades Ep 41
Episode 41 of The Road to Comrades. As Bruce Fordyce called it May is the new March. Sandy, Darren, Irwin and Jackie go through the month that was. Some good overall approaches to running and races are discussed. We finish the episode with the Help a novice segment. 
May 22, 2022
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 40
Episode 40 with the full crew. Darren takes us through Canberra Marathon and his PB. Sandy nails her half marathon and the rest of the team are just building the weeks. We also introduce a new segment to help the novices.
May 01, 2022
Longest Road to Comrades - April Q & A
Wayne and Irwin catch up to answer some listener questions which have come in. We hope these help as the preparation for comrades 2022 really starts to get going.
April 28, 2022
Tommy Hughes - Enjoy your journey
When you hear the name you think inspiring. 1992 Olympian gets lost among the accolades Tommy has achieved. He now holds the world record for 60-65 yr olds along with him and his son being the youngest father son marathon times combined. On this episode Tommy shares his journey, learning ad advice for runners. 
April 11, 2022
Jessica Smith - silent ambition
Jessica joins the podcast as a guest for a second time (check out Season 3 Ep 11) for her episode with her cousin Carly. This episode is post becoming the new Australian Women's record holder for backyard Ultras. Jessica completed an amazing 275km at the Herdys Front Yard Ultra. During this chat we get to know her a little more. We discuss the journey and what makes her tick. When it comes to the ultra running side of things we unpack the physical and mental preparation. We also discuss the support she has around her. To find out more about Jess she is on Instagram
March 30, 2022
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 39
Ep 39 and we have 3 shiny PBs to talk about. Jackie and Wayne return to tell us all about their recent 50km experience at the Nedbank Runnified event. We also launch our comrade entry refund competition. Email with your story and also like the podcast social pages. Darren is 3 weeks out from his Marathon, Sandy knows what she has to do and Irwin has had to shift the goal posts but is taking the wins.
March 20, 2022
Erika Lori - Do what you enjoy
Erika Lori is a physiotherapist in a hospital head injury unit and an ultra runner. On this episode Erika shares her story. Why she runs, what she has experienced and what these experiences have given back to her. Erika recently completed a yoga course and she shares why she did it and how it might impact her running. She shares how her role as a physio inspires her.  Erika is the owner of the Bib track record which is 1000km Albany to Kalamunda. She shares the whole journey from where the idea came from and how it played out.  On her record completion of the 1000km Bib track Erika also raised $4000 for the blue tree project.
March 01, 2022
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 38
The first episode of 2022 and maybe and hopefully the true countdown begins. The team are back and update you all with how they have been going over the festive period and early into 2022. We also touch on what our inspiration is/was to run comrades.
February 14, 2022
Meriem Daoui - Be proud of your identity
In this episode Meriem shares how running is a vehicle for her happiness. We speak about her experience moving to Australia as a young muslim immigrant. Having to change schools, an eating disorder and mental health battles have shaped her into being a leader not only in her community but the wider community.  She speaks about how education is key and how she using her running to do so. She shares what running means to her and how she sees this continuing. 
February 07, 2022
Anna Liptak - Surround yourself with good people
Fitness professional, Runner, coach, mum, business owner and now add film maker. On this episode Anna shares her Journey from a marketing professional, to a career pivot once her child was born and moving into the fitness industry.  Anna shares her family story and where her drive and determination might have stemmed from. Anna was one of the first people in Australia to have Covid-19 and shares this story too.  To find out more about Anna via social media visit  FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM And her Website and travel company:
February 02, 2022
Colin Thomas - Create your own destiny
On this episode I was lucky enough to be joined by Colin Thomas. Born and raised in Scotland to following his dream by chasing knowledge in Iten. On the episode we uncover some of the learnings he has had during his journey as an athlete and a coach. We talk about how simple the Kenyas take their running and if some of the stories we hear are true.
January 22, 2022
Adam Didyk - Respect and appreciate the responsibility
Adam is one of Australia’s leading coaches. He is the national distance lead for Athletics Australia and head coach of Team Tempo out of south Australia. Many would know him as the coach of Olympian Jess Stenson. As you will hear in this episode Adam is a very inspiring person and shares his journey with us. We discuss the role of the coach and also letting those who are experts provide their knowledge. From diving straight into coaching, showing that you don’t always know everything and reaching out to mentors.
December 20, 2021
Longest Road to Comrades Ep37
The final episode of the Longest Road to Comrades for 2021. Wayne talks about lactate testing, Sandy is embracing change along with a possible change to her running form, Irwin reflects on his half marathon and also his consult with the dietitian, Jackie nailed her 10km and is looking forward to a big 2022 and Darren speaks about his race at Gold Coast 50.  The whole panel would like to wish all the listeners a great holiday season. We cant wait to have you all back with us in 2022
December 13, 2021
Coast to Coast Ep 9
The final episode of 2021. The team give a recap and a insight into 2022. Dawid shares his learnings from his recent half marathon, Guy is banking weeks, Julz bravely shares about the challenging time she is currently facing and Irwin recaps his experience at the recent half marathon.
