The Team

Rob, Matt and the team all met through social media, and forged a friendship during the 1st UK Covid lockdown.

The biggest thing the guys all loved about the online running community was how so many people had so many amazing stories. Running does not only provide inspiration from the fastest or the strongest, but from the extraordinary ordinaries who we interact with every single day.

Meet The Team

Rob

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Matt

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Rob - Podcast host

Rob

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Podcast host and resident loud-mouth, Rob can usually be found telling people what to do or harping on about the fact he is Vegan. 

 

Rob is a self proclaimed ‘reluctant runner’ which begs the question ‘why does he host a running podcast’?! 

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: Holymoorside 10k

 

Favourite Parkrun: Rother Valley

 

Favourite pre race fuel:

A massive bowl of pasta with tons of veggies

 

Favourite ever episode:

Interviewing Fiona Oakes (S2 Ep2) was very special to me as she is a real life hero of mine.

 

(In his own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“So many people get so much out of running and achieve such incredible things. Just because they are not ‘elite’ runners, doesn’t mean their amazing stories shouldn’t be told!. Plus you can just skip through the bits with me and Matt if that makes life easier!”

 

You can find out more about Rob by following him on social media:

 

Instagram: @littlerunnerboyrob

Twitter: @robhitchmough

Matt - Podcast host

Matt

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Podcast host and resident Tiny Dancer, Matt has a number of hobbies including Strava Art, refereeing and pretending to be injured

 

Alongside his on-air duties Matt is a creative little soul and is responsible for all of the artwork and graphics you see on the website and social media.

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: London Marathon

 

Favourite parkrun: Rotherham (only one I’ve done) 

 

Favourite pre race fuel: Meat feast pizza (sorry Rob) 

 

Favourite podcast episode: Jon Flynn (S1 Ep1) - not because of the guest (he was amazing though) but because it was start of our silly little journey 

 

(In his own words) Why should you listen to the podcast:

"we each have a story to tell, whether that's a goal you've accomplished, a weight loss journey, recovery from major injury, or running a world record around the world barefoot. Most importantly we try to bring a smile to everyone listening" 

 

You can find out more about Matt by following him on social media:

 

Instagram: @mattyowls 

Twitter: @mathewtaylor6

Meet The Team

Matt

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Podcast host and resident Tiny Dancer, Matt has a number of hobbies including Strava Art, refereeing and pretending to be injured

 

Alongside his on-air duties Matt is a creative little soul and is responsible for all of the artwork and graphics you see on the website and social media.

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

 

Favorite race: 

London Marathon

 

Favourite parkrun:

Rotherham (only one I’ve done) 

 

Favourite pre race fuel:

Meat feast pizza (sorry Rob) 

 

Favourite podcast episode:

Jon Flynn (S1 Ep1) - not because of the guest (he was amazing though) but because it was start of our silly little journey 

 

(in his own words) why should you listen to the podcast:

"we each have a story to tell, whether that's a goal you've accomplished, a weight loss journey, recovery from major injury, or running a world record around the world barefoot. Most importantly we try to bring a smile to everyone listening" 

 

You can find out more about Matt by following him on social media:

 

Instagram: @mattyowls 

Twitter: @mathewtaylor6

Editor Jack

Jack

Podcast Editor, host of our YouTube show After The Finish Line and owner of the world's softest red velvet blazer. If Jack isn't talking about running then he’s probably asleep.

 

Jack is also an aspiring running coach and everyone’s favourite little brother. He cannot, however, remember his own Instagram handle or do impressions.

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: The Grizzly

 

Favourite Parkrun: Worthing 

 

Favourite pre race fuel: A big pizza with chicken, peppers and onions

 

Favourite ever episode: The Nick Butter Episode S3 EP1, Nick is amazing and running a marathon with him recently makes it more special

 

(In his own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“Simply because it's light hearted, easy to listen to and you're most likely going to laugh out loud (cringe that I've said LOL in full) anyway it's just a barrel of laughs, silliness and sometimes actual nerdy chat about running and running topics."

