Committee meetings are held at least every other month if not more frequently.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in November - click here for meeting minutes.
Loves: Cycling, snowboarding, mountains, maps, exploring, beer, snacks
Hates: Punctures, inconsiderate road users, litter
Day Job: Finance Business Partner
Having joined the Chasers in 2012 with a view to doing triathlon, it wasn’t long until I discovered I really didn’t like open water, wasn’t overly keen on swimming or running or early mornings and that cycling was great. However, after three years of dedicated cycling, I finally managed two sprint and one middle distance triathlon over the course of one summer, where I had a proper panic attack at the start of swim. Once I realised no-one was coming to help, and that I could just about put my feet on the bottom of the lake, I got on with it, even enjoying the swim, and completed my first and last middle distance triathlon! At some stage the Chaser tri-suit, which still fits, will probably come out of retirement. Until then, I enjoy studying maps of Surrey and Kent, trying to figure out ways to make the same old roads somehow different, and every now and again finding a whole new road. I actually quite like trail running, and swimming in perfect, big, largely empty 5ft deep swimming vestibules.
Through the Chasers I’ve met loads of new friends, been to loads of new places and had loads of great times and more than a few beers and snacks. When the opportunity to become treasurer came up, combining my love of numbers, spreadsheets & Chasers, I couldn’t believe my luck and jumped at the opportunity to give back to our club & community. I’m still working on the proposal for a snack budget.
Day job: Clinical Psychologist
I joined the committee to help promote women's running in the club and encourage Chaser ladies of all abilities to get involved and have fun, whether they are training for their first 10k or competing at a high level. I'm keen to foster a sense of women's training and racing being a real team affair, and love how the Club offers training and learning opportunities across all the running disciplines - road, trail, track and XC. As one of the Club's two Welfare Officers, I hope to make it easier for our members to share any concerns or difficulties they may be experiencing, and to help find a resolution or additional support as needed.
Jo Greening - Social Secretary
Day Job: Dietitian
I actually did very little in the first few years as a Chaser but having made the decision to sign up for a 70.3 I decided I should probably start going to more sessions (I'd previously gone to one a year) and in doing so I ended up making many amazing friends and wondering why I hadn't become involved sooner. I had always thought I wasn't good enough to join a running and triathlon club but discovered that Chasers is for everyone. I started going along to the Sunday rides in January but somehow found myself racing at Herne Hill Velodrome and taking part in Red Bull Timelaps that same year. I also learnt that I don't have to lift my heart rate monitor over my head to remove it...
Hope to see you at the next Social!
Loves: Running, travel and combining the two.
Hates: People walking glued to their phones.
Day job: Life Insurance Analyst
I joined Clapham Chasers in 2015 after getting hooked on running the year before. I wanted to improve my performance and make some friends with similar interests on the way. I can confidently say both goals have been achieved. My main focus is running or any distance but trail running is where I find the most enjoyment. I’ve dipped my toe in the triathlon waters on a couple of occasions but nothing can beat the joy of running up and down some mountain trails.
Ever since I joined Clapham Chasers I noticed how welcoming, well run and supportive the club is. This isn’t something that can be done without people volunteering their free time to share their passion so when a position on the committee came up I went for it with open arms. As well as my position as Risk Officer and male Welfare Officer, I sit on the Running subcommittee, and have helped set up and lead the Super Saturday sessions. I’m keen to pass on what knowledge I’ve accrued so far so feel free to grab me if you ever want a chat, running related or otherwise!
Loves: Hills, my bike, sunshine, pale ale
Hates: Rain, delays, hills ;)
Day job: Project engineer
I joined the Chasers in 2015 and at the risk of parroting what everyone else had said, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. When I joined, I had lofty ambitions to complete a 10k and had no intention of ever running much further than that! A few short years later and I've completed 3 marathons and a few triathlons in times I never dreamed of before joining. I've made many brilliant friends and had a whole lot of fun along the way.
Having gained so much from being a part of Chasers, I was glad to have the opportunity to give something back as part of the committee.
Loves: Being in a constant state of FOMO because there is just so much fun stuff to do
My advice for absolutely anyone anywhere is that they should move to London, join a running club, and change their life. Whilst this might be a slight oversimplification of life, it encapsulates what happened to me and life is so much richer for all the experiences I’ve been lucky to have with the Chasers. You couldn’t ask to spend your time, or live with, a better bunch of people. This of course should come with a warning, because if it wasn’t for this incredible group I wouldn’t have; a GFA place in London marathon; bought a wetsuit before I could swim; started to consider ultra marathons as a perfectly reasonable thing to do; discovered that you only need a sleep, wine and pizza to forget the pain of waking up at 2am to run your bit as part of a 24hr relay team; a mild obsession with starting every Saturday with a parkrun and associated cake and coffee shop.
Loves: Getting out of London on a bike, over-enthusiasm, pizza & wine, early morning cycling
Day Job: Neuroscience PhD Student
Joining Clapham Chasers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The endlessly enthusiastic, inspiring and welcoming members of Chasers (with an improbable tolerance for drinking given their sporting prowess) are what make this club so great!
Braving a group ride when I was nervous about it is the second-best decision I’ve ever made. I fell in love with club cycling, mostly long distance, with a view to racing if I can drag myself away from the Surrey/Kent hills. I joined the committee to try and make that first move to cycling less intimidating and to build our cycling calendar.
If you’re looking for encouragement to achieve more than you thought you could and more drunken nights than should be compatible with a triathlon club - Clapham Chasers is for you!!
Joe Spraggins - Triathlon
Loves: Trails, Omelettes, Leffe, Parkrun, Porridge, Flat Caps
Hates: Swimming, Queuing, Being hungry
Day Job: Financial Analyst
Four years ago I didn't have a clue what a triathlon was, and now I suddenly find myself as head of triathlon at one of the biggest (and best!) clubs in the country. Joining the Chasers has shown me it really doesn't matter how fast you are, or what your dreams and aspirations are, it's all about just getting stuck in and enjoying yourself.
I've already made some friends for life at the club and continued to be amazed by some of the incredible things our members are doing. Don't think about getting involved; just dive in and do it!