December 06, 2021
Dean Menzies - Be kind to yourself
The words humble, consistent and time for others go a long way to describe Dean Menzies. It was great to have Dean on the podcast to share about himself and then also about his running journey. Plenty of takeaways in this episode that were shared by Dean such as how to fit it all in, how consistency will have its rewards and how not to sweat the small stuff. 
November 20, 2021
Longest Road to Comrades Ep36
The team is back to recap their last few weeks. Darren & Sandy ran Bridge to Brisbane, Wayne was back on the island for a swing at work, Jackie has put her hamstring niggle behind her and Irwin is gearing up for a half marathon in two weeks. ⁣ ⁣ We also discuss what 2022 possibly would look like. How would you plan your year around an August comrades and what impacts comrades has on your year.
November 15, 2021
Longest Road to Comrades Ep 35
A massive Episode to get through for October. Wayne, Sandy and Darren all recap the Sunshine Coast Running Festival. Jackie shares her DNF experience and what she took away from it. Irwin is just loving his running. We had a great listeners question about how do you approach your paces when returning post event. 
October 27, 2021
Coast to Coast Ep 8
The team is back to recap October. Dawid is back into his training after a refreshing holiday, Guy is chipping away towards consistency, Julz is continuing her consistency and jumping on program from Monday 25th towards the ADU 50km at the end of Jan.
October 25, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 7
We are back for another episode. Dawid and Irwin share their recaps post marathon. Dawid shares the challenges he faced pre race. Julia and Guy keep chipping away getting back to consistent running. Thanks to everybody for the feedback after the last recording.
September 24, 2021
Longest road to Comrades Ep 34
Its been a while between shows but everybody is back to share what they have been up to. Since last recording Wayne, Jackie and Darren all won their races. Darren ran a huge PB and edged closer to the sub 3hr marathon club. Sandy is building towards Sunshine Coast Marathon. 
September 19, 2021
Ellie Greenwood - Everybody's Runner
World 100km Champion, Western States champion (current course record holder) and Comrades marathon winner Ellie Greenwood is this shows guest. Ellie shared her story in running, her learnings and how she managed to stay positive through her lengthy injury spell. 
September 12, 2021
Jessica Stenson - What will be will be
Two time Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative Jessica Stenson is this episodes guest. Jess shares her journey from growing up in the country, making the choice to chase her running dreams and planning a family around her running career. Jess speaks about her love for seeing other succeed. We end the chat by touching on what she has planned and her hope to run a time at some stage this year as a reward for her training. Again thanks so much for Jess for jumping on this episode. Follow Jess on Instagram or on her website 
September 07, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 6
First Episode back since the cancelation of Gold Coast Marathon. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Julz gives an honest account for the challenges the last month have provided and the decisions she has reached. She shares what her whys are for running. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Guy shares his experience of the 100km Kokoda Challenge which he completed in July. He also shares some of the motivational challenges he has faced recently and what his plans are moving into the next 6-8 months. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Dawid is two weeks away from his first marathon and fills us in on how he is tracking. He has been dealing with a couple of niggles recently but is adamant he is good to go for race day. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Check all the panel out on strava and all other social channels⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Visit Stimulate Run Podcast on Instagram, Facebook and Strava to stay up to date with what's going on. ⁣⁣⁣
August 16, 2021
Ray Boyd - No such thing as a free meal
Running legend and school Principal Ray Boy joins me to share his history in the sport and the learnings he has had over the years. We touch on his training, the highlights and how he moved his focus into his career in education. 
July 26, 2021
Longest road to Comrades Ep 33
After a month off the panel is back to share what they have been up to. Wayne, Darren and Irwin were due to Run the Gold Coast Marathon but like many other events was canceled due to Covid. Sandy lost a bit of mojo but threw a surprise out as she is 4 weeks away from the Sunshine Coast Marathon. 
July 19, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 5 - The race we almost ran
Join the Team for Episode 5. We recorded this episode on Sunday. As you will tell those heading to the Gold Coast were planning on enjoying the joys of race week...well things started to change within hours. As you would know the Gold Coast marathon has since been canceled and most capital cities in Australia put into snap lockdowns. We decided to go ahead with posting the episode as we share what our plans were if the race did in fact go ahead.  The good news is we are not going anywhere and we will be back next Month as we have all locked in our next marathons and Dawid iss till on track for Bibra lake. Enjoy the episode. 
June 30, 2021
Zola Budd Pieterse - Train with your brain and race with your heart
Zola Budd Pieterse is a name that is etched in running history. On this episode we get to know Zola and her story. We chat about her early years growing up on a farm, running barefoot, studying political science and overcoming adversity. We talk about "The Fall" and how what we hear via media reports is not always the truth as it was in her relationship with Mary Decker. Hope you enjoy this episode. 
June 25, 2021
Polly Phillips - be your biggest cheerleader
Author, Shoe lover and runner Polly Phillips joins me for this episode on the Stimulate Run Podcast. We discuss the journey she goes through writing a book, the learnings and how they have impacted her life. We talk about her enjoyment of running and how it fits into her life. 
June 01, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 4
Join the coast to coast team for episode 4 as they recap May. Guy give a recap on great ocean road and is back into his training. Julia is ticking weeks off and Dawid is slowly building his mileage by incorporating a midweek long run.
