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WE WERE ON a fam­ily hol­i­day in Thai­land when Mum fin­ished Chrissie Welling­ton’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy A Life With­out Lim­its and said to me: “Don’t read this be­cause you’ll want to do a triathlon.”

She was right! Back in Lon­don, I im­me­di­ately started train­ing and rac­ing.

I’ve al­ways been sporty and fit de­spite ma­jor health prob­lems as a baby. Aged three, I un­der­went com­plex surgery at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal (GOSH) to re­pair a hole in my heart.

Af­ter care­ful mon­i­tor­ing I went on to ex­cel in field hockey at school, univer­sity and early work years. But af­ter read­ing Chrissie’s book I started do­ing sprint and Olympic races and pro­gressed to age-group events.

I raced the World Duathlon and Triathlon cham­pi­onships in 2013 and be­came Euro­pean age‑group cham­pion in 2014.

Step­ping up to mid­dle dis­tance, I be­gan to work with coach Mark Pearce and, af­ter a promis­ing sea­son, turned pro­fes­sional in Septem­ber 2015, man­aged by my hus­band Ben.

To get a win and two podi­ums in my first year as a pro, last year, was in­cred­i­ble.

This year, I have var­i­ous 70.3s lined up in­clud­ing Dubai, Buenos Aires, and Texas as well as a full Iron­man in Ari­zona in Novem­ber.

Ul­ti­mately, my goals in­clude win­ning the 70.3 World Cham­pi­onships and rac­ing in Kona. I’m also work­ing on coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

All this, and there is still a hole in the bot­tom cham­ber of my heart to­day. Al­though it rules out sports like scuba diving it hasn’t im­pacted on my triathlon ca­reer in any way. I still work with the GOSH chil­dren’s char­ity, rais­ing money and aware­ness of the work they do. kim­ber­ley­mor­ri­

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