 

You can find out more about Jack by following him on social media:

 

Instagram: @jackpenfoldrunning

Twitter: @jackers_penfold

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Jo - Admin Queen

Jo

Known as the "Admin Queen", Jo basically organises Rob's podcast life! Lots of fingers in lots of pies behind the scenes. Loves a mundane task. 

 

Jo went from 5k to marathon in 17 weeks back in 2018, and has been forever injured since! Happiest on the trails, holds the record for number of poos on the morning of a race!

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know: 

Favourite race: Dewsbury 10k 

Favourite Parkrun: Only done 3 and don't like any of them

Favourite pre race fuel: Veggie pizza 

 

Favourite ever episode:

Women's takeover episode obvs !! 

(In her own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“The show is such an honest and funny production, and whilst it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not - it's mates having a laugh whilst loosely talking about running.  It also doesn't shy away from the tough topics, like mental health and street harassment, etc. Not to mention the amazing guests it has on telling their incredible stories"


 

You can find out more about Jo by following her on social media: 

 

Instagram: @now_then_mardy_bum_

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Lou

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Lou is the one of the creative forces behind WTF, a valuable part of our writing team, particularly the various skits and sketches you see across our socials and YouTube

 

She also pops along every now and then to lighten the on-air load for the lads and amazingly has the most interesting and varied cast of characters you could imagine living at her house….and none of them are ever seen together at the same time….go figure!


 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: MK half marathon (her only race which hasn’t been virtual)

 

Favourite Parkrun: Willen Lake in Milton Keynes 

 

Favourite pre race fuel: Bagel with peanut butter 

 

Favourite episode: Matthew Pullan series 2 episode 3, such an inspirational human! Great episode 

 

(In her own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“Simply for the lols and that’s it .... joke. 

Serious talk, every week they interview someone truly inspiring.. not because they are achieving crazy unimaginable things but because they are humans doing something for them, their happiness, their goals and making people see anything is possible. 

It’s not about times, record holders and who’s the best ... it’s about what makes you proud and doing just that”

 

You can find out more about Louise by following her on social media:

 

Instagram: @sweat_much

Meet The Team

Paul - Website Manager

Paul

Website manager responsible for uploading new content and can also be found behind the scenes, often helping to film some of the outdoor IGTV / You Tube segments.

 

Paul is a big coffee and cake lover and can often be found in his nearest coffee shop posting pics on social media.

 

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: Great North Run

 

Favourite Parkrun: Rother Valley 

 

Favourite pre race fuel: Chicken & rice (especially a cheeky Nando's)

 

Favourite ever episode: Tom Dunning (S1 EP3), really inspirational and moving story and one that I really resonated with.  Plus this was the episode with the infamous crayon effort in the Make Matt Run segment.

(In his own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“It's such a fab mix of light hearted chat that's suitable for all levels of runners with great chats with ordinary runners.  The guests are so relatable yet inspirational and we're not afraid to discuss important issues too.

Each episode is unique and you can find yourself laughing one minute and crying the next.  We love hearing from all runners and are so pleased to be part of the supportive running community. 

 

You can find out more about Paul by following him on social media:

 

Instagram: @mcpaul_road_to_london

Twitter: @McPaul279

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Sammy - Social media manager

Sammy

Sammy manages the podcast social media pages, interacting with our Fartlek family at all hours. She also lists amongst her accomplishments - writing the podcast theme tune and being married to Rob for 6 years without murdering him

 

Sammy is fairly new to running but loves taking on new challenges and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. She also believed that planes navigated through the sky using road signs attached to clouds until she was 30 years old

5 things you never knew you needed to know:

Favourite race: York 10k

 

Favourite Parkrun: Knowsley

 

Favourite pre race fuel: Bourbon biscuits and a brew

Favourite podcast episode:

Women’s takeover (S2 Ep11) as it was great to get a chance to speak to so many inspirational women and have a go at hosting

 

(In her own words) Why should you listen to the show:

“If you are looking for inspiration that you can relate to then this is the show for you. It is real stories from real people”

 

You can find out more about Sammy by following her on social media:

 

Instagram: @sam_runs_hitchmough

Twitter: @samEFC85

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Statman Jon

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Dislikes: Pigeons, Paying taxes

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