Gillian Clayton lives in Courtenay, BC, and works part time as a physiotherapist. Previously a CIS gold medalist varsity soccer player, Gillian started running marathons in 2004. She taught herself to swim in order to complete in her first half-Ironman in 2010. Gillian raced as a professional triathlete in 2012 — and won the 2012 Ironman Canada — after just 2 years of racing as an amateur in triathlon.
In 2013, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their life. She raced 'for fun' while pregnant, doing short distance triathlons! As a new mom, Gillian has a new perspective on life and sport, and is frequently writing about her efforts to balance training, racing, and mom-hood.
Some of her top achievements include:
- Women’s Amateur Winner & 5th place overall in Ironman Canada 2011
- Ironman Canada Pro Women’s Champion 2012
- 3rd place in Ironman Mt. Tremblant
- 4th place in Ironman St. George
- 5th place in Ironman Lake Stevens
- 4th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2012
- 12th place Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2014
- 4th place Mt Washington YETI 10km Snowshoe race 2014
- 1st place 5th St Mile race, Courtenay BC (with a broken arm!)
- 13th place ITU Elite World Championship Long Course Triathlon
With a heavy training schedule, Gillian is a dedicated believer in chocolate milk for recovery. "When I train, I train a lot – 20-30 hour training weeks means I am constantly sourcing out chocolate milk. It is a big part of my hydration – I might as well hydrate and fuel at the same time. When you do as many double and triple sessions as a triathlete, having something that aids recovery and gets you on to the next workout sooner is crucial.”