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Wurf and Gossage win close Ironman

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AUSTRALIA’s Cameron Wurf and Great Britain’s Lucy Gossage were the Ironman Champions in Tenby yesterday (Sept 10).

The town welcomed over 10,000 visitors for the excitement and thrill of one of the world’s toughest races.

Athletes from 45 countries took part in what is one of Pembrokeshire’s biggest sporting events.

The 2017 instalment of this epic test of human edurance featured some of the world’s best professional Ironman athletes competing alongside close to 2200 age group athletes

Wurf, who finished in just over nine hours, was only eighth after the swim but an excellent bike race put him up to the top spot with a time of 5:53:22.

That put him nine minutes ahead of Britain’s Philip Graves, who eventually went on to finish second.

Wurf had a great run but was kept on his toes as Graves, and Germany’s Christian Kramer stuck by the Australian.

After 3.8km of the run, Wurf held a nine minute lead but Graves and Kramer brought that down to just under seven minutes after 18.6km.

Kramer continued to eat away at Wurf’s lead and brought it down to just under three minutes but he was unable to sustain his challenge.

Graves then re-took second place from Kramer but Wurf extended his lead to four minutes with seven kilometres still to go.

Wurf held on and won the event by two and a half minutes with Kramer eventually finishing seven minutes behind Wurf.

Croatia’s Andrej Vistica finished strongly to claim fourth place and GB athlete Matthew Leeman completed the top five.

In the Women’s event, Lucy Gossage, who won Ironman Wales in 2013, again crossed the line in first place with a time of 10:11:20.

She pulled out an excellent lead to finish nearly 24 minutes ahead of second placed Parys Edwards.

Third place went to GB’s Kate Comber who finished with a time of 10:44:02.

Gossage held a 16 minute lead at the start of the run after a great ride on the bike and she maintained her lead for a comfortable win.

Comber had finished the swim in first place while Gossage was down in tenth place but an excellent changeover put her third at the start of the bike ride.

Gossage then led the rest of the race for her third win of the year, having previously won the Ironman UK event in July and the Ironman 70.3 in Staffordshire in June.

Ahead of the event, it was announced that the Ironman event had been secured for another five years.

Tenby has been the starting and finishing point of phenomenally popular annual triathlon since 2011, with the current Race Director, Lisa Dent, calling the location one of ‘the most stunning courses I’ve ever seen’.

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Redberth: Police appeal following fatal crash

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POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal crash yesterday evening (Nov 21) on the A477 at Redberth.

The crash happened on the stretch of road between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty and involved a red Renault Clio and Red Mazda 6.

The incident happened at approximately 6:40pm.

Tragically, the 80-year-old driver of the Clio died.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.40pm on Tuesday, November 21, a fatal road traffic collision occurred between two vehicles on the A477 at Redberth between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty.

“A red Renault Clio travelling towards Kilgetty, and a Red Mazda 6 travelling towards Pembroke Dock have collided, and the driver of the Clio sustained fatal injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact PC 1049 Griffiths of the Roads Policing Unit on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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High winds could cause disruption to travel

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DRIVERS have been warned that high winds which are hitting the county today (Nov 22) may lead to the closure of the Cleddau Bridge.

Pembrokeshire County Council has said that a closure for high-sided vehicles is likely. A full closure to all vehicle is ‘less likely’, it was said.

The sustained high winds may also cause debris to be blown onto roads causing delays.

Drivers are advised to take caution at all times.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Pembrokeshire is forecast to be hit by strong winds over the next 48 hours.

“With a view to helping road users plan any journeys during this period, and given that the disruption may extend through the peak commuter times, please be advised of the following:

“Looking at the current forecast for the bridge, it is thought likely that the bridge will be closed to high sided vehicles tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 22nd November) possibly from as early as 7 am or 8 am, and lasting through the majority of the working day untill say 5 pm or 6 pm.

“Please note that this information is indicative only and it is impossible to give any guarantees. A small change in wind direction may result in no closures being implemented.

“A full bridge closure is not anticipated, at this time.

“Road users are advised to monitor the situation carefully and adjust travel plans accordingly.

“It is stressed that the above information is based on current information and experience and provided to give maximum notice of possible disruption. However, the bridge status can change at any time, and no guarantees can be given.”

To check Cleddau Bridge closures either:

· Visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bridge
· Text BRIDGE or PONT to 80039. (Texts are charged at standard network rates)

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Saundersfoot: Hampshire man admits sexual assault following plea bargain

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A MAN who was accused of raping a woman in Saundersfoot has this week admitted a charge of sexual assault (Nov 20).

Fritz Ortega, aged 35, was warned by a judge at Swansea Crown Court a prison sentence could still be the outcome.

Ortega, from Farnborough in Hampshire, had been due to go on trial today for rape, which he had denied.

The Crown Prosecution Service introduced a lesser charge of sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said the charge represented the full extent of Ortega’s offending as alleged by the prosecution

Ortega will be sentenced on December 11 after a probation officer has prepared a report into his background.

He was granted bail until then, but warned by Judge Heywood that prison could still be outcome.

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