Gold for Han­nah Pace at Iron­man 70.3 Stafford­shire

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Na­tional Triathlon Cham­pion Han­nah Pace added an­other ac­co­lade to her ever grow­ing list when she claimed Gold in the UK on Sunday.

Pace won the Women’s 25-29 Age Group Cat­e­gory and Third Over­all in the Over­all Am­a­teur Rank­ing at Iron­man 70.3 in Stafford­shire, beat­ing off stiff com­pe­ti­tion as she climbed through the ranks.

De­spite a de­layed start, which could wreak havoc to one’s pre­race nerves, Pace fin­ished the 1.9k swim in 30 mins 45 min­utes. The 90 kilo­me­tre bike seg­ment fol­lowed on a route marked with rolling hills, ter­rain with which not all ath­letes are fa­mil­iar with thus mak­ing it tougher. A steady pace on the 21km run sealed the win for Pace cov­er­ing the 113km dis­tance in a time of 4 hours 59 min­utes 25 sec­onds.

“Over­all it was a re­ally good race. Lately I have been train­ing hard so I used it as a test to see where my fit­ness is at be­fore start­ing the longer Iron­man spe­cific ses­sions. Bike course was quite tech­ni­cal and chal­leng­ing but scenery was stun­ning. Am thrilled to have won my Age Group now that I’ve moved up to the 25 - 29 cat­e­gory and to top things off I placed 3rd am­a­teur over­all' – en­thused Pace af­ter the race.

Pace’s per­for­mance also saw her qual­ify for the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onships in South Africa. This is the fourth time that Pace gained a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for such cham­pi­onships, how­ever this is the first qual­i­fi­ca­tion since mov­ing up to the 25 – 29 Age Group.

Pace is sup­ported by Garmin Malta, Eurosport, Star­bene, Team Barry.

Han­nah Pace start­ing the bike ride

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