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PEMBROKESHIRE HALF MARATHON & 10K, DALE, SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

The following e-mail has just been sent to everyone who has entered this event:

Dear athlete,

Following our last email on 18th June, it is with a heavy heart that we write to inform you that we have decided to CANCEL the Pembrokeshire Half Marathon & 10k in Dale on Sunday 27th September.

Having already had to cancel the Bluestone Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon, that should have taken place last weekend, the last thing we wanted to do was cancel this much-loved and long-standing event, which is in its 20th anniversary year.

Although lockdown restrictions are easing, there is still no clarity about when events may be able to resume in Wales. Whilst it is possible that conditions may improve enough for mass participation events to take place, with the social distancing restrictions currently in place and still very likely to be in place in some form in September, running the event this year is just too risky for us. From this point on we would need to be incurring more expenditure, some of which would be at risk if the event were not able to take place.

We have consulted with Dale Community Council and we really appreciate the fact that they were still willing to welcome us, if conditions allowed. We are also humbled by those of you that have entered the event since lockdown began, in the hope that we would back to ‘normal’ by the end of September.

Therefore, as outlined in our email of 18th April, we will automatically roll your entry forward, without any charge, to the 2021 event – SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER. If you cannot race on that date in 2021, you will be able to transfer your place to someone else in the normal way via your Active account, up until the 31st August 2021.

We hope you will accept the offer to transfer to 2021 as a fair and reasonable way forward, but we do understand that if you would like a refund, you are legally entitled to one. If you would like a refund (this will not include your online booking fee) please email events@pembrokeshire-tri.org.uk by the end of July, and these will be processed in early August. Please include your bank details for an online refund, or your full address for a refund by cheque.

Please do like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pembstri/) or join the Pembs Tri Club Chatter group (www.facebook.com/groups/pembstri/), and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2021.

With our very best wishes,

Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club
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As the weekend closes on what would have been the Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon, we want to say a massive thank you to Dave Astins. Dave does a fantastic job organising all the Pembs Tri Club events and whilst he will be the first to say it is a group effort, if it wasn’t for his hard work and impeccable organisation skills the events wouldn’t run so smoothly. It would appear there is almost as much work cancelling and rearranging events as there is running them 🤔🤣, so thanks Dave, fingers crossed for next year.
Entries are open for 2021 and over half full already, be warned! Head to the website and sign up, you have a year to train. See you all next year.
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In the absence of a 2020 Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon race report, we thought we would share an old one from 2016. Written by club chairman Sarah Winter; proof that she has completed the event and not just marshalled!

I have successfully managed to evade Peter and the inevitable “Race Report” question for the past 18 months and yesterday was no different, but by the power of social media he managed to catch up with me, so here goes, for the Broad Haven Tri…
After being totally inspired when marshalling at last years event, a cunning plan was hatched to enter in 2016. I managed to harness that inspiration for about 6 months until I entered, but that’s when my fears started to kick in…
My head continually plays mind games with me and does a great job of inventing the odd fear or two for me to contend with before, during and sometimes after an event. Conquering these fears is often more difficult for me than all the physical stuff.
I firstly had to master my big fear of sea swimming. This fear was fully put to the test yesterday in difficult conditions, but the fear of a DNF (oh and drowning) on my first standard distance drove me on. A few stern words to myself and I managed to convince myself I could do this and quickly settled my breathing and pace. Trying to conserve energy, I was looking for any opportunity to draft and saw some bubbles and then some feet, great I thought and tucked in alongside my fellow competitor. Kick in the face, this isn’t meant to happened, another kick in the face, and then it dawned on me, the person I was drafting was doing breast stroke!! Not one of my better plans I feel. I then encountered a few more people and was spurred on; they were having a hard time, I was doing better than them , sorry but it’s every girl for herself on the day. Nearing the last buoy, safe in the knowledge I was going to complete the swim, my next fear kicked in.
I am always desperate to wee after swimming and having found out it is totally impossible (for me anyway ) to swim and wee; could I really stand with a smug smile on my face and relieve myself just before exiting the water? With hundreds of people looking on, people shouting my name and visions of the commentator shouting “we know what you’re doing”, the answer to my question was clearly, NO. So onward into transition….
Not many fears for me on the bike, I’d done the route before and knew I could get up the hills. My biggest problem on the bike is keeping focused. My mind wonders and when it does my cadence and speed drop. However lost in my own thoughts, I managed to record a PB on the route, so pretty please with that. Thoughts of my first Go Tri in Hwest, when I needed to use my breaks on the Dale road and Saturday mornings spent with Darren and Julie heading out to Broad Haven building up my confidence all helped to keep my legs spinning.
I managed to conquer another fear entering T2, I am glad to report I didn’t fall off my bike! I am never one to pull off the most graceful dismount, but I was so pleased to stay upright!!
So out onto the run and the sun comes out! My fears of melting into a hot sweaty mass kick in, but so does my fear of a DNF, so onward and upward. My plan of “just keep plodding” was soon over taken by a “walk, run” plan, well up the hills at least. And then “oh god”, a photographer, at the top of a hill. This time the stern words were directed at her (so sorry) “Don’t you dare take a photo of me walking”, thankfully she waited until I was running again, a few quick words of apology and a thank you and I was onto the flat.
I feared the run was going to be a tough one and how right I was; but the elation of reaching the finish line started to build in long lanes, quickly to be over taken by my fear of turning into a complete blubbering emotional wreck on the finish line. Running along the beach, hearing shouts of encouragement and seeing friends and family, I shed a few tears but hey ho, no shame in that!
What a day, what an event, my love hate relationship with triathlon continues, but I do think the love for it wins over every time. However I think I might need to factor a few sessions with a Shrink into my training plan, or maybe just continue with my stern words.
Oh and by the way, I didn’t need a wee until ages after the event – I must hydrate more!!
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