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2XU Long Course Weekend 2015

July 14th, 2015 | by Events Staff
2XU Long Course Weekend 2015

This year’s 2XU Long Course Weekend welcomed a record breaking 6,000 participants and almost 20,000 supporters to Tenby and the surrounding areas. Pembrokeshire welcomed athletes from 46 different countries to the event that allows competitors to choose different events and distances within the weekend. Athletes can choose to swim 1.2 or 2.4 miles on the Friday, bike 42, 70 or 112 miles on the Saturday and run a 10k, half or full marathon on the Sunday. Athletes who attempt to complete the full Long Course Weekend gain the famous 4th medal, participates would need to complete a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and a full marathon all within the allotted cut off times. The prize fund offers £1000 for the swim 1st place, £1000 for the marathon 1st place and £1000 for the full Long Course Weekend winner. The Wales Swim offers £500 to the charity of the choice to whomever can beat the hare, which this year was Thomas Allen – who wears a golden swim cap. The top 150 fastest riders of the King of the Hill in Saundersfoot are giving the chance to win a brand new Ceepo Frame courtesy of Ceepo Bikes.

Due to the record number of athletes, registration and expo opened Thursday 2nd July, along with arranged seminars with Mark from Mikes Bikes explaining prepare your bike for long distance racing and changing a tyre on course, Oliver Simon the defending champion and 4x Ironman winner Lucy Gossage.

Every year the weekend starts with Folly Farm Taff Kids on the beach and 2015 was no different, with nearly 500 children on the beach it was bigger than ever before. This year the National Anthem was sung by St Florence, Tenby Juniors and Tenby Infants and a local samba band also entertained crowds before the event started. Taff kids is a splash and dash and a chance for primary school aged children to get involved as they cross the main finish line on the beach in front of thousands of spectators. Taff Kids is followed by The 2XU Wales Swim, with 1,800 athletes entering the water to take on either 1.2 or 2.4 miles of sea swimming. Tommy Allen was the hare of the swim event, with a £500 prize going to the charity of choice to whoever beat him… Tommy Allen finished 1st with a time of 44 minutes 45 seconds. 2nd place was Chris Suggitt (45 minutes 36 seconds) and 3rd place was Andrew Horsfall-Turner (47 minutes 41 seconds). The women’s swim event saw Fern Davies take 1st place with a time of 54 minutes 49 seconds, and closely behind in 2nd Carol Bridge (58 minutes 17 seconds), then 3rd place Hayley Davis (59 minutes 31 seconds).

The Pedal Cover Wales Sportive takes place on the Saturday, starting in the Salterns and incorporating the Ceepo King of the Hill in Saundersfoot. The route is known for being challenging and hilly, however with fantastic scenery all the way round. The top 20 Long Course Weekend athletes from the 2XU Wales Swim cycled down the ramp off the Stage at the Salterns, where a DJ played music and fireworks started an epic day of cycling for all cyclists. Stephen Bayliss pro triathlete led after the swim and therefore was leading off the ramp. Closely behind reigning champion Oliver Simon and last year’s 2nd place Dominic Rohan-Gates. The Ceepo King of the Hill saw Parys Edwards winning the ladies fastest time of 35.6 seconds and James Shaw taking the men’s KotH title with a very quick time of 26.3 seconds. Top 3 males overall for the Pedal Cover Wales Sportive: 1st Dominic Rohan-Gates, 2nd Oliver Simon and 3rd Roscoe Howell. Top 3 females overall: 1st Lucy Gossage, 2nd Parys Edwards and 3rd Emma Newsome.

The last day of 2XU Long Course Weekend sees athletes take on the run leg of the event. With participants able to choose either the Oakwood Wales Marathon, Oakwood Wales half marathon or the Coastal Cottages 10k distance. Distances that appeal and include everyone in the event. The Wales Marathon male winner was Gareth Petts, closely behind in 2nd place Richard Gardiner and 3rd place Gareth Thomas. The women’s marathon 1st place was Karen Sobrino, 2nd place Jillian Gordon and 3rd place Nerys Jones. The half marathon male winner was Ryan Mclfynn, 2nd place was 2xU’s Mike Martin and 3rd place was Charlies Morris. Half marathon female winner was 2XU’s Freya Martin, 2nd place 4x Ironman Winner Lucy Gossage and 3rd place Kayley Price. The new 10k event that was launched at this year’s Long Course Weekend saw Matthew Rees take the 1st place spot with a time of 34 minutes 26 seconds, closely behind Oliver Brace took 2nd place (35 minutes 53 seconds) and 3rd place Rhys Harries (36 minutes 42 seconds).

We had a record number of athletes enter the Full 2XU Long Course Weekend this year, with the final number of competitors hitting 650. Oliver Simon managed to regain his Long Course Crown and remain reigning champ of the event. Giving Olly a run for his money, closely behind Dominic Rohan-Gates finished, with only a few minutes in between them. Unfortunately Stephen Bayliss who was high up the leader board was unable to start the Marathon due to illness. We have a new winner on the women’s board, with Nerys Jones Long Course Weekend title being taken from her by Emma Newsome. Final times for Full Long Course Weekend are as follows:


1st Oliver Simon – 9:09:26
2nd Dominic Rohan-Gates – 9:18:32
3rd Richard Gardiner – 9:36:37


1st Emma Newsome – 11:34:33
2nd Nerys Jones – 11:44:58
3rd Heather Rees 11:49:46


The event will be televised and will be on Channel 4 August the 29th on Channel 4.


Top 10 Men
1 Oliver Simon
2 Dominic Rohan-Gates
3 Richard Gardiner
4 Gareth Petts
5 Steve Parsons
6 Craig Dummer
7 Charles Hickman
8 Stuart Curtis
9 Robin Guy
10 Stuart Evans


Top 10 Women
1 Emma Newsome
2 Nerys Jones
3 Heather Rees
4 Stephanie Waring
5 Liz Steward
6 Bethan Griffiths
7 Jayne Arnold
8 Claire Stubbs
9 Miriam Brown
10 Linda De Max


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