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!

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! 

Some of our faster runners may qualify for a ‘Good for Age’ or ‘Championship’ place in the London Marathon. Check here:

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.

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!


London Marathon ballot open for April 2016 race

The public ballot for the London Marathon is open from now until Friday 8 May (not closing at a certain capacity as in previous years) – go to

The Clapham Runners does have one guaranteed club place – it is names out of a hat in December. To be eligible for the draw you MUST have a ballot rejection letter and be a fully paid up, regular member for six months.IMG_20150504_074014

London and Manchester Marathons 2015

London Marathon – Sunday 26th April 2015

Congratulations to all our runners on Sunday – the cheering team were down at miles 14 and 21. Perfect running conditions – not for spectators though. Thank goodness the weather forecast of Thursday/Friday proved wrong.

Results are in:

  • Phil – 3:40 – Getting faster toward the end
  • Angela – 4:12 Negative splits – second half 6 minutes faster – that needs real strength! Fundraising for NSPCC
  • Fiona (F1) – 4:16  Oh those last miles took their toll
  • Emma – 4:38 We can’t have been there to cheer you through the tough final miles. Fundraising for Mind
  • Imogen – 4:46 (sub 4:30 next stop …) you can do it. Fundraising for Contact A Family
  • Siobhan – 5:00:55 So close

The first race report is up on our blog here and the official reports are coming in. Well done all!

Manchester Marathon – Sunday 19th April 2015

Congratulations Damian (D2) – an amazing 3.24 PB! Read D2’s race report on our blog here.

(Member blog post) London Marathon 2015. Amazing.

Yesterday I ran the London Marathon. It was an amazing, brilliant, wonderful experience. I loved it. I’m still grinning.

The Clapham Runners’ cheering spots at miles 14 and 21 could not have been better placed – I needed those cheers. In fact the support since deciding to run another marathon has been unreal. I had emails, texts and calls wishing me luck, motivating me, convincing me I would smash it. Read more

Marathons and London Marathon ballot 2016 (Advance Notice)

As a club we will have one guaranteed entry for a club runner – it’s names out of a hat in December. A reminder that to be eligible you must:

  • Be an active, paid-up member for over six months at the time of the ballot
  • Have a rejection letter from the VMLM 2016 public ballot (NEW for this year)

The public ballot entry system for the 2016 London marathon opens on Monday 4th May (time tbc) – last year it closed after < 12 hours, so keep an eye out on the VMLM website for further announcements. In the meantime… less than one month to go for our marathon runners!

  • Paris (12th April) – Lucia, Gilly
  • Brighton (12th April) – Susan, Ellie
  • Manchester (19th April) – Damian (D2)
  • London (26th April) – Fi (club place), Angela, Emma B, Imogen, Siobhan, Phil

There was talk at training last night of the Edinburgh Marathon (31st May) and the Islay Marathon (Sept 20th)

London Marathon 2015 Club Draw and Christmas Social

Congratulations Fiona! You will be running the Virgin London Marathon 2015  on 26th April for the Clapham Runners. Names were drawn out of the hat at training by our very own coach, Jon Munroe, with a helping hand from Santa’s Little Helper aka Hannah.

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Fiona will be joining Siobhan at the start line next year, who won a place through a twitter competition thanks to Pro-Direct Running and Adidas UK. Well done!

If you missed on the main ballot and the club place, there are still two more open competitions (click here – enter by Monday 15th Dec for the VLM/Holiday Inn competition, and click here for the Full Potential competition) – and remember that for the club draw next year, only regular and paid-up members with a VLM 2016 rejection slip will be included in the draw.

Celebrations all round for the post-training Christmas Social part 1 – see our photo gallery – and bring your santa hats next week as well, when we will head to the Mason’s Arms after the last session of 2014