libby clegg running

    Get to know... Libby Clegg

    Libby made her Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008, winning a silver medal in the T12 100m.

    Libby clegg on page

    Qualified massage therapist, Libby starts competing in 2008 and won many medals during Beijing, London and Rio games.

    libby clegg running

    Formerly a keen ballet dancer, Libby took up athletics aged 9, first competing in middle distance and cross country running before taking up sprinting.

    She joined the Macclesfield Harriers Athletics Club in 1999, bursting onto the international scene aged 16 at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, the Netherlands, when she won a silver medal in the T12 200m.

    In 2008 she was awarded third place in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

    In 2020 Libby became the first blind participant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, reaching the final and finishing third with her partner Mark Hanretty

    libby runnigngand winning

    Libby made her Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008, winning a silver medal in the T12 100m.

    At London 2012, Libby won her T12 100m heat in a world record time of 12.17 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final, Libby ran a time of 12.13 to set a new personal best and take the silver medal.

    Libby began working with guide runner Chris Clarke in February 2016 and the pair claimed T11 100m and 200m gold at Rio 2016.

    Get To Know Libby Clegg


    Full name

    LIBBY Gemma CLEGG (first name is actually Elizabeth)

    Any nickname?



    Track & Field & Ice Skating!

    Type of impairment

    Stargardt Macular Dystrophy Disease

    Biggest achievement

    Sport:  Double Gold Sprint medals in Rio and making the Final of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.  Life:  Being a mum

    Biggest inspiration

    My Mum because she encouraged me and supported me on my Athletics journey.

    Favourite quote

    “Your body can stand almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince”.

    Question you’re asked the most

    “How much can you see”

    What you can’t live without

    Family aside, my phone it’s great for visual aids.

    Things that annoy you

    People who push in front of me in a queue because they think I can’t see them.

    Hobbies outside training

    Not much time outside of training and parenting but like baking and walking in the park

    Favourite meal of the day (precise breakfast, lunch or dinner)

    My favourite meal is scrambled eggs on toast with smashed avocado – I can eat this for breakfast or lunch to be honest.

    Favourite dishes (please mention a starter + a main + a dessert)

    Starter:     Garlic and cream mushrooms. 

    Main:       Macaroni and cheese with vegetables

    Dessert:    Chocolate orange fudge cake.


    I don’t eat meat.


    Favourite breakfast cereals brand


    How do you like to eat your cereals? Do you like to mix them with other ingredients?

    Just as they come out of the box, never with anything added, that’s just wrong, only with Milk (semi)

    Favourite smoothie

    Don’t have one – not really big on smoothies.

    Top tip for anyone starting out on fitness journey

    Try and do 10,000 steps a day because it’s easy, measurable and doesn’t cost you anything.

    Top tip for anyone wanting to eat more healthily

    Don’t do a food shop hungry and avoid ready meals.

    Ever been to Tokyo?

    Not yet.

    What are you looking forward to about Tokyo?

    Experiencing a new culture.

    What keeps you motivated?

    Inspiring my son, Edward. 

    Where would you like to go on vacation after the games?

    Somewhere hot and Covid free.

    Anything else you’d like to share/mention?



    Hattie likes Shreddies as much as I do.

    (Hattie is my Guidedog).


    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?

    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.

    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    How can I find foods made with whole grain?

    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?

    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.

    Why does Nestlé label vegetable oil?

    Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.