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'Everybody wants to beat each other'

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How many elite athletes still mix it with the amateurs with whom they first developed a love for their sport?

Helen Clitheroe, a long distance runner, is one, she has just arrived in Portugal to train with her club the Preston Harriers.

The Today programme is following her progress over the year before the Olympics so before she left, Rob Bonnet went to Lancashire to see her.


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