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 Tenby’s 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 race in 2010. Of last year’s 700 Long Course Weekend athletes, only around half could manage to cross the finish line and collect the final piece of the event’s unique medal design.
Please note – photographic identification will be required at registration. Athletes without this may not be registered by the start time of the event.
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July
Pembrokeshire – Tenby
Number of Medal Events
Three: Swim, Sportive, Marathon
Field of Play
The course is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, finishing with a 26.2 mile run.
Each individual event will take part on a separate day of the weekend. The collective times for each athlete over the three days will determine who wins the Long Course Weekend, as well as second and third place. There is no gender separation for individual events, however there are awards for overall top 3 male and female.
Officials are assigned for many different areas along the triathlon routes: the start and finish, lap counting, timing, feed stations and vehicle control. Most members of the crew are volunteers – if you wish to volunteer to help during the course of the weekend, click here.