Ironman Wales cancelled for 2021, but new 5-year deal announced


There’s bad news and good news with regards to Ironman Wales, which is held in the picturesque village of Tenby in Pembrokeshire County. According to a release from Ironman, the event will be “postponed in 2021” and returns on Sept. 11, 2022. There was some good news regarding the event, though – a new five-year agreement to host the event has been signed, which means the race will continue to take place in Pembrokeshire at least until 2026.

“Uncertainties around moving to Alert Level 0 in Wales, the current epidemiological infection rate  and the unique event site at Tenby and Pembrokeshire as well as large crowds expected to gather on race day were discussed in a meeting with local authorities,” the release continued. “Due to the unique race site in Tenby, the recommendation has been made not to support the host agreement for this year and to reschedule the event to 2022. While we were hoping otherwise, we respect the Council’s position and will follow its recommendation to reschedule the event to 2022.”

Ironman Wales is considered one of the toughest and most scenic events on the Ironman circuit, with a “sunrise swim on Tenby’s sandy North Beach” followed by a challenging bike course along the spectacular coastline, with a hilly run through town lined with spectators.