May 26, 2021
Longest Road to Comrades Ep32
Join the team as they recap the Month of May. Sandy dodges getting cut off at GOR, Wayne sleeps in his car the night before setting a course record and Darren took on the hills of Hamilton Island. Darren gets thrown questions about his next plan and Jackie has her Mojo back. 
May 22, 2021
John Jacoby - Just take the opportunity
One of the most accomplished adventure racers in the world. John has been a multiple time canoe world cup winner, Keys to Melbourne recipient and much more. Today he is the Director of Rapid Ascent who bring us some of the best adventure races available in Australia. We speak about his career and also what goes into planning races.
May 14, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 3
Episode 3 of Coast to Coast ⁣ ⁣ The group recap their April with all having a hit out in the month. ⁣ We have a discussion around possibly attending races more to be more comfortable on race day. ⁣ A little bit of shoe chat at the end as Julz has tried the new Asics racing shoe. ⁣ ⁣ Condolences go out to the Ranger family for their loss.
April 29, 2021
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep31 - Shaun Meiklejohn
A big April ep coming your way. All on the panel had a hit out and Wayne breaks a world age record. The special guest is a man I dub one of the greatest of all time Shaun Meiklejohn has achieved 10 gold and 20 silver Comrades medals. 
April 24, 2021
Sinead Noonan - the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long
When most Google Sinead Noonan the first few results might be from her days as an elite cyclist. On this episode we cover the days in cycling, her career as a physio and the sport she is now throwing everything at which is running. Originally from Adelaide she has found herself calling Perth home and has linked up with the front runner elite group.
April 19, 2021
Carly & Jessica - Similarities
On this episode Carly and Jessica share their journeys. We start the chat about how running came into their lives and what it does for them. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We chat about their similarities along with their differences. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ They both share some amazing travel stories from visiting Kenya and Jess being caught in an avalanche. ⁣ ⁣ Find both on strava and Instagram to continue following their journeys.
April 05, 2021
Longest road to Comrades Ep30 - Charl Mattheus
1997 Comrades marathon winner is the interview guest for this months episode. We discuss his entry into the sport, his decision to training in the USA and how he reflects on his career. The panel are also back to talk about their months running.
March 22, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 2
Julia, Guy, Dawid and Irwin are back for episode 2. On this ep we speak about the month gone, everybody has a hit out coming up and finish with some shoe chat.
March 14, 2021
Ted Richards - Touch typing, making honey and running a marathon
The name Ted Richards is more commonly known for the 261 game former Essendon and Sydney Swans Defender. On this episode we will hear that yes Ted was a decorated footballer but has continued to achieve in his new career in the finance world.  Ted shares his football journey and how he transitioned into his now career. He provides some great financial advice for listeners too.  We talk running and how he got into running post football. Ted shares what his learnings have been and what he would like to tick off next.   Ted also host his own podcast called the Richards Report which is very successful.
March 12, 2021
Nera Jareb - It is a part of my life but it’s not my life
Nera Jareb joins me for this episode. It was great to chat to Nera who keeps a pretty low profile and lets her running do the talking. From Croatia, farms of Carnarvon and then to Perth. We unpack the journey Nera and her family made, her career and her running history. 
February 23, 2021
Longest road to Comrades Ep29 - Lindsey Parry
We are back for the February edition. The longest road became even longer with the cancelation of Comrades 2021. ⁣ ⁣ On this episode the team share how they are travelling and Jackie gives us her 100km recap. ⁣ ⁣ The special guest for the episode is the offical Comrades Marathon Coach Lindsey Parry. ⁣ So many learnings to take away from him so I hope you enjoy the episode.
February 17, 2021
Coast to Coast Episode 1
Join Julia, Dawid, Guy and Irwin on their journey to the Gold Coast and Bibra Lake Marathon in 2021.  Every month we will discuss where we are at and how the previous month has gone.  Please feel free to send questions through and we will answer them during the episodes. 
February 15, 2021
Andrew Senyszyn - From Marino to the big smoke
Andrew Senyszyn is a name not many will know but like many has a great story to share. Andrew who grew up in Adelaide now finds himself calling New York City home.  On this episode Andrew shares how New York became home, what its been like living in the states during the pandemic and also shares his running journey. 
February 12, 2021
Pete Mann - There’s no failure in life just learning experiences.
Many will know him from the 2020 version of the Bachelorette but many wont know who Pete really is. Raised in a country town called Streaky Bay, Moved to Adelaide for High School, a qualified teacher, owns a coffee business and like many of us a runner.  On this episode I got to sit down with Pete and talk about all of the above. We chatted about how a teacher moved into becoming a business owner and the calculated risks he took in making his dream a reality. I had to ask a couple of questions about his time on the bachelorette and how it impacted his life.  You can find Pete on instagram. 
January 27, 2021
Kate Bevilaqua - Don't be afraid of what others think
Kate Bevilaqua is a professional Triathlete who started in the sport after being invited by a family member to try it out. Kate is also a qualified Health and Physical Education teacher which gave her great flexibility when she first started in her rise through the triathlon world.  We talk about what have been some of Kates biggest learning in her sport and how they carry over to life. Kate gives some advice for people starting in the sport and also those looking and going professional.  We also talk about Kate jumping into Ultra running at the end of 2020 and also aiming to run a 100km road race in January 2021.  Find Kate on Instagram and Facebook at Kate Bevilaqua.
