Runners in Ironman Wales
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Ironman athletes prepare for gruelling Pembrokeshire race

Up to 1,800 athletes - elite and amateur - are gearing up for one of Wales' toughest events - Ironman Wales.

The massive sporting spectacle kicks off in the Pembrokeshire seaside resort of Tenby on Sunday - with a gruelling 2.4 mile (3.8km) swim, then a 112 mile (180km) bike ride, and finally a full 26 mile (42km) marathon, looping four times around the town.

Friday night saw competitors invited to a carbohydrate-filled 'pasta party' as race preparations got into full swing.

But as Abigail Neal has been finding out - the drive to become some of Wales' most extreme athletes has been rubbing off on the resort.

  • 06 Sep 2013
  • From the section Wales