Participants in a Pembrokeshire challenge have doubled for this year!

Challenge Wales, the triathlon held in Pembrokeshire National Park, confirmed total entries increased to a record 1,000 for 2024, up 650 from the previous year.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, features a stunning closed road run and a fast, demanding bike route, establishing West Wales as the ultimate triathlon destination this summer.

Organisers, Activity Wales Events (AWE), have been working diligently with communities and stakeholders in the area to enhance both the athlete and spectator experience.

Unique to this year, local establishments will be operating bars and activities along the run route.

The aim is to ensure that spectators are well-catered during the proceedings.

The finish line area will include an Expo, food trucks, live music, massages, and a bar - promising a thrilling atmosphere from start to finish.

CEO of AWE, Matthew Evans said: "Fishguard triathlon has always held a special place in our hearts and putting Challenge Wales on the map as one of the premier middle-distance events not only in the UK but in Europe, was a key priority.

"With a closed road bike and run course, local business integration and huge community support from the towns of Fishguard, Goodwick, St. Davids, and a host of smaller villages on the routes, it really has made for a standout event on the calendar.”

He added: "Our team’s philosophy of ensuring the spectator experience levels are met has been key to this success and this is only possible with the incredible local buy in to the event. 

"Ensuring supporters are well looked after, whilst their loved ones are on the course has been a major contributing factor to the increase in race entries, with AWE continually looking at new ways to engage, enthuse and energise support crews and local crowds."

The triathlon includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle, and 13.1-mile run.

A shorter sprint distance option is also available to ensure all athletic abilities are catered for.

Spaces are very limited, and further information can be found at the Challenge Wales website.