CLARKE Lawrence < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 12 Mar 1990 in London, ENG
Height1.87 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Management, Religious and Theological Studies - University of Bristol / University of Bath: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began serious training at age 18.
Why this sport? He was introduced to hurdles coach Malcolm Arnold by British Olympic relay gold medallist Jason Gardener.
Club / Team Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC [GBR] / Team Koundys [FRA]:
Name of coach Samba-Koundy Giscard, FRA
Training Regime He trains in France.
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames The Eton Rifle. (110hurdles.blogspot.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013; Twitter profile, 26 Jun 2014)
Hobbies Shooting, climbing, riding horses. (Facebook profile, 05 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol British hurdlers Andy Turner and Colin Jackson. (oxfordmail.co.uk, 28 Jun 2012; clsclarke.com, 26 Jun 2014)
Injuries During an injury-plagued 2013 season he broke a wrist in training and twice tore a hamstring. (110hurdles.blogspot.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013)

He endured injuries to his hamstrings and hip-flexor muscles at the end of 2010 and in early 2011. (clsclarke.com, 25 Jun 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I want to achieve something for myself, to win titles rather than just inherit one. I cannot get into a final on the basis of who my father is." (110hurdles.blogspot.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013)
Famous relatives His great-grandfather married into the Roosevelt family in the United States, meaning he is first cousin, four times removed from Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. He is also second cousin, four times removed from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. He is also related to 1952 Olympic sailing gold medallist Julian Roosevelt. He maintains his American family connections and is also a US citizen. His uncle is Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of the UK Parliament for North East Somerset. (clsclarke.com, 26 Jun 2014; clsclarke.com, 01 Mar 2015; 110hurdles.blogspot.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.co.uk, 05 Aug 2015; bath.ac.uk, 03 Dec 2015)
Other information EDUCATION
He has a bachelor degree in religious and theological studies from the University of Bristol and a master's degree in management from the University of Bath. (bris.ac.uk, 22 Jul 2011; clsclarke.com, 26 Jun 2014; bath.ac.uk, 03 Dec 2015)

SON AND HEIR
He is the heir to the Baronetcy of Clarke of Dunham Lodge, Norfolk, England, a title created in 1831 by King William IV for Charles Mansfield Clarke's services to womankind and for his role as Royal Physician to Queen Adelaide. (clsclarke.com, 26 Jun 2014; dailymail.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013)

OLD ETONIAN
He is a former pupil of the renowned English independent boarding school, Eton College, located in Berkshire near Windsor. "I am pleased I went to Eton. It is a wonderful school, producing some people who are at an outstanding level academically, and highly motivated in other walks of life. At Eton there are no prizes for coming second, literally you do not get a silver medal in athletics. It makes you work hard." However, he also believes he may have got into athletics earlier if he had not attended the boarding school. “Eton is so rigorous on its academic courses that they make you focus entirely on that. You have your school sports, but that's only within certain hours. I only started training when I was almost 19 — if I'd gone to a state school a coach probably would have picked me up younger. I always regret it." (110hurdles.blogspot.co.uk, 24 Jul 2013; independent.co.uk, 07 Aug 2012)

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
At age 15 he was involved in a mountaineering accident that killed one of the members of his group. “When I was 15, I was climbing with a guide up the back side of the Grand Combin, near Verbier in Switzerland. There was a group of six Germans, and one in the middle slipped off the cliff. Because I was with the only guide, he had to organise the mountain rescue because there were 70mph winds and the helicopters couldn't get in. Traumatically, I was taken down to this group of Germans in their thirties crying their eyes out. Aged 15, I'm sitting there going, 'My God'. The guide came back and I was wondering if this was a film or reality." (telegraph.co.uk, 05 Mar 2015)