IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai: British Age-Group success in the Middle East

Lottie Lucas, Josh Holman top the Age-Group ranks at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 2020

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Having covered the Pro races from today’s IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai in separate reports (PRO MEN | PRO WOMEN), I thought I’d also take a look at the Age-Group results from the top British athletes who were racing in the Middle East. There were lots of them, with a combination of those travelling as well as a significant ex-pat community.

As well as plenty of podium results, British athletes topped the speed charts overall. Lottie Lucas (25-29) was the fastest female AG athlete overall. She repeated her category win from 2019, but this time moved up from fifth fastest female amateur (as well as finishing almost 17 minutes quicker than 12 months ago).

The quickest male Age-Grouper was Josh Holman (25-29), who was among the fastest British amateurs at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice. Just 90 seconds slower (and third overall), was Tom Ward (40-44). Tom also won the same 40-44 division last year… where he was also the third fastest male AG athlete too!

Overall Age-Group Positions


1st – Lottie Lucas (GBR) – 4:23:55 (25-29)
2nd – Evgenia Boulmeti (GRE) – 4:26:12 (30-34)
3rd – Jennifer Zenker (AUS) – 4:26:33 (35-39)


1st – Josh Holman (GBR) – 3:54:57 (25-29)
2nd – Christoph Mattner (GER) – 3:56:14 (30-34)
3rd – Tom Ward (GBR) – 3:56:27 (40-44)

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NUMBER 1 BABY!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’₯ β€’ β€’ Words can’t describe what this means to win the Age Group race at @im703middleeast today in a time of 3:54:57! All of the hard work and dedication I have put in has finally paid off and this is just the beginning! Thank you so much to everyone for all of the kind words, messages and constant support! Full race report to follow! πŸ˜ƒπŸ™ŒπŸΌ β€’ β€’ Congratulations to everyone competing out there today at @im703middleeast in the tough conditions! It’s seriously hot! Both Male and female pro races absolutely smashed it! Some quite mind boggling times! πŸ€ͺπŸ’₯ β€’ β€’ #firstplace #hardworkpaysoff #hwpo #swimbikerun #swimbikerunworld #tri #triathlete #triathlon #triathlontraining #ironmantraining #ironmantri #70point3 #140point6 #ironmanmiddleeast #ironmandubai #ironmandubai #run #running #runningman #runningmotivation #runner #runnersworld #runnersofinstagram #runnerscommunity #runtoinspire #ukrunchat #uktrichat #uktriathlon #britishtriathlon

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Here’s the full breakdown, by Age-Group, of all of the podium results from British athlete in Dubai today.

IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai – Friday 7th February 2020
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km



  • Lottie Lucas (F25-29) – 1st – 4:23:55
  • Sophie Kirk (F25-29) – 3rd – 4:29:51
  • Ruth Hills (F30-34) – 3rd – 4:54:05
  • M. V. Deventer (F35-39) – 2nd – 4:29:04
  • Clare McCulloch (F40-44) – 1st – 4:52:26
  • Sioned Taylor (F50-54) – 3rd – 5:10:56
  • Fiona Brenninkmeijer (F55-59) – 3rd – 5:46:08


  • Josh Holman (M25-29) – 1st – 3:54:57
  • Ben Terry (M35-39) – 2nd – 4:02:00
  • Tom Ward (M40-44) – 1st – 3:56:27
  • Neil McLoughlin (M55-59) – 2nd – 4:30:27