Project Description

Helen Clitheroe

A double Olympian, Helen has competed for Great Britain more than thirty times, including five Commonwealth Games. In 2011, over 13 years since her first British vest, she was crowned European Champion over 3000m. [Photo Credit: Mark Shearman]


As an athlete Helen has been lucky enough to have a long and varied career – she was a late developer and gained her first British senior vest aged 24 and went on to compete many times for Great Britain over 1500m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m on the track. She has also competed for Great Britain in 8 world short course cross country championships and 10 European cross county championships.

Helen’s journey started as a 1500m runner competing in her first Olympics over that distance in 2000 then going on to win a bronze medal in the Manchester Commonwealth games over 1500m. Making the switch to the steeplechase in 2007 in order to attempt to make her second Olympics in 2008, she broke the British record by 7 seconds in the Olympic semi final missing out on the final by 0.10 second.

Competing in a era where drug cheats have had a massive impact on the number of championship medals Helen could have won – she kept on believing in herself and in 2011 – 9 years after her commonwealth medal, she won the European Indoor Championships over 3000m. At the age of 37, she became the oldest winner of the championship and her dream of standing on top of a podium became reality.

Helen is now passionate about sharing her knowledge to help others reach their own potential. Her journey has given her many experiences of training and competing at the highest level and the opportunity to work with the best coaches and physios in the world.

  • European Indoor Champion, 3000m, 2011
  • Two time Olympian (2000, 2008)
  • Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist, 1500m, 2002
  • European Cup winner 1500m (2000, 2005)
  • 6 time UK champion
  • 6 time World Championship representative for GB
  • 5 time Commonwealth Games representative for England
  • Former British Record holder, 3000m s/c
Event Time
800m 2:03.20
1500m 4:01.10
Mile 4:29.46
3000m 8:39.81
5000m 15:06.75
10,000m 32:11.29
10km 31:45
Half marathon 70:57
  • Sydney Olympics 2000 1500m semi final
  • Beijing Olympics 2008 3000m S/C semi final
  • Commonwealth games 1998 1500m 11th
  • Commonwealth games 2002 1500m 3rd
  • Commonwealth games 2006 1500m 4th
  • Commonwealth Games 2010 1500m 8th, 3000m s/c 4th
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 5000m 11th
  • World Championships, Seville 1500m SF
  • World Championships, Edmonton 1500m SF
  • World Championships, Helsinki 10th 1500m
  • World Championships, Osaka SF 3000m SC
  • World Championships, Berlin SF 3000mSC
  • World Championships, Daegu 5000m 11th
  • European Championships – 2002 6th SF 1500m
    2006 11th 1500m Final
  • European Indoor Championships, 2005 4th 1500m
  • European Indoor Championships, 2007 4th 1500m
  • European Indoor Championships, 2011 1st 3000m
  • World Indoor Championships, 2008 9th 3000m
  • World Indoor Championships, 2010 7th 1500m
  • World Indoor Championships, 2012 7th 3000m

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