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Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017: Age Group Results

Sadly this is the last time I’ll be reviewing results from the Ironman Exmoor 70.3 as 2017 was the final year for the race. Wimbleball is a tough course to race, with a bike and run that is constantly up and down it’s hard to find a rhythm. Despite being tough and times being slow, it’s been a favourite for many in the UK and an event to check off your bucket list. Its final year saw fewer competitors, but maintained its reputation as a slower course.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017 Compared with 2007-2016

Overall this year trended very slightly slower than the previous aggregated results. This appears to mainly come from a very slightly slower bike. Neither is significantly slower though, so it’s small variations we’re looking at rather than a notable change.

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 1176 1174 0.2% 1104 6% 1089 1.4% 7.4%
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%
2017 790 688 12.9% 666 3.2% 628 5.7% 20.5%

Overall DNF/DNS rates fell a little, probably due to a smaller field. DNF on the run was towards the high end for the course, but DNFs on the bike were average.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2007-2016

Comparing age group medians shows lots of variation in this year’s results. Generally the trend is towards slightly slower bike times and for the rest of the splits slight variations on the average.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Exmoor 70.3
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Exmoor 70.3

This year’s times for given age groups and positions generally fall in line with a lot of past results. They are typically slower than the last couple of years, but more consistent with older results.

Top Twenty Male Performances by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017
Top Twenty Female Performances by Age Group at Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017

Finally, the top twenty in each age group. There’s variation again with age groups coming in slower than average and one or two faster, but top twenty times mostly fall around the course averages. Overall, the final year appears to have been marginally slower than usual, but nothing of significance.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results and splits from Ironman Exmoor 70.3 2017 on my Google Drive.

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