400 tackle the Ironkids challenge on Tenby's North Beach
5:55pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A sell out 400 kids aged between 5-14 kicked off this weekend's Ironman Wales racing as they took to Tenby's sunny North beach for the IRONKIDS dash/splash event.
Participants were made up of local children as well as those whose parents are competing in tomorrow's (Sunday's) IRONMAN Wales.
The kids were spurred on by the support of the RNLI, parents and local spectators who were also able to enjoy the views from the North Cliffs which provided a spectacular vantage point.
The distances varied according to the age group, with these young athletes running from the start line to the sea for a splash along the sea edge before running back up the beach, cheered on all the way to the finish line.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director Ironman UK and Ireland said: "It's so fantastic to see so many kids getting a taste for the sport of triathlon in a competitive environment. Hopefully from having a go today, it has made them feel part of the weekend's action and they will continue enjoying the sport of triathlon.”
The weekend’s racing continues tomorrow with Ironman Wales starting at 7am.
The event entails a 2.4 mile two lap sea swim from North Beach, a 112 mile bike through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offering spectacular coastal views, followed by a 26.2 marathon in an around the picturesque town of Tenby in what is regarding as one of the toughest run courses in the world. Competitors are expected to cross the line to the roaring crowds and fanfare in The Esplanade from about 4pm.
For further information and race course details please visit www.ironmanuk.com
* See much more on Ironkids and Ironman Wales in Wednesday's Western Telegraph.
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