The RMA Podcast explores the lives of everyday women with an inspiring story to tell. We cover the highs and lows of their journey, the impact motherhood has had on their lives, and how running has inspired them to live wilder, dream bigger and change the world around them. To listen to our podcast episodes click the links below
In this first episode of the RMA podcast founder of Running Mums Australia, Nicole Bunyon shares this new exciting chapter of starting a podcast to highlight the many amazing stories in the RMA network of women who have an inspiring story to tell. We are excited to have you on this journey with us. To contact me if you have a story you would love featured, email me at email@example.com. For more information on RMA and what our network offers head to www.runningmumsaustralia.com.au.
In this episode of the RMA podcast I talk to RMA Ambassador, Brisbane mum of 3, runner, lawyer and sporting executive Ana Croger. We chat about all things motherhood, finding running, being a role model for our kids, women in leadership in sport, and how Ana went from her first steps to running the world and completing the Abbott World Marathon Majors. In this episode we discover that it isn’t always about the dreams that we accomplish, but the places, adventures and people that we meet along the way make all the difference to enrich our experience.
To find out more about Ana and her world marathon majors experiences at Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago and New York, head to the RMA website, www.runningmumsaustralia.com.au and search Ana Croger.
To ask Ana a question or follow her journey, you can find her on instagram at @analovestorun
This week on the RMA podcast, I talk to Luisa Bianchi about the beginnings of RMA, the scaffold of support that saw it materialise, and the experience of entering single parenthood, yet kicking goals in the process. We discuss how not losing our identity and dreams helps us build the resilience and strength to move forward in any situation. A conversation for all single parents who want to keep moving forward, and develop resilience and courage.
On Episode 4 of The RMA Podcast I talk to two amazing women, Tammy Watson from QLD and Natalee Cunningham from Perth. We discuss how connection, passion and purpose brought these women together to form Run4Blue, a virtual event sweeping our nation which aims to provide funds, awareness and support to our past and present police officers and families through Police Legacy Australia. We discuss their journey to finding running, their chance connection through RMA, and how this evolved into creating the vehicle of Run4blue and the impact that it has on community. We also discuss Tammy and her cancer journey, and how running not only unites us, but gives us purpose. We also discuss how connection often takes us on a journey that you never thought you may travel, but sometimes it leads to the greatest adventure.
For more information on Run4blue and to donate or register for their next event, head to:@run4blue_au on instagramRun4blue on facebook ortheir website www.run4blue.net
Lisa Weightman is a household name of female distance running both on the international stage, and locally in Australia. Having spent half her life participating in Athletics, namely the marathon, some of Lisa’s achievements include participation at 3 Olympic games, Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016), 2019 World championships (marathon), and two Commonwealth games medals; 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games bronze medal (marathon), 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast silver medal (marathon).Lisa has 2 top 20 IAAF World Cross Country finishes and a team bronze medal to her name, and has placed in the top 8 in 3 World Major marathons in the past 2 years. Lisa resides in Melbourne and is a mum to Pete, wife to her training partner Lachlan. When she isn’t running or mummying, she is a Transformation Consultant and Program Manager at IBM. Lisa is a valued Ambassador of Running Mums Australia, a performance coach and a motivational speaker. During this conversation we discuss the Covid-19 lockdown and it’s impact on training and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic games, how Lisa rose to Olympic standard competition from a child who loved to run, the highs and lows of the journey, and her relationship with her training partner and husband Lachlan. We also talk about balancing a corporate career and a career in sport and the support of women in sport at the highest level right down to her connection with everyday mums in RMA. We Also talk about her greatest love of all, motherhood.
Lisa’s personal bests are:-5,000m 15:51 (2009)-10,000m 31:55 (2019, Sydney Harbour 10k Course Record, Masters World Record)-Half Marathon 68:48 (2019, Sunshine Coast Course Record, Masters World Record and Australian All-Comers Record)-Marathon 2:25:15 (5th place at the 2017 London Marathon) You can find more information on Lisa at her website, www.lisaweightman.com or on Instagram @lisaweightman
When Geraldine Bilston met her partner she was very much in love and thought that her relationship would end up being the fairy tale romance she always dreamed of. However flash forward a couple of years later with a young two year old daughter, Geraldine realised after enduring many experiences and changes in her partners behaviour that she was in the midst of a family violence relationship.
