Ironman Wales 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Ironman Wales is known as the toughest Ironman course on the calendar (course rating -27:46)- and this year was no exception even if there was decent weather (adjustment of -33:55). The swim was again quite slow: Harry Wiltshire was first out of the water but he was seven minutes slower than the course that he and Daniel Halksworth hold. Same thing on the female side with Anja Beranek leading after the swim but missing her course record by seven minutes. The bike had an adjustment of -27:33 which is also typical for Wales, even if we saw a new bike course records by Markus Thomschke (first ever sub-5h bike in Wales!) and Anja Beranek (narrowly missing 5:30). 

Male Race Results

After a disappointing race in the 70.3 Champs in Zell am See, Jesse Thomas decided to go ahead with his first full IM distance race. He quickly took the lead on the bike and was joined by Markus Thomschke – both stuck together for most of the ride until Markus pulled away a bit into T2. Jesse then had a very solid 2:52 marathon (second best of the day) on the rolling course in Tenby to win his debut Ironman race:

WalesJesse

Second place went to Andrej Vistica with the fastest marathon of the day (just one second quicker than Jesse). Markus Thomschke held on for third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Jesse Thomas USA 00:54:20 05:03:28 02:52:19 08:57:33 n/a US$ 5000
2 Andrej Vistica CRO 00:57:00 05:05:46 02:52:18 09:03:09 -12:01 US$ 2750
3 Markus Thomschke GER 00:57:01 04:57:14 03:12:54 09:14:52 -16:16 US$ 1750
4 Gudmund Snilstveit NOR 01:02:38 05:03:21 03:08:18 09:22:15 -10:06 US$ 1250
5 Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:51:55 05:19:21 03:12:47 09:31:33 -01:30 US$ 1000
6 Elliot Holtham CAN 00:57:01 05:25:31 03:04:54 09:35:47 -18:47 US$ 750
7 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:04:07 05:22:46 03:04:56 09:45:26 07:29  
8 Felipe De Oliveira Manente BRA 00:56:54 05:37:04 03:03:17 09:47:28 -09:07  
9 Oliver Simon GBR 00:51:57 05:29:17 03:30:56 10:01:06 -00:59  
10 Peter Seidel GER 01:00:52 05:28:39 03:29:06 10:07:55 35:52  
11 James Brown GBR 01:06:23 05:29:55 03:28:27 10:13:14 08:00  
12 Matthew Sheeks USA 01:05:50 05:58:30 03:10:57 10:26:36 20:05  
13 Tohara Kaito JPN 00:57:25 06:05:18 03:26:35 10:41:11 52:45  
14 Craig Twigg GBR 00:56:57 05:24:26 04:40:10 11:11:28 52:17  
15 Christian Funk GER 01:26:24 06:38:01 04:07:57 12:28:16 50:04  
  Mark Cotter CAN 01:05:39 06:00:43   DNF  
  Nick Baldwin SEY 00:55:16     DNF  

Female Race Results

There was never a doubt that Anja Beranek had come to Tenby to win her second Ironman race after Zürich 2013. Entering T2 she had built a lead of more than 30 minutes. She could afford to not push on the run as her lead never shrank. After her third place in the 70.3 Champs and her win in Wales Anja is almost assured a 2016 Kona slot!

WalesAnja

Behind Anja there were quite a few position changes and close racing for second and third. Tineke Van Berg held on to her second place on the run, while Katja Koschak advanced into third place, overtaking Tine Holst just a few k before the finish. After winning Powermac Zofingen just a week ago, Emma Pooley was never in a position to contend for the podium.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Anja Beranek GER 00:54:26 05:30:15 03:23:16 09:56:31 00:01 US$ 5000
2 Tineke Van den Berg NED 01:09:13 05:45:44 03:22:42 10:28:22 -01:28 US$ 2750
3 Katja Konschak GER 00:56:54 06:06:34 03:13:50 10:29:55 -10:47 US$ 1750
4 Tine Holst DEN 01:11:49 05:45:03 03:25:01 10:32:11 -08:36 US$ 1250
5 Emma Pooley GBR 01:17:11 05:45:08 03:22:38 10:38:41 20:39 US$ 1000
6 Leslie DiMichele Miller USA 01:03:57 06:04:04 03:23:42 10:43:45 10:11 US$ 750
7 Verena Walter GER 01:05:51 06:04:15 03:27:59 10:49:01 10:30  
  Eleanor Haresign GBR 01:04:05 05:50:53   DNF  
  Carol Anne Bridge GBR 00:54:27     DNF  

Photos by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Ironman

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