(Member blog post) Our first marathon in Paris!

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My running addiction began in the last month of 2013, with a Christmas charity run. How enduring the pain of doing laps of Battersea Park in a felt santa claus costume, sweating into a cotton wool beard ever inspired me to get into running, I’ll never know, but it did. Fast forward a year in which I’d done a 10K and a half marathon, and I’d signed up to run a whole marathon in Paris.

I was more petrified than excited to run my first marathon. To reassure myself I decided to seek out a local running club. It was 4 degrees and blowing a gale the night of my first session at Clapham runners club at Battersea Park track. To my surprise I met a group of people whose warmth and friendliness was at complete odds with the freezing cold conditions that evening. Training with Clapham Runners helped me in the lead up to the marathon in two ways. Read more

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: http://run.runandbecome.com/event/london-race-10k-291114/

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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

Clapham Runner collects 3rd race trophy of 2014 & Battersea 10 mile race report

Congratulations to Serena who collected her THIRD Women’s Vet 60s trophy of 2014 with a time of 1.46.24 at the Self Transcendence/ Run and Become Battersea 10 mile race on Saturday 25th October. Also running were Damian (1.08.35 and the 33rd finisher across the line) and Siobhan (1.39.38 and 20th in WU50s).

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Race results are photos are here: http://run.runandbecome.com/event/london-race-10m-251014/
There’s a few club runners signed up to the next event – and the last of 2014 – a 10km race around Battersea Park on Saturday 29th November at 8.30am. Sign up here: http://run.runandbecome.com/event/london-race-10k-291114/

Thames River Relay 2014

Clapham Runners entered two teams for the Thames River Relay, an annual baton relay 26.2 mile race around Kingston and Surrey. It was a great team effort from both the reds and the greens, finishing 19th and 30th from the 51 teams taking part – and a brilliant day out! Huge thanks to Frank and Steve for organising so that we were at the finish line to see our teams finish!

                 Green       Red
Position      19             30

Time           3:19:36     3:27:52

Predicted    3:19          3:30

Cotswolds 100 mile run!

Huge congratulations to Rachel who completed a 102 mile ultra marathon along the Cotswolds Way Trail!

The Cotswold Way is a beautiful 102 mile national trail running from the picturesque town of Chipping Campden in the North to the stunning Georgian city of Bath in the south. En route the trail passes through stunning and quintessentially English countryside, beautiful Cotswold stone villages and along the majestic Cotswold Hills, and you camp inbetween at Runners Villages.

The event took place from the 8th – 11th August. For more info and to be tempted to sign up yourself, see http://www.100milerun.com/

A blog is promised soon – keep an eye out!

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The Cotswolds Way Ultra – 57 miles in 2 days

Fiona took part in the two-day, 57 mile ultra in the Cotswolds, finishing in an incredible 17:20:56. Hugely well done Fi!

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For more information about the event, go to http://www.xnrg.co.uk/events/details/cotswold-way-challenge-2014.aspx

The Cotswold Way Ultra takes in 57 miles of quintessentially English Countryside, passing through rolling farmland and ancient beech woods, and taking in a rich slice of British history from Bronze Age barrows to Neolithic burial grounds and Stone Age hill forts. But don’t be fooled by the Cotswolds’ reputation for gentle contours: this route takes in 2750m of vertical ascent over two days (1140m over 27 miles on Day One and 1610m over 30 miles on Day Two), making it a great training weekend for anyone preparing for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or the Marathon des Sables.

The Cotswold Way National Trail runs from Chipping Campden in the north, to Bath in the south.