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A conversation with Liz O' Riordan

I speak to the incredible Liz O’ Riordan. Liz is a British consultant breast surgeon who treated and supported women with breast cancer for 20 years. Then, to her horror, she was diagnosed with third stage breast cancer at the age of 40. She has been through surgery, chemo, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and a rare local reoccurance around a year ago. Liz is open to talking about the entire spectrum of her personal experience - at times excrutiatingly difficult - from the questioning of her...


A conversation with Jo Dyke (Melanoma Jo)

Meet Jo Dyke, also known for her blog melanomajo.com. A diagnosis at the age of 18 with early stage Melanoma (skin cancer) led her down an unexpected path in life for her entire 20s. She has been through the works of cancer treatment - from major operations on her organs to chemotherapy and immunotherapy. At 23 she was told she was a stage four patient and had around 18 months to live, but nine years later after an incredibly successful immunotherapy treatment she is cancer free and trying...


A conversation with Ashley Smith

We have featured several different mental health conditions on the podcast, and I feel ALL mental health struggles are important to shine a light on, but still some are much less socially acceptable to talk about and accept into our social circles than others. Schizophrenia seems to be one of these conditions, certainly in my understanding. One that people still associate with institutions, violent crime and assumptions that sufferers are not capable of living a normal life. Ashley Smith is...


A conversation with Paula McGuire

Paula is an author, columnist, public speaker, radio presenter and adventurer. Since her youth she has dealt with crippling anxiety disorder, which saw her confining herself indoors and unable to communicate comfortably in the world. Through an incredibly unique approach she has found a way to manage her anxiety and do the things she has always been terrified of - in her own words turning her barriers into climbing frames. She is a force to be reckoned with and has proven to her own mind...


A conversation with Isla Short

Isla is a pro mountain biker and cyclist with bags of life experience and wisdom beyond her 22 years. She was Scottish champion in both Mountain Bike and Cyclo-Cross for two years running before becoming Elite British Mountain Bike Series champion in 2016 and competing at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, placing an amazing 5th place. In a career best, she also placed fourth in the Mountain Bike World Cup last year. This girl is 22, people. More than her results, Isla has been through a lot...


A conversation with Lucy Colquhoun

This episode features my good friend Lucy Colquhoun. Many in the UK running community will know Lucy or have seen her name next to course records in ultramarathons. She is still the female record holder on the 95-mile long West Highland Way Race in Scotland, with a time of 17:16 which has stood for well over a decade. Lucy is most certainly not defined by her running though and this was a fascinating opportunity to learn more about her mindset on running and racing, what drives her in life,...


A conversation with Sarah Williams

In this episode we meet Sarah Williams. I said when I started the podcast I wanted to feature a whole variety of different life challenges, and unconventional career change was up there. Sarah is well known in the world of female adventuring – you may have heard her Tough Girl Podcast and if you haven’t go give it a listen. A blogger, vlogger, podcaster and motivational speaker who has chalked up a lengthy list of long-distance endurance adventures, from hiking the Appalachian trail in 100...


A conversation with Natalie Scroggie

Natalie, also known as This Vet Runs, her blogger alias, is a veterinary surgeon based in Nottingham. Just over a year ago she suffered a miscarriage following a surprise pregnancy. Natalie believes passionately that we should be able to talk more about this extremely common human experience, rather than hiding it away out of sight but dominating many minds behind closed doors, and perpetuating the stigma that persists in our 21st century society that its uncomfortable for women (and men) to...


A conversation with Jeri Howland

I met Jeri in 2017 after The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile in San Francisco. Jeri and her husband were so generous in hosting me in gorgeous Marin County and I got to learn a little about their lives. I had the opportunity to catch up with Jeri this spring, fresh from her finish at the American River. Jeri is an incredible athlete, a mother, grandmother, wife to another Jerry, former development director for a rainforest conservation NGO, consultant, coach and organic food business...


A conversation with Ross Brannigan

In this episode we meet Ross Brannigan. A runner, writer and communicator wise well beyond his years, who has experienced an eating disorder as a young man. Ross is still just 23 years old but bursting with an impressive level of self-awareness, honesty and positivity about his experiences. He is able to reflect clearly on his anorexia, and we talk about what life was like in his mind when he was struggling hard with it, what helped him move forward and what recovery looks like for him...


