Ironman Wales 2016 – Everything you need to know!

By Kathryn Slade Ironman Wales

It’s all happening in Pembrokeshire this September! For the second weekend in a row the county is hosting a global sporting phenomenon.

This time it is the turn of the sixth Ironman Wales triathlon on September 18th 2016. Last year 2,400 athletes took park representing 30 countries.

It is known to be one of the most gruelling challenges on the Ironman calendar. Challenging your mental and physical strength, the course covers most of the south of Pembrokeshire and comprises of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. If that doesn’t sound enough of a challenge you have 17 hours to complete it all!

This year the 2.4 mile swim takes place off Tenby’s North Beach at around 7am. It is a mass start off the beach for a two lap course with all the entrants starting together.

The bike course is a two loop course around South Pembrokeshire following spectacular coastal roads for most of the way!

The marathon distance run takes place in and around Tenby around a four loop run with the finish line along Tenby’s picturesque Esplanade.

If you are in Pembrokeshire this weekend it is a fantastic spectacle to watch and there is an amazing atmosphere around the county for it.

Ironman Wales
Here are our best bets to see the action.


First Athlete 08:40 & 09:40
Last Athlete 11:10 & 12:50


First Athlete 10:15
Last Athlete 16:15


First Athlete 10:35
Last Athlete 17:00


First Athlete 10:40
Last Athlete 17:30


First Athlete 10:55
Last Athlete 17:45


First Athlete 11:05
Last Athlete 18:00


Athletes all day

You will be able to view the swim and also the athletes on the run course later on in the day on Tenby high street.

There is plenty to do, here are some timings that will help you plan your day!

06:30 Athletes Walk Down to Swim Start, Rectory Car Park - North Beach Tenby

07:10 Ironman Wales Professional Athletes Start, North Beach

07:15 Ironman Wales Age Group Start, North Beach

07:55 First athlete expected on bike course

09:50 Final Swim Cut Off

12:55 First athlete expected on the run course

16:00 First athlete expected to finish, The Esplanade

18:00 Final Full Distance Bike Cut Off

22:00 Finish Line Party

You can also view the run course from New Hedges Village, Narbeth Road, South Parade and The Harbour.

Vehicle access to Tenby is available all day from the A477 via the B4318 Gumfreston Road with the some of the car parks in town accessible.

Event organisers encourage spectators to use the park and ride service which runs between Carew, Tenby and Saundersfoot. You can catch the bus from Carew Airfield which is a 9 mile drive from Bluestone.

There are four members of the Bluestone team taking on the challenge this weekend!

We would like to wish them all the best of luck with their Ironman journey.

Be sure to check back next week as we will be interviewing them to find out how they got on!

If you are inspired to take on the challenge next year why not book a lodge at Bluestone so that you can spend your pre-race sleep in luxury and relax and recover at the Well Spa on the Monday!

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