Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2016: Results and Analysis

The other major race this weekend (from my perspective) was Wimbleball, or Ironman Exmoor 70.3 as it’s now called. A long running half Ironman, known for the challenge of its course and the slower 70.3 times it produces. I don’t analyse World Champs qualification for 70.3 so this quick review will focus on the trends in finishing times.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2016 Compared with 2006-2015

There aren’t really any major differences in the distribution of this year’s splits when compared with the last ten years of racing at Wimbleball. Small variations in the shape of each histogram don’t yield significant differences in percentile finish times. Median points look to be very similar as do fifth and tenth percentile. This year’s results fall close to course norms.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman UK 70.3
Listed Athletes Swim Finish Swim DNS/DNF Bike Finish Bike DNF Run Finish Run DNF Overall DNS/DNF
2006 848 848 0% 811 4.4% 804 0.9% 5.2%
2007 916 916 0% 909 0.8% 856 5.8% 6.6%
2008 896 894 0.2% 818 8.5% 799 2.3% 10.8%
2009 966 961 0.5% 918 4.5% 902 1.7% 6.6%
2010 1515 1174 22.5% 1104 6% 1089 1.4% 28.1%
2011 1235 1227 0.6% 1123 8.5% 1110 1.2% 10.5%
2012 1784 1375 22.9% 1317 4.2% 1265 3.9% 29.1%
2013 1666 1340 19.6% 1312 2.1% 1191 9.2% 28.5%
2014 1672 1337 20% 1274 4.7% 1243 2.4% 25.7%
2015 1594 1270 20.3% 1200 5.5% 1166 2.8% 26.9%
2016 1336 1084 18.9% 1055 2.7% 1018 3.5% 23.8%

DNF and DNS data is broadly comparable, perhaps a little more favourable than other years with fewer apparent DNFs. Although, it’s also worth noting there’s a drop off in entrants too – perhaps and effect of greater 70.3 and half ironman options?

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2016
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2006-2015

Sure enough, breaking down median data by age group shows the results to be comparable with those collected over the last 10 years of racing at Wimbleball. The only potential trend I’ll note is of a slightly faster swim at this years event.

Changes in Male Age Group Finishing Times by Place at Ironman UK (Exmoor) 70.3
Changes in Female Age Group Finishing Times by Place at Ironman UK (Exmoor) 70.3

Over the eleven year’s of race data I’ve gathered there have been small variation in performances as we’d expect. Times have been quite consistent though and this year’s race falls inline with the past – not the fastest seen on the course, nor the slowest.

Top Twenty Male Performances by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2016
Top Twenty Female Performances by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor (UK) 70.3 2016

Again this is true when considering the times of the top twenty in each age group. There are divisions where times were well ahead of the averages, but for most they fall much closer to those means. There is no set pattern, although there certainly are some age groups that outperformed others. Overall it looks to have been a typical year of racing at Wimbleball.

You can view a spreadsheet of the full results and splits from Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2016 on my Google Drive.

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