Jenni Falconer Interview

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JENNI FALCONER SMOOTH

Jenni Falconer on starting a business, marathon running, her broadcast career, and fitting it all in.

It’s hard to believe that Jenni Falconer has been on our screens for almost 30 years. Perhaps we’ve lost track of time, or her youthful exterior hides the hours of hard graft that have kept her relevant in the difficult world of broadcasting. Or it could be that her new wellness venture, Kollo, is doing exactly what it’s been formulated to do!

By Victoria Evans

How did you start Kollo?

Kollo was the result of a chat with my husband and our friend Tasha. I have taken collagen supplements for a while to compliment my running as it is excellent at protecting the joints, aiding recovery after exercise and helping with bone health, however it is also fantastic for skin, gut and hair health so after taking other brands for so long, but always wishing they did things a little differently, James and Tasha asked why I didn’t start my own brand. That way I could make sure we had even more collagen, excellent high quality marine collagen, and extra vitamins. Sounded like a great idea!! And so Kollo was born. 

Who is it aimed at?

Everyone. Men and women. Anyone. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body but the levels start depleting in our early 20s. By the age of 60, we’ve lost 25% of our skin’s collagen and by 75 that increases to 50%. The loss of collagen impacts us visibly with wrinkly, sagging skin, brown spots, brittle hair and nails, bone fractures occurring more easily, joint pain, gut and intestinal issues. It can work wonders for anyone going through peri menopause or demonstrating menopausal symptoms. It’s for everyone. 

What goodies does it contain and how do they work?

Collagen contains 10g of premium grade type 1 marine collagen peptides, which have been clinically studied with proven results. We have also added 100% RDA of Vitamin C, B5 and B12, 86% of B6 and over 60% of B1 and L-lysine, all of which are crucial to normal collagen formation for cell renewal in skin, bones and cartilage.

What was it like starting a business during lockdown?

Nerve wracking! Who launches a business after the country goes into lockdown but we did…We thought now is as good a time as any and we had spent so long building up to launch date that we didn’t want to delay further. Three years on, it did not have a negative impact. We’re an online business so even in lockdown our customers were online and we could fulfil their orders. 

How did you start running and why running rather than going to the gym?

I love the buzz you get from running. I have been a presenter since the age of 19 and as a result my hours vary, I’m often on the road and can’t commit to team sports or workout classes. Running is free, can be done anywhere – as long as you carry your trainers with you – and gives you the opportunity to get fit with little equipment. It has a wonderful feelgood effect and the running community is brilliant. I have made so many friends through running. 

(c) @jennifalconer

What advice would you give those thinking about giving running a go?

Go for it. I spoke to a man who’s 80 next year. He took up running in his late 60s and says his one regret is not starting sooner. So, it’s never too late to start but the sooner you begin, the longer you can reap the benefits and appreciate the joys that running brings. And there are tons of them!

Where is your favourite half/full marathon?

I love London. The London marathon was my first big race and is very special to me. An epic challenge but a fun one with excellent crowds, a brilliant route with world famous landmarks, well organised and on home turf. 

What’s more important, the buzz or the time?

The buzz. I’d love a pb but it’s not the be all and end all. The feelgood is what it’s about. 

What’s a typical day like for you?

Alarm at 4am. Head to work. On air 6am – 10am on Smooth breakfast show, then I run home. A couple of days a week I go to the gym, another one or two days I play golf and then I collect my daughter from school. Then I spend the time taking her to gymnastics or swimming training and then occasionally I’ll have a job in the evening. I get to bed eventually, fall asleep the minute I’m horizontal and before I know it, it’s 4am and the routine starts again. 

Who has been your favourite podcast guest?

I was thrilled to get Eliud Kipchoge, one of the greatest marathoners ever, however, I’ve loved all my guests from Eddie Izzard to Lorraine Kelly, Andrea Maclean, astronaut Tim Peake, comedy double acts the Scummy Mummies as well as Dick and Dom, Hollywood actor Sam Heughan, footballer John Terry, Paula Radcliffe and Sir Mo Farah. And recent running champs Jake Wightman and Eilish McColgan. 

What’s the secret to your success in broadcasting?

Constantly being willing to try new challenges, being able to do live TV and radio and loving what I do. 

Have there been any broadcasting disasters?

Always. But you learn from mistakes and they never happen again. Remember the viewer or the listener love it when it goes wrong so it’s never that bad!

Three words to describe yourself.

Positive, happy and motivated. 

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you.

I studied Latin at uni. 

Who inspires you?

My mum. A career woman yet always there as a mum and always has an answer when I need advice. 

Where would your favourite date night be?

Hanging out in my kitchen! 

Where’s your daughter’s favourite place to go in London?

The theatre!

Where is your happy place?

Running on the promenade in Marbella. 

Do you have any regrets?

Not going for a run this morning! 

What would you take to a desert island?

My trainers! Or my golf clubs and a ball on a string!

Sun or snow? Both – sun in summer, snow for skiing in winter. 

What’s your proudest moment?

Becoming a mum. 

(c) @jennifalconer

What ambitions would you like to fulfil?

I don’t think you have time for my list! However, at the top, to keep working in this industry as long as I can. I’m almost at 30 years, another 30 would be good! 

Find out more about Kollo supplements at kollohealth.com

Follow Jenni at @jennifalconer and listen to her on Smooth Radio, weekdays 6-10am.

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