Athletes flood to Barry for Aquathon


Published 29 August 2014


Cardiff Triathletes have teamed up with the Vale of Glamorgan Council to host the first Barry Island Aquathon.


The event, which will be held on Sunday 28 September, involves a 650m open water swim in Whitmore bay, followed by a 5 km scenic run along the Wales Coast Path.


Sea-swimmersCardiff Triathletes’ chairman, Claire Manson said: “The golden sandy beach, sheltered bay and beautiful coastline makes this a very inclusive and spectator-friendly event that we hope will attract both first-time and regular multi-sport competitors. The event will be family friendly and provides a great opportunity to see the recent developments to the area.”


Cllr Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development said: “We are delighted to work with the Cardiff Triathletes to hold Barry Island’s first Aquathon in September and we hope to develop the event into a full triathlon for next year.”


Cardiff Triathletes was set up 30 years ago, and now has over 150 members and organises 4 multi-sport races annually. As well as the Barry Island Aquathon, the Club is also taking entries to the Stuart MacCormac sprint triathlon on Sunday 21st September 2014 at Fairwater leisure centre, as a tribute to Cardiff Triathletes’ friend and founding member, Stuart MacCormac, who died while scuba diving in November 2011.


Race director, Andrew Deans said: “It was Stuart's passion to encourage newcomers and young people into triathlon and we are very keen to attract local people to take part. In recognition of Stuart’s great love of the sea, all proceeds from this event will go to the RNLI.”


Online entries for the Barry Island Aquathon are being taken at, or by emailing for more information.