January 18, 2021
Longest Road to Comrades Episode 28
Welcome back to the team for 2021. New format of monthly episodes. We found Wayne after he went into hiding. He updated us on what he has been doing and how a Covid breakout might impact his first race of 2021.  Darren is back on program and enjoying it.  Jackie make the call to take on a 100km after completing some long runs. The aim is just to go out and give it a go.  Sandy has thrown down her first goal of the year to break 25mins for a 5km. We have some great guests already locked in for the year so we hope you can join us every month.
January 14, 2021
Carla Molinaro - Just give it a go
Carla Molinaro is the first guest of 2021. Carla started running after enjoying her first half marathon. She quickly turned her interest to adventure style running and ultra running. She took on a challenge of running from Cape Town to Durban and finishing it off with Comrades where she went on to win a gold medal.  Her latest achievement though is probably her greatest. In 2020 she broke the Guinness world record for the time to run from Lands end to John O'Groats 1327km in a time of 12 days 30mins and 14 seconds.   We also chat about what running has taught her and how she uses it in her daily life.  For more about Carla check out her instagram and strava. 
January 07, 2021
The Longest road to Comrades - 2020 recap...the sun will shine in the morning.
The team is back for the final time in 2020. What a year it’s been. We cover what everybody has been up to since we last caught up. Everybody recaps their 2020 highlights, lowlights, learnings and goals for 2021. We all hope you have enjoyed coming along with us in 2020 as much as we have and thank you all for your support over the year.
December 15, 2020
Dion Finocchiaro - Australian men’s 50km record holder.
The new Australian 50km record holder joins Wayne and myself for a chat. ⁣ ⁣ In January like many Dion was planning on running Comrades 2020 in June but we know how that has all worked out. ⁣ ⁣ Dion is based in Melbourne which went through months of hard covid restrictions. ⁣ ⁣ In an amazing effort Dion smashed the Australian men’s 50km record by racing the distance on a track. ⁣ ⁣ To find out more about Dion check him out on Instagram and also strava. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ For more on the Stimulate Run Podcast check out Instagram, Facebook and also join the strava club.
December 13, 2020
Todd Ingraham - be loyal to yourself.
Todd Ingraham is a West Australian running legend so having him on as a guest was always an aim. We spoke about Todd start in the sport, his time in the Army, experiences at falls training with Australian best runners and much more.
December 09, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades - Gerda Steyn
We were lucky enough to be joined by the peoples champion Gerda Steyn. Im sure you will agree with me after listening to this episode in saying her enthusiasm inspires and her humility is ought to be commended. We chatted about where it all started, he life away from running, her progression and advice for new and runners looking at making steps with their own progression. 
November 19, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades - Mark Page Interview
Second Place finisher and 3 times gold medalist Mark Page Joined us for an interview. Mark spoke about his running history, provided advice to any runners who are looking at taking on Ultras and Marathons.  Mark spoke about his time running in Australia where he immigrated to. Mark talk about what running was like when he started compared to now. 
November 13, 2020
Dr Graham Bates - All things hydration
Dr Graham Bates is a medical physiologist, he is internationally recognised in thermal physiology and environmental ergonomics. ⁣ ⁣ With his expertise he created an hydration product called aqualyte. ⁣ ⁣ On this episode we talk all things hydration, the common mistakes made and what steps can be taken to prevent dehydration. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ For more information visit⁣ ⁣ For more on the Stimulate Run Podcast visit the Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 09, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 24
The team is back for another packed episode. Jackie gives a race recap and the team answers some listener questions. 
November 03, 2020
Season 2 Ep23 - The Takeover
On this episode the hosting duties get handed to Suzanne McMahon and I am in the hot seat as the guest. We discus where sport started for me and what it has taught me which I carry through daily life.
October 27, 2020
The longest Road to Comrades Episode 23
The full team is back on board for Episode 23. Another jam packed episode to keep you company on your runs and commutes. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Wayne is back home in Brisbane ready to rip in to some training and surprising Sandy and Darren during their race. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Sandy & Darren recap their Marathons and discuss their learnings. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Jackie is in taper mode for her 50km. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Irwin is just ticking boxes. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Stimulate Run Podcast t-shirts and singlets are available just head to the Facebook or instagram page for more details.
October 14, 2020
Erin and Guy Ranger - Making each other better
Erin and Guy are the total team. On this episode I was lucky enough to spend tome chatting to this amazing couple who together continue to tick off their goals. ⁣ ⁣ We discuss Erins ambition (which Guy might now be secretly in on) to tick off all the world marathon majors. ⁣ ⁣ How a bit of healthy competition is a good thing but also the importance of staying grounded. ⁣ ⁣ We discuss their current times and where they want to possibly see them finish when it time’s to sit on the porch and reflect.
October 05, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep 22
The team are back for episode 22. On the episode along with the usual segments we discuss a listener question about how do we know when to rest of continue pushing on. Check out the crew on strava. For more information on the podcast visit Stimulate Health on Facebook and Instagram
September 27, 2020
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan - consistency is key.
