Will Clarke


Will Clarke Interview

Will Clarke is one of the most successful triathletes in British history. As an  Under23 he became World and European Champion and then when on to represent GB at the Beijing Olympics. He has also been British Champion twice in his career. Will Clarke is also part of an elite club of ITU athletes to have made the podium at a World Triathlon Series event. He achieved this at the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series Hamburg in 2011. He finished that season ranked number 9 in the world.

In 2012 Will Clarke made the decision to take up the different challenge of long distance triathlon and with his ability and hunger to succeed we think he's about to make a big impression on the ironman community!

Will Clarke kindly took the time to complete our Q&A interview......


Name: Will Clarke Will Clarke

Age: 27

Occupation: Pro Triathlete

Favourite Events: Triathlon

How did you first become in interested in athletics?

I've been into competitive sport my whole life with swimming and when I was 11 athletics, Cross Country. I did them both throughout my teens and never stopped and when I was 17 I got talent spotted into the World Class Programme for Triathlon where I picked up cycling and became a Triathlete. I never looked back from there.

What is your best performance to date?

I finished 2nd in the Hamburg World Championships Series. It's the hardest Triathlon series in the World so on paper that's my best result but I've also won the World u23 Champs, 2x National Champion and 5th in the World Champs a while ago. 

What is your most important training session?

ALL sessions are important and it's the whole package that counts, each play a key part in my performance and you need all these boxes ticked. If I had just one session a week though a tempo run is probably most effective. A 10 mile run at a pace that is very hard but just about manageable, something similar to that.

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

I've heard all sorts...I think more and more people are not really doing crazy sessions any more because they realise it's consistency that is most important. I heard that Bret Sutton got Andrew Johns to run 100x400's on the track once. I was a Birthday Set. He did it with short rest and ended up running a reasonably quick marathon including the rest periods each lap. 

What are your goals for the next 12 months? Will Clarke

I just made the choice to 'go long' so this year is about finding my legs in the 70.3 distance hopefully racing well in Vegas at the end of the year + a few others around the globe! 

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

Probably anything Usain Bolt did! Just incredible to watch and I was lucky enough to watch him live in the birds next Beijing Olympic stadium in the 200m and it was one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. 

Which athlete do you most admire?

I guess I admire anyone who is racing at the top of their sport, work bloody hard for it are smart and professional but at the same time friendly and fun people.  In our sport Javier Gomez is a prime example but to be fair we're lucky in a triathlon to have a great bunch of people and I admire all of them. 

Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?

So many...but Hamburg has always had a special place in my heart. They know how to put on a great show that's for sure. Big crowds, nice hotels, Bratwursts. Guess it helps that I've only ever raced well there! 

What is your favourite:

Book: Tyler Hamiltons book was a cracking read! Like a crime novel! 

Film: Shawshank Redemption. 

TV Show: At the moment Homeland, last few episodes had me shaking! Will Clarke

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

Not really to be honest, but you can follow my adventures on my http://www.realbuzz.com/blogs/u/Will_Clarke/will-clarke-s-blog/?&page=2 or my twitter @theclarke

Question from previous person to complete Q&A (Rebecca Romero) - If you could be successful at another sport what would it be? 

Something that doesn't seem so tough and pays well! Formula One drivers seem like they lead a good life! 

What question would you like to ask our next athlete to complete our Q&A?
What was your biggest ever set back and how did you overcome it? 
If your next race had to be in fancy dress what outfit would you choose? 
I'd like to run a fast 10k in a Star Wars storm trooper outfit and try to get under 35mins!

Want the chance to be coached by former Olympic and Elite Triathletes? Join us at the ATW Train'athlon on April 13th


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Posted Date: 26th Jan 2013

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