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Athletics: Helen Clitheroe aims to inspire at Commonwealth Games
Britain’s Helen Clitheroe hopes competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will provide inspiration for other veteran athletes.
The Preston runner will race for England in the 5,000m alongside another 40 year old, Jo Pavey.
“We see that it’s a great thing we’re doing – showing that women can compete at a high level in their forties,” Clitheroe told BBC Radio Lancashire.
“Hopefully we can inspire a few people to not give up so early.”
Pavey has been selected less than a year after giving birth to her second child,while Clitheroe, who won 1,500m bronze in Manchester back in 2002, is set to compete in her fifth Commonwealth Games.
“I’ve had such an amazing time competing in the Commonwealth Games over the years,” she continued.
“The first one [Kuala Lumpur in 1998] was a fantastic experience. I was sharing an apartment with Kelly Holmes and Diane Modahl, and it was a real eye-opener to what professional athletics entailed.
“Then I won a medal in Manchester, so I’ve had some fantastic experiences and I’m so delighted that I can do another one in Britain.”
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine