Battersea 10km – race report

Seven Clapham Runners met bright and early on Saturday 29th November to run the final Sri Chimnoy/ Run and Become  10km race of 2014. There was a field of around 400 runners, blue sky and a great atmosphere at the start line. The mild weather helped, and an amazing four PBs from our club runners (the seconds count!)

There was fierce competition for the Women’s Vet 60s trophy, and Serena proudly took second place behind distance running legend Eleanor Robinson.

Finish line photos and finish times available here:

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Hampton Court Half Marathons Feb & March 2015

Hampton Court Half Sunday 22nd February 2015

We have reserved 10 places for Clapham Runner members for the Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday 22nd February 2015 – sign up soon, the organisers expect the last 500 places to be snapped up by Christmas. There will be at least one car leaving Clapham. Club runners sign up here (enter ‘club’ once your entry is in the basket to get your £2 discount).

Palace Half Sunday 29th March 2015

The first half marathon held entirely within the Hampton Court Palace grounds is taking place on Sunday 29th March. It’s two weeks before Brighton and Paris, so would make a perfect training run – or a great goal in itself. There’s a two lap course (different on each lap – see here), and it looks straight forward to get there by train from Clapham Junction ahead of the 9am start. Sign up here

(Member blog post) Rodings Rally 2014

The Rodings Rally is an all-night orienteering cum map reading competition that takes place in Epping Forest. The Rally follows a route through the forest along a variety of paths, tracks and trackless scrub, including holly as it turns out. There are ten checkpoints located within the forest with the final checkpoint at High Beach Village Hall with the route covering approximately twelve miles, ‘as the crow flies’! Read more

Annika’s 3rd Athens Marathon triumph

Congratulations to Annika on an amazing 4h 02m 47s – a fantastic PB, especially given the hills and 25 degree temperatures. We love this finish line picture – carrying son Niko the last 150m to the finish line – definitely worthy of a Runners World magazine cover!

Inside the stadium.
Inside the stadium.

It’s fantastic to hear how our Clapham Runners are getting on all over the world (we miss you as a regular at training – come back and see us soon!). Annika is a regular blogger on our site, sharing her personal highlights and challenges… and truly capturing the emotion of a triumphant finish line moment. Read Annika’s blog on her training and 2014 race day here…. or go back a couple of years and read her past blog on her 2nd Athens Marathon in 2011 here!

This year, a new course record was set by Kenyan Felix Kandie (2h 10m 37). The Athens marathon course is of course where it all began – the original marathon being run by a news-bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced – with his last words – the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC. The route follows much of the 2004 marathon route.

To read about the history of the course… or to be tempted to sign up for November 2015 (will Annika be back?!) see