This weekend, some 10,000 athletes accompanied by 35,000 supporters, hailing from 45 nations, will descend upon Tenby. Over three days they will participate in the biggest multisport festival in Europe, The Long Course Weekend.
On Friday is The Wales Swim and Childrens Events in LCKinder. Saturday sees The Wales Sportive, with 40, 70 and 112 Mile options. On Sunday, it’s The Wales Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5k. The LCW Prize ceremony and “After Party” see out Sunday evening. So, why is this event so successful?
The organisers claim the secret to the success is the inclusivity of the event, attracting Pro athletes to the first time 5K athletes. And athletes can enter one, two or all three events over the weekend.
If the full Long Course Weekend – 2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike and then the full marathon on Sunday – is completed, the athletes can collect the fourth, LCW medal.
Built upon its successful Tenby format, there are now annual LCWs in Mallorca, Australia and Holland. The Long Course Weekend has made its mark, indeed it is the first of Tenby’s Season of Summer Events, with Tenfoot (Tenby to Saundersfoot) swim, Tenby 10K, Caldey Swim and last, but certainly not the least, Ironman Wales.
Makes me breathless!