Episodes
Once an Englishman, now a coach to many and many future greats - This week on the podcast I speak to Gavin Burren (@gburren1500). Hailing from Knox, Gav is coach to the likes of @abbeycaldwelll @lachlan_herd and @lissyduncs. With a roster of such calibre, it was all the more exciting to get the opportunity to talk coaching and “winning” with Gav. On the pod, we discuss a number of topics - ultimately unravelling what has made Gav such a successful coach. Sharing in my belief, he explains the...
Published 07/17/21
Two weeks are all that remain before the Tokyo Olympics and with that in mind, I was very fortunate to get the chance to chat with Jenny Blundell. Off the back of her national 5,000m title, and a dominant run just shy of the Olympic standard - Jenny has recently been selected to represent Australia in the 5,000m. It’s a jump up in distance for her, having previously shown her strength over the 1500m. Though with her name regularly appearing amongst the best, it couldn’t be more exciting to...
Published 07/09/21
Today, I had the privilege to chat to author and founder of 'The Resilience Project', co-host of 'The Imperfects' podcast with Ryan Sheldon and running training partner of Aussie 800m record holder; Catriona Bissett... Hugh Van Cuylenburg. It's a timely chat, with the ever present, global, COVID-19 pandemic, challenging everyone's 'resiliency'. Resilience is defined as one's; 'toughness' or 'the ability to recover quickly from hardship'. Hugh has developed and facilitated 'resiliency'...
Published 06/20/21
Today I caught up with three of the Run Culture Owl  athletes I coach; Jess Dunsmore, Pete Dutton and Damien Clark. This episode is a relaxed team (athlete-coach) chat. We reflect on how races and training has gone over the past  couple of months. We also discuss some personal highlights,  lessons learnt and goals going forward. This episode is a wonderful chance get to know the Run Culture Owl athletes further, understand their journey, see that running can  very much be a team...
Published 06/16/21
I want more runners to accept that; 'Getting injured or underperforming can be a good thing!'  Obviously, we all want to perform consistently and avoid long injury lay offs. Form slumps and long term injuries as super keen runner 'are the pits' .........but what if I was to say they are a necessary evil??  Aiming to starve off injury or reaching for PBs are two contradictory ideals. If your sole aim is to prevent injury in your running, well this is easy, don't push/don't change what is...
Published 06/08/21
A different podcast format this week! Yes, you are stuck with me, throwing my thoughts against a wall about a random topic.  A few week ago I came up with a list of topics that I personally thought were both; thought provoking and interesting to brainstorm. I'd like to pursue this particular format regularly(I still don't have a name for the segment?!), so if any listeners have a nagging running training or injury related question that they want me to take a deep dive with, then PM me. This...
Published 05/31/21
I had a ball talking with Shane Benzies the author of the book; 'The lost art of running'. Shane is a researcher and movement coach. Over the past 8 years he has spent time researching indigenous running communities the world over. After spending time in Kenya and Ethiopia and analysing some of the best runners in the world he was in awe of how graceful they ran. Why do so many runners of the Western world not run with this grace and ease? He soon had a lightbulb moment and came up with the...
Published 05/24/21
Today, I spoke with Jaemin Frazer who is; a runner, a TEDx Speaker, author of two books (‘Unhindered: The 7 essential practices for overcoming insecurity’ and ‘Elegantly simple solutions to complex people problems’), Insecurity expert & coach, as well as being the host of; ‘The Insecurity Project Podcast’. Jaemin founded the Insecurity Project so people the world over could live a life unhindered by fear, doubt and anxiety. I was so rapt to get Jaemin on the show, as I feel these...
Published 05/19/21
On Tuesday night this week, David McNeill ran an incredible 13:12.8 for 5000m in Perth to became the 3rd Australian male to run the 5000m 2021 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier. It was his first 5000m PB in 9yrs! Dave now has a nervous wait until the July cut off date to see if he is one of the three Australian men selected for the 5000m. If selected it would be his third Olympics and really cap off a memorable running career! In this chat Dave details Tuesday’s race, he shares that he is jetting off...
