Thousands took to the streets to cheer as 1,754 athletes aged from 18-76, from 40 countries, took to the sea from North Beach Tenby this weekend for the first part of the marathon challenge that is Ironman Wales. Having completed the 2.4 mile sea swim, the competitors mounted their bikes for a gruelling 112 mile ride around the beautiful winding lanes of Pembrokeshire, encountering many steep hills including “heartbreak hill” in Saundersfoot on the way, before disgarding their bikes and running a full 26.2 mile marathon; all events must be completed within 17 hours.
The winner of this epic challenge was American Jesse Watson who had nothing but praise for the amazing fans who kept the athletes going throughout. Local boy, Tenby’s own Oliver Simon came in 11th place; a great achievement.
The 2015 event offers 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2016.
It is the 5th year that Tenby has hosted Ironman Wales and it will return again in 2016 with entries for next year’s race now open.