Mark Clawson

Chairman & Run Coach

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After a health scare in early 2004, I followed my doctors 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’, successfully training others to achieve their goals.

In 2014 I qualified as an ‘Exercise to Music Instructor’ and also recently passed my Diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition. I am now studying to become a Personal Trainer and gain my UK Athletics Coaching badge.

After all these years, I still get the same buzz from crossing the finish line but nothing beats the buzz from training someone to achieve their first steps, first 5k, first 10k, first half or full marathon and seeing them reach their goal.

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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