Run The Business

Run The Business

Do runners make better leaders? Host Anthony Gay is on a quest to find out. Run The Business is a new podcast that explores the place where running and leadership come together, and how the relationship between the two could be mutually beneficial to your success in both. Each week, Ant chats with CEO’s, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world who share their story and personal relationship with running. Every guest offers a unique perspective on how running has helped them raise their game and achieve their goals. Run The Business is engaging, fun and inspiring and will appeal to anyone interested in running, people and personal development. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


January 31, 2023 39 min

6 Requirements to Running a Business & Running a Marathon - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to a business owner whose interest in the link between running and business sparked the inspiration for her to write a blog post about it.

Sophie Ryan is the CEO and founder of Interactive Media Services in the UK, a company that supports businesses and organisations with office management, planning, marketing and brand i...

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Protecting Nature For Future Generations - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to a leader who works with race and event organisers to give runners the option of planting a tree rather than getting a t-shirt.

A keen runner, Jamie Berry’s day job is as Senior Partnerships Manager across The Future Forest Company and their sister company Trees Not Tees.

This episode explores the relationship between running and nature and ...

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The Charity Runner - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to the mother of a young boy, whose medical condition led her to set up a charity to fund research into it. 

Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust (Harry’s HAT) was founded by Caroline Coates in 2018, to help children and their families who are affected by hydrocephalus (which is sometimes known as water on the brain), after Caroline’s son, Harry, was diagnosed wi...

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January 10, 2023 50 min

You Are What You Eat - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’  Ant talks to a CEO and founder of a start up who used his knowledge and expertise in the world of elite level sports nutrition to build his own business.

David Dunne has been a Performance Nutrition Consultant for British Canoeing, Harlequins rugby team, British Fencing, Team Wiggins cycling, Queens Park Rangers and many many others, but recently started Hexis - an app t...

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The Sustainable Runner - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to a CEO who turned his passion for the environment into a business that involved his hobby of running and extreme endurance events. 

Rob Webbon is the CEO of Presca Sportswear, and set up the company after looking for gear to wear for the many marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons that he was taking part in, and finding nothing that really hit the mark. S...

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December 27, 2022 15 min

A Time For Reflection - Welcome to the 20th episode of ‘Run The Business’. Since we launched the podcast earlier in 2022, we have had some incredible guests join our host, Ant, to talk about the parallels between running and leadership. 

In this episode, we take a moment to reflect on the insights they have shared when asked ‘what advice would you give to anyone in business or a leadership role considering getting more active and sp...

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December 20, 2022 44 min

The Ex Perfectionist - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to Amy Farnfield, CEO and Founder of Notebook & Pen. Amy’s company provides PA, HR and business services support to busy professionals & small businesses. 

Before setting up on her own, Amy worked for 20 years in private and public sector organisations supporting CEO’s and took her knowledge and experience of the corporate world, along with her exception...

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The Inspirational Runner - This episode of ‘Run The Business’ is an inspirational conversation between Ant and the Chair of UK charity Parkinson’s UK, Gary Shaughnessy.

Gary has a strong track record of leading business around Europe, the Middle East and Africa and was once CEO at Swiss insurance company Zurich. Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, Gary has been committed to raising awareness of the condition through fund...

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December 6, 2022 52 min

The Retired Distance Runner - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to a CEO whose business, Studiospace, acts as a matchmaker for marketing agencies and businesses across the world.

A keen runner when he was younger, Peter Sayburn now classifies himself as a retired distance runner. Despite that, he still runs every week and discusses, in depth, all of the parallels he sees between running and leading a business, includi...

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The Charity CEO And Runner - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to a CEO who, in her words, is a self-confessed runner of the ‘slow and steady variety’. 

Jo Sopala is CEO of The British Society of Echocardiography, a registered charity which represents clinical echocardiography professionals working at all levels and in all areas of the field. She uses running to clear her mind and to set herself goals, which she then ...

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November 22, 2022 50 min

Using The Outdoors To Break The Barriers Of Toxic Masculinity - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’  Ant speaks to Dan Stanley, a CEO who is a business coach and an author who works exclusively with professional men.

There’s something for men and women alike in this episode though, as Dan, like so many of us, believes he wouldn’t be the man he is today without running in his life.

Despite his successes on the outside, (he was an a...

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The Psychology Of Success - This episode of ‘Run The Business’ is a little different, as Ant speaks with Dr. Josephine Perry, a chartered sports psychologist who works across multiple sports, including running, with everyone from novices to world champions.

As well as coaching athletes she also helps anyone wanting to aim higher, whether that’s on stage, in medicine, law or leadership.

Dr. Perry has written a book about how success c...

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November 8, 2022 43 min

When Setbacks Create Business Opportunities - This episode of ‘Run The Business’ is a little different, as Ant speaks to an entrepreneur who suffered a freak sporting injury that turned his whole life upside down, but also created his business opportunity. 

Cameron Johnston is the CEO and founder of Riixo, a company that makes products that help with sports injury recovery and performance.

He’s a former professional rugby player who ...

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November 1, 2022 36 min

The Data Expert Making Marginal Gains - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’  Ant talks to Lewis Reeves, CEO and founder of market research firm Walr. 

Since its inception in October 2020 during lockdown, it now employs over 70 people, has employees and offices all over the world and has been officially credited as a Great Place to Work.

Lewis discusses his entrepreneurial mindset, which he credits his parents and family life for. ...

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Exploring The Data That Runners Make Better Leaders - Jakob Bloch is a CEO and headhunter at Commodity, a firm which searches out the best talent in the industry of commodities. He had a life-changing experience whilst taking part in the world’s toughest footrace, The Marathon Des Sables. 

In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to Jakob about his take on how running, especially long-distance, and leadership can go hand-in-...

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October 18, 2022 30 min

The Motivated Marketer - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to Dillon Allie, CEO of HDMZ, a marketing agency that serves life science brands. Dillon joined HDMZ in 2005 as an Account Executive, later becoming Senior Vice President and is now its CEO. As President and CEO, his focus is on helping the company reach its vision of becoming the most admired marketing communications agency for the life sciences - something ...

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The Running Radio Presenter - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant speaks to TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer. Jenni started running when she was on the road travelling for work, shooting various TV shows in the UK. Her love of running led her, in 2019, to launch her own podcast, RunPod, where she speaks to inspirational guests each week, mostly about their love of running. These days, you can hear Jenni presenting the S...

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Olympian Turned Businessman - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant speaks to Andy Baddeley; Team GB Olympic 1500m runner and parkrun World Record holder.

After injury forced him to retire, Andy was faced with the world of work, something that was alien to him, having spent his life dedicated to his running training.

Andy speaks to Ant about how his experience of having a high performance team around him as a professional runner...

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The Motivational Marathon Runner - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant speaks to one of the Top 10 leadership experts, speakers, and trainers in the world, Gordon Tredgold.

Gordon is a leadership and development expert who spent many years building successful teams himself around the world. He’s worked with Barclaycard, London Electric, TUI, and DHL to name just a few.

He’s also written a book of which the title, ‘Leadership -...

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Finding Strength In Running - In this episode of ‘Run The Business,’ Ant talks to the founder of Strength Running, Jason Fitzgerald. In addition to being a USA Track & Field certified coach, former Men’s Running Magazine Influencer of the Year, a writer for Podium Runner, Runner’s World, Active, MapMyRun - and many others - he is the host of The Strength Running podcast.

Jason talks about how his goal setting in running translat...

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