About Our Long Course Triathlon
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 7000 competitors have attempted the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions on this punishing route since its first race in 2010. Of last year’s 200 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.
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July
Pembrokeshire – Tenby & Pembroke Starts
Number of Medal Events
Three: Swim, Sportive, Marathon
Number of Competitors
No limit to number of competitors – mixed gender race, no separate events.
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, so men and women both compete for the top three places of the event.
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.