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55 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Kelly. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Kelly, often where they are interviewed.

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55 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Kelly. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Kelly, often where they are interviewed.

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EP 489: How Do you Measure Success with John Kelly

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We met John Kelly in episode 483 after he successfully broke the 31-year FKT on the 268-mile Pennine Way in Scotland earlier this summer. In this episode, John discusses his successful completion of The Grand Round, UK's big three fell running rounds run consecutively (192 miles, 84,000' elevation, 113 summits) AND riding a bike between the trail heads totaling 398 miles.

This was John's second attempt at The Grand Round. We discuss why he decided to try again and lessons that he learned. Although most of us will never consider something this grandiose, we do like to set goals that push us to our own personal limits. The lessons that John learned can be transferred to our personal attempts at greatness.

Read his adventure account in his own words: Blog Post

Please consider donating to John's focused charity, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Photo Credit: Max Holloway

Sep 18 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Ep 230 - John Kelly on breaking the Pennine Way record (for a whole week)

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John Kelly makes BBR history as one of the few guests back for a third time.

(Bet that makes all those other records pale into significance...)

In this episode, Jody and David chat with John about breaking the decades-old record for running the length of the Pennine Way... only for Damian Hall to break it a week later.

There's some great stuff in this interview as John reveals his healthy rivalry/friendship with Damian and what went into this record.

John also talks about tackling the other big rounds and what it takes to succeed.

Another great episode with a BBR fave.


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Sep 04 2020 · 1hr 58mins

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Episode 556 - John Kelly

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On this week’s show. Martin's back from ‘holiday’ and joined by Holly in the studio. We look at Farah Hour, FKTs, and a strava WR, Anji speaks to the incredible John Kelly about his amazing Grand Round bike - run adventure. You rate your runs and share your marathon talk kit around the world.

Sep 02 2020 · 1hr 29mins
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EP 483: John Kelly Breaking Records While Maintaining Work & Family Balance

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John Kelly is only the 15th person to finish the formidable Barkley Marathons since its creation 24 years ago.  Since then he has finished many of the toughest races in the world including the Laverado Ultra Trail and the Tor des Geant.  Last year John moved from the U.S. to England and began tackling the amazing EU trails.  This spring, before the pandemic, John won the Spine Race, a 268-mile, 39K elevation route following the Pennine Way National Trail in Scotland.  As races were cancelled, John decided to try and break the 31-year-old FKT for the Pennine Way.

We talked to John about his

  • successful FKT (subsequently bested by friend, Damian Hall 8 days later)
  • What is a Bog?
  • His ambitious attempt at the Hartley Slam, named after Mike Hartley, the only person to complete all three of the Rounds consecutively.
  • Balance: with training, young family and startup business

Follow John's adventures at RandomForestRunner.com, where he will post a link on how to follow his Grand Round attempt

John is running to raise funds for the Stephen Lawrence Trust, founded to tackle inequality in all forms.  Please consider donating


Aug 04 2020 · 1hr

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John Kelly - the last person to finish Barkley discusses life in England and the Pennine Way - #96

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The Pennine Way is 268 miles long and one of the first National Trails in England. The FKT was held by Mike Hartley for 31 years until John broke it. Less than a week later, his friend Damian Hall broke it again! Both Mike and John in attendance at the finish - FKT action is really hot in the UK right now - will John have another go? I asked him - his answer is very interesting!

John is a native of Tennessee and the last person to finish the Barkley Marathons. He moved to England last year - what is different?

He's been getting after it in his new home - last year he tried the "Grand Round" - self-powered. This is the three biggest "rounds" or link-ups in the UK - the Paddy Buckley, the Bob Graham, and the Charlie Ramsay Round, each done consecutively in less than 24 hours, cycling in between them. That's 180 miles of running/hiking, with 85k of vert, 113 summits, and 400 miles between them. Yikes! What happened?

John is articulate, thoughtful, researches and plans everything to the max, and an amazing endurance athlete. You'll enjoy listening to his answers to these questions, and more.
Jul 31 2020 · 46mins
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E42. A New Pennine Way FKT (Hartley Slam pt1) with John Kelly

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Since the planets ultra-runners have been unleashed from easing lockdowns around the world, they've been channeling their pent up energy into record-breaking feats of running.

