Sporting history's top Supermums!

To celebrate real life superheroes we look back at the most incredible Supermums in sporting history.

Sporting history's top Supermums!

If you're looking for motivation from real life superheroes, look no further. From winning marathons while pregnant to nailing races weeks after giving birth, these incredible athletes show us how it's done.

Paula Radcliffe

World record holder for the women’s marathon since 2003, our Paula has a multitude of world bests under her belt including the 10K and half marathon. Proud mum to 10-year-old Isla and 7-year-old Raphael, Paula famously ran through both pregnancies and returned to her gruelling training regime just 12 days after giving birth to her daughter.

Sarah Storey

The most successful female British Paralympian of all time, after returning to her first championship when her daughter Louisa Marie was just nine months old, 14-time Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey famously credited the physiological benefits of giving birth with her strong performance.

Chrissie Wellington

Arguably Britain’s toughest athlete, four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Chrissie Wellington won the World Championship for three consecutive years and we love her. An active campaigner for equality in sport, 40-year-old Chrissie gave birth to her daughter Esme in 2015 and encourages women to exercise during pregnancy and listen to their bodies. 

Michelle Waterson 

American mixed martial artist and mum to 6-year-old Araya, Michelle is an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competitor. The former model, Invicta FC Atomweight Champion and ranked seventh in the UFC strawweight division, we basically want to be her.

Jo Pavey

Five-time Olympian Pavey won the 10,000m gold medal at the 2014 European Champs in Zurich just 10 months after giving birth to her second child, making her the oldest and most hardcore female European champion in history. Go Jo!

Kristin Armstrong

A professional road bicycle racer, three-time Olympic gold medalist and the winner of the women's individual time trial in 2008, 2012 and 2016, Armstrong is mum to two-year-old Lucas, famously making her comeback when he was just six months old.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

A retired British track and field athlete specialising in multi-event and 100 metres hurdles, Jessica made her comeback in the Great City Games in 2015 finishing third in the 100 metres hurdles just a year after giving birth to her son Reggie.

Ingrid Kristiansen

Considered to be one of the best female long distance runners of the 1980s, Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen is a former world record holder in the 5000 metres, 10,000 metres, the half-marathon and the marathon and was World Champion on the track, roads and cross-country, as well as a mum of three. If that’s not enough to impress you, in 1983 Kristiansen won the Houston Marathon unaware that she was four months pregnant in a time of 2:33. She then went back the following year to win again in 2:27, just four months after giving birth!

Liz McColgan-Nuttall

The Scottish former middle distance and long distance track and road running athlete and mum of four won a world championship in 1991, just one year after her first child was born. 

Alysia Montaño

Perhaps best known for running in the the US Track and Field Championships in 2014 when she was eight months pregnant, the amazing Alysia always wears a flower in her hair when she runs to assert her femininity. Alysia we salute you!

Denise Lewis

Olympian gold medallist Denise is a retired track and field athlete who specialised in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in between raising four children!

Sonia O'Sullivan

A former track and field athlete and gold medallist, Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan's 2000m world record set in 1994 still stands. Mum to Ciara and Sophie, Sonia won silver at the 2000 Olympics just one year after giving birth to her first child.

Laura Trott

Last on the list is our very own road cyclist Laura Trott, who is due to join the supermum club later this year. With four Olympic gold medals to shout about, Trott is both the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history and GB's most successful Olympic female competitor in any sport. Hoping to emulate fellow cyclist Sarah Storey by continuing her career as a mum, we have no doubt she will nail it.

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