Half Ironman record broken in the Vale of Glamorgan

23 March 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan was home to a record breaking attempt on Wednesday.

Pritchard’s 100k Challenge, is the charity fund-raising, record breaking attempt of Mathew Pritchard, the man behind the popular MTV series Dirty Sanchez.  His challenge will see him attempt to complete 30 Half Ironman triathlons, in 30 days across towns and cities throughout Wales.


SAM_2887 resized


That’s a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile run every day for 30 days.  Day 23 of his challenge saw him finish his 56 mile cycle around the Vale of Glamorgan at Peter Alan’s Barry branch, before donning his trainers to start his half marathon run.  What was particularly special about day 23 was that it would be the day that took him beyond the existing record and into the record books.


With some local runners for company, the run took in the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s newly renovated Jenner Park Stadium, where Mathew was welcomed by players and management of Barry Town FC and children from Jenner Park Primary School, who even joined him for a lap of the athletics track.


After leaving the stadium, his run took in Barry Island and the Knap, before crossing the finish line in Kings Square where he was congratulated by friends and the media.


Mathew said, “I’m over the moon to have broken the record and raised more money and awareness for our charities.  I have still got another seven Half Ironman days to go until we reach our target, but knowing that we have broken the record will make it a little bit easier. Thanks to everyone in the Vale that supported me today and for donating money to our causes.” 


The charities benefiting from Pritchard’s 100k Challenge are Guide Dogs, the Big Moose, Shelter Cymru, Ty Hafan and Friends of Greenhill.  For more information and to donate, visit