Get Ready for Ironman Wales

1500 of the fittest athletes from around the world are making their way to Pembrokeshire this weekend to take part in Ironman Wales on Sunday 14th September.

Joining them will be 150 local men and women, who have been training since Christmas to take part in this legendary event.

Ironman Wales is a spectacular spectator event that is well worth getting up for! The community of Tenby and the hundreds of local volunteers who help this event run so smoothly put in a stunning performance, making this day all the more memorable.

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Part of the fun of Ironman is cheering on someone you know. Local triathlon club Tenby Aces have several members taking part, wearing their distinct blue, yellow and white colours. So if you don’t know anyone taking part this year they’d love you to cheer them on!

Local Tenby Ironmen include Billy at FBM Holidays, Deryn the local postman, Lee the fireman, Carlton from Saundersfoot Bay Leisure Park, Janina, who runs her own hair salon and Nicola on reception at Giltar Hotel. Also keep an eye out for local Pro Triathlete Oliver Simon, who’ll be giving the field a run for their money!

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While you tuck into your breakfast on Sunday morning 1500 swimmers will take to the water on Tenby’s North Beach. 2.4 miles later they will exit the water and run up to a transition station at Rectory Fields Car Park, where they’ll jump on their bikes and start the 112 mile bike ride, taking in Freshwater West beach, Pembroke Castle, Narberth High Street and Saundersfoot’s St Bride’s ‘Heartbreak’ Hill.

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Cyclists will be rolling back into Tenby about 1pm, where they’ll drop their bike and start their run - a 26.2 mile marathon - from Tenby to New Hedges and back.

Getting around on the day is going require some planning, as roads close to traffic for the cyclists and runners during the day. Take a look at event times and road closures on the Pembrokeshire County Council website, to help you plan how to get to your local viewing spot.

Tenby is the hub of the event and the local train service is a great way to travel between Narberth, Tenby and Pembroke. Or better still, find the place nearest to your home and raise a friendly cheer as people from every corner of the world cycle or run past your door.

The first athlete back is anticipated at 4pm along Tenby’s Esplanade and as you tuck into bed Sunday night spare a thought for the athlete’s still running, hoping to get in before the midnight cut off. Who knows, next year it might be you!

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Best of luck to everyone taking part this year and a big thank you to Tenby Aces for sharing their training with us – see you at the start line!

Are you taking part or following an Ironman this year? Let us know your name and number on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll raise a cheer for you on the day! 

 Just had a week in Pembrokeshire, just loved every minute, may as well throw my passport away, don't want to go anywhere else for holiday! 
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