What you need to know

Pembrokeshire plays host annually to one of the most difficult triathlons in Wales the Long Course Weekend. This unique event lasts three days in mid-July, accommodating some of the best triathlon talent in the UK and the world, including a number of IRONMAN UK athletes, serving as the perfect preparation and build up to the IRONMAN Wales event in September.

To kick-off the weekend on Friday evening, the Long Course athletes have The Wales Swim to complete a 2.4 mile swim that takes place on Tenbys North Beach. On Saturday their attention turns to The Wales Sportive, and 112 miles of undulating Welsh countryside lined with enthusiastic crowds. To finish the weekend, the athletes have the small task(!) of completing the 26.2 miles of The Wales Marathon, which is quickly establishing itself as a fantastic event in its own right.

More than 20,000 competitors have attempted the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions on this punishing route since its first event in 2010. Of last years 700 Long Course Weekend athletes, only around half could manage to cross the finish line and collect the final piece of the events unique medal design.

Course Details

The Wales Swim — 2.4 Miles

On the Friday entrants will take part in the full 2.4 mile swim on North Beach, Tenby. The route is two laps of the course, doing the second lap having exited the water and followed the chute back to the start line. The event will be organised to start as close to high tide as possible, depending on visibility. This part of the weekend has a 2 hour cut off, with athletes failing to complete the course within this limit getting a DNF and their chance to win the Long Course Weekend title over.

The Wales Sportive — 112 Miles

Saturday is the chance for contestants to take things a little easier, with a 112 mile sportive taking you through some of the most picturesque areas of South Pembrokeshire. Feed and water stations will be placed along the route to give you the extra boost for tackling the steep climbs. Cut off for the 2nd lap of the 112 mile course will be implemented at 1:30pm at the finish line/2nd lap junction in Tenby. Again, athletes failing to finish the route will class as a DNF. Please not this is an open road event, so cyclists will need to be wary of traffic along the course.

The Wales Marathon — 26.2 Miles

The final day of the weekend, Sunday, sees the contestants take on the 26.2 mile marathon between Tenby and Pembroke. This event is a closed road route, so there will not be any worries about traffic for runners. Feed and water stations are situated roughly every 5 miles on the course. The cut off time for this event is 6 hours, so anyone still with a chance of becoming the champion needs to finish before 4:00pm.

Raceday Logistics

Thursday 12th July

12:00pm–8:00pm – Registration Open (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

Only the athlete themselves may collect their event number/goodie bag and will be required to produce photographic identification and disclaimer when registering.

We strongly urge anyone who is able to register on Thursday to do so. This will reduce queues and give you a more relaxed weekend!

4:00pm–7:30pm – LCW Seminars Begin (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

We have a number of talks going on to give athletes the best advice and skills to help them have a fantastic event. Speakers will include Mark from Mike’s Bikes, Defending Champion Marcus Hultgren, and 4 time Ironman Champion Lucy Gossage.

Friday 13th July

10:00am–6:00pm – Registration Open (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

All Long Course Weekend athletes must register before 6:00pm if they wish to participate in the event. Only the athletes themselves may collect their event number/goodie bag and will be required to product photographic identification when registering.

10:00am–6:00pm – Event Expo (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

The event expo is free to enter for athletes and the general public. It will showcase specialist swimming, cycling and running exhibitors and will be a great place to check out the latest products and update your kit.

12:00pm–5:30pm – Sports Massage (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

15–30 minute massage sessions will be available. Pre book your slot.

4:00pm – Build Up (North Beach, Tenby)

Broadcasting from North Beach as athletes start to assemble.

5:00pm – TAFFkids Start (North Beach, Tenby)

The TAFFkids event begins!

6:30pm – Swim Acclimatisation (North Beach, Tenby)

All swimmers will be required to enter the water prior to the event start to acclimatise to the conditions. This is imperative for health and safety reasons. Athletes are also advised to keep active during their time in the start pen to ensure that their heart rate is above their normal resting rate prior to the swim start.

6:45pm – Start Pen Closes (North Beach, Tenby)

All athletes must move into the start pen in preparation for the safety briefing and event start. Any athlete not in the pen by 6:45pm will not be allowed to start.

6:45pm – Swim Briefing (North Beach, Tenby)

All athletes must attend the pre-event safety briefing.

7:00pm – THE WALES SWIM (North Beach, Tenby)

Athletes will enter the water and begin a one or two lap swim around Tenby’s picturesque north beach. Each lap is 1.2 miles long, and will have a one hour cut off. Any athlete participating in the 2.4 mile swim taking longer than one hour to complete the first lap will not be allowed to begin the second.

8:00pm – First Lap Cut Off Time (North Beach, Tenby)

The cut off time for the first lap.

9:00pm – Event Cut Off Time (North Beach, Tenby)

The cut off time for the event.