Felicity Sheedy-Ryan is a professional triathlete. On this episode with her we discuss:⁣ ⁣ ▪️Where it all started. ⁣ ▪️Her career to date. ⁣ ▪️Self reflection. ⁣ ▪️Her future goals. ⁣ ▪️Impact Covid has had on her career.
September 22, 2020
Laps of The Lake Ep5 (race recap).
The laps of the lake event recap episode.
September 14, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 21
▪️Race recaps from Jackie, Wayne and Irwin. ⁣ ▪️Sandy and Darren preview their races. ⁣ ▪️Males/females egos vs smarts. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Strava club - Stimulate Run Podcast. ⁣ ▪️Instagram & Facebook- Stimulate Health.
September 07, 2020
Laps of the Lake Ep4
Episode 4 of laps of the lake we cover the taper that’s gone and race day plans.
August 29, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep 20
The Longest Road to Comrades Ep 20⁣ ⁣ 🔸Wayne racking up local legends on the island. ⁣ 🔸Sandy joins a running club. ⁣ 🔸Darren runs 90km. ⁣ 🔸Jackie reclaiming her mojo. ⁣ ⁣ The GoFundMe is still live for 2021 entries. If you’d like to donate follow the link
August 22, 2020
Laps Of The Lake Ep3
Laps of the lake Ep3⁣ ⁣ ▪️Fortnight gone - physio visits, fractured bones and ticking boxes we cover it all. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Taper. ⁣ ⁣ ▪️Pre and race nutrition.
August 16, 2020
The Longest Road To Comrades Ep19
🔸Wayne and Jackie run PBs in the first post lockdown race. ⁣ 🔸Sandy runs a trail marathon. ⁣ 🔸Darren stays on program. ⁣ 🔸Marisha joins us as a guest panelist. ⁣ ⁣ The GoFundMe is still live for 2021 entries. If you’d like to donate follow the link ⁣
August 03, 2020
Laps Of The Lake Ep2
Dawid, Julia and Michael are back for another episode of laps of the lake. We go into the fortnight that was and how the training is going. Dawid achieved his longest week of training, Julz the perfect progressive and Michael nailed a 5km PB.
August 02, 2020
Laps of the lake - Ep1
Laps of the lake is a new edition mini series to the stimulate run network where we will get an arm chair ride towards the build up of the bibra lake running festival. Julia (marathon), Dawid (half marathon), Michael (6km) and myself will speak about our build up, goals and challenges on a fortnightly basis.
July 19, 2020
Chris Lark - Mr RunningWorks
Chris Lark also known as Mr RunningWorks has not only achieved in running but was also ranked as high as the second best squash player in Western Australia. Chris is now the owner of his own business known as runningworks which has two locations and is also the person responsible for putting on some of the most popular running events in Western Australia. On this episode we chat about his history in both sports, starting a business and also what goes into a successful event. Find more about Chris at and also Mrrunningworks on instagram. 
July 17, 2020
The longest road to Comrades episode 18
The team are back for another episode where we discuss our fortnight highlights, what rest we employ pre and post ultras and much more.
July 12, 2020
The Longest road to Comrades Episode 17
time for episode 17 on this week we have a guest panel member David Irwin who joined us from the UK. David like Darren was a novice entrant into Comrades 2020 and now due to Covid-19 that will be moved to 2021 like many others. We field our opinions on a couple of listener questions and also look back on our fortnight highlights. 
June 29, 2020
Margie Hadley - dont be scared to fail
Margie Hadley has been a name mentioned multiple times on the wish list for listeners so Im happy to have her on for this episode. We talk about her journey from rowing, cycling IM and now ultra running. We discuss her consistency during the pandemic and how she has kept motivated. Thanks to Margies sponsors Salming and Runningworks.  
June 22, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades Episode 16
The team are back to record on Comrades Day. When this first started never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would be recording an episode. On this Episode we talk about our virtual runs, what one percenters we use to keep us on the road and we throw around if the virtual run might see any changes to the Comrades set up in the future. We also Launch our Sponsor a local runner initiative were we aim to raise funds to assist a selection of South African entrants with their raise fee for the 2021 race. As we know international runners have had their entry fee carried over where as local entrants did not. We have set up a go fund me page where any level of donation is welcome 
June 15, 2020
Stu Hopkins - Back your ability
Like many Stu Hopkins entered running not knowing it would take him on the journey it has. Stu entered his first race (London marathon) and got a baptism of fire. Fast forward many years later he is now 50% faster and covering amazing distances such as his most recent the delirious 200 miler. Stu provides some information on his day job which is a horse mounted police officer and what a day in the life looks like. Find Stu on Instagram
June 08, 2020
The Longest Road to Comrades ep 15 - Jenna Challenor
Episode 15 is another loaded episode we touch on footwear selections of the panel and how they choose to rotate shoes. We speak about how we plan for marathons and also comrades. Thanks to Erin for her questions the panel got stuck in and unpacked from their point of view. Our special guest interview is gold medalist Jenna Challenor who shares her journey, what running means to her and how they make it all work as a family.
