THE 4th annual iconic Ironman Wales, which takes place on Sunday September 14 in and around Tenby, needs hundreds of volunteers to contribute to the success of this world-class event.

Attracting some of the world's leading triathletes, this sell out event will see over 2,000 competitors from around the globe take part in what is regarded as the ultimate test of endurance.

The race gets underway with a 2.4 mile swim on The North Beach, Tenby, followed by a 112 mile cycle along the stunning South Pembrokeshire coastline & countryside, finishing with a 26.2 mile looped marathon course where thousands of supporters cheer them all the way to the finish line on The Esplanade, Tenby. Whilst the Pros finish in under 9 hours, competitors have up to 17 hours to cross the finish line to claim the glory of becoming an 'Ironman'.

Organisers are recruiting an army of volunteers to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible. There are a range of areas that volunteers can help with throughout the event including registration, road marshalling, in the transition sections and at feed stations.

Last year's event saw thousands of visitors from all over the world and a large part of the event's success was down to the hundreds of volunteers, many of whom were local, who helped on the day.

Whilst the majority of volunteering opportunities are on race day, volunteers can also assist from the Wednesday, when competitors start to register for the event, through to the Monday when the Awards Ceremony takes place.

Race Director of Ironman UK, Dan James, said:"The welcome athletes receive from the volunteers and residents is really what makes this race so special. It is a fantastic day and as a volunteer you become a part of the athletes memories and experience."

Ironman organisers are working with many local groups to provide volunteers, but are also on the lookout for individuals who want to join the team. Training will be provided and no previous experience is required.

For more information or to register as a volunteer please visit the volunteer page on the Ironman Wales website or contact Wales' Volunteer Team on 01865 596266.