On Sunday 3rd June, Porthcawl became a British Triathlon venue by hosting the first Aquathlon to be held in the town. Organised by SeaQuest and recognised by the British Triathlon Federation, the event was a free GO TRI novice event consisting of a 400m sea swim followed by a 3K run along the promenade.

eager Aquathlon participants

Eager Aquathlon participants

In spite of the early start, to coincide with tide times, the event attracted a good number of keen participants, some embarking on their first-ever sea swim, whilst for others this was part of their training for future events.

The local community provided tremendous support by volunteering, lending equipment and ensuring the event was fun and safe. In particular, SeaQuest would like to thank Porthcawl Runners for providing run marshals, Pencoed Triathlon Club for providing marshals, Porthcawl Lifeguards and SLSA Wales for providing sea safety cover, Childs Play surfer for bringing all their equipment to display, Porthcawl Park Run Steve Brace, GO TRI and members of the local community for their support and advice, The Awen Trust and Visit Wales provided photography and street entertainers.

Porthcawl Mayor, Cllr Norah Clarke, presented the finishers with their medals and the event concluded with everyone enjoying delicious hot breakfast baps provided by the Hi-Tide. This was a successful first for Porthcawl, helping to establish the town as a place for serious sport as well as fun and celebration. Keep a check on information about future events are at https://www.harbourquarterporthcawl.co.uk/seaquest/