2:00pm Saturday 18th February 2012
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has paid out 10,000euros to ensure that the park’s iconic landscape will once again welcome the annual Ironman Wales competition later this year.
The further 10,000euro contribution has been made to Ironman Wales, the event organisers for the local event being held on September 16th.
The authority is also proposing to make another 10,000euro contribution for the 2013 Ironman Wales event.
Up to 2,000 athletes will converge on Tenby as the starting point for the gruelling Ironman challenges of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a marathon.
The authority’s director of delivery and discovery, James Parkin, said: “The Park authority is joining with key partners, the Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council, in sponsoring this event, which has brought such a positive boost to the local economy.
“In addition to the economic benefits, the event has also raised the profile of Pembrokeshire as a key tourist destination as well as providing a boost to recreational activities in the national park, and raised the profile of the importance of conserving our stunning coastal landscape.”
Kevin Stewart, the managing director of Ironman UK and Ireland, attended the official contract signing at the National Park centre in Tenby on Thursday.
Kevin said: “Pembrokeshire proved itself a worldclass location for Ironman in 2011 and the feedback from competitors was fantastic.
Overseas competitors, who made up one third of the 1,500 strong field, were particularly taken with the stunning scenery and warm welcome they received.
“We’re looking forward to working towards September’s event and building on the success of year one which will establish Ironman Wales as a must-do race in the global calendar.” Added Mr Parkin: “Although the authority does not normally contribute to events within the National Park, it is doing so to ensure that it is able to exercise a degree of control in how the event is managed and promoted, ensuring that local residents, as well as visitors, will benefit.”
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