Always Aim High Events has announced that Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams, will be competing in one of Wales’ top sporting events – the Cardiff Triathlon.
The Cardiff Triathlon is a fast, flat triathlon held on completely closed roads around the iconic Welsh capital. The 2016 event will take place on 25-26 June and the organisers note that already hundreds of people have signed up to join Shane on the start line.
Shane Williams will be competing in the Cardiff Triathlon to raise money and awareness for the Cardiff based cancer hospital, Velindre. Velindre Cancer Centre is the largest non-surgical cancer Hospital in Wales and has been providing support and care to cancer patients for nearly 60 years.
Williams is looking forward to the challenge ahead. He said, “I’m delighted to be taking part in the Cardiff Triathlon, such a spectacular event showcasing our capital city! An amazing course for a triathlon! I’m really pleased that it will be supporting Velindre Cancer Centre, where I’m an ambassador, with a limited number of exclusive places and fundraising packages. I’m looking forward to being one of the thousands taking part.”
Velindre will once again be the official charity of the Cardiff Triathlon; and Head of Fundraising at the cancer centre, Andrew Morris is delighted by the news. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Velindre Cancer Centre to be the official charity of the Cardiff Triathlon for the second year running,” Morris said.
“After a tremendous event last year, which raised thousands of pounds for our patients and their families, we’re incredibly excited & grateful to be involved in what we’re sure will be another great success organized by the Always Aim High Events team!”
The Cardiff Triathlon is located in the iconic Cardiff Bay area. Entrants will swim in Cardiff Bay, which has ‘exemplary swimming standards’. Then cycle on flat closed roads around Cardiff and finish with a run out to the Cardiff Bay Barrage. The event village and transition zone will be held on Roald Dahl Plass in front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.
The Cardiff Triathlon will feature an Olympic (1500m/40K/10K) a Sprint (750m/20K/5K) and a brand new Super-Sprint (400m/10K/2.5K) race positioned for all abilities. The Cardiff Triathlon is a fully closed road event, so ‘you can really rack up the speed and smash it around the fast, flat roads of Cardiff!’
Always Aim High Events Director, Tim Lloyd, is delighted to welcome Shane to the second instalment of the Cardiff race. “Shane Williams is a Welsh legend and we couldn’t be more excited to have him at our race. We are also very proud of our association with Velindre and it’s fantastic to have them on board once again.”
Lloyd added, “The 2016 edition of the Cardiff Triathlon is set to be the biggest to date. Not only are we expecting hundreds more entrants, but we have had to split the race over two days to keep up with the demand.”
He continued, “Not only do we get a lot of experienced athletes taking part in the race but it’s perfect for complete novices as well. If you’ve never taken on a triathlon challenge before then Cardiff is the event for you. The traffic free course makes it perfect for anyone nervous on the bike, and time of year means the water shouldn’t be too cold either! Not only that but we’ve added a super-sprint distance to ensure everybody has a race they can participate in!”