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#12 Vassos Alexander

The Trail & Error Podcast

Vassos is a radio broadcaster, author and ultra runner. He has been the sports corespondent for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show for a decade and he also hosts the Parkrun Podcast. He has written three books on running including the bestselling ‘Running up that Hill, the highs and lows of going that bit further’. We talk jetpack injuries, the ethics of global travel and climate change, running the Lake District, the art of badly pacing an ultra, the 153 mile Spartathlon, Phidippides, Cretan ultra running and the Arc of Attrition.


23 Jul 2021

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#196 BITESIZE | Why We Were Born to Run | Vassos Alexander

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Do you think that running just isn’t for you? Or do you already enjoy running?Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.Today’s clip is from episode 31 of the podcast with sports reporter, author, and endurance runner, Vassos Alexander.In this clip, he shares his inspirational journey - from being unfit and out of shape to running ultramarathons. He believes it doesn’t matter how far you run or how fast, just giving it a try could benefit your life in so many positive ways, and he gives some great tips on how to get started.Show notes and the full podcast are available at drchatterjee.com/31Thanks to our sponsor http://www.athleticgreens.com/livemoreFollow me on instagram.com/drchatterjeeFollow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjeeFollow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeukDISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


1 Jul 2021

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Joining the Runpod run club this week is someone who shares more in common with Jenni than just a love of running, he also works in breakfast radio! Vassos Alexander is part of the Virgin Radio breakfast team, and isn’t one to shy away from turning up to work in running shorts. In this uplifting episode hear Vassos and Jenni talk about their shared early mornings, the return of parkrun, how he started just running down his road and ended up breaking 3 hours in the marathon, how he’ll miss when his daughter no longer runs alongside him holding his hand and his new love of fresh water swimming!


26 Mar 2021

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Vassos Alexander: How to Run a Marathon

The Runner's World UK Podcast

Radio presenter, author and serial marathon runner Vassos Alexander discusses his new book, How To Run a Marathon, and why he thinks everyone should attempt to run the distance at some point in their life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Jan 2021

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Vassos Alexander: the magic of the marathon

The Runner's World UK Podcast

Virgin Radio sports broadcaster Vassos Alexander pops in to talk marathons, Spartathlon and Run Fest Run. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Nov 2019

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S1:E24 - Running Streak Interview with Virgin Radio The Chris Evans Breakfast Show Presenter, Vassos Alexander

3 Mile Rundown

Today I am in London and in the lucky position to have a running interview with The Chris Evans Breakfast Show Sports News Presenter Vassos Alexander. He previously worked for the BBC 5live and Radio 2.It’s a well-known fact that he runs his commute and – obviously - loves to talk about sports for a living. If you don’t know him yet, it’s time to present a view highlights in his career because you will have undoubtedly heard his voice if you follow sports on the radio.I don’t think I’m overdoing it if I say, he's covered everything from the World Cup to Wimbledon, The Open to The Ashes, The Olympic Games to The World Darts. Sitting in the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing when Usain Bolt smashed the 100m world record however would have been his favorite part. Just envision that as an experience in your career; what’s not to like?Vassos grew up in South London and North Greece and unlike what you’d expect was never an ace in any sport. That however didn’t stop him from running Marathons as well as completing a Spartathlon.Completing the Spartathlon was special to him given the race’s history and his own Greek heritage.For those who do not know, the 153-mile Spartathlon route follows in the footsteps of Pheidippides who, a few days before his more famous journey from Marathon, ran from Athens over the Peloponnese mountains to ask for Spartan help in the battle of Marathon.The locals (rightly) feel you’re honoring their history and culture simply by taking part.We are out for a 3 mile run whilst on his lunch break and we are right in the center of London in the UK and it’s a rare and beautiful sunny day. We are talking about running your commute instead of taking public transport. Upping the training mileage to run Ultra Marathons talking about Emil Zatopek as a subject on Mastermind and more.I’m keeping Vassos company on his run home today – at least for a little while – and you are more than welcome to join us.Let’s Go!–This is day 3,056 of my personal Running Streak!–Runners Quote 00:19:56“I wonder how many lives have changed by running for the better, or for the better in the last 10 years?” – Vassos Alexander.An appropriate question in my eyes and appropriate for him to ask being a Radio Sports presenter. What do you think? I’d love to know in the comments below.–LINKSFind out more about Vassos on BBC Radio–BOOKSRunning Up That Hill: The Highs and Lows of Going that Bit Further (2018)Don't Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner’s Obsession (2016)–His PODCASTFree, Weekly, Timed - hosted by Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams–CHARITY WorkSkillForce was a British education charity that used the skills and experience of a predominantly ex-Service instructor workforce to support children and young people in UK primary and secondary schools to improve their confidence, resilience and self-esteem so that they are better equipped to deal with life's challenges.SkillForce has sadly ceased trading since this run.–FOLLOW him on Twitter


29 May 2019

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#31 Born to Run with Vassos Alexander

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

“Try it, you will not regret it”Do you think running is just not for you?  I think it will be hard not to want to give it a go after listening to this week’s podcast with BBC Radio 2 sports presenter, podcast host, author and self-confessed running addict, Vassos Alexander.Formerly unfit and out of shape, Vassos has now run the Spartathlon – a 153 mile ultramarathon race held annually in Greece.  He shares his journey and gives a fascinating insight into the history behind this event. Vassos believes that it doesn’t matter how far you run or how fast, it is just about getting out there and giving it ago.  And the benefits speak for themselves – he considers running a form of therapy.   This is a lively and engaging conversation and Vassos’s passion for running is palpable – I hope it inspires you!Show notes available at drchatterjee.com/vassosFollow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee/Follow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjee/Follow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeuk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

10 Oct 2018

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Episode 5: Spartathlon/ Vassos Alexander

British Ultra Running Podcast

This fifth episode of the British Ultrarunning Podcast features Dan and James discussing the original ultra distance run, the 153 mile Spartathlon, with Vassos Alexander of BBC Radio 2 – finisher of this years event.


13 Oct 2017

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Episode Thirty Eight - mighty, modest Vassos Alexander

Running Commentary

BBC broadcaster and incredible runner Vassos Alexander takes Paul and Rob - and his dog Holly - on a sunny spectacular round the green spaces of South West London. We hope you find this as inspiring as we did, it was GREAT. Some minor sound issues at the beginning - apologies.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/runningcommentary. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 16mins

6 Oct 2016

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Episode 267 - Vassos Alexander

Marathon Talk

Florence is a machine in Barcelona. We announce the winner of the 'meet Yuki at Zurich Marathon' competition and Tom speaks to BBC radio's Vassos Alexander ahead of his first 100k and up and coming running book. Tony has a Trial, you Rate Your Run and step onto the Podium.

1hr 23mins

18 Feb 2015