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Alice Hector wins first IRONMAN 70.3 title
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 12th September 2016


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Alice Hector wins her first IRONMAN 70.3 in Germany

What a difference a year makes...

12 months ago Alice Hector was shivering on the side of the road in Dorset, having withdrawn from Challenge Weymouth during the bike section. She was overtrained, demoralised and in tears. As is the way with these things, the Dream Team TV cameras were there to capture all of her upset for your viewing pleasure on Channel 4 a week later! Professional sport is not all glory, smiles and medals.

After her "a bit crap" 2015 season (her words, not mine...), it is perhaps understandable why she headed to Germany, rather than back to Weymouth (itself now under the IRONMAN banner), to race IRONMAN 70.3 Reugen, rather than just take a couple of hours drive down to the south coast.

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While the opportunity for exposure to domestic media was given up, it proved to be a wise move as Alice went on to win the race from the front, crossing the line just over six minutes clear of Daniela Sämmler (GER), a class athlete who was third at the IRONMAN European Championshhips (Frankfurt) this year and winner of IRONMAN Mallorca 2015.

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This year Alice won the ISRAMAN 113 for the second time and also the Volcano Triathlon in Lanzarote - but this is surely her most significant professional performance to date.

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As Alice said post race, "Finally!":

IRONMAN 70.3 Reugen - Sunday 11th September 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Andreas Dreitz (GER) 3:43:54 Alice Hector (GBR) 4:18:50
2nd Johann Ackermann (GER) 3:48:50 Daniela Sämmler (GER) 4:25:09
3rd Patrick Dirksmeier (GER) 3:50:32 Anna Halasz (HUN) 4:29:28

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