June 01, 2020
Nick Marvin - The pursuit of goodness
Nick Marvin can lay claim to being a key member of building the Perth Wildcats into the worlds most successful sports teams. It was no fluke as Nick talks us through what it took and what it takes to build a successful culture. Nick shares his story of where his life started and where he is at now.
May 25, 2020
Road to Comrades Ep 14 - Bruce Fordyce
On this episode we were lucky enough to interview the 9 times and king of comrades Bruce Fordyce. Bruce shared many stories of his journey in running and provided great advice for all runners out there. We also got news this week of the cancellation of comrades so the panel discussed how this has impacted them and what they may change for next year.
May 17, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 13
Episode 13 we are lucky to have Bruce digger Hargreaves as it guest. 150 marathons (every Melbourne marathon ever), 40+ ultras and the Australian Comrades ambassador.
May 11, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 12
The team are back for episode 12. Another week in running we cover all bases and a couple of focus areas.
May 04, 2020
David Bryant the Catalyst Dietitian - All things nutrition.
David Bryant the catalyst dietitian is back for another epsiode and this time we focus in around nutrition and covid nutrition. Check David out on all the social platforms for more insightful information.
April 29, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 11
The team are back from episode 11. Another week of running under the belt everybody shares their highlights of the week and how they block out the noise. We were lucky to be joined by Joasia Zakrzewski who shared plenty of wisdom and answered questions.
April 27, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 10
The Panel is back for Episode 10 of The Road to Comrades. We chat about about highlights of the week, the Comrades decision and then the next experts edition with Coach and Comrades finisher Tina Ingraham.
April 19, 2020
Road to Comrades episode 9
Episode 9 of the road to Comrades is back with the usual discussions. We also add something new where we will bring in an expert to discuss and take questions on their area of expertise. On this episode we have the coaches corner with Tony Smith a highly accomplished runner in his own right and now a full time running coach. Tony answers questions about planning and goal setting.
April 13, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 8
The teams back for Episode 8. Along with the usual weekly recap we discuss what planted to comrades seed for each of us.
April 05, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 7
The teams back to go through another week in their lives and and talk all things running. We touch on all the usual areas, how adaptable is their training and how do you tackle running solo. As usual follow the guys on strava, their socials, join the Stimulate Run strava club and shoot through any questions you want the team to answer. 
March 30, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 6
Surprise! The team is back for episode 6. We have gone a weekly offering for a couple of weeks with the aim to provide a little escape from the current situation we are all faced with. These episodes will be shorter but weekly means there is not as long a wait. I this episode we discuss every bodies week back as per usual, the explosion of peanut butter slugs, how the virus is impacting everyones running and Jaqui shares info on the Stimulate Run Spotify playlist. As mentioned Tag @stimulatehealth in your pics on instagram & Facebook so we can see where you are joining us from. Share the podcast with others especially in this time where solo running is going to be more common than ever. Join the strava club to keep in touch with other runners in the community 
March 23, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 5
We are back for another episode of Road to Comrades. Darren, Sandy, Jackie and Wayne give us an update of what they have been doing for the last few weeks as they continue to prepare for Comrades 2020. At this stage we have no announcement regarding the cancellation or postponement of the 2020 race so we continue as usual. As mentioned our thoughts go out to those who have had races cancelled and also been impacted by the virus. 
March 16, 2020
Jon Pendse - Delirious West Recap
John Pendse is back for his second episode and to give a Delirious West debrief. To check out Jons race in detail have a look at his strava upload of the whole race. 
March 05, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 4
Episode 4 of Road to Comrades. We discuss where everybody is at in their training. Darren is asked a couple of listner questions regarding his training. The group discuss a few listener questions relating to the different training for up & down.  We speak about the first quarter of the race and what everybody will be putting in place to get through this section successfully. Couldnt be as detailed with the description so take a look at the YouTube videos for more information. Keep shouting listener questions through. 
February 24, 2020
Jessie and Jordan - Humble high achievers
Jessie and Jordan take us on their journey of how they got to where they are today. Both share what running means to them and what they get from it. Both being qualified Physiotherapists and Jessie a Doctor we speak common mistake people make and how these might be prevented. We discuss their future plans. Check them out on instagram at and youtube 
February 17, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 3
Welcome to Episode 3 of the Road to Comrades. Sandy, Darren, Wayne and myself were joined by Jackie Kellerman. Jackie has completed 3 Comrades and will be returning in 2020 as part of the Murray and Robert Elite team.  On this episode we check in to see how everybody is going at the start of February and a few listener questions.  Follow the guys at their respective strava links:
February 10, 2020
Cynara Stalenhoef - Learnt to run before my legs did.
Cynara Stelenhoef is my guest for this episode. We Sat down at the end of 2019 where Cynara shared her story of being a parent, wife, her introduction to runner and what she has planned for the future. This was an outdoor interview so it was pretty windy early but stick with it as the wind dies down. We also had a couple of local seagulls drop in for a chat too. 2
February 04, 2020
Road to Comrades Episode 2
Episode 2 of The Read to Comrades I catch up with Wayne, Sandy and Darren to see how the fortnight has gone since we last spoke.  Wayne speaks about successfully won the Australia Day Ultra 50km race and bounced back well the days after.  Sandy speaks about starting to build consistency and the confidence she got from completing her recent long run.  Darren also speaks about getting consistence, he has started his exercises and he can see an improvement in his running already.   Check out @stimulateHealth on Facebook and instagram for more. Feel free to contact me @Iswinny88 with any questions for the next episode. 
