THIS week we have an inspiring ambassador story for those who take up sport later in life. Meet Jane Hansom, one of Britain’s hugely successful amateur triathletes who has impressively scaled triathlon after only taking it up in her 40’s.
Now 48, the London PR agency owner has juggled a huge work and training schedule in recent years to make astonishing progress and last year, became IronMan World Champion for her age-group.
The Scottish-born businesswoman runs the London-based Sponge Marketing and PR agency and yet still manages to fit in more than 20 hours of training every week, which demands regular 5am starts and late finishes.
Jane came to competitive sport when corporate client Sony PlayStation cajoled her into running the London marathon with them for charity. She went for it – and hasn’t looked back after discovering she thrived on the challenge, loved the training and got bitten by ‘the bug’.
Jane transitioned from running to triathlon and worked her way through the distance categories with a multitude of successes along the way – and is now proving a world-beater in her age division at IronMan too.
Considered the ‘ultimate’ long-distance challenge in triathlon, a typical IronMan consists of a 3.8 mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run (a marathon to finish!).
Last year heralded Jane’s arrival on the big stage, with age-group victories at the IronMan South Africa, Challenge Roth and a coveted gold at the IronMan World Championship (45-49) at Kona.
This season, she has again swept all before her and is unbeaten in five full- and half-IronMan races for her age-group. She kicked off with success in Challenge Gran Canaria (April), followed by Challenge World Championships (Samorin), Challenge Roth (Germany (an amateur win and sixth overall, out of a start list of top 25 pro women), Challenge Turku (Finland) and earlier this month, struck gold in IronMan Dublin.
There’s no doubting after her superb run of form that Jane will be lining up as hot favourite to successfully defend her world championship title in Hawaii in October.
With her relentless schedule, Jane is the perfect example of how CurraNZ is invaluable for busy people who work hard and train hard – with fast recovery, fewer colds and reduced fatigue.
She says: “I've been using CurraNZ for a year now and really notice a difference. The main benefit for me is that CurraNZ alleviates DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness) and has allowed me to recover so much faster after races. I never get run down and can’t remember the last time I was ill.
“The roll-on effect of this, is that I can resume my training for Kona much sooner. It's become a key part of my recovery strategy and I wouldn't be without it.”
With the clock running down to Kona, Jane will be putting the finishing touches to her World Championship preparation next month with the half-IronMan at Weymouth.
She says: “I’ve had a good season so far. I had a great race at Roth and now I am back in London I just need to race myself fit in August, recover fast and resume training efficiently through September to get to the start line in Kona in good shape!”