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The Herd’s Top Podcasts

We recently asked the Lonely Goat community, on Instagram and Facebook, to tell us their favourite podcasts – whether they’re running related, or not. We’ve compiled their responses and present the results here for your listening pleasure.

We’ve split them into four different categories, to help you find your way through the list, but many of these could have fallen into more than one section. We hope you enjoy discovering your fellow Goats’ favourite podcasts.

Running

In alphabetical order, here are the Lonely Goat members’ favourite podcasts about running.

  • A Runner’s Life, by ‘Marathon Marcus’ Brown – training tips and features, plus interviews with runners, including Hugh Brasher, Alison Mariella Désir, and Knox Robinson.
  • Billy Yang Podcast – filmmaker, Billy Yang, has conversations with athletes, creatives and entrepreneurs on what drives and inspires them.
  • C Tolle Run, by Carrie Tollefson – an Olympian interviews other runners, including élites such as Grayson Murphy, Karissa Schweizer, and Molly Huddle.
  • Cook Eat Run, by Charlie Watson, aka ‘The Runner Beans’ – talking to runners about real food.
  • Feel Good Running, by Jim Lynch – inspiration and motivation for the everyday runner.
  • Free Weekly Timed, by Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams – all about parkrun.
  • I’ll Have Another, by Lindsey Hein – motivating, inspiring and fun conversations.
  • Jogging for Cake – a podcast to get you jogging in 9 weeks.
  • Keep Running, by Rachel Stringer and Armana Rai – conversations with inspiring runners, including Dean Karnazes and Mara Yamauchi.
  • Marathon Talk, by Martin Yelling, Tom William, and co. – possibly the best known, longest-running podcast about marathons.
  • Runners on Trail – the trail running podcast by mid-pack runners for mid-pack runners.
  • Runner’s World UK Podcast – discussing topics from the world of running.
  • Running Commentary, by Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson – talking about life, comedy and running, whilst running.
  • Running for Real, by Tina Muir – featuring experts from across the running world.
  • RunPod, by Jenni Falconer – featuring special guests, including Charlotte Purdue, Ollie Ollerton, and Paula Radcliffe.
  • Running With Jake – The Plodcast, by Jake Lowe – a weekly dose of motivation.
  • Science of Ultra Podcast – surely the highest PhD to interviewee ratio of any running podcast.
  • The Bad Boy Running Podcast, by Jody Raynsford and David Hellard – the sort of conversations about running that you might have in the pub.
  • The Morning Shakeout, by Mario Fraioli – with an accompanying newsletter, runner and coach, Mario Fraioli, speaks to guests from all across the running world.
  • The Way of the Runner, by Adharanand Finn (who was the first subject of our ‘In the Pen’ interview series) – interviews with an eclectic mix of runners, including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Chrissie Wellington, and Abdi Nageeye.
  • Trail Running Podcast – all about trail running and almost 500 episodes strong.
  • Well Far, with Amy Lane – advice and tips to build your endurance and confidence.
  • Women’s Running Magazine Podcast – a brand new podcast, featuring a different inspiring woman runner every fortnight, starting with Anna McNuff (who answered our questions for our ‘In the Pen’ interview series).

Other sports, health or wellbeing

It seems the Lonely Goats are a health-minded bunch, as other sports, exercise, fitness, and mental wellbeing podcasts featured in your favourites.

  • Don’t Tell Me The Score, by Simon Mundie – from the BBC Radio 4 show that looks at what sport can teach us about life.
  • Everything Endurance, by Beyond the Ultimate – conversations with endurance athletes, including Damian Hall, Lazarus Lake, and Jenny Tough.
  • Feel Better, Live More, by Dr Rangan Chatterjee – consistently the no. 1 health podcast in the UK.
  • Flats and Shanks, by David Flatman and Tom Shanklin – two former professional rugby players talk about the sport.
  • Happy Place, by Fearne Cotton – interviews with guests, including Gary Barlow, Paloma Faith, and Dawn French, looking at how to find the joy in each day.
  • Living Adventurously, by Alastair Humphreys – interviews with guests, including all about living an adventurous life.
  • The Adventure Sports Podcast, by Mason Gravely – in depth interviews with adventure sports enthusiasts from around the globe.
  • The Inner Fight Podcast – an information-packed talk show from the Dubai-based ‘human performance’ brand.
  • The Rich Roll Podcast – ever popular podcast hosted by ultra-triathlete, Rich Roll, focusing on wellness and featuring a diverse range of guests.
  • The Rugby Pod, by Andy Rowe, Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton – light-hearted chats about rugby.
  • The Socially Distant Sports Bar, by Mike Bubbins, Steff Garrero and Elis James –  three mates chatting about their favourite sports documentaries, books and video clips.

Interesting

Whether it’s gardening, movies, history or music, you may be entertained and educated by this selection of podcasts.

  • Desert Island Discs – the podcast of the classic BBC Radio 4 show in which celebrities share the music that means the most to them.
  • Gardeners’ Question Time – from the BBC Radio 4 show in which a panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience.
  • How to Fail, by Elizabeth Day – celebrating things that haven’t gone right.
  • Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, by Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo – the title says it all, really.
  • Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton – a nostalgia drenched celebration of the best music and pop culture from the 1990s from BBC Radio 2.
  • The Greatest Movie Ever!, by ‘The Almighty Gooberzilla’ and co-hosts – a podcast all about movies, especially weird and idiosyncratic ones.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience – one of the world’s most popular podcasts, with a diverse range of guests.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk, by Al Murray and James Holland – all about the Second World Way.

Funny

Podcasts are a great way to inject a little comedy into your life. These are the Goats’ favourite funny podcasts.

  • Athletico Mince, by Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson – in theory, this is a podcast about football, with a cast of real and fictional characters.
  • Lockdown Parenting Hell, by Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe – parenting… just not as you know it.
  • My Favourite Murder, by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – a weekly, true crime, comedy podcast.
  • Shagged. Married. Annoyed, by Rosie and Chris Ramsey – all about life, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting, growing up and everything in between.
  • The Adam Buxton Podcast – comedian, writer and actor, Adam Buxton, interviewees friends and celebrities, including Louis Theroux, Malcolm Gladwell, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • The Dollop, by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds – a humorous look at individuals and events from history.
  • We Hate Movies, by Andrew Jupin, Chris Cabin, Eric Szyszka and Stephen Sajdak – humourously dissecting bad movies.
  • You’re Dead To Me, by Greg Jenner – from the BBC Radio 4 show about history for people who don’t like history.

How to enjoy these podcasts

If you’re not already a podcast aficionado, there are a range of ways you can enjoy the Lonely Goats’ favourite podcasts.

Possibly the easiest method is using a dedicated podcast app on your phone or tablet. If you don’t have a podcast app, you can download one from your app store. Acast, Apple Podcasts, Himalaya, Podbean, Soundcloud, Spotify, and Stitcher are all popular, though there are many others, too. Each has a slightly different user interface, so you may want to experiment to find the one you prefer.

Once you’ve logged into your podcast app, do a search for any of the podcasts above. Most podcasts are available on most apps, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the podcast you’re looking for.

Discover your new favourite podcast

There is a broad range of podcasts in this list, so there is bound to be something you enjoy – whether it’s running focused or not. Check them out and you might just discover your new favourite.

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Read about the Lonely Goat community’s favourite books about running, here.