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Karteek Clarke

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Karteek finishing the Self-Transcendence 6 day race of N.Y. in 2014
Karteek during one of his many open water swims

Karteek Alec Clarke is a Scottish member of the Edinburgh Sri Chinmoy Athletic Club and an accomplished runner, having completed numerous marathons and ultramarathon runs and walks. He has completed 11 English Channel solo crossings, pioneered three first unassisted cold Scottish swims, and completed a number of other famous marathon swims as a vegetarian member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.

He serves as a marathon mentor and is a soon-to-be book author. He has helped many other aspiring marathoners to train and succeed. His book includes special emphasis on the “gaps” rarely discussed in the sport including the deeper meaning of marathon events, motivation for marathons, and how it prepares one for future greater challenges, how to derive as much joy and happiness from the training as the event, turning an injury into a physical and mental stepping stone, getting stronger during and as a result of weather delays.

Marathon Running[edit]

Karteek has completed over 20 running marathons and ultramarathons, including 50-mile runs, 24-hour and multi-day races (over a period of 6 days in 2014, over 10 days in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

English Channel Swims[edit]

1. 11 hours 57 minutes on 29 July 1997 at the age of 30
2. 14 hours 52 minutes on 21 July 2000 at the age of 33
3. 12 hours 49 minutes on 15 August 2001 at the age of 34
4. 10 hours 53 minutes on 5 August 2002 at the age of 35
5. 16 hours 5 minutes on 13 August 2003 at the age of 36
6. 16 hours 13 minutes on 28 July 2004 at the age of 37
7. 13 hours 28 minutes on 16 July 2005 at the age of 38
8. 16 hours 18 minutes on 24 July 2006 at the age of 39
9. 14 hours 54 minutes on August 2008 at the age of 41
10. 16 hours 49 minutes on 13 August 2009 at the age of 42
11. 19 hours 1 minute on 30 July 2014 at the age of 47

Honours[edit]

He received the Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy for the Swim in the most Arduous Conditions from the Channel Swimming Association.

Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy Recipients[edit]

2017: Maxence Paindavoine (France) in 14 hours 12 minutes
2016: Howard James (England) in 13 hours 13 minutes
2015: Monica Bender (USA) in 13 hours 41 minutes
2014: Meghan Chisholm (Canada) in 14 hours 39 minutes
2013: Tracy Clark (New Zealand) in 12 hours 46 minutes
2013: Carl Plasschaert (Belgium) in 12 hours 6 minutes
2012: Catherine Smith (Great Britain) in 16 hours 32 minutes
2011: Mark Seal (Great Britain) in 12 hours 48 minutes
2010: Ian Down (Great Britain) in 15 hours 47 minutes
2009: Liane Llewellyn (England) in 27 hours 35 minutes
2008: Mark Ransom (Great Britain) in 12 hours 23 minutes
2007: Anne Marie Ward (Ireland) in 20 hours 4 minutes
2006: Sønnøve Cirotski (Norway) in 14 hours 43 minutes
2005: Jane McCormick (Scotland) in 15 hours 12 minutes
2004: Gilles Rondy (France) in 7 hours 54 minutes
2003: Karteek Alec Clarke (Scotland) in 16 hours 5 minutes
2002: Jacques Tuset (France) in 12 hours 40 minutes
2000: Jackie MacDonald (England) in 21 hours 19 minutes breaststroke

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