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Ruth Purbrook, Marton Cseik take the final Wimbleball 70.3 wins

All good things come to an end? The final IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor in Wimbleball was won by Ruth Purbrook (Team Freespeed) and Marton Cseik (Havering Tri)

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Ruth Purbrook and Marton Cseik top Wimbleball 70.3 podium

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Olympic Silver medallist finishes third at the final IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor

It’s been part of the fabric of the British triathlon summer for well over a decade, but the 12th and final edition of IRONMAN UK Exmoor in Wimbleball was held yesterday.

An Age-Group only race for the past three years, it was no surprise to this Editor to see that the women’s overall victory was taken by Ruth Purbrook (Team Freespeed), winner of our ERDINGER Athlete of the Month award for August last year, following a great season in which she took the Bronze medal in her category at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. She finished 11 minutes faster than Elaine Garvican (Tri Training Harder), who knocked 14 minutes off of her AG winning time from 2016, with third overall going to Heather Fell, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Silver medallist in Modern Pentathlon.

The men’s overall win was taken by Marton Cseik (Havering Tri), courtesy of a fine bike / run combination, with Max Hazell (Athlos Racing) in second, just 22 seconds faster than Oliver Burrows who completed the podium in third.

And so, the all-time winners listing from Wimbleball is complete (and updated in full below).

IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor, Wimbleball – Sunday 25th June 2017
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km – AG Only race

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WOMEN (Overall)

1st – Ruth Purbrook (25-29) – 5:11:22
2nd – Elaine Garvican (35-39) – 5:22:54
3rd – Heather Fell (30-34) – 5:27:18

SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Second place athlete Elaine Garvican (L), first place athlete Ruth Purbrook and third pace athlete Heather Fell (R), all of them from Great Britain pose for a picture at the top three podium during the Ironman 70.3 UK Exmoor at Wimbleball Lake on June 25, 2017 in Somerset, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman)
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman

MEN (Overall)

1st – Marton Cseik (25-29) – 4:49:13
2nd – Max Hazell (18-24) – 4:57:40
3rd – Oliver Burrows (25-29) – 4:58:02

SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Secon place athlete Max Hazell (L), first place athlete Marton Cseik and third pace athlete Oliver Burrows (R), all of them from Great Britain pose for a picture at the top three podium during the Ironman 70.3 UK Exmoor at Wimbleball Lake on June 25, 2017 in Somerset, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman)
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images for Ironman

Ironman 70.3 UK Winners

Year Location Men Women
2017 Wimbleball Lake Marton Cseik (AG Race) Ruth Purbrook (AG Race)
2016 Wimbleball Lake Andy Greenleaf (AG Race) Stephanie Knott (AG Race)
2015 Wimbleball Lake Brennan Townshend (AG Race) Natalie Seymour (AG Race)
2014 Wimbleball Lake Will Clarke Eimear Mullan
2013 Wimbleball Lake Ritchie Nicholls Eimear Mullan
2012 Wimbleball Lake Philip Graves Eimear Mullan
2011 Wimbleball Lake Mikel Elgezabal Emma-Kate Lidbury
2010 Wimbleball Lake Fraser Cartmell Bella Bayliss
2009 Wimbleball Lake Philip Graves Catriona Morrison
2008 Wimbleball Lake Fraser Cartmell Bella Comerford
2007 Wimbleball Lake Fraser Cartmell Julie Dibens
2006 Wimbleball Lake Chris McCormack Catriona Morrison
2005 Longleat House Paul Matthews Nina Eggert
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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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