Chrissie Wellington OBE is a four time World Ironman Champion and also the World Record holder for ironman distance triathlon. She retired in 2012, and was undefeated at ironman distance, having won thirteen ironman titles from thirteen races.
Chrissie won the World Ironman Championships in 2007 in her first year as a pro, finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival. It was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’.
She defended her world title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009. Sickness meant she was unable to make the start line to defend her title in 2010. She bounced back in 2011 to retain her title in her most fiercely competitive race, to become four time World Champion and added another fantastic chapter to her extraordinary sporting career.
Chrissie set a new World Record of 8hr19min at Challenge Roth in Germany in 2010, which slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. She went on to improve the world record by another minute a year later, in 2011.
Of Greepers Chrissie has said:
Greepers truly are phenomenal laces, and it was the special ‘War on ALS’ Greepers that helped power me to a 2.52 marathon and my fourth world ironman championship title. Aloha!” (Oct 2011 after Ironman World Championships, Kona)
The laces were amazing and I really do think they gave my feet the stability and comfort that I needed to run to a new World Record!” (July 2010 after Challenge Roth)
Chrissie published her autobiography, A Life Without Limits, in February 2012, which went straight to Number 1 on the Sunday Times Best Seller list. She was crowned Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Birmingham and an MBE in the Queen’s Honours list. In 2015 she was awarded an OBE for services to sport and charity.
Chrissie now works as Head of Participation for parkrun, including leading the development of the junior parkrun series of events. She is also a member of the Bristol Sports Partnership Board. She is passionate about driving forward change in physical activity participation, and in 2014 helped to organise a successful campaign to get a women’s race at the Tour de France, which culminated in La Course by Le Tour that was held on the final day of the Tour de France.