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Info for locals

Always Aim High Events is an independent Welsh company created to showcase the beautiful surroundings of our home country to athletes from across the globe. We work closely with the communities that live in the places our events are hosted to minimise any disruption and maximise opportunities for local businesses to benefit.

We work with local authorities and safety advisory groups and have all of our events permitted by the relevant National Governing Bodies; this ensures that they meet the highest standards of safety and are professionally run with minimum impact on the local area.

As members of the Snowdonia Society, we actively volunteer to maintain environmental standards as well as being part of and supporting local community groups and charities through donations, made possible by our event entry fees. We respect our culture and language, all of our event signage and website are available in Welsh. Our products and services are all locally sourced.

The information below provides specific information for local people on how this event will run.

Timings for the Harlech Triathlon weekend

It usually takes one day to set up the event which will be spread between the event village located in the field behind Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure and Harlech Castle. Athletes will be on-site throughout the weekend.

Usually, the World's Steepest Street Run begins at 17:00 on the Saturday from the bottom of Harlech Castle steps. This race is expected to end around 19:00 and the event village will close at 19:30.

The Harlech Triathlon usually begins at 08:00 on the Sunday with athletes starting to arrive at the event village from 07:00. The race is expected to end around 14:00 and the event village is likely to close at 15:00.

All start times are changeable and will be detailed in the Final Instructions on the website, available 10 days prior to the race.

Road closures

In order to minimise disruption and to ensure competitors and spectators the best and safest experience, we will be requesting permission to temporarily close roads and implement traffic management as detailed below:

Saturday

  • A very short closure of Ffordd Pen Llech for the start of the race.

Sunday

  • close the B4573 from the junction with the A496 into Harlech village centre, to the crossroads with Twtil.
  • implement a Stop/Go on the A496-B4573 junction.
  • implement a Stop/Go at Ffordd Morfa/Ffordd Glan Mor junction.

We will be conducting a letter drop to all affected residents six weeks prior to the event date. A copy of that letter will then also be available here.

Parking

In order to reduce congestion in Harlech we have an event-specific car park in the field located behind Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure.

Spectating

Spectators are welcome at our events, to cheer on everyone taking part! We pride ourselves on an exciting and positive atmosphere at all of our events, and we would love you to come along to add to the warm Welsh welcome that our local communities offer.

Spectators will need to use the appropriate Pay and Display facilities when parking. Council wardens are likely to ticket poorly parked vehicles as they present a real risk to the safety of all competitors.

There will be a free shuttle bus running for spectators from the Bus stop at the top of Ffordd Glan Mor to take people up onto Harlech High Street. Please utilise this to minimise vehicle movement around the racing athletes.

The best places to spectate are

  • In the swimming pool cafe, you will be able to see the swim take place.
  • The event village gives a good opportunity to see the transition area and the athletes coming and going.
  • For the finish, the Castle is going to be the best place to watch everyone coming across the line.

You can also spectate along the cycle route - the encouragement is hugely valued by our athletes.

You are welcome to enter the event village enjoy the atmosphere and visit our trade stands.

Getting Involved

We are always on the lookout for people to join our awesome team of Marshals and Volunteers and it is a great way to raise funds for your local community group or charity. If you are a local business and have offers over the event weekend please contact us so we can include you in our communications with our athletes. There are also opportunities for stands in our Event Village.

Signage and Litter

Always Aim High Events have always had a zero-tolerance to litter policy; any athlete found to have intentionally littered will be disqualified and could face a lifetime ban from our events. All our signage is removed immediately after the event and we conduct a full litter pick as stated in our environmental policy. We will respond to any reports of left signage or litter immediately so in the unlikely event of this please contact us.