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National Championships take centre stage


With the inaugural Welsh Super Series in full swing, with the Tuska and Sandman legs remaining, attention turns back to the National Championship calendar with The Sospan Sizzler hosting the Middle-Distance Championship on Sunday 29th July, and the National Aquathlon Championship taking place at Porth Eirias on Saturday 18th August

The Sospan Sizzler is a fantastic Middle-Distance Triathlon in the heart of West Wales which was introduced in 2016. Entry numbers doubled in 2017 and organisers, Healthy Life Activities aim to make sure 2018 is even bigger and better.

Based around Burry Port, the race will start with a 1.9km open water sea swim at Burry Port. This will be a mass swim beach start and you complete 2 laps of the swim course. The bike course will take you from the picturesque coastal village of Burry Port and into the rural splendour that Carmarthenshire has to offer. The 46.43km bike loop contains just over 3000ft of climbing- through the Gwendraeth Valley but does also provide plenty of opportunity to average some high speeds as you return from Idole, Carmarthen. At the end of Lap 1 you will cycle back through Burry Port where there will be large crowds gathered to encourage you as you head out on the 2nd lap.

The run course is a fast one although the coastal wind may play its part! The run will take you out along the Coastal path towards Pwll, you then come back passed the RNLI Station and head out towards Cefn Sidan beach before returning to Burry Port harbour and then out on your 3rd loop towards Pwll. Event Director Noelwyn Daniels stated “Delighted to be hosting the Welsh Middle Distance Championships, and the event itself is also ideal preparation for anyone looking at competing Ironman Wales in September”.

Entries are still open for the Sizzler until the 26th and can be found here.

Following the Sizzler comes the fourth National Championship event of the season, as GOG triathlon club host the National Aquathlon Championships at Porth Eirias at Colwyn Bay.

Competitors will start on the Golden Sands off Porth Eirias beach for a 750m sea swim held over two 375m laps with an Australian Style exit/entrance, followed by a fast flat 5Km run along the Colwyn Bay sea front. With spaces limited to 80, participants are encouraged not to leave their entry until the last minute.

Entries for the Porth Eirias Aquathlon can be found here.

As with all National Championship events, awards will be split via Gender and age category. To ensure you are eligible, please make sure you have a valid Welsh Triathlon membership for the time of race. Membership can be purchased here

For any further information regarding the events or the National Champs, please contact the respective event organisers or email welsh Triathlon at WT-events@welshtriathlon.org

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