Hi and welcome to my website…
My name is Sophie Whitworth, 45, alongside my work at Mondelez UK I compete for Great Britain Age Group Triathlon team.
I have been competing in the Team GBR age – group team since the age of 24 and I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the World. Over a period of 16 years the annual ITU world age group championships has taken me to: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Honolulu, Mexico, Switzerland & Madeira to name a few. My commitment to this distance culminated in 4 x world age group silver medals [35-39yrs] & 1 x world age group gold medal [ 40-44yrs - Budapest 2010], plus other european & national honours along the way.
I introduced Half ironman & Ironman 70.3 into my race calendars alongside this schedule. I competed at Lisbon, St Jean de Luz, MK – Big Cow, Austria IM 70.3 , Clearwater IM70.3, St.Croix IM 70.3 at this distance and I was unbeaten in my age group, 40-44yrs at both national and world level, winning Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Clearwater 2010.
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, in 10 hrs 27 mins
Since then I experienced an extended period of injury and pain [underperformance syndrome] and after a huge search I found the right solution for me and learnt alot in the process, I rebuilt my approach and am glad to say I have experienced 2 x IM age group wins at IM Lanzarote and IM Switzerland which led me back to Kona IM World Age Group championships this year. I very proud of my return posting 11hrs 33, 17th in 45-49 yrs in a super hot and fiercely contested event. There is still much to do to return to Kona in the future I hope, looking at a development year in 2016 for sure after 4 IM’s in close succession
I am hugely supported by the team at Athleteservice.com, [formerly of AS] Filipe Salbany supported me in my training/ racing schedule, physiological testing and coaching for a vast part of my triathlon career and to whom I owe so much for teaching me about the world I now know! Athlete Service led by Rob Griffiths, a podium finisher, Ironman Hawaii 2011 & Laurence Plant – Chiropractor & endurance racing specialist – Ironman, Celtman & Swissman top finisher GBR & European Duathlon silver medallist are the bed rock of my current programme and to whom I owe all of my comeback to form.
Many thanks to my husband, himself an Age Group team member, IM finisher & top class AG swimmer we have a great life following our passion for this sport. Without him I would never make it to any start line! – he recently ran Jurgen Zack close in a head to head swim race in Kona and is a leading light in our local swim group.