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The Athlete

'Valeria's enthusiasm and motivation is contagious !'

Valeria Sesto was a competitive swimmer as a young child who turned into a competitive sailor during her teens and early 20s. At 28, she joined a crew in a round the world yacht race and settled in the South of England. She soon met her husband Clive with whom she has two children. At the time she joined a local triathlon club because its good swimming sessions and she was soon hooked with it, although she didn't have a bike. Her potential talent as a runner was soon clear to others, after she completed a local half-marathon 'for fun' and only 2 seconds away of an elite qualifying time for the London Marathon, which she achieved soon after. She very quickly became an elite distance runner, was competing for her county and her country at very high level. She ran for Argentina and for England and was part of the GB team too. She became the English National Champion in ultra-distance and, to date, holds the 50k and 100k National records in her birth country. She also won twice on a row the prestigious 100k Elite International Championships in China. 

After a break during the pandemic, when she thought she would retire from competitive racing, she had a go at an Ironman with a group of local friends. She did it in an old, unsuitable bike and came second, only one slot away from qualification for Kona. A few months later, and two more ironman under her belt, Valeria finally won the slot and within a year she was taking part in the World Championships in Hawaii, where she came 7th.

Valeria has a true passion for sport which she loves sharing with those around her, friends, family, those she mentors and coaches as well as a wider audience through social media, writing and speaking. Valeria's enthusiasm and motivation is contagious !

Results

2023  Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii, 7th

2023  Ironman France, Nice, 3rd

2023 70.3 Weymouth, England, 2nd

2023  London Marathon, National Championships, 3rd

2023  Intercounties National Championships, England, 1st team (Hampshire)

2022 Ironman Argentina, Mar del Plata, 2nd

2022 Ironman Barcelona, Spain, 2nd

2021  Winner Team 100k National Championships, Perth, Scotland

2020  Winner New Forest Marathon

2018  100k World Championships , Croatia, 1st 

2018  Netbank Green Team Comrades, South Africa

2018  Brighton Marathon, 1st

2017  Winner International 100k Ford Championship, Fucsian Lake China

2017  Bronze 100k National Championships, UK

2016  Winner International 100k Changard Ford Championships, Gobi Desert

2016  Winner 100k Open, Los Alcazares, Spain

2016  Ultra Trail World Championships Team

2015  50k World Championships, Qatar, 7th

2014  50K World Championships, Qatar, 7th

2014 English Ultra-marathon National Champion, Kent, UK

2014  London Marathon, National Championships, 3rd

2011 Winner International Kona Marathon, Kona, Hawaii

2011 Winner International Colonia 10k, Uruguay

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