Hi and welcome to my website…
My name is Sophie Whitworth, 42, I work in sales for Kraftfoods UK and my current role is Senior Customer Development Manager – Buying Groups. Alongside my work I compete for Great Britain Age Group Triathlon team.
I have been competing in the Team GBR age – group team since I was 24 and I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the World whilst competing. The annual ITU world championships have taken me to: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Honolulu, Mexico, Switzerland & Madeira and at the end of this season I will have represented GB on 11 occasions. After many years as an Olympic distance age grouper I introduced Half ironman & Ironman 70.3 into my race calendars. I have competed in Lisbon, St Jean de Luz, Austria, Clearwater & St.Croix at this distance
In 2010 I became World Champion at 40 + at both distances, Olympic distance & Ironman 70.3 which as a dream come true!
Mind you it was overdue as I had built up a collection of 4 x Silver medals in the 35-39yrs category in the preceeding years – so I was so happy not to mention so relieved!
ITU World Age Group Champion, Budapest, Sept 2010
Ironman 70.3 World Age Group Champion, Clearwater, Nov 2010
I basically did the clean sweep in one year, National, European, World Age group Champion, Olympic distance and the backed it up with Ironman 70.3. From there I decided to turn my attention world of Ironman, and there is still so much to do!
In 2011 I qualifed for the World Championships, Ironman in Hawaii. I did this by gaining my place at Ironman 70.3, St Croix
I toed the line never having done an Ironman and came 9th in my category, and 28th on the all time veteran list. This was the fastest ever time by a GBR vet & my aim is to better this performance.
At the moment I am recovering from a series of training accidents and incidents that have left me pretty injured in 2012 so this is an open ended plan.
My main goal is to rehabilitate and get strong again in 2013 and we’ll see after that!
I am hugely supported by the team at Athleteservice.com, namely Filipe Salbany who supports me in my training/ racing schedule, physiological testing and coaching on all three disciplines. Along with Rob Griffiths, a podium finisher, Ironman Hawaii 2011.
Many thanks to my amazing husband, himself an Age Group team member, we have a great life following our passion for this sport. Without him I would never make it to any start line! Thanks also to my work colleagues and Kraftfoods UK for their continued support to enable me to pursue my ambitions out side of work.