Claire Warburton about herself....

I have always been sporty. I spent most lunchtimes at school in varying sports clubs.  I joined the army aged 17 and spent years hating all things fitness! Some kind of teenage rebellion I think. When I left the army aged 25 I decided to train for a half marathon. I got into running big style, eventually running the London marathon in 2011. I was never quick but could just keep going.

When watching London 2012 I entered the first Ride London sportive planned for the following year. I did not even have a bike at this point!! Cue the first and only ever ballot entry I’ve ever had! I borrowed a bike from my brother and just loved road cycling. A few years and 3 Ride London sportives on, I stopped all exercise when I was pregnant with my daughter. I actually did not get back into any real activity until she was 18 months old.

I entered a duathlon in 2018, again on a bit of a whim. To say I was last by a mile is no understatement - we were at the road track at the Olympic velodrome and I saw the competitor in front of me finish when I still had a lap to do! I could have stopped, but something inside me clicked and since then I have loved multisport. I have entered various races with the aim of bettering my last time. Oh, and to not finish last!! Gradually I have been working hard and improving my way up the results list, notably with a third in age group and 4th lady overall at my last standard distance duathlon.
Fast forward to 2021 and I am now a member of the Great Britain Age Group Duathlon squad. I am flying the flag for all the '40 something' mums –  to show that it is possible to have a child, work full time, train and compete at a high level. I have to say that the support of my wife is invaluable. Not only am I almost permanently tired, but I am watching the clock from 8pm to see how early I can get away with going to bed! Family is the greatest motivator for me. I want to do my girls proud. I want my daughter to see that you can be a professional in terms of work, carry out your hobbies to a high level and still be there for your family. I want to be an aspiration to her and I want to be better every day. 4:30am alarms would not be so easy with my family support and motivation.
For this coming season I am entered into long distance duathlon races. As my racing strength is endurance and that I can keep going I feel that I am the epitome of a diesel engine! My first race is the Marlow Middle Distance Duathlon (5k / 86k/ 21.1k) at the end of May. The other long distance is the Hever Long Distance Duathlon (21.1k / 90k / 10.5k) in July. Alongside this I have the European Duathlon Championships in Romania in July and the World Duathlon Championships in Holland in September. I’m hoping that both of these races are able to go ahead in the current climate.
I am not sure where I see myself in multisport past this season, however, I do think at some point I will bite the bullet and learn how to swim properly in order to avoid over-training in just two discipies - triathlon is easier after all!!

Outside of duathlon I am a physiotherapist working in primary care and also a part time physiotherapy lecturer.  


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