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Ironman Wales 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

This weekend saw Ironman Wales take place in Tenby. Now a long standing part of the UK Ironman calendar, Wales is a popular race that draws over 2,000 competitors. It offers the stand 40 Kona slot for the 2020 Ironman World Championship. The Tenby course is known for its toughness and the impact conditions can have on the day. This year looks to have been marginally slower, but not significantly different to other years of racing.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Wales 2019 Compared with 2011-2018

This year’s race trends slightly slower than the amalgamated results from the previous 8 years. The majority of this shift appears to come from the run split which is most clearly slower. The swim splits all lean towards the slower end for Wales, although the median split remains about the same. Bike splits are largely inline with past results. Overall the difference looks to be around 10 minutes at this year’s race.

DNF Rates at Ironman Wales
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2011
1508
1122
16.3%
8.4%
3%
25.6%
2012
1316
1214
0.3%
4.4%
3.2%
7.8%
2013
1464
1280
2.9%
6.8%
3.5%
12.6%
25
2014
1792
1610
1.5%
6%
3%
10.2%
13
2015
1731
1552
0.9%
5.5%
4.3%
10.3%
2016
1692
1575
1.1%
3.8%
2.2%
6.9%
10
2017
1878
1616
1.7%
8.6%
4.3%
14%
16
2018
2208
2043
0.6%
5.3%
1.7%
7.5%
13
2019
2044
1874
1%
6.1%
1.6%
8.3%
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This year’s DNF rate is a fairly standard 8.3%. Not a low DNf rate by Ironman standards, but not pushing above 10% as has happened in some years. Bike DNFs appear to have been a little bit higher this year, but this is balanced with low run DNFs.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Wales 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Wales 2011-2018

Comparing age group medians repeats the pattern shown in the distributions – run medians are the ones most likely to be slower. Ironman Wales has been quite a varied race and this means we see variability across age groups when comparing combined results.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Wales
Country
Count
Percentage
United Kingdom
1996
87.6
Ireland
49
2.2
Germany
43
1.9
United States
26
1.1
France
25
1.1
Belgium
14
0.6
Switzerland
10
0.4
Spain
10
0.4
Portugal
8
0.4
Italy
8
0.4
Ironman Wales 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
United Kingdom
50.0
87.6
Germany
15.0
1.9
Switzerland
5.0
0.4
Netherlands
5.0
0.3
Belgium
5.0
0.6
Denmark
2.5
0.1
Brazil
2.5
0.1
Australia
2.5
0.3
Spain
2.5
0.4
France
2.5
1.1
Ireland
2.5
2.2

Wales is predominantly a UK race, but the Kona slots are spread around a wider range of nationalities.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Wales
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Wales

Tracking age group times and positions over the years who’s how varied the Tenby course has been over its 9 years. This years race sits somewhere in the middle depending on which age group and position you consider. It’s never the fastest year, but equally it’s not the slowest either.

Ironman Wales 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
10:07:38
10:07:38
10:07:38
M25-29
2
09:44:20
09:50:19
09:56:18
M30-34
4
09:44:23
09:54:50
10:04:12
M35-39
4
09:36:34
09:44:03
09:52:25
M40-44
6
10:27:24
10:33:03
10:38:12
M45-49
4
10:21:20
10:28:55
10:40:42
M50-54
3
10:43:31
10:52:39
11:07:48
M55-59
1
11:14:41
11:14:41
11:14:41
M60-64
1
11:30:23
11:30:23
11:30:23
M65-69
1
13:45:13
13:45:13
13:45:13
M70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
11:38:26
11:38:26
11:38:26
F25-29
1
11:29:57
11:29:57
11:29:57
F30-34
1
10:38:28
10:38:28
10:38:28
F35-39
1
11:25:47
11:25:47
11:25:47
F40-44
1
11:31:59
11:31:59
11:31:59
F45-49
1
11:03:41
11:03:41
11:03:41
F50-54
1
13:09:25
13:09:25
13:09:25
F55-59
1
13:37:54
13:37:54
13:37:54
F60-64
1
14:05:41
14:05:41
14:05:41
F65-69
1
16:37:32
16:37:32
16:37:32
F70-74
1
16:15:58
16:15:58
16:15:58

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the slot allocation and from that automatic qualification times. Final numbers may vary and roll down is not factored. Both male age groups over 70 appear to have no finishers meaning their slots will roll into other age groups and increase numbers. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Wales 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Wales 2019

It’s another varied picture when we look at the top twenty in each age group. There are divisions slower than average and those faster along with many that are close to the averages too. The broad implication would be that while this year might be slightly slower it wasn’t significantly different to previous years.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Wales 2019 on my Google Drive.

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