Athletes under starter’s orders at Broad Haven

Western Telegraph: 2011 race winner Oliver Simon tackles the challenging bike course. Picture: www.drewbuckleyphotography.com 2011 race winner Oliver Simon tackles the challenging bike course. Picture: www.drewbuckleyphotography.com

This Saturday (July 7th) sees the TriExercise Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon return once again to Broad Haven, and for the second time in three years the race has the honour of hosting the Welsh Triathlon Championships. The event is organised by Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club.

2011 winners Oliver Simon, from Tenby, and Jessica Parry-Williams, from Cardiff, will both be back to defend their titles which were taken in some style last year, both setting course records in the process.

For the first time since the race returned in 2009, the event has sold out, with all 250 slots taken. The 20 relay teams taking part push the total number of competitors to 290, so a busy day is expected. A temporary road closure will be in force at the bottom of Settlands Hill onto Enfield Road from 10am to 3pm. Diversions will be in operaton.

The race starts at 10.30am with a 1,500m swim, followed by an undulating 43km bike course that takes in Mullock, St. Ishmaels, Herbrandston, Tiers Cross, and the outskirts of Haverfordwest. Finally, competitors will tackle a testing 10.6km run, including 3km on the Coast Path, coming home to a superb finish at the southern end of the beach.

For more details visit www.pembrokeshire-tri.org.uk.

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