January 28, 2020
John Hallis - Overweight to Kona
John Hallis started his journey at a New Year’s Eve party which lead to an open water swim and fast forward years later he completed his first Kona in 2019.
January 21, 2020
Road To Comrades Ep 1
The Comrades Marathon is the world oldest and largest Ultra Marathon. The direction of the race alternates each year between the "up" run (87 km) starting from Durban and the "down" run (90km) starting from Pietermaritzburg. For this years race we will have an arm chair ride which will follow the preparation of 3 runners: Wayne Spies - 9 time finisher ⁣and best time of 6:21 Sandy Roux - 11 time finisher and best time of 9:55⁣.⁣ Darren Purnell - Novice.⁣ We will hear from them on a fortnightly basis and check in on how the preparation is going. 
January 13, 2020
Dan Sharples - It’s ok to say no
Dan like most threw his shoes on in the pursuit to shed some extra kilos and all those years later he is still going. A council ranger by day Dan like many has also fought mental health battles over the years being diagnosed with depression which we discuss and the role he plays in trying to grow awareness. If you see Dan at your local Parkrun or doing his daily 5-10km dont be shy and say hello.  Follow Dan on Instagram at @dansharples6. Follow StimulateHealth & ISwinny88 
January 07, 2020
Andrew Wall - All in
Like many of the guest before him Andrew has an amazing story. Andrew is a runner, parent and also a fighter after being diagnosed with Lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2017. In the episode Andrew shares the timeline of his battle, how running has helped and what he has learnt about himself along the way. This is also an episode for the non-runners to have a listen too.
December 19, 2019
Kat Watt - Dont tell me I can't
Kat Watt started running as most kids do at little athletics, after a long break she rekindled her love for running once she became engaged and to assist in dropping some post European holiday weight. Fast forward to 2019 Kats progression graph is just going higher and higher in October this year winning the Perth Marathon and achieving the elusive sub 3hr marathon in the process. 
December 09, 2019
Isaac Birir - The true Kenyan story
Kenyan born Isaac Birir sat down to speak all things running from starting his running in Kenya, heading to Europe to race everything he could to chase Euros and now living in the worlds most isolated city Perth Western Australia.  Isaac tells us what running in Kenya is really like, what makes Kenyans so good and why the want has to be there to achieve success. Isaac shares a few tales about his time in Europe where his early plan was to race everything in sight to earn as much money as possible.  Isaac has now gone full circle living a very quiet life on the West Coast of Australia and not racing too much at all. Isaac explains how he has had to adopt the real world thinking of race today and back to work tomorrow as he did after winning the 2019 Melbourne Marathon in 2:16:31.  Join the Stimulate Run Strava club.  Check out instagram - @StimulateHealth & ISwinny88
November 27, 2019
David Bryant - The Catalyst Dietitian
David shares his journey towards becoming an advanced sports dietitian, his journey as an athlete and shares some wisdom on nutritional practices which the everyday person can follow.  Find David on Instagram and Facebook at The Catalyst Dietitian or visit his website at 
November 18, 2019
Hazel Moller - Find your reason
Hazel Moller has done it all in the world of ultra running – multiple 100 milers, back to back 100 milers, 17 comrades finishes and what she is best know for is 10 comrades in 10 consecutive days for charity. Hazel also was happy to share her journey of running deep into her pregnancy and then going on to complete comrades 7 weeks post birth. In this episode we go back to where it all started, where she is at today and she shares an exclusive for next year at the end of the episode.
November 07, 2019
Adrian Fabiankovits - Ceiling is higher than you think
Adrian Fabiankovits is a Perth based distance runner who is also living with cystic fibrosis and diabetes. During our chat we speak about his life with CF, he provides us with information on what CF is and his running life to date.
October 28, 2019
suzanne mcmahon - let my legs do the talking.
On this episode I got to chat to Suzanne McMahon about her time growing up in a sports mad family. We talk about the last three years and the emotional and physical challenges she has faced and how she has let her legs do the talking.
October 18, 2019
Mark Lee - keep smiling and saying hello
Mark Lee we finally got to sit down together it’s been months in the planning. Mark turned pro footballer at the age of 16, won the WA footballer of the year in 2005, spent three years on the Perth glory roster and now runs a successful coaching business. Mark is one of the nicest and most genuine people you will meet and the popularity with people joining his programs shows what people think of what he offers. When it comes to running mark is no slouch running a rapid 5km and 10km while squeezing training into his busy lifestyle. For any parents out there who have kids looking for a soccer or sports program I urge you to take a look at what mark offers.
October 09, 2019
Harmony Waite - ultra mum
Mother of two Harmony shares her journey from trying to keep up with her partner on a mine site to competing a 200 mile ultra marathon.
