Claire Sutcliffe

(COACH)

– 1st AG Chirk Sprint 2016
– 2nd Lady Ultimate Half Middle Distance 2016
– 1st Female Team Swim Run Snowdonia 2016
– 6th Age Group Weymouth 70.3 2016
– 5th Age Group Vichy 70.3 2015
– 3rd lady at Chirk Sprint 2015
– 2nd Lady at Beaver Middle Distance Triathlon 2015

Claire is a BTF Level 3 qualified coach, L3 personal trainer and a sports massage therapist and has been coaching triathlon since 2009 and racing since 2006. Claire is a regular coach for Chester Triathlon Club and can often be found pool side at technique swim sessions.

Claire has an approachable and enthusiastic manner and thrives on supporting and encouraging her athletes to reach their potential be that their 1st ever triathlon or qualification for a GB event.

Claire understands the commitment and dedication that is required to juggle training with home life and works closely with her athletes to ensure a happy balance!

Meet Claire….

I am 44 (ouch am I really? how did that happen?) and a mum to my 9 year old boy Finley, I live in the sticks near Chester. I have been involved in health & fitness all my life, starting off with horse riding as a child, hockey at university then running & mountain biking. I am very competitive and it wasn’t long until I started entering running events, my first half marathon was the Great North Run in 2004 in a blistering time of 2hrs 20mins!! Thankfully my running has progressed massively since the early days.

In my former life I worked in marketing as an account manager but took a leap of faith in March 2005 and resigned from corporate life, I retrained and started my personal training business 12 years ago.

I found triathlon at the end of 2005 and started learning to swim front crawl from scratch with Chester Tri, first race was Chirk Triathlon in 2006 – time of 1:23:18 roll on to 2014 and I was 3rd lady in 1:11:28. The swim is my strongest discipline and I love a spot of wild swimming in Snowdonia’s lakes but biking has now become my favourite. My first experience of road biking was a club ride on a freezing cold January morning in 2006 and it was terrifying having been used to mountain biking and a nice big fat tyre and upright position, I was well out of my comfort zone.

From that first triathlon in 2006 I knew that this was my sport and I wanted it to be a part of my life and coaching it is the best job in the world. Over the past 7 years I have progressed from a L1 coach to L3. I absolutely love coaching triathlon and have a particular passion for swim technique, it is so rewarding seeing people progress and achieve their triathlon dreams.  

I have progressed over the years from racing Olympic distance to middle distance and am now branching out to Swim Run events. I have a number of 70.3 and Middle distance races targeted for 2017.”

Contact Claire direct: claire@time2train.me.uk