Caroline’s interest in competitive sports started at an early age where she was actively encouraged by her family. This led to skiing competitively, playing various team sports and at school being the captain of the athletics team. At University Caroline was a member of the running club, but her main passion at that time was rock climbing where travelling to remote locations with heavy training kit and long days laid the foundations for Caroline’s eventual move to endurance sports.
While was at Sandhurst training as an Army Officer Caroline was introduced to triathlon. Caroline spent many years competing at standard distance triathlon achieving some outstanding results and retaining the title of Army Champion for three years. After meeting husband Mark in 2007, who is also a competitive athlete and team proto-col member that Caroline’s results rapidly improved.
In 2010 Caroline began competing in longer distance events and now races over Ironman distance. This gruelling event begins with a 3.8km swim, then athletes complete a 180km bike before tackling a 42km run (marathon). In 2012 Caroline won her age group at Ironman Austria, one of the biggest Ironman events in Europe and was 8th lady overall including the professional athletes. Caroline then competed at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships where she placed 3rd in her age group.
Injury meant that Caroline missed the 2013 season but has had great success on her return 2014. Most recently Caroline travelled to Texas and competed in Ironman Texas where she won her age group in a time of 10 hours and 2 mins, coming 20th lady overall against a stellar field of professional athletes. Caroline qualified for the Ironman World Championships in the process and will travel to Hawaii in October to compete with the aim to win her age group and race as an elite athlete in 2015 and gain podium finishes at long events in the UK and Europe. This year Caroline has a huge amount of achievements to be proud of, racing as a PRO on the Ironman circuit in 2015. Caroline quickly turned 2015 into a successful year with podium results in two Ironmans (UK, Lanza) and one 70.3 (Turkey).
Away from competitive sports and training for them Caroline has a deep interest in nutrition and cooking and spends what free time she has learning and enjoying these passions. Caroline also has a very insightful blog where she regularly shares her journey of the trials and tribulations of her sport.
Caroline is a geotechnical design consultant and works for Coffey Geotechnics in Harrogate. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband and fellow team proto-col athlete Mark Livesey.
Mark Livesey www.trainxhale.com
Ingo Kutsche www.sportfotografie.biz