Meet your trainers

To help you prepare for this fantastic achievement, we welcome you to join our #TeamShootingStar runs, led by our fantastic trainers.

David Clarke: Loyal supporter, qualified athletics coach and ex-GB runner!

What inspired you to start running?
“I loved all sports at school but discovered I was best at running, ending up running for my school in a lot of races and even making the English Schools XC champs!”
What has been your best running moment?
“Winning my first XC championships.”
What has been your worst running moment?
“Being passed by the 3 hour pace maker with 1.5 miles to go of the 2016 London Marathon – I wanted to finish in under 3 hours and never run another marathon!”
What not to do the night before the marathon?
“Panic!”

 

Francesca Clarke: Wife of David, avid runner and dedicated Shooting Star Children’s Hospices supporter!

What inspired you to start running?
“Meeting my husband; it meant I could spend more time with him, as in – if you can’t beat them, join them!”
What has been your best running moment?
“My first marathon 3:13.”
What has been your worst running moment?
“Sitting in a portaloo at the Reading Half, with less than a mile to go. David was shouting at me outside to hurry up!”
What not to do the night before the marathon? 
“Attempt to stick your name on your vest and melt the letters! Have a curry! Drink 12 beers!”

 

 

Paul Chandler: An inspiring runner who’s taken on many races with his son; forming a dynamic duo!

What inspired you to start running?
“Dominic my son inspired me to start running, he is now 11 and he, as well as my family, have been supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for 9 years.”
What has been your best running moment?
“My best running moment was in partnership with Dominic becoming the first assisted team in the UK (me pushing him in a wheelchair) to complete an ultra marathon.”
What has been your worst running moment?
“My worst running moment was after flying to Washington to complete the Marine Corps marathon only to slip a disc in my lower back at mile 6 and have to record a DNF, a long way to go for a 10km.”
What not to do the night before the marathon? 
“The night before a marathon don’t expect to sleep, ensure you sleep well a couple of days before and don’t doubt yourself, as the night before a marathon you cannot train any harder or do any different.”