MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Maddy Clabon

Every month we introduce one of our members, this month's featured member is Maddy Clabon.

1. How long have you been running ?

I started running in the summer of 2016. I completed the Cardiff 10K, can I just add... I was ahead of my Mum (Meeechelle the hair) all the way around. My Mum started taking me to Parkrun in the Autumn where I achieved my FIRST and ONLY PB with a time of 25:27 I believe. 

2. How long have you been with CRC?

I ran my first Half Marathon, Newport Half in Spring 2017, so I'm going to guess and say February 2017 I joined the club. I remember doing the run then snuggling into my super soft CRC purple hoodie 💜

3. What inspired you to start running?

It was a boiling hot day and I was in work. Mum mentioned there was a flat road race around Magor that she was going to. I asked if I could come, then I was doubting myself in work. I wasn't sure if I would be fit enough or fast enough. Anyway, I went. It felt like it was the loooooongest 10K. We finished the run, sat in the sunset on the grass with cake because it was for an anniversary or something and a drink talking to Emma and Beth. 

4. What motivates you to keep running?

The social side of running which given the recent circumstances has taken a bit of a knock back.  The feeling that after every run I feel good and enjoyed the route. I don't make my self go because I have to, I go because you get support from club members during sessions or friends if you're not on a club run.

5. What is your running ambition?

Obviously not with the recent events but... In normal circumstances because I struggle with my mental health my ambition is to; keep active, keep fit, keep a positive mind set, enjoy club runs and running with friends for a year or 18 months then set myself a goal to do a Marathon or run X amount of Half Marathons in a year.

6. What do you consider your proudest moment?

I have mentioned it previously, but I struggle with my mental health. I went through a low stage in my life, I put weight on I wasn't happy and needed to separate from what was making me feel like it.  All the way through it I had brilliant support from club members and ran slowly and steady until I was feeling okay then I would extend to running 2 days then 3 days a week and do a long run with club members. Then my time was coming down again, I was enjoying running. The amount of compliments I received from people were brilliant and club could see the potential I had in myself.  I also received an award in 2019 for Most Improved 💜 

To round it up my proudest moment is coming out of my low stage and having running helping me all the way through. Some runs I didnt feel like I was improving but I now KNOW it takes time and patience. 

7. What is your favourite race and why?

My favourite race would be the GLCL Road Races in the spring/summer. The amount of people there and again the support is overwhelming and the social side too. After each race we have tea, coffee, cake. 

However my all time favourite race would be Cardiff Half 2019. I gained a PB of 2:17 because I had support leading up to it from club members and we would all do LSR on a Sunday. I also had support from other friends and family and my other half Daveee 💜

8. What is your favourite music to run to or what do you think about while running?

I don't listen to any music but I do think about food, my shower or bubble bath after (depends what type of run it is) I also think about how good it feels to be out with my running friends and having the wind in my face, how good it feels to be running.  Some runs I struggle with but that's normal but even after a run like that I always feel better for going. 

9. What advice would you give to a new runner?

Definitely go for it, it is one of the best ideas I've thought of. Don't push yourself, start small and steady. Even start with C25K with Caerleon or if you're doing it yourself follow the app.  Definitely join a club.

Don't worry about how you look, no one is out judging you, just be YOU. 

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Photography credits Robert Gale 

flickr: _NiallS

Additional contributions by Caerleon RC members