Claire Sutcliffe

  • 3rd Fastest AG Swim IM Italy 2018
  • 6th AG Challenge World Championship Samorin 2018
  • 2nd AG 5th Overall Bosworth Middle 2018
  • 1st AG Harlech Sprint 2018
  • 1st AG Tri 122 Tequie Lanzarote 2018
  • 1st Lady Sandman Legend 2017
  • 1st Female Team Swim Run Snowdonia 2016

Claire is a BTF Level 3 qualified coach, L3 Personal Trainer and a Sports Massage Therapist and has been coaching Triathlon since 2009. Claire is a regular coach for Chester Triathlon Club and can often be found pool side coaching at technique swim sessions.

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

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

Meet Claire….

I am 46 and live near Chester with my 11 year old son and my partner Steve. I have been involved in health and fitness all my life, starting off with horse riding as a child, hockey at university then running and 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 those 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. I discovered the crazy sport of triathlon at the end of 2005 and joined my local Tri Club in Chester.  I enjoyed the sport so much that I then progressed through my coaching qualifications obtaining BTF Level 3 in 2013 and haven’t looked back.  I am continually  progressing my skills, learning and developing by coaching athletes both at club sessions and on a one to one basis. This spans from complete beginners new to the sport to athletes that are competing at Age Group level. Every athlete comes with their own particular goals, aspirations, struggles, fears and reasons for being involved in this sport.

 From my first sprint triathlon in 2006 I knew that this was my sport and I wanted it to be a part of my life.  I absolutely love my job and have a particular passion for coaching swim technique. It is so rewarding seeing people progress and achieve their triathlon dreams and I feel very proud to be part of the journey that each of my athletes undertakes. 

 My journey as a triathlete has taken me from my first sprint race in 2006 to IM Italy in 2018. I have been able to race in many different countries and been part of the British Triathlon Age Group Team.  I have progressed up through the distances, specialising in 70.3 races for a number of years and then having a crack at IM Italy this year where I posted a 57.58 swim time, my proudest moment as an athlete to date!  This may sound cheesy but triathlon opens up so many opportunities in life, be that new experiences and skills, new friends, overcoming fears, being empowered and new found confidence. It’s not just about the physical ability it’s about how your strength as a person develops. This is why I love coaching.  I get to see people experience so much and to be part of their journey is incredibly rewarding and at times super tough when things don’t go to plan, as is sometimes the case! 

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