Cant Am Y Calon Charity Swim

Tinworks Tri Club is a triathlon club in Llanelli that has just over 50 members. As it’s a local club to Llanelli, all of the members are passionate about the community and they all want to give something back. Recently at some events the club participated in, 2 athletes from other areas have had serious incidents and lost their lives due to cardiac arrests. With this in mind, Tinworks Tri decided to raise funds for a defibrillator machine to be located in the North Dock area. The North Dock is used by a lot of the community for exercise and training and many events are held there.

A plan was devised around 6 weeks ago and it’s taken a lot of hard work and planning, but Tinworks Tri managed to get everything in place and delivered a fantastic charity event. On Sunday the 25th August 2019 over 100 people participated in Cant Am Y Calon. The idea was to get 100 swimmers to swim a mile each to get to the 100 mile target. As it was a Bank Holiday weekend it was hard to get 100 swimmers so we opened it up for runners to participate and this managed to get the combined totals to way over 100 miles. The event saw 3 waves of senior swimmers take on 2 laps of the North Dock. These swimmers were of mixed standards, from first timers to experienced open water and triathletes. There were two junior waves where 3 brave 9/10 year olds completed a 300m swim, which is one length of the dock. The event was very relaxed with an emphasis on enjoyment and completing this challenge. The final third wave was full of very experienced and fast senior swimmers. Everyone participating in each wave completed their challenge of one mile, and were cheered on throughout, an amazing achievement made by all. 

One of the other goals of the event was to bring local clubs together and this was another success. The other local triathlon club, The Dredgers, helped out on managing the run part of the event and Sospan Road Runners helped on the fundraising side. They managed to raise a staggering £350 that went towards the final pot. One of their members, Karen, lost her son Darren O’Brien recently to a cardiac incident and i’m sure many of you have heard of this. We also had other local clubs participate in the event including Llanelli Swimming Club, Carmarthen Swimming Club, Celtic Tri, Bynea Cycling, Dredgers, Sosban Road Runners, Llanelli Athletics Club and Llanelli Lifesaving Club helped out with the water safety on the day. Tinworks Tri would like to thank all clubs for coming together and supporting this cause.

Simon Phillips from Tinworks Tri said, “From an idea that we had, to actually putting it all together and holding such a fantastic event, it’s been a brilliant 6 weeks. To see the local community and local clubs get behind the event has been great to see. We’ve smashed our target of £1500 and we’ve just finished the final count and the final total is just over £2000”. 

Tinworks Tri would also like to thank all the local businesses who have also helped during the event and these include Aquatreat who purchased the swim hats, WRW Construction, Burns Pet Nutrition, Tinworks Brewery, Robert Davies Gym, Tyrmwg Kennels and everyone else who donated prizes for the raffle. 

With the money raised Tinworks Tri will be purchasing a defibrillator machine from Cariad who will then locate it on the new St Elli Bay Bistro. Cariad are also providing Tinworks Tri and local clubs with training on how to use the machine in case of an emergency. Simon went onto say “we had some great feedback from everyone and the initial feedback is that people want it as an annual event, so we best get planning for next year” 

Tinworks Tri would like to thank everyone for their generosity and for making their first charity event such a big success. If you would like to know more about Tinworks Tri and their upcoming events please get in touch with them at

First Race of the Year 2019 – The Worms Head 10k

First of all, apologies for the lack of content on the website. Being as it’s been the off season, we haven’t had much to update you on really. But that’s about the change….

On Sunday 3rd February on a cold and rainy morning a few of the Tinworks boys ventured down to take part in the first ever Worms Head 10km along with another 400 runners. It’s such a great location, and we are so lucky to live near the Gower, so this race was a bit of a no brainer for a few of us who entered. As mentioned above, it was a miserable morning, cold and windy, but the scenery and location made it bearable.

The course was a 10km run on road, gravell and trail (we’ll come onto that later). It was a fast start, down towards Worms Head itself, then back up towards Rhossili  and then on the trail over towards Llangennith. The run from Rhossili to Llangennith was horrendous, puddles as deep as your knees, mud which was more like an ice rink and freezing cold wind and rain battering you. Nick managed to fall 4 times, and Gareth even managed to lose his shoe for a bit as it got stuck in a muddy puddle.

