Chrissie Wellington OBE

Chrissie Wellington OBE is a former British professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She holds, or held, all three world and championship records relating to ironman triathlon races. She is the first British athlete to win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and was undefeated in all thirteen of her races over the ironman distance. Chrissie was awarded a first-class degree by the University of Birmingham (BsC Geography) and a Distinction from the University of Manchester (MA Econ Development Studies). Prior to becoming a professional athlete in 2007, she worked for the British Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as a policy adviser on international development and also managed water and sanitation projects in Nepal. Passionate about physical activity and promoting health and wellbeing, Chrissie now works as the Global Head of Health and Wellbeing for Parkrun. She published her Sunday Times Best Selling autobiography, A Life Without Limits, in 2012, and her second book, To the Finish Line: A World Champion Triathlete’s Guide to Your Perfect Race, in 2017. Chrissie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016. She was also named the 2009 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol.