Clapham Runners

Small, friendly and fun running club based in Clapham/ Battersea with members of all ages, abilities and experience


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It’s our 10th birthday!

The Clapham Runners is 10 – and to celebrate all Clapham Runners past, present and future are invited to a celebratory afternoon picnic on Saturday 4th July. Partners and children also invited. Bring your Clapham Runners t-shirt for a group photo! RSVP to claphamrunners@gmail.com

10th birthday balloonMarker: Clapham Runners – Teardrop banner + Gazebo from about 1.15pm

Food: Bring something  three others will want to share – or more if you are happy to take excess away
Drink: Soft – BYO. Harder stuff available at the Windmill of course

Parking: In demand but possible on Windmill Drive – try Narbonne Avenue (across Clapham Common Southside).

Entertainment: Silly games/races encouraged – bring any accessories/equipment required – children (of all ages) might enjoy the playground but it gets crowded.
Weather outlook : Current forecast 25ºC sunny periods but 14mph SW wind.


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Club Colours have arrived!

Be the envy of other runners wearing the latest Clapham Runners club kit! The latest order has arrived – all vests, t-shirts and long sleeved t shirts will have the Clapham Runners logo on front and back, at very reasonable prices (around £10 per top) – there are a couple of spares, speak to Frank if you missed the main order.

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Club member discount at MoreMiles.co.uk

Club members can now get 30% discount on More Mile kit (club code as sent via email). As well as 30% off for you, using this code gets the club 10% of the spend under the code to use on with more miles on club kit etc.


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Clapham Runners abroad 2016

Our club runners are fans of race tourism…several of us are planning trips away this year, and what better way to indulge in a spot of race tourism! Last year Steve raced the furthest away from home, in New Zealand, 11,470 miles away.

This year we started out looking for races overseas…but frankly there are some amazing photos of our club members all over the world, and t-shirts or medals don’t matter. Great to see everyone having fun with sport wherever they are!

Steve (South Africa parkrun, February), Marie Ann and Kieran (New Zealand parkruns x2 in New Zealand, February), Amanda (Paris marathon, April), Rob (Vietnam, November), Damian’s Comrades Marathon (South Africa, June), Jono (Brussels and Disneyland Paris halfs in September and October), Alison (Berlin marathon), Steve (travelling again! St Lucia, December 2016) and Annika (various throughout Greece, year round!).


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London Marathon 2017 club place

Congratulations Frank, you are running for Clapham Runners at the London Marathon on 23 April 2017 – we will be there to cheer you on! Drawn by coach, Jon Munroe, and Santa’s little helper Hannah, at the track session on Thursday 8th December. Let the marathon training begin!

Frank is joining a couple of other club members at the start line – Niamh has a charity place for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Rob has carried forward his ballot place from 2016…who else will be running?

Clapham Runners, as a registered Athletics Club with England Athletics, can apply for a guaranteed entry for one of its members. As a member benefit, your name can go in the hat. This year only two members applied for the club place – so the odds are much, much higher than the main ballot!


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River Relay 2016

Well done to our two teams of Clapham Runners (Clappers A & B) who ran the Thames River Relay, now a firm fixture in the club calendar. Joining 75 other teams to complete the 26.2 mile baton relay organised by the Stragglers Run Club, our teams finished with impressive team marathon times around the 3h30 mark.

Part of the race is not just first to finish – but there is also a prize (charity donation) for the team which finishes closest to their predicted finish times. There’s also a friendly competition amongst the club to complete all five stages of the event in different years to run the full marathon… Damian took the lead this year as the first club member to run 4 of the 5 legs!

Both teams this year ran faster than expected (never usually a problem!), and thanks to Frank’s mastermind of pick-ups and handovers, we were all at the Hawker Centre finish to watch the glory leg cross the line.

  • Clapham Runners Clappers B – 3h28m44s
  • Clapham Runners Clappers A – 3h35m19s

Great fun, and we will be back next year!

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Thames River Relay two teams, Sept 2016


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Damian storms the Comrades Marathon in 10h22m

Congratulations to Damian who completed the gruelling 56 mile Comrades Ultra Marathon on Sunday 29th May in 10h22m26s, to raise money for Mind: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DamianIngs

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A huge achievement and a hard-earned finisher’s medal. Fantastic! Well done from all of us!!

Described as the greatest ultra marathon in the world, the South African race runs between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban, the race alternates annually between the “up run” from Durban and the “down run” from Pietermaritzburg. Luckily 2016 was a ‘down’ year!

Some 22,000 runners started the race, with a strict 12 hour cut-off. A new course record was set this year by David Gateba in 5h18m19s.

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WhatsApp helps running club lose virginity

We did it! Well done Team Clapham Runners. 11 runners, 3 cars, 1 team, 219.8miles, 3,605m climbed (and 3,605m descended!), 500+ WhatsApp messaged exchanged and 219.8 miles of the Green Belt Relay achieved – and we finished a very respectable 30th out of 40 teams, and 17th of 25 mixed teams.

We ran 219.8 miles over the weekend as part of the Stragglers RC Green Belt Relay. It is the first time that we as a club have taken part, and how much fun it was! A great event which mixes the social side of running with competition. Map reading skills and uneven footwork were put to the test, in stunning surroundings from the Surrey Hills to Essex, climbing mountains (!), running along rivers and chasing landmarks.

We took so many photos, the GBR 2016 has its very own photo gallery here.

Special thanks to Frank for masterminding the logistics of pick-ups and drop-offs; to Steve, Frank and Ann-Marie as our drivers, and to Rob and Arabella helping out with marshalling – and to team Clapham Runners, Martin, Krysia, Amanda, James, Matt, Ann-Marie, Ana, Peter, Maddie, Siobhan and Steve!

 

Blog to follow but in the meantime:

  • Stage results are here
  • Full team results are:

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Spring Marathon round up 2016

Congratulations to all runners in the Paris, Manchester and London Marathons. Send us your pictures – and tell us your race day experiences on the blog. Well done all!

  • Paris 3rd April – Amanda (3h57m48s)
  • Manchester 10th April – Matt (3h32 – huge PB!) and James (3h20m03s – first time marathon runner!)
  • London 24th April – Damian (3h21m46s), Ellie (3h22m56s – another huge PB!), Jonathan (4h05m59s) and Emma (4h59m35s)

 

The ballot for the 2017 London Marathon is open Monday 2nd May – Friday 6th May 5pm. Put your name in the hat here!

https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/ballot-entry/ 

Some of our faster runners may qualify for a ‘Good for Age’ or ‘Championship’ place in the London Marathon. Check here: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/

Remember that to be eligible for the draw for the Clapham Runners’ club place in next year’s marathon, you need to be a paid up member of the club for 6 months, and have proof of rejection from the main ballot.


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London Marathon 2016 – club place

Congratulations Damian – you are running the London Marathon 2016 for the Clapham Runners! Damian.PNG

There were five names in the hat for this year’s club place, which was drawn after our Thursday session on 12th November – much better odds than the public ballot (some 350,000…!). The Clapham Runners has one guaranteed club place each year – it is names out of a hat. To be eligible for the draw you must have a ballot rejection letter and be a fully paid up, regular member for six months.

Damian joins fellow Clapham Runners next April – Rob, who won his place through the public ballot, Rachel and Ellie who achieved a Good For Age entry, and Emma who won a twitter competition. We’ll be there to cheer you all on!