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Ironman Frankfurt 2013: Full Results and Analysis

Finally summer has arrived. Athletes at the European Ironman Championship faced warm conditions, something of a contrast to the weather they’ve typically trained in this year. Fortunately, temperatures never hit the extremes and finishing splits are largely on par with previous races in Frankfurt. So times were generally fast and the competition for Kona slots as steep as usual.

I’ll start with finisher distributions, but using a new version of the chart (below). The new version displays both this year’s results (light bars) and the average from previous years (dark bars) as percentages of total finishers to allow for easier comparison.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Frankfurt 2013

This year’s results appear to distribute very closely to previous years – differences are subtle. While the peak swim split is slightly slower there is more weight towards faster times and less at the tail. The bike is very close to the historical trends, but the run is weighted a little more at the slow end of the scale. Slower run times likely reflect the heat. Overall the differences balance out; although we might note that the proportion of finishers under 9:30 appears low. Relatively few finishers under 9:30 possibly reflects the field – perhaps pros and fast age groupers were spread out over other races.

Median Splits by Division at Ironman Frankfurt 2013
Median Splits by Division at Ironman Frankfurt 2003-2012

Sticking with the standard charts for median splits, times are not hugely different. It’s interesting to note that generally averages are a little faster this year, although not by huge margins. Both medians and distributions are too close to note differences of real significance. From my perspective this race was typical of Ironman Frankfurt.

Finally front of pack statistics. Kona slot allocations are my estimates based on the participant list, actual numbers may have varied slightly.

Top 20 Performances and Kona Qualification in Male Age Groups at Ironman Frankfurt 2013
Top 20 Performances and Kona Qualification in Female Age Groups at Ironman Frankfurt 2013

The picture at the front of the pack is, by-and-large, of a faster race. Times are generally ahead of the averages and in some cases – both the male and female 45-49 divisions – faster than previous bests. For the most part, in qualification terms, you needed to finish slightly faster than the cumulative average. For the women 10:15 is roughly the cut off time in most age groups, for the men it’s 9:15 under 35 and 9:30 over. Fast times when you consider the number of slots on offer – competition is tough in Germany. The European Ironman Championship delivered on expectations.

As usual I’ve uploaded the full results and splits from Ironman Frankfurt to Google Drive. There’ll be a break from Ironman results until Lake Placid and Switzerland at the end of this month, but with Roth only a week away I may look at what I can do with Challenge results.

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Comments

  • Jo

    are you aware that the race cut -off is after just 15 hours at Frankfurt now? may explain the slight trend toward faster times, despite the wind and high temps on the day, if the slower athletes simply did not get to the line!

  • I’d been thinking 16 hours to be honest.

    So had a look – seems like typically 30-50 athletes finished after 15 hours when the cut off was longer at Germany. Not huge, but I suspect skews the older age groups a bit more. Might contribute a bit to the differences I see.

    Certainly is a reason why Germany is overall weighted to faster times than a lot of other Ironman races. Never going to have athletes in the 15-17 hour period and I’d guess many who suspect they need 15+ hours avoid it because of that.

    Thanks, hope you had a good race at the weekend,

    Russ