Published 05/12/21
Today, I was very fortunate to chat to Vanessa Alford. I found Vanessa Alford’s book ‘Fit not healthy’ in the Frankston library about 1 month ago and was intrigued by the title. So, I borrowed the book and read her story. It’s such an important story for any goal orientated, super focused, passionate runner to hear. In the book, Vanessa bravely details her journey with exercise addiction and disordered eating. Vanessa is a former elite marathoner, an experienced physiotherapist, a pilates...
Published 05/05/21
On Anzac day at 7am at the Penrith Olympic rowing regatta, Athletics Australia put on a marathon to give athletes the opportunity to run fast. As many of you know, I've been targeting this race over the past 11 weeks and was fortunate enough to have one of the athlete's I coach; Pete Dutton as a pace maker till 17kms. Today, Pete and I catch up to chat about the event itself, how amazing it was to witness a couple of World Records get broken by @Jarryd Clifford and @Michael Roeger or to...
Published 04/28/21
Deon Kenzie (@deon_kenzie) competes in the T38 category for the 1500m. A category for those with minor co-ordination impairment. Deon explains the T38 category well in the podcast.  Born with cerebral palsy, Deon wields exceptional determination, optimism, a love of self improvement, good health and running! As you will hear Deon's optimism is infectious. When I first met Deon on a running high altitude training camp in 2015 he had just run 4:07 for the 1500, fast forward to 2021 and he...
Published 04/13/21
It almost wouldn’t be a race without a good live stream nowadays. 🎥 If you’re a keen Victorian or even an Aussie track runner, then it is highly likely that you have tuned in to an @athleticsexclusive livestream or two. This weeks guest, Lachlan Rayner (@lachlanrayner), is the man behind this fantastic service. On the podcast he gives us an honest and fascinating insight into how the livestream came to be, its operation, its team, and so much more!! Be it the small things you don’t even...
Published 04/05/21
Patience is a skill that the even the best of us at times struggle to practice. So easy is it to become frustrated when those goals that you set, or want to set, are just far enough out of reach - at least for now. It is important at these times that we remain level-headed and remember to look at the bigger picture. Australian 50km Record Holder, Dion (@dion_finocchiaro), joins Dane on the latest podcast to discuss how as runners we can write our own “yellow pages” of training - the kind of...
Published 03/29/21
For the love of running… A bittersweet, tough kind of love that I’m sure many could relate to in Kate Spencer’s (@kate_spencerrrr) inspiring story. From altitude trips in Flagstaff, to peak 5,000m form, team selections and then finally into that dreaded injury cycle - Kate is a runner in the truest sense of the word. On the podcast she discusses how some time off might have been her saving grace, the coach-athlete dynamic she has with Ben Liddy (@blidds37) and her relationship with running...
Published 03/23/21
#101 RILEY COCKS (@rileycocks_). Elite runner hailing from South Australia, coach @runasonecoaching, partner to previous guest and Zatopek runner-up Izzi Batt-Doyle (@izzibattdoyle), physiotherapist and younger brother to Jacob (@jcocksy) - This is Riley. Needless to say he’s a busy man, though you’d be hard-pressed to chat to someone as chilled as he is. In this pod we take a deep-dive into the life that he balances and what he’s learned along the way. He shares stories from his time...
Published 03/15/21
ONE HUNDRED EPISODES 💯 On the 24th of August 2019, we released our first Podcast - a 20 minute chat with RunCulture young gun Jess Dunsmore (@jess_dunsmore). 18 months and 100 episodes later, Jess returns alongside training partners Damien Clark (@damienclarkk), Bevan Does (@bevan_does) and Peter Dutton. Hosted by Coach Dane Verwey, the boys discuss everything from individual learnings, current fitness, their goals, favourite sessions and what has them excited. Dane ends the podcast...
