Mark Clawson

Chairman & Run Coach

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After a health scare in early 2004, I followed my doctor’s advice to lose weight and exercise more. I managed to lose over 6 stone and in a moment of madness, I decided I would run the London Marathon. My first training run on the treadmill lasted all of 1 minute 33 seconds! Months of slowly increasing time on my feet and distance finally led me to the start line of the marathon in 2005 and 5 hours and 4 minutes later, I picked up my medal and caught the running bug.

I have since gone on to run over 400 races and in 2012 I qualified as a ‘Leader in Running Fitness’ having decided I wanted to give something back to the sport that has given me (and still does) so much joy.

In 2014 I qualified as an ‘Exercise to music instructor’ and enjoy putting on fitness based indoor classes, in 2016 I passed my Diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition, in 2017 I qualified as a UKA Coach in Running Fitness and at the start of 2018 I became a Level 3 Personal Trainer and an UKAD Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor.

After all these years, I still get the same buzz from running and crossing the finish line at a race regardless of where I come brings a smile to my face, but nothing beats the buzz from seeing those that you coach achieve their first steps, first 5k, first 10k, first half or full marathon, to help and see others achieve their goals is an amazing and rewarding experience.

Most memorable or proudest running moment 

Most memorable – 2010 completing 3 marathons in 3 weeks and finishing them all under 4 hours (Paris 3.47, Brighton 3.44, London 3.56)

Proudest moment – 2009 Cancer Research Petworth House 10k. Just over 600 runners took part and I finished the race in 2nd place!

Fun facts about me

I love music and my training runs are often fuelled by hip hop, grime and dance tunes. I enjoy home improvement projects from designing them to building them. I am slightly obsessed with Rocky and Star Wars and I once completed Hellrunner in a full Dangermouse outfit, and Britain’s toughest 10k in a full Teletubby costume!

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