Every episode of Talk Ultra is made up of several elements. Two main features are the ‘Main Interview’ and a ’15 minutes of Fame’.
I appreciate that you may want to go back and listen to these interviews individually as separate downloads, I therefore will add interviews and chosen 15 mins of fame to this page with direct links in retrospect after the original interview has been aired in a Talk Ultra episode.
David Horton – listen HERE
David grew up like many of you did – playing team sports (basketball and football). In college he played a little basketball and ran one season of track and cross-country. In the next several years, he got married, had two kids, exercised sporadically, gained 15-20 pounds, and eventually went back to graduate school. In the spring of 1977, he began running again, starting out with 3 miles (it nearly killed him to run that far). He DNF’ed his first race (a marathon), but he was hooked and has been ever since. He subsequently completed a marathon and moved to Virginia in 1978. In 1979 he heard that they had a 50 mile race in Maryland called the “John F. Kennedy 50 Miler”. He read everything that he could (which was very little at the time) and trained as hard as he thought he could. He also called Tom Osler and sought out his advice. On November 19, 1979, he completed the JFK 50 Miler in 7:43, placing 24th out of 405 starters. With this simple start, David has become one of the most accomplished and respected ultra runners in the world. David Horton is a legend of ultra running. Listen to his incredible story.
Ryan Sandes – listen HERE
Ryan Sandes really needs no introduction. South African born he is an incredible multi-stage runner and set the running world on fire with his wins in the five deserts. He won Leadville 100 in 2011, he placed 2nd at Western States 100 in 2012 breaking the old course record and has just set a new record for the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. You can read about his achievements here
Adam Campbell – listen HERE
A former member of the Canadian National Triathlon and Duathlon teams, in 2006 Adam decided to shed the extra gear and rely solely on his running shoes to get around. He also decided to put down the stopwatch and set intervals and hit the trails. Adam’s love for running began on the beaches of West Africa and Spain, where he spent his childhood running after soccer balls and chasing waves. It wasn’t until he moved to Canada in his late teens that he began running competitively. His running goals are to seek out interesting challenges in inspiring settings. A lifelong traveler and racer, Adam’s new belief is: if you are going to be suffering, you might as well suffer somewhere beautiful!
Anna Frost – listen HERE
New Zealand born Anna Frost is a Salomon sponsored athlete and a lover of the mountains. She loves going up and loves coming down. In 2012 she is branching out into the ultra distances and had a superb win at the Transvulcania La Palma the first of the Skyrunning ultra series.
Arthur Webb – listen HERE
70 year old Arthur Webb has run Badwater Ultra Marathon 14 times. In 2012 we caught up with him before he want back to Death Valley for the 15th attempt.
Billy Isherwood – listen HERE
One of nine children Billy was born into a world of violence and extreme poverty along with his two brothers and six sisters. His world as a child along with his siblings was to know nothing else but being constantly beaten and kept a prisoner in the house and never being allowed out to play. Having eventually grown up and left home he ran with the skinhead gangs and into a world of alcohol and drug abuse, written of by the medical profession with the words that he would either be dead are commit suicide before he reached the age of fifty. However his life was about to change in a dramatic way and eventually lead him seven thousand miles away to Chile South America as he took part in one of the worlds most extreme desert marathons The Atacama Desert.
Chris Bairstow – listen HERE
Chris is a cinematographer, whether shooting documentaries or drama, he makes visually and emotionally engaging films, so that the audience can fully immerse themselves in the world of the story and characters. Chris worked on the legendary 1995 Western States filming Ann Trason and Tarahumara Indians.
Comrades Marathon – listen HERE
This is a special edition show. We outline the race and its history and then we interview a selection of people to provide a feel of what makes this race so special. Interviews include: Bruce Fordyce, Zola Budd, Casper Greef, Steve Williams and Nicolas Classen