A conversation with William Sichel

There’s a lot to say about William Sichel. Talking to a guy with over 600 speed and distance records to his name means a lot of learning. William is an ultra distance athlete who at age 65 is still smashing boundaries in distances from 100k to 3,100 miles, whilst running a business on Orkney, being a dad and coaching other athletes in his hugely successful training strategies. Forgetting all facts or figures, he’s an amazing example of living a non conformist life and facing discomforts, and...


A conversation with Fi Martynoga

Fi Martynoga is some woman. An acclaimed Scottish author writing about our natural environment and wildlife, as well as a passionate environmentalist, museum researcher, mother and grandmother. Back in 2005 she created a unique venture for herself; to live self-sufficiently as if it were 1792, alone in a one-room outbuilding. Challenged to prove that an 18th-century diet was better than today’s, she recreated the lifestyle of Scottish ancestors, living from own produce and handcrafted...


A conversation with Jen Scotney

There is so much to say about Jen Scotney and we had a lot to talk about. Jen is a human rights lawyer, long distance runner, dog lover, vegan athlete and partner of pro ultra runner Marcus Scotney. Over and above all of the labels she is simply a cool and down to earth human; radically honest and modest in equal part and someone who faces up square to the hurdles of life. We talk not long after her second Spine Challenger race and hear the gritty reality of what nearly 40 hours on that...


A conversation with Gavin Bussey and Giles Ruck: Part Two

This is the second part of the super special episode with Giles Ruck and Gavin Bussey, two incredible guys who I am honoured to call friends. They joined me for a marathon conversation about their life-changing adventure at a monster multi-day event called the Petit Trot de Leon (PTL) last year, the big daddy of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) series. By the UTMB's design this is not a race but a run, and quite a run it is: 25,000 metres of ascent over a highly technical, alpine 300km...


A conversation with Gavin Bussey and Giles Ruck: Part One

This is the first part of a super special episode with Giles Ruck and Gavin Bussey, two incredible guys who I am honoured to call friends. They joined me for a marathon conversation about their life-changing adventure at a monster multi-day event called the Petit Trot de Leon (PTL) last year, the big daddy of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) series. By the UTMB's design this is not a race but a run, and quite a run it is: 25,000 metres of ascent over a highly technical, alpine 300km...


A conversation with Liz Richardson

Introducing the amazing Liz Richardson. This one was such a treat to record as Liz is a great friend of mine here in Edinburgh. She is a talented athlete, immersed in the world of triathlon and racing at an international level, at distances from sprint to half ironman. In terms of improvement in the sport Liz has taken it to another level altogether. From struggling to finish her first races Liz had 5 overall podium wins and 3 age group wins last year, and qualified for the half ironman...


A conversation with Jeni Rees-Jenkins

Jeni Rees-Jenkins everyone! Those in the Scottish running community will know this woman well, she is a positive force in our world and an impressive regular on the ultra racing scene. After a very tough time at school Jeni has suffered with depression on and off since her youth and over the past 7 years has been through a transformation in lifestyle and mental health. Becoming a teacher, taking up running, talking truthfully, learning to be mindful and experiencing a third world country are...


A conversation with Gayle Tait

You’re about to hear from the incredible Gayle Tait. Gayle and I know each other through the running 'family' here in Scotland, we met at her first ultra in 2013. Gayle is fiercely passionate about the trails and mountains and has completed races including the UTMB CCC, Mont Blanc 90km and Ultra Trail Monte Rosa. She is a mother of two and a P/T who has her own story with mental health issues, specifically depression and suicidal thoughts. She has also been battling a potentially...


A conversation with Andy and Aneela McKenna

Two for one in this episode! Those in the Scottish mountain biking and adventure community will know Andy and Aneela McKenna well, they are an inspiration for the advocacy they do around MS, biking, living honestly and our beautiful outdoors. They were featured in the beautiful film by Andy McCandlish, This Way Up, which has done the rounds at mountain film festivals like Kendal, giving insight into their lives as mountain bike guides with their company Go Where. 12 years ago, Andy was...


A conversation with Benjamin Butler

Introducing Benjamin Butler....Futurist, writer, speaker and coach. If you don’t know what a Futurist is then listen in! Benjamin divides his time between the west and Asia, living with his wife and daughter in South Korea. He’s lived life as a stockbroker, set up his own futurism consulting business and travelled extensively from Silicon Valley to Japan, meeting visionaries, entrepreneurs, Zen Masters and the Dalai Lama’s Oracle. Our lives collided four years ago, when Benjamin’s sister...