Our History

Clapham Pioneers set up in 2008 by Tim Slee, son of Ian Slee, a passionate runner who ran not to break records or be the fastest but for the love of running and inspiring others to do the same.

In 2007 Tim’s father Ian set up a running club in his hometown of Looe, Cornwall: Looe Pioneers. Tragically Ian lost his life to a brain tumour and in tribute to their inspirational founder Looe Pioneers incorporated Ian’s initials in lower case into their club logo PiONEERs.

Tim Slee set up the Clapham Pioneers running shop and associated running club in memory of his late father, but after a number of years of tough retail trading the Clapham Pioneers shop shut its doors in 2012. Clapham Pioneers running club still operates and is now run by a group of volunteers, and despite the shop’s closure Ian’s legacy lives on in Clapham.

Clapham Pioneers in an entirely not-for-profit organisation and all membership fees and invested directly into the club and its members. We remain to this day the only running club in the heart of Clapham.

Watch out for our distinctive orange vests dashing around the common, join us and help a legacy live on.