Good news. The NEWT aquathlon series is back on again this year in Parc Bryn Bach Tredegar. After missing last year due to licencing issues , we've got 5 races on the last Thursday of each month 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 30 August.
All should be 750m swim 5K run starting at 7:00.
The April race has been dropped, the glacier does not finishing melting until early May.
On line entries will be sorted out soon with our friend at EntryCentral.
Such a shame about the April ice dipping though (not!) .. that was my first open water experience back in 2010, dont' think I'll ever forget it!
Will def be there if possible, assuming of course I'll have recovered from a certain hilly tri a few week before
Just opened up the online entries with entry central here
First race is 31 May. The water will be lovely & warm for sure. & Seren we've thought of a way to make sure you are cold enough.
And watch for an announcement next week for another special event at Parc Bryn Bach - 30 June!
As with the Pike Bait Tri Festival, we are talking with a potential new sponsor to take this serries to another new level. They will almost certainly be on board this year, but they and we are hoping that their plans work out & if so they are talking about a very long term committment to triathlon & open water swimming in the Parc.
I cant promise it will make the water any warmer though!.
Sorry to mislead you Seren, Its events only. They are pretty strict on the water saftey cover & it being inured.
But the aquathlon series development looks really intersting.
Do you think there would be much interest in having a long side the aquathlon, the option of a two lap swim, (1.5k)instead of getting out for a run? Would be roughly the same finish time, and the water cover is already there.
I was just thinking of those who'd like to swim there, not a race as such, whilst the water cover was sorted, during the aquathlon race.
I suppose it would be expensive for a half hours swim.
The new sponsor has now gone public & its official
'NEWT are very pleased to announce that the 2012 PBB Aquathlon Series which starts this month will have a brand new sponsor - South West based renewable energy company, REG Windpower. For more information and entry forms visit <a href="http://www.newporttri.co.uk/" rel="nofollow nofollow" target="_blank"><span style="color: #3b5998;">www.newport<span class="text_exposed_hide">...<span class="text_exposed_show">tri.co.uk</a><span class="text_exposed_show"> Commenting on the sponsorship Sergio Zappulo from REG Windpower said: “We have seen major triathlon events take place in the park before and we are pleased to be supporting this series and hope that this will attract further events when people see the success of the Parc Bryn Bach Aquathlon Series. As a clean, green, UK-based energy company it is a natural match for us to link with an event that celebrates human achievement in the great outdoors and Parc Bryn Bach is a fantastic setting”. Kelly Gaffney from Newport and East Wales Triathlon Club said: “We are delighted with the sponsorship agreement which will allow our event to go from strength to strength. Our hope is that even more people will look to enter the events at the park”. REG Windpower is currently preparing a planning application for a three-turbine wind farm at Pen Bryn Oer which would generate enough energy to power approximately 2,300 homes. This application is expected to be submitted later this year. Sergio added “it is very important to me that we are a good neighbour for the local community and this is a great first step”. REG Windpower will also be sponsoring the Pike Bait Triathlon Festival on 30th June this year.'
<span class="text_exposed_show">When the turbines are up we're going to plug in the lakes' heating system, the windier it gets, the warmer the lake will be
It will like a bath there then
Great news from the Parc. The water has been tested & yes Seren the water is like a bath (but no bubbles) At least 19 degrees, perfectly clear, great for spotting the fish on the bottom. You can actually see the bottom around most of the course through 8-10 feet of water. Weed is thick in places though.
Going to be perfect conditions for the race on Thursday 31 May. Entries on the night from 5:30, start at 7:00pm
Hurrumph, I can't make the May one OR June! July .. will def be there in July.
Hope it goes well for Thursday.should be one of the warmest swims ever there.......Alex.hope the OW swim goes well
The lake will have frozen over by July Iron Pingu
Its strange but 2 years ago it was May that was the warmest swim. August was freezing.
Dont want to put you off Alex but there is a bit of weed that you have to get used to. I believe I'm racing, depending on who's allocated to race crew. Really want to hammer a 750 swim, see what I can do after 10K at Dorney on Sunday>
Slugs, did you race after?
I really enjoyed the event. A nice friendly atmosphere and well run! Lake was so weedy though!! Saw plenty of fish! You guys weren't kidding when you called the tri festival the Pike Bait, were you? Haha!
Anyway, finished as last male in 54:09. Seren - OW swim still a struggle, but better than I managed previously.Run was OK apart from bad cramp in calves for first k or so.
So, I'd like to thank NEWT for putting on a good event and hopefully I will see you all at the end of June.
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