Pembrokeshire Mum

IronMan Wales

One event which I just love – despite not cycling, running or swimming, is IronMan Wales. It has happened every September since 2010, starting and concluding in Tenby. In 2019 it is on September 15. Here are my tips to navigating the day…

IronMan Wales

  1. Visit the website for the latest information. Locals do have a detailed information sheet delivered with info on all road closures and times etc. The info is also available on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
  2. The easiest way to get into Tenby or Saundersfoot is to use the park and ride buses. Tenby is pretty much closed to any traffic, as is the main road between Tenby and Saundersfoot. There are some access roads open or partially open, but to enjoy the day fully, use the park and ride from Carew.
  3. St Brides Hill in Saundersfoot leading up out of the village is a great place to watch the cyclists.
  4. Tenby is great to watch the runners, and the swim takes place off North Beach.
  5. Pembroke (by the castle) is a great spot to watch the cyclists too – they loop around here.
  6. The marathon is run from Tenby to New Hedges and back. New Hedges is a great place to watch the runners but you cannot park there (the roads are closed) and the Park and Ride doesn’t go there. Park in Saundersfoot and walk there – you may be able to find a space along the grass verges of the main road – A478.

Ironman Wales won the 2017 Athletes’ Choice Awards for: Overall Swim, Run Course, Overall Satisfaction, Will Recommend to a Friend, Best Host City Experience, Best Race Venue.

There are around 2000 triathletes who take part.

Ironman Wales is:

A 2.4 mile sea swim

A 12 mile bike

A 26.2 mile run.

Have you ever watched Ironman Wales? Or even taken part? I would love to get your views, please comment below 🙂


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