October 01, 2019
Ben Alexander - Find something you love
Former Wallabies and ACT Brumbies rugby player now turned runner. Ben talks about his rugby career, the conversation his parents had with him that turned his career around, his grandmothers advice and his new passion which is running. 
September 23, 2019
Ash and Nath - selfless, dedicated and creating awareness.
Nath and Ash two amazing people who share their story of what running means to them and what running has given them. We talk tips about balance. Nathan and Ashlee speak about sarcoma research which is close to them losing a close friend. To make a contribution to 70.3 for Stoney visit the everyday hero page
September 16, 2019
Jon Pendse - Defy the norm
Jon share his history in running and where it all began. We speak more in-depth about Jon’s 2019 running year and how he has managed to run 5 marathons, just as many ultras and manages to back up every time.  Jon shares information of an event he has been chosen to be an ambassador for in October. Visit the following website for further event information.
September 09, 2019
Ryan Shand - Make them proud
Ryan shares his story of the weight loss roller coaster, how he knew he had to make changes and how he actioned those changes. Ryan speaks about his running journey and his remarkable results to date. **Language Warning
September 02, 2019
Wayne McMurtrie - resilience personified
Wayne is a former member of the Australian Army on this episode he shares his story in the military, the challenges serviceman face when returning to civilian life and what more us civilians can do. Wayne discusses how running helped him join a community when his goal was to run away from joining one. Wayne shares his upcoming event that he is a director for and how we can assist in creating awareness for the cause.
August 26, 2019
Sydney Trail Sisters - Living our best life
Hannah and Allison are two trail runners based out of Sydney who share a love for nature, living life to its full and sharing their experiences with others.  In this episode they both share how they got into trail running, we speak about their careers and also whats still to come.  Look them up on instagram @sydneytrailsisters. 
August 19, 2019
Vlad Ixel - Playing to win
Vlad Ixel professional Trail runner for the North Face Team and coach based in the Perth hills. On this episode we speak to Vlad about how he got into  trail running moving away from running to the bottle store for his nightly 6 pack. Vlad also gives some insight into his plant based diet and gives reccomendations to those also looking at going plant based. 
August 14, 2019
Caitriona Jennings - Grit, Determination and Humble
Caitriona Jennings holds a Marathon Personal best of 2:36 which qualified her to represent Ireland at the 2012 Olympics. Her most recent achievement is placing Third Female in the Comrades Marathon which is the world’s oldest Ultra Marathon in a time of 6:24:12.  During this Episode I speak to Caitriona about how ecstasy quickly turned to agony during her Olympic marathon due to injuries. Caitriona speaks about her decision to take up rowing in the aim of partnering her sister to an Olympic games.  Caitriona speaks about her professional career and how she balances it with running.  We touch on Comrades with Caitriona providing some insight into life of an elite Comrades runner.  At the end of the interview we are joined by somebody Caitriona met in the closing stages of Comrades during a time she had a real fear of not making it. Wayne Spies was on hand to provide Caitriona with extra motivation to push through to claim her gold medal. The two of them haven’t spoken since that moment on race day so I was glad I could facilitate the reunion which encapsulates the true Comrades Spirit. 
August 02, 2019
Tony Smith - Mr Consistent
Tony is a well known runner and coach in perth. In this episode we talk about his own running specifically his consistency and also his coaching or as he calls it his hobby business. If you are interested in finding out more of Tony’s coaching and running visit his website https:/ or find him on Instagram and Facebook.
July 28, 2019
Kevin Matthews - Distance unlocks your running dreams
Kevin Matthews aka “Big Kev” as he is known by most sits down to chat all things running, how he got into the sport, the methods he employs to keep his sub 3 streak going and what his running future holds.
July 03, 2019
Wayne Spies - The road from Comrades DNF to PB
Wayne first started his running at high school after his teacher recommended he give it a try. He first attempted the Comrades Marathon as a 18 year old which resulted in a DNF 28 years later he has returned run 6:21. During my chat with Wayne we find out how he managed such a remarkable improvement, what principles he follows, he gives advice for other runners looking at finding improvements and obviously we speak Comrades 2019. 
June 17, 2019
2019 Pre-Comrades breakfast
The annual pre-comrades breakfast which takes place every year at the completion of the final longish run before the runners head to Durban. In this bonus episode I talk to some of the runners going over to run comrades this year and year about how their build up has gone.
May 26, 2019
Michael Hayes - exercise is a vehicle for happiness
Refreshing interview with Michael Hayes gone from 120kg to a 16:30 5km and 35 minute 10km. Michael explains how for him running is a vehicle to overall happiness and well-being. We talk about how his passion for fitness, mental well-being and running came about and where he would like to go from here. You can find him on Instagram/Facebook at mental health fitness coach or the_oversized_runner. Michael's future running goal is to one day run a 2:30-2:45 Marathon. 
May 03, 2019
Clint Slomp - inspiring and bringing others together via running
Clint Slomp ultra runner who is training for ultra trail Australia. Client has had a history of mental health in the episode he speak about it, the journey he went on and the journey he is still on today. He speak about his training, what it looks like and how he fits it in. Clint is also the founder of a running group in his local area which attracts around 50 people weekly. Enjoy the episode.
April 14, 2019