Sporting Events in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire does not only play host to beautiful, rugged coastlines and pretty boutique hotels (!!), but is a popular destination for extreme sporting events. From Red Bull Cliff diving at Blue Lagoon to scenic 10k runs, there really is something for both spectators and athletes, both professional and amateur.
Here at Penally Abbey hotel we have recently played host to a number of athletes that have been taking part in the Long Course Weekend in Tenby. The excitement and enthusiasm of competitors and the locals surrounding the event was tangible. So tangible I felt the need to let the world know how wonderful Pembrokeshire, with its dramatic backdrops and staggering views, is for sporting events.
Below I have summarised the best of the crop and where best to watch all the action.
28th August – Narbeth Nobbler – 10k and Half Marathon, Narbeth
11th September – Red Bull Cliff Diving, Nr. St. Davids
18th September – Ironman Wales, Tenby
25th September – Pembrokeshire Half Marathon & 10k, Dale
28th August 2016 - Narbeth (15 mins for Penally Abbey Hotel)
The Narbeth Nobbler holds two events, the 10k and the half marathon. The reason for this sporting event being such a fantastic one is its location. Starting and finishing in the pretty town of Narbeth, the course has a wide variety of terrain from road to slippery single tracks which give the athletes a diverse range of challenges. The half marathon has a large amount of climbing in it (1700ft) and takes in a lot more in the woodland trails in Canaston woods.
Top tips for athletes:
There is one feed station on the route which is passed twice and has water and jelly babies!
Top tips for spectators:
Narbeth high street is a great spot to be in on the action and any spectators can enjoy the culinary delights that Narbeth has to offer! Make sure you try Ultracomdia Delicatessen for delicious paella, Spanish cheeses and scrumptious toasted cibattas and Plum and Vanilla cafe and deli for quirky salads and great coffee.
10k: 9.45am (Narbeth Car Park)
Half Marathon: 9.30am (Narbeth Car Park)
Age Limits: Over 18s only
Open Roads: Parts of the race are on open roads and marshals will be available.
Red Bull Cliff Diving
11th September 2016 – Blue Lagoon nr. St. Davids (40 mins from Penally Abbey Hotel)
The world cliff diving series returns to the UK at Blue Lagoon just outside St.Davids in Pembrokeshire. St. Davids is a strong favourite with guests at Penally as it is one of the smallest cities in Europe with a population of only 1,800 people. Held by Red Bull, the event is of extreme sporting nature and an incredible day out for all ages.
It is located in an old slate quarry filled with water and world class divers jump off 90ft diving boards into the sea below. This 1st class event is for anyone who loves beautiful surrounds and watching an event that certainly gets the heart racing! The crowds line the cliffs and you get a real close up experience of the diving. Some spectators kayak around the bay and watch from the sea itself!
Top tips for spectators: Food stalls will be at the event and I'd arrive early to watch the spectacular air display and get a good viewing spot.
Ticket prices: start from £15
Event start time: 1.30pm
Parking: Free with a ticket and next to the event at Blue Lagoon
Tickets on sale at www.redbullcliffdiving.com/en_INT/event/wales-2016#tickets
Sunday 18th September - Tenby ( 5 mins from Penally Abbey)
For the past 5 years the Ironman Wales has returned to Tenby to inspire and wow us with its dedicated athletes and unbeatable atmosphere. This is mainly due to the intensity and unbelievable challenge it provides for those taking part, it is the ultimate endurance test.
The Ironman is a triathlon and consists of a 2.4 mile swim in the sea, a 112 mile bike ride and then just to top it off, a casual 26.2 mile marathon. In order to make it even MORE (!?) of a challenge than it already is, all of these long distant races are done without a break and the competitors have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race.
As you can imagine the support and enthusiasm from family, friends and local spectators is huge as the enormity of the challenge is very prominent, especially as Pembrokeshire is known for strong, wild seas and very hilly terrains.
Ironman Wales at Penally Abbey Hotel
For the past two years, Penally Abbey has been an exciting hub for the weekend of the triathlon with the majority of our rooms booked by those competing. There is a real sense of excitement and enjoyment for the event throughout Pembrokeshire. This year we will be having a Ironman welcome dinner on Friday 16th September to celebrate the athletes who are competing and to get everyone together before the big event. For more information about the dinner please call us at the hotel on 01834 843033.
Best viewing spot for spectators:
St.Brides Hill in Saundersfoot is a brilliant spot to position yourself as it is where all the athletes come through on both bike and during the marathon as they make their way back to Tenby.
Tenby Town is easily the ULTIMATE spot for soaking up the atmosphere. The finish line is situated on the esplanade overlooking the beautiful south beach. Here the cheers echo across the beach to the terrace here at Penally Abbey (another cracking spot if you fancy listening to the commentators from afar!), and the athletes breathe a sigh of relief and happiness as they cross the line!
The entire town is closed and is part of the course. Tenby square is incredible for watching the athletes come through to an unbelievable amount of support from locals and shop keepers etc. It is also a great spot for standing outside a pub, enjoying one of Tenby’s micro breweries beers (yes there is more than one!!), and cheering on the athletes.
Start Time: 7am at Tenby North Beach
Parking: Park and Ride is available from Carew Airfeild that takes you straight into the centre of Tenby.
Age Limits: There is a great seperate competition called Iron Kids - more information can be found on the website on how children can enter.
Pembrokeshire Half Marathon & 10k
25th September 2016 - Dale (40 mins from Penally Abbey)
This half marathon and 10k is a great end to the 'marathon season' in Pembrokeshire and is much more low key event with a beautifully scenic route. Starting and ending in the pretty village of Dale, this event allows competitors to enjoy the countryside in this unspoilt part of the world. The route goes from Dale out to St. Annes head and back.
Start Time: 11am
Accomodation for Sporting Events
Here at Penally Abbey Hotel we are able to cater for the extensive needs of all those taking part and spectating. Early breakfasts, bike storage and steaks and ice buckets delivered to bedrooms after events are a number of things we have done for guests.
So, if you are looking to get involved and challenge yourself this year, do it in Pembrokeshire!
Couple of useful contacts for competitors:
Fantastic Sports Massage - http://www.alisonlewissportsmassage.co.uk/