Clapham Chasers are proud to be part of the England Athletics #runandtalk initiative. We have 10 Mental Health Champions in the club who all have some experience or understanding of mental health difficulties and are keen to encourage people to use running as a way of managing and improving their mental health, as well as talking about it to break down any stigma attached to mental health.
On the first Wednesday of every month, Clapham Chasers hosts a #runandtalk run, which is a free event open to everyone of all abilities (members and non-members), to give people the opportunity to come and run or walk and talk to people. The next run is on Wednesday 7th August. We will be meeting outside Clapham Common tube station (look out for the red #runandtalk t-shirts!) at 7.15pm for a 7.20pm start. Pace and distance are up to you, but we'll be running/walking for 20-30 minutes, followed by a chance to chat over drinks and (weather permitting!) a picnic. Feel free to bring food and/or drinks with you, and if you have any questions please do just contact us.
We also encourage you to get in touch with any of the Clapham Chasers Mental Health Champions if you need to talk – you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that we are not trained professionals and are unable to provide emergency/crisis support. If you have any serious concerns please contact the Samaritans (https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us) ) or your GP.
We look forward to running and chatting with you!
The Mental Health Champions
Elysse, Andrew, Scott, Karina Box, Matt, Tom, Gideon, Danica and Jessie
Hi all! I'm Elysse, a visual artist and trainee triathlete.
I joined Clapham Chasers in August 2018, and I can honestly say that I've enjoyed my time so far, especially the support I've received from all the members.
You can usually find me at Monday social run. I haven't always consistently exercised and kept fit but I decided to start because I heard that the mental health benefits of exercise are really good - I have since realised that this is an understatement! So now I'm really keen to help others to experience this too. If you see me around, please don’t hesitate to reach out and say hello!
Hello! My name is Andrew, I joined the chasers in October 2017.
I run and cycle but am mainly found at the Monday social run and at track on Tuesdays. I am on the Clapham Common parkrun committee.
I joined the run and talk group to try and help people as I believe running is one of the best ways to destress.
Hello, I'm Scott and I've been a Chaser for 2 years!
I joined Chasers to improve my running and also get involved socially, something I was very apprehensive of at first! I can occasionally be found at Monday social and Thursday tempo. I have joined run and talk to listen, talk and inspire others to the benefits of what running can do to cope with everyday stress!
Hello! My name is Karina and I've been an avid Chaser for the last year. I'm predominantly a runner, however I'm not opposed to some fair weather cycling.
The main sessions you can find me at are Tuesday track, the Sunday long run and the odd tempo. I love a Saturday morning parkrun, with my local being Burgess Park. Running has helped with my own mental health, and I’ve also seen the positive impact on people close to me. I decided to join Clapham Chasers as a way of meeting new like-minded people, and also to add a social element to running.
Hi, I’m Claire and I joined Chasers in 2017 to help improve my running by pushing through those harder sessions with the encouragement of others (where I would have just given up on my own - those long runs in the snow last winter as a case in point!).
I usually try and attend either Tuesday Track or Thursday Tempo sessions and the long Sunday runs, and regularly attend one of the local parkruns (Tooting, Fulham Palace, Burgess Park) with my family where my husband and I argue about whose turn it is to push our son in the running buggy!
I recently became a Mental Health First Aider at work so was keen to utilise this also through my passion for running - the #runandtalk initiative is a great way to make running as inclusive as possible for everyone, so I’m excited to be a part of it.
I've been a member of Clapham Chasers since 2015 and have recently joined the general and running committees.
I can be found at the Super Saturday or Tuesday Track sessions. My local parkruns are Southwark Park or Burgess park.. Running has always acted as a form of mindfulness meditation for me, and has helped when I've felt stressed or worse. I've become a Mental Health Champion to help others see the benefits I've got from running or be there if anyone needs a conversation.
Hi there, my name is Tom and I've been a member of Clapham Chasers for a year and half.
In that time I’ve done things I’ve never thought I was capable of - I even managed to complete a triathlon. Whether it’s running, cycling or going for a swim in the local lido, just being outdoors, moving about, and chatting with other people has been really worth it.
I joined chasers after my father died because a friend and chasers told me I wasn't as fit as I used to be. I stay because I eat too much to not exercise and I enjoy the social aspects. It's definitely helped me get through family and work issues. I normally do the social run and long run and sometimes hills and tempo. I normally do Clapham Common or Bishops Park parkrun.
I have been a Chaser since January 2018. I enjoy swimming, cycling, running and triathlons.
The main sessions you can find me at are Monday social run, Wednesday evening swimming, Friday morning swimming and Saturday group ride. I like trying out different parkruns, but my locals are Clapham Common and Tooting. I joined Clapham Chasers to improve my running, meet new people and add a social element to my training.