Saturday 14th July

7:00am – FIRST BIKE WAVE DEPARTS (Salterns Car Park, Tenby)

The first waves of the 112 mile riders leave the Salterns Car Park in 15 minute intervals. A cut-off for the second lap will be implemented at 1:30pm in Tenby close to the finish line. Whilst there are feed and drink stations on course, athletes are expected to start the event with two full bottles on their bike.

8:00am – LCW & 112 MILE SPORTIVE RIDERS LEAVE (Salterns Car Park, Tenby)

The Top 20 Long Course Weekend athletes from the swim will start in reverse order down a time-trial style ramp, swiftly followed by the remaining LCW athletes and the 112 mile riders as they begin a multi-lap course, spanning across 112 miles of the beautiful South Pembrokeshire.

9:00am–1:00pm – Event Expo (Tenby Leisure Centre, Marsh Road, Tenby)

The event expo is free to enter for athletes and the general public. It will showcase specialist swimming, cycling and running exhibitors and will be a great place to check out the latest products and update your kit.

 

10:00am – 66 MILE SPORTIVE (Salterns Car Park, Tenby)

Athletes for the 66 mile route will start leaving in 15 minute waves. Whilst there are feed and drink stations on course, athletes are expected to start the event with two full bottles on their bike.

12:30pm – 45 MILE SPORTIVE (Salterns Car Park, Tenby)

45 mile athletes will begin a single-lap course, spanning across 45 miles of beautiful South Pembrokeshire leaving the Salterns Car Park in 15 minute waves. Whilst there are feed and drink stations on course, athletes are expected to start the event with two full bottles on their bike.

1:00pm – First bikes expected into Tenby (Tenby)

The first bikes will be expected into Tenby at this time.

1:00pm–6.00pm – Sports Massage at St Marys Church, Tudor Square

Massage will be available at the finish line as well as in the Leisure centre. Pre Book your massage.

1:30pm – Cut-off time for the second lap (Tenby, White Lion Street)

This cut-off is the same for all athletes riding the 112 mile route. Your overall allowed time will depend on which wave start you are allocated, which is dictated by your estimated bike course completion time – a mandatory field when entering the event online.

 

Sunday 15th July

 

 

 

9:45am – Marathon Briefing (Tudor Square, Tenby)

All athletes must attend the pre-event safety briefing.

9:55am – THE WALES 5K (Tudor Square, Tenby)

The Wales 5K athletes will start ahead of the marathon runners on an out and back course, starting in the heart of Tenby; running up the famous red carpet through cheering crowds and along the closed roads of the marathon course towards New Hedges before heading back to be the first athletes down the red carpet!

10:00am – THE WALES MARATHON (Tudor Square, Tenby)

Athletes will begin The Wales Marathon from Tudor Square at 10:00am and run towards Pembroke, where the Half Marathon athletes will start at midday. The cut off time for athletes is 4:00pm in Tudor Square, Tenby.

 

11:40am – Half Marathon Parade (Pembroke Castle to Main Street, Pembroke)

Half Marathon Athletes leave Pembroke Castle lead by a Samba Band for the Half Marathon Parade to the Start line.

12:00pm – THE WALES HALF MARATHON (Main Street, Pembroke)

Athletes will begin The Wales Half Marathon from Main Street at midday, running towards Tenby whilst taking in the spectacular scenery. The cut off time for athletes is 4:00pm in Tudor Square, Tenby.

12pm–5:00pm – Sports Massage at St Marys Church (Tudor Square, Tenby)

15-30 minute massage sessions will be available. Pre Book your slot.

12:30pm – First Athlete Back (Tudor Square, Tenby)

The first athlete will be expected back in Tudor Square at approximately this time.

 

1:30pm – THE WALES 10K (Manorbier Castle, Manorbier)

Athletes will begin The Wales 10K from Manorbier Castle, and run towards Tenby. The cut off time for athletes is 4:00pm in Tudor Square, Tenby.

4:00pm – Event Cut Off Time (Tudor Square, Tenby)

The cut off time for the event.

4:30pm approx – LCW Trophy Presentation (Tudor Square, Tenby)

Presentations will begin after the Wales Marathon cut off.

Volunteers

We are holding some fantastic events in 2017/2018 which will be a great opportunity not only for the competitors, but for the whole communities surrounding the events. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into organising these events and volunteers and marshals are a crucial element to the success of the day.

Being part of the volunteer team can involve route marshaling, manning aid stations, pre- and post-event set up… and everything in between! In addition to this, your encouragement and enthusiasm to both the athletes and the team is invaluable! It’s a great personal reward for you and makes a huge difference to the athletes on the day.

There’s some great benefits to being a marshal for Activity Wales Events including:

  • FREE volunteer event t-shirt
  • FREE packed lunch & drink (dietary requirements will be catered for)
  • FREE entry to the post-event party

As extra incentive, groups of 10 or more volunteers will get £200 towards their chosen team, club or charity!

If you can manage to get a sports team of 25 people together to help out, you can earn yourselves some new kit for the next season!

For more information about volunteering, please fill in the form below or contact us or call 01437 765777.

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