Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ's

Please note - photographic identification will be required at registration. Athletes without this may not be registered by the start time of the event.

Q: When are the Race Packs sent out?
A: The Race Packs are available to download online, but please be aware that amendments may be made at any stage. We recommend using the online Race Pack as a guide, as an email will be sent to the address you registered with notifying you of final details and possible amendments.
Q: How do I collect my race number and timing chip?
A: Your goodie bag with everything that you require is collected when you register. Registration takes place in the De Valence Pavilion, Upper Frog Street, Tenby.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Tenby has several large car parks, all of which are sign-posted. The main ones are the Multi-Storey Car Park, North Beach Car Park, and Salterns Car Park.
Q: Is there a train station in Tenby?
A: Yes - Tenby train station is situated on Warren Street.

Long Course Weekend - FAQ's

Q: Can I enter just 1 or 2 events?
A: To get the Long Course Weekend medal you will have to complete all three events at their longest distances. However, because the Long Course Weekend is made up of three separate events, you also have the option to enter these individually: The Wales Swim, The Wales Sportive and The Wales Marathon. You can enter as many of these as you wish and at any distance, but remember; to get the Long Course Weekend medal you must register for (and complete!) the Long Course Weekend, not the three separate events.

The Wales Swim - FAQ's

Q: How is the start organised?
A: It will be a mass start, therefore you will need to get into position prior to the starting gun. If you think you are in with a chance, get to the front - if not, try and organise yourselves with quicker swimmers nearer the front and slower ones at the back.
Q: How do you marshall / ensure safety on a swim?
A: There will be support boats and kayaks with qualified life-saving personnel on hand. There will be a Race Briefing prior to the race, but if you have any problems, it is standard to lie on your back, raise your hand and you will be picked out the water as soon as possible.
Q: Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
A: Wearing a westuit is mandatory for the 2.4 mile race, whereas for the 1.2 mile swim it is optional for adults, but mandatory for swimmers under 18 years of age. For the 1900m race a wetsuit optional (mandatory for under 18 years) and it is open to athletes over the age of 14, however a letter of consent is required from their parent or guardian.
Q: Do I need a swim cap?
A: You must wear the Activity Wales Events swim cap provided for the event. This will be in your goodie bag for collection at Registration.
Q: What is the minimum age to enter The Wales Swim?
A: The 2.4 swim has a minimum age of 18, while for the 1.2 mile swim the minimum age is 14. Please be aware that all swimmers under 18 must have a Parental Consent Form completed.

The Wales Sportive - FAQ's

Q: What support will be available to the riders around the course?
A: There will be mechanical back-up and medical back-up. There will also be food/water stations on the course. To view the route and find information about the location of these stations, please click here.
Q: Is there a minimum age to enter The Wales Sportive?
A: There's no minimum age, but all riders under 18 must have a Parental Consent Form completed.

However, all riders under 16 must have that form completed AND be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian (maximum of 2 under 16's per adult).
Q: Is the event going to be timed using timing chips?
A: Even though the event is not a race, there will however be timing chips so athletes can see their times. The chip must be clipped onto the frame of your bike during the event - for more info, please download the race pack here and see Page 15.

The Wales Marathon - FAQ's

Q: I know this might sound really silly, but how far is The Wales Marathon?
A: The Wales Marathon is 26.2 miles and The Wales Half Marathon is 13.1 miles. If you'd like to view the route, please click here.
Q: Do I have to be a member of a club to enter?
A: No - both The Wales Marathon and The Wales Half Marathon are open to all club and non-club runners. However, if you are affiliated to a club, you will get a small discount.
Q: Will there be timing chips?
A: Yes - it needs to be worn on your left ankle and will be issued at Registration.
Q: How many people are you expecting to run the marathon?
A: Last year's event saw over 1500 athletes running either The Wales Marathon or The Wales Half Marathon - we are anticipating a large number to attend over the weekend, including both athletes and spectators.
Q: When is the closing date for Registration?
A: The closing date will be as close as possible to the event, in order to make final event arrangements. This date will be published closer to the time, but as a rough guide, last year it was 2 weeks before the event.
Q: Will there be drink stations on the route?
A: Yes - they will be every 3 miles and they will alternate between a drink and feed station. However, if you would like to carry any energy gels to keep you going, please feel free to do so.
Q: Is there a minimum age for runners?
A: Yes - the minimum age is 18 years for The Wales Marathon and 17 years for The Wales Half Marathon.
Q: Is the run mainly on roads or is it multi-terrain?
A: The route is on fully-closed roads, with some spectacular Pembrokeshire scenery. If you'd like to view the route, please click here.
Q: Is the marathon extremely competitive or can people of all abilities take part?
A: We have runners of varying ability and experience taking part - for some it is their first marathon, while we also have elite runners.