Over a long time deliberating whether to stay or to leave, and being fearful of what that actually meant for her and her young daughter, one night her partner became physically violent towards her. This wasn’t the first time he had been violent, however this time Geraldine realised she needed to escape this situation, not only for herself, but for her young child.
In this conversation with Geraldine we discuss the effects of living in a family violence situation. We talk about Geraldine’s experiences and the effect that this had on her relationships with those around her, including her perpetrator and her daughter Katie. We discuss the barriers for women and men seeking assistance who are in a family violence relationship and where you can get help if this is you or someone that you love. This conversation is really important, as the incidence of family violence in Australia is still so high, and through our collective voices, and sharing these stories we can make a difference.
We wanted to launch this podcast this week due to the Run Against Violence campaign which kicks off yesterday 30th August. We wanted our voices to be heard along-side that campaign. It is only when we raise our voices in this way that others can hear and see what women and men who are in the midst of family violence are going through, and how collectively we can make a difference.
Please share this conversation with those that you know and love.
If you find this conversation difficult, or if there is someone in your family or network that you know that is dealing with family violence, please contact:
Nation wide assistance 1800 RESPECT
Geraldine joined RMA in 2014, ran first half marathon at the Gold Coast in 2014, and full marathon in Melbourne also in 2014. Geraldine left an abusive relationship in early 2015, and has been working and volunteering as a family violence advocate for the past 3 and a half years. In in January 2020 Geraldine joined the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivor Advisory Council, and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2020.
Geraldine has appeared on ABC’s “You Can’t Ask That” in 2019, and ABC’s Q & A in March 2020.
You can find out more about Geraldine on Instagram @gez_bilston or on her website https://geraldinebilston.com/
To find out more about Run Against Violence, please head to https://www.runagainstviolence.com
Episode 7 of The RMA podcast list now live! We chat to Run Against Violence co-founder Kirrily Dear about the beginnings of Run Against Violence, its impact and how we can be involved. This is an inspiring story how one women heard the call, acted, and now the catalyst for change has spread far and wide through the power of community to make a difference against family violence in Australia.In this discussion we talk about how Run Against Violence has evolved from 2014 when Kirrily undertook the White Ribbon Ultramarathon, an 860km journey through regional NSW to bring awareness to the massive issue of domestic violence in communities across Australia.
We then dive into the 2017 Steps Together Ultra Marathon journey, where Kirrily ran 1300km from Broken Hill to Sydney to give a voice to the often silent victims of family violence, and how this time the campaign was widely supported by the creation of a virtual challenge where teams virtually raced Kirrily along the course to the steps of the Sydney Opera House finish line.
We talk to Kirrily about the reason why she started on this journey, and what she learned about herself along the way. The impact from Run Against Violence continues to grow each year, as the virtual challenge now sits on the yearly race calendar for people to spread awareness in our nation, and help drive impact for change against family violence.
To find out more visit www.runagainstviolence.com
On this episode of The RMA Podcast we talk to mum of two and amateur trail runner Michelle Hooper. In the light of the recent lockdowns at the beginning of the year, and subsequently event after event being cancelled or changed to another time, Michelle decided to set herself a goal of running the fastest known self-supported time on the Cape to Cape Track in WA.
The Cape to Cape track runs roughly 135km from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste, in South West WA. The track covers around 30km of beach running, clifftop or inland sandy trails with some tricky slow rock sections and a 4WD track.
Michelle needed to run under 26 hours to complete the fastest known self-supported time, and she did just that completing 134km in 25 hours 49minutes 49 seconds to claim the new self-supported FKT. Not only did she complete her goal, she raised over $3,500 for the Perth Childrens Foundation in the process.
We talk to Michelle about her journey from her first parkrun only 18 months ago to completing this recent achievement, and in this episode we discuss how to really embrace the adventures that life throws at us, and that although we can’t control what is going on around us in our world, we can control our mindset and create our own adventures. Throughout this episode we discuss how finding joy in the planning and process of your own adventures can be the most rewarding experience of all.
We dive right into training with two young children and navigating the risks along the way while planning for this great adventure. We talk to Michelle about what she learned about herself on this journey and how it has changed her attitude towards running and trail running in general.
This conversation will leave you questioning why you lace up, and what brings you the most joy in the adventures you embrace, and maybe if you think a little differently, and be bold enough to try new adventures you may be surprised by the places you will go.
You can follow Michelle and her adventures on instagram at @shell.runs or find out more about her FKT here.
As discussed in this episode, you can find Michelle’s choice of trail nutrition on instagram at @eatnosht.anz.