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Friday, 15 October 2010

Long Course Weekend

Well what a weekend. The pretty harbour, cobbled streets and friendly atmosphere of Tenby really did prove to be a fantastic host to Activity Wales Events Long Course Weekend.

The three day endurance triathlon held between the 24th and 26th September brought an abundance of athletes, their families and friends to come together and enjoy the very best of what Pembrokeshire has to offer. The electric atmosphere over the weekend was thanks to all of the enthusiastic locals who spent hours cheering and clapping the athletes as they past through small villages, tackled hills and flew over the finish line.

The Long Course Weekend consisted of three separate events; The Wales Swim (1.5 or 3km), The Wales Sportive (40, 80 or 120 mile) and The Wales Marathon (half or full). Participants were free to tackle whichever event and distance they wanted to tackle, with the exception of 40 brave triathletes who embraced the challenge of completing the full Long Course jigsaw of 3km swim, 120 mile bike and full marathon.

Out of the 40 Long Course athletes first entered, only a defiant bunch of 16 finally finished.

Oliver Simon was crowned King of the Long Course finishing with a commendable time of 9 hours and 53 minutes!

The Long Course Weekend was truly a magnificent spectacle to witness and is sure to be again when it hits Pembrokeshire in June 2011. Bordered by the sea, Pembrokeshire excelled as a host to the newest and most demanding triathlon to hit the UK, which is why it is now to become the county to welcome IronMan Wales in 2011!

Activity Wales Events consider it a massive honour to have contributed to putting IronMan Wales on the calender, with the date scheduled for Sunday 11th September 2011. Athletes can expect to be welcomed into Pembrokeshire with open arms, and whilst visiting embrace the outstanding beauty of our Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, stunning scenery, sandy beaches and iconic landmarks.

To begin the 3.8k swim at Tenby's South beach, with the challenging 180k bike ride to follow and finishing with a triumphant 42k marathon. This is one marvel not to be missed.

For full information and registrations (only for the brave!) visit