The Wales Triathlon will take place in Fishguard on Saturday (12 June) as part of the Welsh Government’s series of pilot test sporting and cultural events across the country.
The pilot events will develop processes and guidance to allow the safe return of events in Wales as coronavirus measures ease.
Organised by Activity Wales, the Wales Triathlon will be run in a safe and controlled manner and is open to registered participants only. Spectators are not encouraged.
The event will be based at the Goodwick Parrog car park, which will be closed between Thursday (10 June) and the end of Saturday (12 June).
The course involves a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13 mile run, with adaptions made to incorporate Covid guidelines established by Welsh Government and the National Governing Body.
The bike route will stretch down to St Davids and take in villages such as Trefin and Mathry.
Ministerial approval was granted following consideration of the proposals at several Event Safety Advisory Group meetings organised by Pembrokeshire County Council, with input from key bodies including Welsh Government, Activity Wales, Dyfed Powys Police, Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board.
Cllr Phil Baker, the Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member whose portfolio includes Major Events, said partners had worked closely together.
“A great deal of planning has taken place to ensure the safety of participants, local communities and the staff running the event, and we are confident that it will be successful, albeit very different to previous years,” he said.
He added: “We are conscious that we would normally welcome spectators but this event is different – we are discouraging all spectators from attending, and participating athletes have been asked not to bring supporters with them.”
He said engagement has taken place with local businesses and communities and feedback has been positive, with an understanding that the event is a ‘step in the process towards getting back to normal’.
The Wales Triathlon was launched in 2013 and is a well-established event with tried and tested procedures in place. The participating athletes are a roll-over from the 2020 event, which was cancelled as a result of Covid restrictions.
Normally the event capacity is 1,200 athletes but for the purposes of the pilot, this has been reduced to 500.
Pictured are athletes in a previous Wales Triathlon at Fishguard in 2019. This year’s event will be adapted to incorporate Covid guidelines established by Welsh Government and the National Governing Body.
(photo credit: Activity Wales Events)