Conversations about Running
Podcast with the Kenya Experience team
Join Gavin, Callum and Hugo as they discuss all things running with wide ranging conversations about serious and not so serious issues within the running world. Our three hosts each bring a unique perspective to the conversation allowing us to go in depth on important topics as well as share personal anecdotes and experiences on running and racing.
The Podcast is hosted by Gavin founder of Kenya Experience, alongside Callum who works in the Kenya Experience UK office and Hugo who is our Head Coach on camp.
Listen to our podcast just for fun, to learn from Coach Hugo, or to get to know the team behind the Kenya Experience camps.
Join us, the team behind the Kenya Experience running camps, for episode 7 of Conversations About Running.
In this episode we look back on some exciting races that have taken place in recent weeks, including Joshua Cheptegei’s incredible 5000m world record. How much help was the new LED peacemaking system when going for a world record attempt? And how on earth do you find pacers who can keep up that pace!?
In the second half of the episode we turn our attention to the rise of Norwegian distance running, calling on Callum’s recent experience of training with some of the top runners in Norway. How have the Ingebrigtsen brother’s influenced the training approach of a nation? Could this be a country to keep an eye on in the coming years as times get faster and faster 👀
Join us for episode 4 of the ‘Conversations About Running’ podcast where Gavin, Callum & Hugo put each other on the spot with some thought provoking (mainly running related) questions. Hear about Gavin’s experiences of running a business while training as an athlete, Hugo’s thoughts on modern tech in the running world, and why Callum feels somehow disheartened and inspired when training with elite Kenyan runners!
The world is in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, and in this, the first episode of The Kenya Experience podcast we discuss what it’s like to be a runner during this time of uncertainty. Gavin and Callum discuss their experiences as athletes in the UK during ‘Lockdown’ and Hugo joins us live from Iten, where he updates us on the situation in Kenya and how coronavirus is effecting life for him and the professional runners who are based in Iten.
For Callum it’s been fairly plain sailing and without any races on the horizon he has been able to enjoy a relaxed approach to his serious training (he’s run 14:20 for 5k!). For Gavin, it’s been a tricky few weeks having picked up an injury early during the UK’s lockdown and subsequently being unable to access treatment. After sulking for a few weeks, he has since hit the bike in an attempt to retain some sanity and some fitness. Whilst for Hugo much of day to day life remains unchanged.
In the first half of the podcast Gavin and Callum also give some background info on themselves, and recall their own journeys to Kenya’s ‘Home of Champions’ in Iten. In the second half Hugo considers the differing motivations of athletes in Kenya which may depend on their own level of running and their financial situation. As well as letting us know what it’s like to coach elite athletes during this period, Hugo also gives his advice for runners of all levels who want to emerge on the other side of the pandemic as better runners than before. Thanks for tuning in and we hope you find something of value during our chat.
About us: Gavin and Callum make up the UK Office of The Kenya Experience, Gavin having founded the company in 2010 and Callum joining us in late 2017 initially to help with content production and social media work in what is now an ever evolving role. Hugo van den Broek is Head Coach at The Kenya Experience. He is a 2:12 marathon runner originally from the Netherlands who has lived in Iten Kenya for over a decade where he is married with 2 children. Hugo has a masters degree in Human Movement Science and alongside his work with The Kenya Experience he also coaches elite athletes including the Indian Distance Project and professional runners from Europe and Africa as well non elite athletes from around the world.
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