October 29, 2020
This week’s guest is a “special interest” episode for me.
Harry Summers is an elite runner who grew up in NSW but now lives in Victoria. He has run sub 28 minutes for 10,000m and sub 13:40 for the 5,000m and represented Australia at the World Half Marathon Championships, World Cross Country Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games team. If all this was not enough Harry has won the City to Surf fun run three times (80,000 runners competing) and only just missed Steve Moneghetti’s race record by 2 seconds. Harry has been really open about his battles with alcohol and his mental health, we talk about how this has impacted his athletic career over the years and what the turning point was for several positive changes in his life. Earlier this year Harry ran from Bondi Beach to Byron Bay to spread some awareness around mental health, over this two-week period he raised several thousand dollars and ran a marathon a day in the process. I really appreciated Harry being so open and honest and sharing his story, you can see some huge growth the last few years. There are some pretty heavy themes in this podcast and if it brings up any mental health issues for you , please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14 or to a family member or close friend.
The episode is nearly two hours long and would be perfect for that longer run!
You can follow harry on instagram on @harrydessummers.
October 22, 2020
This week’s runner is Abbie Butler who lives in Launceston. Abbie is one of the best junior runners in Tasmania. Her pet event is the 2,000m steeplechase, Abbie is the current state record holder for this event from under 16 to under 20. She also won the National All schools Championship for this event in the under 16 age group and has a current personal best of 6:47. Both her parents are runners and it was only a matter of time before Abbie took up the sport. Her coach is her father and we talk about this relationship and how important her parents have been in her running career to date and her goal of representing her country at the World Junior Titles for the steeple. In the next few weeks, she will be competing in the 5km race at Launceston Running Festival and will be aiming for a new personal best in the event. Abbie is such a focused young runner and this is really evident in our conversation. When she is not running, she loves hanging out at her grandparent’s farm and spending time with friends. Abbie has a big future in this sport and it will be great to watch her running career develop in the coming years.
October 14, 2020
This week’s guest is Grant page who lives in Hobart and who has been running for over 25 years. Grant won his first state title as a 12-year-old and then went onto win a bronze medal at the National Under 20 champs as a junior. He continued his progression as athlete being a regular finalist in the 1500m at Nationals and boasting a personal best of 3:42 over this distance. He was the previous state record holder for 1,000m and 3,000m, as well as also having a great range over 10km events and boasting a very impressive 10km personal best of 29:40 at the Launceston ten in 2009, the same year he was third in the Burnie Ten. When Grant is not running, he is a mechanic at the RACT and instead of having a regular cat or dog for a pet, he has a wallaby called Rooby. He is the current record holder for the number of wins at a City to Casino and he has won this race an impressive 8 times throughout his career. We talk about these races, injuries he has suffered, what the future for athletics at grassroots level is and life in general. Grant is one of Tassie’s best ever distance runners and has had a career to be proud of.
October 8, 2020
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This week’s episode is with Nick Barnes and @acourto , both runners are taking part in the @everydaylions /Dannebrog Cafe challenge along with @anthonyelma1970. They will be racing over a 5km handicap race on the 25th of October and will be racing for some cash and coffee. Both these runners have had injuries leading into this race and we will be discussing this and what their training has looked like during this period. Amy is a barista and cook at Reliquaire and Nick has his own milk vending and fertilising business. Over the years both have competed in many races and we will discuss these and any future events they have on their radar.
We break down what is going to happen with the Dannebrog Café challenge and who is looking the favourite to win this race. If you would like to spectate this race, it will be at 9 a.m in morning and will be starting outside the Dannebrog Café. I thank Jan and Sally for their wonderful sponsorship for this event. Please support their business in anyway and please reach out to Nick and Amy if you have enjoyed this podcast.
