Age / DOB
Jan 31 1985
Will Clarke has seen it all in what has been a long and successful triathlon career to date.
The British ace picked up the sport when he was 16 and already swimming and running successfully. He soon moved onto the world-class development triathlon squad after attending a talent-spotting day.
Will landed gold at the World and European Under-23 Championships in 2006, before moving onto the senior world stage, enjoying plenty of plaudits in a long career and even competing in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he would finish 14th.
The multiple British National Champion has since landed several IRONMAN 70.3 titles, but his greatest success arguably came when competing for Great Britain. Alongside Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland and Non Stanford, he was part of the quartet which landed gold in the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in 2012 in Stockholm.
He trains alongside the likes of Tim Don and Patrik Lange, but admits he’ll train with anyone who will have him!
Swimming is his least favourite of the three disciplines as he admits it doesn’t motivate him any more, but he loves running as it’s the most time-efficient.
Clarke sees his legacy as having been a well-respected and popular athlete to the end of his career, before going on to inspire and help others to achieve their goals with his team, the Riot Racing Club.
He is most proud of all of his starts at all the major championships the sport of triathlon has to offer, and would consider his heroes to be Kenenisa Bekele, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer.
Will’s favourite holiday location is Greece as he loves the perfect weather, food and the relaxed culture and his favourite training location is Boulder, Colorado.
If Clarke had to give out any advice, it would be to never give up, especially in Ironman. You never know what’s happening in front of you…