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Ironman Haugesund 2018: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Next in this week’s round of analysis is a new event – Ironman Haugesund in Norway. A new addition to the Ironman calendar, it drew a small field of just under 600 athletes and offered 30 Kona qualification slots to age groupers. As there are no historical results to draw on this will be a quick analysis with a brief comparison to Kalmar and Copenhagen for no other reason than proximity.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Haugesund 2018
Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Sweden 2017
Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Copenhagen 2017

I’d consider both Ironman Sweden and Copenhagen to be among the faster Ironman courses – not on the level and consistency of Frankfurt or Austria, but courses for fast times. Haugesund appears to be a slower event largely down to a much slower bike than either of the other two races. We’ll need more races to determine if that’s typical of the course.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Races
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
Haugesund
571
571
556
2.6%
525
5.6%
8.1%
Sweden
2139
2136
0.1%
2108
1.3%
2033
3.6%
5%
Copenhagen
2578
2546
1.2%
2509
1.5%
2406
4.1%
6.6%

Comparing the DNF rates for these 3 races shows that Haugesund has the highest with bike and run DNFs both being higher. It’s not an unusually high DNF rate though, just in comparison to either Kalmar or Copenhagen.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Haugesund 2018

These were the median splits for each age group at Haugesund. It’s worth noting that some age groups in this chart had fewer than 10 athletes.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Haugesund
Country
Count
Percentage
Norway
319
48.6
Sweden
64
9.8
United Kingdom
52
7.9
United States
30
4.6
Germany
22
3.4
France
18
2.7
Denmark
18
2.7
Belgium
12
1.8
Netherlands
12
1.8
Poland
11
1.7
Ironman Haugesund 2018 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Norway
36.7
48.6
Sweden
16.7
9.8
United Kingdom
13.3
7.9
France
6.7
2.7
Switzerland
6.7
1.1
Denmark
6.7
2.7
Germany
3.3
3.4
Belgium
3.3
1.8
Russia
3.3
1.5
Finland
3.3
0.3

As with most European races Haugesund drew a wide field of European athletes and spread the Kona slots out proportionally to them.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Haugesund 2018
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Haugesund 2018

Another sign of a small race is the speed with which times drop off in the top twenty for each age group. The competitive field is small, so the number of athletes vying for the slots is also relatively small. Whether that makes it a good choice for a qualifier is hard to say at this stage – it’d take a few years of data to determine that and by then the picture would likely change.

Ironman Haugesund 2018 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
2
09:40:44
09:42:01
09:43:19
M25-29
2
09:18:44
09:27:53
09:37:03
M30-34
2
09:36:34
09:37:56
09:39:18
M35-39
3
08:48:41
09:14:55
09:30:09
M40-44
3
10:06:06
10:12:02
10:17:42
M45-49
3
09:47:47
09:54:15
09:58:26
M50-54
2
10:03:27
10:15:59
10:28:31
M55-59
2
11:13:32
11:15:47
11:18:03
M60-64
1
10:58:19
10:58:19
10:58:19
M65-69
1
12:51:02
12:51:02
12:51:02
F18-24
1
10:41:32
10:41:32
10:41:32
F25-29
1
10:36:13
10:36:13
10:36:13
F30-34
1
10:46:07
10:46:07
10:46:07
F35-39
1
10:18:43
10:18:43
10:18:43
F40-44
1
11:00:25
11:00:25
11:00:25
F45-49
1
11:02:46
11:02:46
11:02:46
F50-54
1
12:04:49
12:04:49
12:04:49
F55-59
1
13:11:01
13:11:01
13:11:01
F60-64
1
14:08:45
14:08:45
14:08:45

Based on the start numbers I’ve estimated the slot allocation in Haugesund and from that the automatic qualifying times. exact numbers may have varied and roll downs would influence the final qualifying times. You can compare with other races on my Kona qualification page.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Haugesund 2018 on my Google Drive.

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