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IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2018: Age-Group excellence

The swim may have been half the distance, but I've yet to hear anybody suggest that the 2018 edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth was an easy race! Who were the fastest Age-Group athletes and category winners on a cold, wet and windy day in Dorset?

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Who were the speedy amateur athletes at IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth on Sunday?

Sunday was certainly a challenging day for all of the athletes at IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth, with rain, wind and cold temperatures making it a race to remember – not always for the best reasons! Kudos to the athletes that made it to the finish line – and huge respect to all of the crew and volunteers who were out there making it all happen.

The Pro races were won by Elliot Smales and India Lee (covered HERE), so now let’s take a look at the fastest Age-Group athletes and category winners too.

The fastest overall female athlete – by a full six minutes – was Elle Twentyman, who finished ahead of fellow 18-24 division athete (and Outlaw Half Holkham winner), Rachel Hawker. Elle was also the first Age-Group athlete overall recently at IRONMAN 70.3Β DΓΊn Laoghaire and should be well on track now to securing her Pro licence.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2018: Fastest Age-Group athletes

FEMALE

1st – Elle Twentyman (GBR) – 4:37:30 (18-24)
2nd – Rachel Hawker (IRL) – 4:43:32 (18-24)
3rd – Kate MacTear (GBR) – 4:43:58 (25-29)
4th – Sophie Bubb (GBR) – 4:48:08 (35-39)
5th – Linda Evans (GBR) – 4:53:34 (25-29)

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The fastest male Age-Group athlete, Harry Palmer was also in the colours of Zoot Athlos racing. Also the fastest amateur at IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, Harry won the 18-24 division and finished just over two minutes quicker than Ieuan Hudson, another 18-24 category athlete. Third place overall was David Bartlett, a podium finisher this year at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in South Africa.

Male

1st – Harry Palmer (GBR) – 4:12:45 (18-24)
2nd – Ieuan Hudson (GBR) – 4:15:08 (18-24)
3rd – David Bartlett (GBR) – 4:17:14 (30-34)
4th – Lukas Bosmans (BEL) – 4:18:41 (30-34)
5th – Josh Holman (GBR) – 4:19:45 (25-29)

IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2018
Harry Palmer (Photo: Huw Fairclough for IRONMAN)
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IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2018: Age-Group winners

FEMALE

18-24: Elle Twentyman (GBR) – 4:37:30
25-29: Kate MacTear (GBR) – 4:43:58
30-34: Emily Cochrane (GBR) – 5:03:54
35-39: Sophie Bubb (GBR) – 4:48:08
40-44: Sian Tovey (GBR) – 4:59:23
45-49: Louella O’Herlihy (GBR) – 5:05:56
50-54: Alison Buckley (GBR) – 5:28:05
55-59: Jo Gundle (GBR) – 5:36:43
60-64: Nicky Deane-Simmons (GBR) – 6:29:01
65-69: Vicky Carpenter (GBR) – 7:26:03

MALE

18-24: Harry Palmer (GBR) – 4:12:45
25-29: Josh Holman (GBR) – 4:19:45
30-34: David Bartlett (GBR) – 4:17:14
35-39: Ian Dempsey (GBR) – 4:21:40
40-44: Donald Brooks (GBR) – 4:32:22
45-49: David Murray (GBR) – 4:39:15
50-54: Kevin McCloskey (GBR) – 4:45:57
55-59: Mark Davis (GBR) – 4:48:14
60-64: Mike Skillings (GBR) – 5:32:38
65-69: Nick Hewitt (GBR) – 5:54:41
70-74: Rob Gray (GBR) – 7:00:59

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John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.

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