The Long Course Weekend 2017
The Wales Swim took over North Beach in Tenby on Friday, 2,200 swimmers entered the water to take on either the 1.2 or 2.4 mile course. First male out of the water was Australian Ollie Signorini with a time of 42:35, second male out of the water was Macedonian Evegenij Pop Acev with a time of 43:00, and third male was Lloyd Rosewell.
First female out of the water was Olympian Jazz Carlin with a finishing time of 46:49, second female out of the water was pro swimmer Sophie Evans and third finishing female was Joanna Davies with a time of 53:19.
The Wales Sportive saw 2,800 cyclist released in waves onto the Pembrokeshire roads to cycle either the full 112 mile route, 66 miles or 45 miles through scenic coastline, to then finish in Tudor Square where supporters lined the streets to welcome the athletes in.
The Wales Marathon rounded off the Long Course Weekend, for our full athletes this day consisted of a Full Marathon starting and ending in Tudor Square in Tenby.
The weather was incredible so made for a very hot run for our 3,500 athletes who ran around Pembrokeshire either completing a full marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k.
The Wales Half Marathon left Pembroke Castle with a Samba Band parade to start their race and ended to the phenomenal crowds in Tenby.
The Wales 10k left from Manorbier Castle and the 5k left from Tenby all finishing in Tudor Square by running down the red carpet to a full audience.
More athletes than ever before chose to finish their race down the Run with a Loved One Channel crossing the finish line hand in hand with their families.
This year saw Richard Gardener become The Wales Marathon Champion finishing the difficult course on a very hot day in 2:45, Matt Price came second with a time of 2:52 and Michael Bryant 3rd finishing with an impressive time of 2:54.
The full Long Course Weekend Male Winning title was defended by Marcus Hultgren, who has now won Long Course Weekend 2 years in a row, finishing with a time of 9:15, our Marathon winner Richard Gardener took second place overall with a time of 9:34 and in third place for LCW 2017 came Philip Wilson with a finishing time of 9:42.
Our Long Course Weekend 2017 female winner was Parys Edwards, Parys is from South African and Long Course Weekend was her first ever Marathon, she finished the course in an impressive time of 10:03, our second place female LCW athlete was Jill Cliff with a finishing time of 10:49 and a very close third place was taken by Rebecca Bennett with a time of 10:50
The weather was amazing and the crowds of supporters even better – we can’t wait for next year!
Long Course Weekend in Wales will be back in 2018 on the 13th, 14th and 15th of July, entries for next year are now open.
The Long Course Weekend will head to Australia for the 27th, 28th and 29th of October and Mallorca on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of November, entries for both races are open now.