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September 30, 2020
Nicole Perry is from Devonport and has been running for 19 years and she has accumulated many carnivals wins during the carnival series including the Devonport gift and Burnie 400m three times Over the years she has been State Champion of the 800m on several occasions and twice a silver medalist at the National under 23 Athletics Championships. Nicole was a registered nurse for a number of years before going back to study and choosing a career in dentistry. She has run 2:08 for 800m and 56 seconds for the 400m, when Nicole is not running, she loves spending time with her dog MO the Weimaraner (pictured) and loves fashion. She is a great role model for the up and coming runners who are coached by previous podcast guest Mick Gunson and who are part of the well-known “Gunners runners” stable.
You can follow Mo the dog @mo_the_grey
September 24, 2020
This week’s guest is Pat McMahon from Devonport and he who has been running for over 50 years. He has had a decorated athletic career winning several races in the carnivals. Pat has won at Stawell athletic carnival four times and is the second Tasmanian only to be inducted into the Stawell Hall of Fame. Pat had an amazing range winning races from 70m until the mile and would compete in the cross-country season in the winter. He has run 1:50/51 low for 800m and 49 seconds for 400m, for a day job he was a police sergeant in the Tasmanian Police force for over 40 years and was stationed all over the state. We talk about all these races as well as being part of the United Nations Peacekeeping in Cyprus, his job as a police officer, racing in the World Police Games in America and more.
If all this wasn’t enough, he has been awarded the Australian Police medal and is the current handicapper of the PCCCT running club. Pat has some amazing stories and life experience and I could personally listen to him all day. Pat still runs and loves it as much as he did when he first started. Please contact Pat if you have enjoyed this podcast.
September 20, 2020
Part 2 - Tim talks about the ups and downs in his life. What the relationships of his mate Shane Taylor means to him, and his endurance run in Nepal and where he sees the Tim Blair Run For Kids foundation going the next few years.
September 16, 2020
This week’s guest is Tim Blair from Devonport who has been running since 1994. Tim like a lot of people took up running later in life and took to the Ultra Long distances like a duck to water.
He has accumulated 100s PCCCT events, but where he made his mark was doing charity runs for Kids suffering from cancer under the Tim Blair Run for Kids foundation, in particular his run with best mate Shane Taylor from the Bluff Beach to Bondi beach (800km in 7 days) and his amazing run at altitude in Nepal which was also for charity.
We talk about how important his family has been in this journey, his personal ups and downs in his life and how amazing the local community has been in helping raising 500,000 dollars for children suffering from cancer.
Tim’s goals are to bring awareness about childhood cancer within the community and get more government funding.
Tim’s next challenge will be a group ride from Campbell Town to Devonport which is 170km on the 19th of September and then 5 days later he will be running 60km from Burnie to Devonport.
If you would like to donate to this amazing charity and event, you can by following this link below or going into a Bendigo Bank branch.
September 9, 2020
This week’s guest is Jenny Gillard who lives in Hobart and has been running for a number of years. Jenny boasts some impressive personal bests running low 17s for 5km and a 2:41 marathon. She won the 2006 Gold Coast Marathon which doubled as the Australian title that year. Jen’s husband Kim Gillard who is also an elite athlete in his own right, runs the local running store Runner’s Edge and writes Jenny training programmes. If all this wasn’t enough, she has tried her hand at event management and was the race director of the City to Casino. We also chat about what impact her late sister Kerryn McCann and Commonwealth Games champion in 2002 and 2006 for the marathon has had on her career, her time in America and her talented children who both play sport.
September 3, 2020
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This week’s guest is Shane Hanson who is from Burnie. His preferred distances are ultra-marathons and he has done many of these in all parts of Australia and we talk about some of the highs and lows during some of these events. Shane is coached by John McGuire the last 8 years and has run several 100 club runs with the PCCCT. The Stanley 8km race is in honour of Shane’s dad who introduced him to the running, this run obviously is very special to the Hanson Family. He is really funny guy and one of my fondest memories is spending the day with Shane post Melbourne Marathon and negotiating all the steps that the city offered.