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CLAIRE TARPLEE

Born: 22 September 1988
Coach: George Gandy
Club: Solihull & Small Heath AC / Dundrum South Dublin / Loughborough Students
Lives: Loughborough
OCWK: Female Athlete

Personal Bests
800m 2:03.46 (2012), 1500m 4:11.35 (2013), Mile 4:33.61 (2012), 3000m 9:58.78 (2006)

Involvement with OCWK
Claire joined OCWK in 2008 and has taken part in the following OCWK events:
Loughborough Educational Camp 2008
Loughborough Get-Together 2009
Birmingham Get-Together 2010
Birmingham Get-Together 2011
Get Set for 2012 Get-Together 2012
London Get-Together 2012
Lee Valley Get-Together 2012


Athletics Achievements
6th World University 1500m 2013
1st BUCS 800m 2013
Heat European Indoor 1500m 2013
1st UK Indoor 800m 2013
2nd England Under 23 1500m 2010
2nd English Schools Senior 1500m 2007
2nd AAA Under 17 Indoor 1500m 2005
2nd English Schools Junior 1500m 2003


Performances in 2012
Claire improved her 800m best three times, culminating in 2:03.46 in Solihull on 21 July.

Personal Bests set in 2012
800m – previous PB 2:05.36
2:04.52, 20/06/12, Birmingham
2:04.08, 14/07/12, Crystal Palace
2:03.46, 21/07/12, Solihull

1500m – previous PB 4:14.67mx / 4:35.67i
4:24.07i, 04/02/12, Birmingham

Mile
4:33.61, 17/07/12, Cork IRL


Performances in 2011
Claire improved her 1500m best to 4:17.06 in at the BMC Grand Prix meeting in Watford on 11 June and then again to 4:14.67 in a mixed race at Watford on 27 July.

Personal Bests set in 2011
1500m – previous PB 4:18.10mx
4:17.06, 11/06/11, Watford
4:14.67mx, 27/07/11, Watford


Performances in 2010
Claire has greatly improved her 800m and 1500m personal bests this season. Over 800m she first improved by 2.5 seconds to 2:07.70 on 9 May and the took another two seconds off with 2:05.81 in a mixed race on 16 June. She improved her 1500m best by 3 seconds to 4:23.02 on 12 May, then to 4:22.83 at the Loughborough International on 23 May and took another 3 seconds off with 4:19.98 at the BMC meeting in Manchester on 29 May. She won the silver medal in the 1500m at the Aviva England Under 23 Championships on 19 June. She improved her 1500m best for the fourth time to 4:18.10 in a mixed race at Watford on 28 July and her 800m best to 2:05.36 at Eltham on 18 August.

Personal Bests set in 2010
800m – previous PB 2:10.14
2:07.70, 09/05/10, Birmingham
2:05.81mx, 16/06/10, Watford
2:05.36, 18/08/10, Eltham

1500m – previous PB 4:26.21
4:23.02, 12/05/10, Loughborough
4:22.83, 23/05/10, Loughborough
4:19.98, 29/05/10, Manchester
4:18.10mx, 28/07/10, Watford


Personal Bests set in 2008
1000m
3:06.06, 5/04/08, Loughborough


Introduction to Athletics
Claire ran in cross country races at primary school and her teacher at the time contacted a local sports coach who she has trained with ever since. She started to take athletics seriously after attending a warm weather training camp in Cyprus.

Click here to check out Claire's recent performances on the Power of 10 website

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