If that little bit of the run wasn’t bad enough, we then turned the corner when we got over to the caravan site and we were hit with probably the steepest mountain in the Gower. The legs were sapped already after the run over so everyone was finding it hard to climb. I’m not sure if the front guys ran up it, but everyone who was around us were walking up it. It was a tough, energy sapping walk to the top. When we got there, we though, ‘happy days’ all downhill from here. Oh, boy were we wrong. It was an up and down 2 miles, the wind was even worse at the top and blowing straight into us. There was also a load of snow on the top so running conditions were a bit of a challenge.

We finally made it to the downhill section, oh man, was it tough. It was like ice skating. We couldn’t really stop as we would just keep sliding, the only thing for it was to go all in and hope for the best. Once we got down off the mountain, it was another run down to Worms Head and back up towards the finish line.

It was a brutal race, but I loved every minute of it!!

Nick Stevenson, Tinworks Tri Club

The race winner managed to finish the gruelling 10km in an amazing time of 42:09. Please click here to see all the results. But as this is a Tinworks blog, see below how our boys did:

  • Gareth Lee – Finished 37th overall with a time of 54:35
  • Nick Stevenson – Finished 74th overall with a time of 58:51
  • Nathan Phillips – Finished 327th overall with a time of 1:29:22

A huge thanks to Activity Wales for putting on such a great event and thanks to all the supporters who braved the elements to cheer everyone on. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what the race was like. Nick also managed to make the cut, you can see his back at 55 seconds, ha ha.

Tinworks Tri is Officially Affiliated!!

Tinworks Tri is officially affiliated with Welsh Triathlon. Whoop whoop!!!

We’re thrilled to become one of Welsh Triathlon’s affiliated clubs. It’s great to see so many clubs starting up and becoming affiliated. With over 80 clubs affiliated in Wales, it just goes to show how popular our sport really is.

We are only starting out and have around 20 members at the moment, but we hope that we will grow over the coming years. If you would like to become a part of the Tinworks Family, please visit our join page now.

We also have to give a big shout out and thank you to Tinworks Brewery who is paying for the affiliation fee for us. No doubt a few of us will buy a couple of your beers and raise a glass!!

There are many benefits for us to become an affiliated club, these are:

  • Advice and support from British Triathlon and the Regional Managers
  • Public Liability Insurance up to £15 million per incident
  • Directors and Officer liability cover up to £2 million.
  • Priority booking on various events and coaching courses
  • Tax helpline advise (Triathlon England only)
  • Discounted individual membership
  • Clubs can race & represent their club at the British Triathlon National Club Relay Championships
  • Have access to club finder within British Triathlon website
  • Use of the Home Nation’s logo
  • A club affiliation certificate

We can’t wait to start racing under the Tinworks Tri banner!! We hope to see you all very soon in all the events in 2019!

Tinworks Tri

Tinworks at MT10

Sunday the 18th November 2018 saw one of the last races of the year, Sospan Road Runners MT10 at Pembrey Country Park. The MT10 is a single lap 10 mile multi-terrain race through the beautiful scenery of Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire. The course is a true multi-terrain and includes tarmac, gravel, grass, forestry tracks and a lovely section along Cefn Sidan beach.

Tinworks Tri were well represented and it was the first time that our new kit was on show to the world. We hope you like it;) The conditions were perfect for all 500 runners that were competing at the MT10. Is is truly a special event.

It’s a great course, you don’t realise you’ve run 10 miles

Luke Jenkins – Tinworks Tri

Our boys did us proud with 3 of them finishing in the top 50. First man home for Tinworks Tri was Richard Landon in a time of 1:11:11 followed by Chris Pike and Gareth Lee who only finished a couple of minutes after. Another shoutout has to go to Chris Evans who was running his first ever event and managed to come home in a great time of 1:31:33.

Thanks also to Sospan Road Runners for putting on such a great event and thank you to all the marshals who were looking after us during the race. Plus a big thank you to all the supporters who came out in force especially the Tinwives and Tinkids!!!

Well done lads, we’re all proud of you. Now onto the next race!!!

See you there 😜

For a full rundown of the race results, please click here.

For a look at some of the photos taken on the day, please click here.