Elites At Christmas

Do elites train on Christmas day or are they tucking into a full roast? We discovered their festive plans and party secrets.

Posted: 14 December 2010
by Michael Donlevy

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Will Clarke

What are your plans for the festive season?

I'll be in Australia to begin my winter training, but I'm planning to go to New Zealand for my honeymoon because my wife Clare and I had to cancel our last one when I was admitted to hospital. I have to make it up to her.
Do you have any races lined up?

If I can find a Turkey Trot [a multi-map race for orienteers and runners] I'll be there - it gives you something to focus on over Christmas. It's nice to work off all that food.
What's your dream present?

A new Koala bear pet.
What's your biggest indulgence? 

Chocolate. I can't do without it when I'm training hard.
What's your favourite party game?

Pictionary, for sure - it's the only time I draw a picture all year, so we see some shocking drawings come out.
What's your tipple of choice?

Champagne is my favourite celebration drink, plus over New Year I'll have a proper hit out. All drinks!

Clarke was World and European U23 Champ in 2003. He won the London Triathlon in 2009

Picture credit: BEN STANSALL/ Getty Images

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