Published 03/07/21
World Record holder, Nike Athlete and Paralympic podium potential - this week we welcome back to the podcast Jaryd Clifford (@jarydclifford). In what has been a Summer of stellar form for this young gun, Jaryd has not only got the taste of victory in some of the best races Victoria has to offer at Vic Milers - but also broken the World Record in the T/12 and Paralympic 1500m (3:42.97) at Zatopek. After what has been a crazy year for all, this was a great opportunity to see how one athlete has...
Published 03/01/21
Aussie export, YouTube sensation and part time Under Armour athlete - Morgan McDonald. (@morganmcdonald__)  By way of introduction, Morgan is a University of Wisconsin Alumni, 4x NCAA Champ, is fresh off a 7:41 3000m and indoor 2-mile Australian Record (8:14). Accolades aside, however, this week on the pod it was great to catch up and find out what makes Morgan tick. In just an hour he discusses everything from his junior successes, his glorious mullet to how he ended up on YouTube - do...
Published 02/22/21
Episode #97 of the RunCulture Podcast - Cameron Griffith (@griffith.c) When it comes to team players, you’d be hard pressed to brush over Cam. Cam is one of our esteemed Aussie collegiate exports, running for Arkansas University and upon graduating signing with Tinman Elite ⚒️. (@tinmanelite) In this chat he discusses how all the teams he’s been apart of throughout his career have helped him reach the heights that he has. Cam also shares an honest insight into what the life of a professional...
Published 02/15/21
Pursuing the Olympic Dream, and having fun while doing it!! This week’s Podcast brings an inspiring and incredibly refreshing chat with the young Samuel Tanner (@samueltanner_). Coached by previous guest of the Pod Craig Kirkwood (@craig.kirkwood), and training partner to New Zealand Triathlete Hayden Wilde (@hayden_wilde) - Sam is a New Zealand born middle distance runner and Olympic hopeful. On the Podcast he discusses his unconventional introduction to running, and how initially he found...
Published 02/11/21
Last week I had a relaxed candid chat to the super chilled; Rose Davies! At just 21 years of age Rose recently ran the 7th fastest time ever (31:39) by an Australian to become the 2021 woman’s Zatopek 10,000m champion! I made it my mission to find out a little bit more about Rose, be it: how she almost quit the sport-when she plateaued in her mid teenage years and her advice to the current crop of young up and coming athletes that are going through similar times. How she wasn’t always calm...
Published 02/07/21
After researching for this interview and chatting to Izzi, I quickly realised what a fantastic role model she already is! Yes, she’s a running star in the making having just placed a highly competitive 2nd at the 2021 Zatopek 10,000m in an astonishing 31:43! However, she is also such a great advocate for living a balanced life and encouraging others: be it her and her boyfriend’s highly successful ‘Run as One’ coaching business (Riley Cocks- also an incredibly established runner), her...
Published 02/05/21
Today, on the podcast I am incredibly fortunate to be chatting to Adrian Blincoe. In July 2008 Adrian ran an astonishing 13:10, the fastest ever 5000m run by a New Zealander, his record still stands today (as of early 2021)! We start off the chat by taking a deep dive into his time at Villanova College where he was coached by the legendary Marcus O’Sullivan. Adrian spent 12 yrs at Villanova as both an athlete and assistant coach. He had a big hand in athlete recruitment at Villanova and was...
Published 02/01/21
On the weekend, up and coming coming 22yo New Zealand distance running star; Oli Chignell ran an incredible 7:59 to place 6th at the NZ National Championships. This result (along with two PBs in December; a 28:48 10,000m and 13:38 5,000m) signals a return to form for the ‘smooth mover’ after a quiet 2020 recuperating from a sacral stress fracture. I caught up with ‘Chiggers’ last week before the race to have a chin wag and get to know him. We chat about how his moustache is here to stay, what...
Published 01/25/21