Q&A Interview with Helen Clitheroe

Helen Clitheroe is a middle and long distance runner representing Great Britain.

She has competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase in 2008. One of her best achievements to date was when she won the bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games for 1500m.

Helen has been competing for Great Britain since 1998 competing at 4 Commonwealth Games, 5 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games. She has also competed at 8 World Cross country Championships and 11 European cross country Championships as well as the World and European Indoor Championships.

Helen has also written the free 10k training plans exclusively for ATW members.

Helen Clitheroe kindly agreed to take part in our Q&A interview:


Jody CundyName: Helen Clitheroe

Age: 40

Occupation: Professional athlete

Favourite Events: 1500m, 3k, 5k, 10k road

How did you first become in interested in athletics?

I got the running bug when I was a primary school, we had a keen teacher who took a few of us training for the local schools cross county. I was hooked from then.

What is your best performance to date?

Winning the Gold at the European Indoor Athletics Champs in the 3000m in 2011

Jody CundyWhat is your most important training session?

This has changed a lot over the years but I would say if my tempo runs are going well then everything else seems to fall into place.

What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete?

A group of us including Paula Radcliffe, Eilish McColgan and Mucktar Mohammed did a crazy hill session at altitude Kenya where we drove 5 miles down a hill and did reps on the way back up. Its not for the faint hearted but we always went back for more!

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

I am working on getting back on the track running some 5000m’s after missing a couple of outdoor seasons through injury. My main aim is to try and qualify for the Commonwealths and to run a personal best for the 5000m.

What is the most memorable athletics event you have ever watched?

It has to be being in the stadium to watch Mo Farah win both his Gold medals at the London Olympics. It was such an amazing time especially as I have know Mo since he was a junior on the cross country team.

Which athlete do you most admire?

Jody CundyPaula Radcliffe, She is an unbelievable athlete.

Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?

Manchester Commonwealth Games Staduim (now Eithad Stadium) as it was amazing to run infront of a home crowd and get a bronze medal.

What is your favourite:

Book: I love reading: recent reads include Charlie Spedding - From last to first, anything written by Jo Jo Moyes, What have I done - Amanda Prowse .... I could go on and on.

Film: 'Good Will Hunting' or ‘Shawshank Redemption'

TV Show: Greys Anatomy or Breaking Bad

Shameless Plug – Is there anything going on in your life that you would like to mention?

You can follow what I am doing on my twitter @clitherbot and I will be relaunching my website with updates in the next month www.helenclitheroe.com< /a>

Question from previous person to complete Q&A (Olympian Jody Cundy) -

What gets you out of bed in the morning to do your sport?

HulkI love training and my desire to improve gets me out of bed in the morning.

What question would you like to ask our next athlete to complete our Q&A?

What is the biggest sacrifice you make to do your sport?

If your next race had to be done in fancy dress, what outfit would you choose?

I have a deal with my old team mate Hayley Yelling ( 2 x Euro cross champ) that we will run a marathon in fancy dress when we are retired. I’m still running and Hayley has just haad twin boys so we might do it for our 50th birthday now. We are open for suggestions!

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