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Episode 108 - Sir Chris Chataway (Part One)

Released: Wednesday 1st February 2012

In 1954 Sir Chris Chataway paced Roger Banister to the first ever sub four minute mile, broke the World 5,000m record, won Commonwealth gold over three miles, and European silver over 5,000m... and became the first ever BBC Sports Personality of the Year.


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Show Notes

Intro - 00:00

- Martin's been... recovering, sleeping, and Mum birthdaying

- Tom's been... running, interviewing, and listening

- Mark Barrow's 24 hour treadmill is really on the 11th of February at 10am

- Well done to Talk Ultra for 4,500 downloads in just four days

News - 13:45

- Emmanuel Mutai 6th in the Discovery Half Marathon (IAAF report)

- Close finish in Miami Marathon (Miami Herald)

- Wrong turn in Miami Half Marathon (Miami Herald)

- Dubai Marathon fastest in history ( (IAAF report)

- Elite fields announced for Tokyo Marathon (

- Shigetomo wins Osaka Marathon (read more)

Tony's Trials - 39:30

- 'Get Lost Tony'

Training Talk - 41:47

- Liz Yelling talks to Imogen Norton about running before and after childbirth

- To download the full interview click HERE

Interview - 56:10

- Sir Chris Chataway (Part One)

- As a double Olympian, World record holder over 5,000m, Commonwealth and European medallist, and BBC Sports Personality of the year (all in 1954!) Chris is a true legend of British running. Tom caught up with him to talk through the early years of his amazing career.

- Tune in next week to hear part two.

Rant - 1:42:00

- Gareth Boyd rants about miserable moaners! 

Close - 1:44:04

- Martin will be... Running round London, cracking out a session, and meeting some experts! 

- Tom will be... Celebrating Helen's birthday, running round London, and getting muddy :)

  1. John Tougher
    Posts: 392

    Great show agin as usual chaps
    It's a pity you spoke to Haile last week. I would loved to have heard what he had to say about the performance of the ethioians in Dubai.

    2nd February 2012 20:46:32
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  2. Nathan Warren
    Posts: 32

    Given how much you guys love the mile, how about you give a shout out to the Sports Relief miles that are taking place across the country this year?

    Avatar 5th February 2012 10:45:08    
    Dave Johnson Says:

    I was planning to do the Age UK 'Wrap Up and Run' 10k in Coventry that day (25 Mar), but am tempted by this... and now, looking at the distances and start times, I wonder if I might manage all three distances (1, 3 and 6 miles). All new distances so three new PBs!
    I wonder if I could enter as a 'family' of three...

    4th February 2012 19:32:44
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  3. Roger Walters
    Posts: 25

    exceptionally good interview this week, I loved his sense it hurt so much because we didn't train properly but we got good times because we were willing to suffer


    4th February 2012 22:09:54
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  4. John Pares
    Posts: 50

    Hearing Chris Chataway reminded me of the London to Brighton ultra in 2005. I was running through Crawley (I think) when a down-and-out stopped rummaging through a bin and shouted "Chris Chataway" at me. Apart from not being as good-looking, well-spoken or fast as Chris, I can understand the resemblance.

    5th February 2012 12:38:32
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  5. User Removed
    Posts: 40

    episode 46 the anagram bedisclue is seducible catching up on the episodes fast will be up to date some time this year!

    8th February 2012 01:26:04
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  6. Helen Williams
    Posts: 6

    Very proud of Tom for this interview. I listened to part one this morning and thought it was fantastic, looking forward to part two tmrw!

    8th February 2012 19:02:36
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