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.
How to enter the The Long Course Weekend – Wales
- Triathlon: Swim 2.4mi, Bike 112mi, Run 26.2mi
The Long Course Weekend – Wales route
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.
The Long Course Weekend – Wales weather forecast
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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