Running a Skyrace (part 1)

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Running a Skyrace (part 1)

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Intensive Listening | 0 comments

Intensive listenings are advanced exercises based on popular podcasts. They are a great way to practice listening to natural, conversational English.

Source

Mountain - A Day at the Skyrace. Mountain is a brilliant podcast about adventure in all its forms.

Topic

In these extracts, we hear about Scotland's first 'Skyrace', what it is like to participate, and the sacrifices runners have to make to take part in elite competitions like this.

Accent

English (RP).

Extract 1

, . , tarmac, eastern Glencoe, , .
, it's easy. Slightly downhill, on tarmac, heading eastern Glencoe, still, overcast morning.

Language notes

...early on a still, overcast morning...

Overcast = an adjective used to describe grey, cloudy weather.

Extract 2

pound , . can't ; the fastest 8 hours.
pound forward, everyone feels strong. can't be too quick; even the fastest racing 8 hours.

Extract 3

The slowest more. kilometres , metres of knee-crunching .
The slowest out 12 or more. There are 50 kilometres , 4000 metres knee-crunching on rough and rocky ground.

Extract 4

, Britain's first sky race, is Joe Symonds. , .
Near the front, Britain's first sky race, is Joe Symonds. His knee is injured, trained .

Extract 5

He's nervous, . But Joe , .
He's nervous, and he's against best in the world. But Joe element, and win.

Language notes

...and he's up against some of the best in the world...

to be up against somebody/something = to face a difficult challenge or situation, e.g. We're up against a really strong team in the next round, so we'll need to be at our best....I don't want to start preparing until I know what I'm up against.

...Joe is in his element and he wants to win...

to be in your element = to be doing what your are best at or enjoy a lot, e.g. Jess did a brilliant job arranging the wedding - she was really in her element.

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Running a Skyrace (part 1)

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Intensive Listening | 0 comments

Intensive listenings are advanced exercises based on popular podcasts. They are a great way to practice listening to natural, conversational English.

Source

Mountain - A Day at the Skyrace. Mountain is a brilliant podcast about adventure in all its forms.

Topic

In these extracts, we hear about Scotland's first 'Skyrace', what it is like to participate, and the sacrifices runners have to make to take part in elite competitions like this.

Accent

English (RP).

Extract 1

, . , tarmac, eastern Glencoe, , .
, it's easy. Slightly downhill, on tarmac, heading eastern Glencoe, still, overcast morning.

Language notes

...early on a still, overcast morning...

Overcast = an adjective used to describe grey, cloudy weather.

Extract 2

pound , . can't ; the fastest 8 hours.
pound forward, everyone feels strong. can't be too quick; even the fastest racing 8 hours.

Extract 3

The slowest more. kilometres , metres of knee-crunching .
The slowest out 12 or more. There are 50 kilometres , 4000 metres knee-crunching on rough and rocky ground.

Extract 4

, Britain's first sky race, is Joe Symonds. , .
Near the front, Britain's first sky race, is Joe Symonds. His knee is injured, trained .

Extract 5

He's nervous, . But Joe , .
He's nervous, and he's against best in the world. But Joe element, and win.

Language notes

...and he's up against some of the best in the world...

to be up against somebody/something = to face a difficult challenge or situation, e.g. We're up against a really strong team in the next round, so we'll need to be at our best....I don't want to start preparing until I know what I'm up against.

...Joe is in his element and he wants to win...

to be in your element = to be doing what your are best at or enjoy a lot, e.g. Jess did a brilliant job arranging the wedding - she was really in her element.

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