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Carmarthenshire duathlon tests athletes and Welsh approach to easing Covid-19 restrictions

CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Pembrey Country Park has hosted one of the first outdoor sports events in Wales since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Welsh Government gave the go ahead for three trial sport and culture events as part of its continued easing of restrictions.

Pembrey Country Park hosted a duathlon on Sunday, (Sept 6), with a limited number of competitor and void of spectators.

The event was monitored and will help inform Welsh Government policy on future sporting events as the country continues its recovery from Covid-19.

The council is working with Welsh Triathlon to ensure athletes can compete safely, with strict risk assessments and protocols being put into place.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re delighted to host this trial event here in Carmarthenshire, and hope this signals a return of more sporting events in the future. Our teams are working alongside Welsh Government and Welsh Triathlon to ensure that the event is safe and secure whilst providing an exciting and challenging duathlon course for competitors.”

The duathlon consisted of a 5km run, 17.5km bike and final 2.5km run

Participants were split into two groups, the first group started at 9.30am and the second group at 12.15pm

The race took place within Pembrey Country Park.

Photos courtesy of Carmarthenshire County Council

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