Ironman Wales has been proudly embraced by the County, and with the popular Long Course running in July, Pembrokeshire is fast becoming an excellent place to train, compete or spectate. We are situated on the Ironman bike course and less than three miles from Tenby, the central hub for the long course and the Ironman swim and run. One of the best days out in the calendar, we are a ten minute walk from one of the highlights of the Ironman bike course (as a spectator!) – so if you fancy a great day out, bring a cowbell and join in the fun. If you’re looking to compete we are ideally placed for you and especially for your family and supporters – two minutes’ walk to the bike course and a ten minute walk brings you to the marathon course, with a slow amble into Tenby to watch the finish. Combine all this with a pool, sauna, steam room and on-site massage therapist and whether you’re training or recovering it’s not a bad place to be.
Bike – We are on the Ironman course and with two of the family members having completed Ironman in 2014 and three entered for the 2016 event, we have a thorough knowledge of the course and are more than happy to help with planning training routes, both on the Ironman route and alternatives to help with getting to know those hills!
Swim – As well as an on-site 17m pool, we are lucky in having Saundersfoot Bay so close; as a training swim it is hugely popular as it is sheltered, very conveniently half a mile exactly from the harbour to Coppet Hall and best of all, by swimming parallel to the beach you not only have a sandy bottom beneath you, but can choose the depth of water you feel comfortable swimming in. Absolutely superb for making the transition from pool to sea. We’re also only a 5 minute drive from the Ironman swim route.
Run – The gymnasium on-site has two running machines for those very rainy days, but with the coast path and beach to train on you’ll find yourself having some incredible running experiences – having the beach to yourself at dawn is quite something.
As well as being in a superb position for training, on the big day we are in an ideal location for family and friends to support you. After an early trip to watch the quite stunning spectacle of the swim start, you’ll have plenty of time to come back for breakfast, before setting out to watch the cyclists as they near the end of loop one. Walk to Wisemans Bridge to sit in the pub beer garden and watch one of the fastest parts of the route, then wander back to St Brides hill to experience the atmosphere close up as the athletes hit the shortest but sharpest hill on the route…it’s not called heartbreak hill for nothing! Then there’s plenty of time for lunch before watching the cyclists come back past on their second lap. After that, a walk up the hill to New Hedges will bring you to the running route, where you can cheer your by-now-quite-tired dearest and support them as they pass on each of the four running laps as you make your way into Tenby for the finish. It’s an incredible day to experience whether you’re competing or watching, and we’re more than happy to help with planning and explaining road closures and where to go.
Once the day is over, you may want to make use of the swimming pool, sauna and steam room to help with your recovery over the following days, in addition to this our on-site beautician is also an excellent masseuse and available for booking.