In this special midweek episode, we chat to one of those runners,  John Kelly, for the 2nd time this year.  What earns him his exalted status as the only person ever to appear on this show twice in the same year?  Breaking the Pennine Way FKT, that's what.  A record which had stood for 31 years before he came along.

John covered the 268 mile long Pennine Way, the national trail running from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm across the border in Scotland, in just 2 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes, beating the previous record by a margin of just over 30 minutes.

We chat through John's data-driven approach to his epic challenges and talk about how this latest achievement fits into his plan to run the Hartley Slam in 2020.

John Kelly is fundraising throughout the Hartley Slam for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.  Read all about their work and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hartleyslam

Jul 22 2020 · 56mins
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Finishing the World's Toughest Endurance Events: A Guide to Resilience with John Kelly

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John Kelly holds a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records, is a Chief Technology Officer, and is the 15th person to finish the Barkley Marathons. John shares stories on how he trained for the Montane Spine Race, surviving the Barkley, and how he still has time for family at the end of the day.

Who is John Kelly? 

John Kelly is an ultrarunning data scientist, father of three with a former triathlon habit. He is the Chief Technology Officer of Envelop Risk, and to support his ability to do that day job with a clear mind he runs, bikes, and hikes. He also used to be a pretty serious water skier and World of Warcraft player.

John has been running most of his life. In high school he was a good, but not a great runner. During college and grad school, John essentially took a full decade off from the sport. After grad school, he rediscovered his love of the mountains on a road trip out west that included hiking the John Muir Trail with his incredible wife Jessi.

John ended up running the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon, and it was an absolute disaster. It was his first race in 10 years, his longest race by 20 miles, and his training had been horribly insufficient. Of course, immediately after that, John said, “I think I can do better” and signed up for another.

John has always been a math and computer person who enjoys finding patterns and automating complex processes. An opportunity at a startup, where there was less bureaucracy and John would have more influence over research and applications, was something he couldn’t walk away from. In the summer of 2015, around the same time that he got serious about ultrarunning and triathlons, as he made the jump to become the Director of Analytics at QxBranch, a data analytics startup in downtown DC. That startup partnered with a company in the UK to create another startup, Envelop Risk, that could better deliver that product to customers and insurance partners.


[3:30] Setting a world record

[7:30] The appeal of data science

[9:55] Returning to running

[15:44] Thriving at the Barkley Marathons

[22:30] How ultra resilience transfers to everyday life

[30:06] The biggest mistakes people make with marathons

[36:15] John’s training regimen

[43:50] Sleep optimization for performance endurance

[49:45] Use data in the training

[55:38] Maintaining work-life balance


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Jul 21 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Ep 8 - John Kelly of Capel Street

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Fiddle and concertina player John Kelly was born in West Clare in 1921 but moved to Dublin in 1945 where he opened a shop on Capel Street. He was a central figure in the music scene in Dublin from then until his death in 1988. John's grandaughter Aoife Kelly tells his story. First broadcast on 20th October 2019.
May 21 2020 · 35mins
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E25. Winning Epic Distance Events with Spine and Barkley Winner John Kelly

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In January 2020, John Kelly became the founding member of the most exclusive club in the world.  A club reserved for people who have finished both the Montane Spine Race and the Barkley Marathons, two races with a reasonable claim on the title toughest-in-the-world. 

What's more, is that he joined that club having won both races having crossed the line at the end of a particularly weather-beaten Spine Race in the 2nd fastest recorded time.

In the latest episode of Everything Endurance, Will 'Baldlygo' Roberts chats with John Kelly about his journey into running, his Barkley win and how to survive sleet, snow and sleeplessness on the Pennine Way.

Mar 20 2020 · 51mins
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Maria Bamford | Trump and Barr Corrupt the Justice Department as John Kelly Speaks Out: A Closer Look

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Seth takes a closer look at President Trump and his attorney general turning the Justice Department into a political weapon to protect Trump’s friends and punish his enemies.

Then, comedian Maria Bamford discusses her attempt to file a restraining order against the president and meeting with random Twitter users to practice her stand-up comedy.

She also takes a few more questions backstage at Studio 8G exclusively for this podcast.

Feb 14 2020 · 24mins