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Emma Clayton

Emma
Clayton

Emma is currently based in Leeds and works as a full time primary school PE coach in Bradford. She started running at the age of 12 and soon after started competing on the fells. 

Emma was a 3-time under 23 English and British Fell Champion before taking the decision to concentrate on the mountain races of Europe in 2011. In her first full season focusing on the mountains, Emma finished 3rd in the WMRA European Grand Prix Series and represented Team GB at the European and World Championships where she finished 10th in both races.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE SALOMON TRAIL TEAM?
I am new to the team for 2012. I am delighted to be joining the team and can’t wait to represent Salomon.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AND GOALS FOR THE 2012 SEASON?
My main goals for 2012 are based around competing in the European and World Mountain Running Championships, along with the WMRA European Grand Prix Series.

YOUR HIGHEST POINT OF YOUR CAREER?
After many years of trying I was delighted to be awarded my first and then second GB vest for the European and World Mountain Running Championships in 2011.

AND LOWEST POINT?
Being only 23 I am fortunate not to have had any serious low points in my short career to date. As with all runners, injuries are part and parcel of the sport we love. Two heavy falls in the 2010 Snowdon International Race put me out of action for a good few weeks and aggravated a back injury that I had only just recovered from.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACE? WHAT WAS THE TERRAIN LIKE?
A first World Championship is always a special occasion. To race against the best athletes in the World motivates you and shows you the level you strive to reach. The course itself was dusty, sandy and dry. Adding temperatures in the mid to high 30s conditions were extremely tough. Throw in a building site in the middle of the course and it was a pretty unique race to be part off!

WHAT SALOMON KIT DO YOU GENERALLY USE AND ENJOY THE MOST?
Being new to the team for 2012 I have not been able to utilise the full range of Salomon’s products however having spent the winter running in the SpeedCross I can’t believe the difference in terms of comfort, mobility and traction it provides compared to my previous shoes.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN DURING THE SEASON?
My training is evenly spread between road, track, off road and hill sessions. Whenever possible I make my way to the Lake District for some runs in every mountain runner’s playground!

WHAT WOULDN'T YOU RUN WITHOUT? (SHOES DOESN'T COUNT!)
When it comes to races I couldn’t run without calf compression. In training my Sunnto and iPod Shuffle are a must. Although when out in the mountains the iPod stays at home. There’s nothing better than being up a mountain somewhere with nothing but the sound of nature!

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURTIE TRAINING ROUTE?
When over in the Lakes visiting my parent’s there’s nothing I love more than a run up Coniston with my Dad.

IF YOU COULD COMPETE IN ONE LAST RACE – WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I have always wanted to run along the Great Wall of China. There are a number of races over a variety of distances that take place throughout the year, to do any of these would be a dream come true.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRAINING OR RACING PARTNER?
Throughout the year I train with a large group (Team Hendo) at Leeds Met Carnegie although as I’ve mentioned before, nothing can beat a run in the Lakes with my dad. 

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