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Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 14.50.32ARE YOU signed up, or are you considering signing up, for Ironman Wales 2016?

Newgale Lodge, in association with Man-Up UK, are holding an expert preparation course for the event, which will take place between Friday April 29 and Sunday May 1.

Included in the training weekend will be reality checks from specialist athletes to assess where you currently are in terms of fitness, and where you stand in relation to your goals.

The pro athletes will also be available to address any concerns you may have about Ironman Wales 2016.

The intensive two day Ironman training weekend is ideally timed 3 months before Ironman Wales, to help unite your training so far with the expert help you will receive over the course of the weekend, helping to provide focus for the final quarter-year of training.

Although the thorough Ironman guidance weekend will be geared towards the specifics of the Ironman event, any athletes who have signed up for large multi-sport events will benefit from the course and are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

Newgale Lodge state that this weekend will be thoroughly different from other Ironman training weekends as this event will be highly focused on individual progress and individual needs, personally tailored to highlight any specific areas that need to be worked on ready for the Ironman challenge.

The Ironman training weekend will incorporate both small group and oneto- one sessions with highly qualified coaches. The male and female coaches will offer practical tips and support, covering all issues that could arise in the weeks leading up to, or during, the Ironman event.

All coaches are also accustomed to working with athletes of mixed ability, from beginners to experts.

Included in the weekend is a 50- 70 mile bike ride, which will include a section which will be covered on the Ironman Wales 2016 course.

Also included is bike maintenance (how to deal with punctures and technical problems), setting up transition (looking at T1 and T2), nutrition (specialised meals), race tactics (having a plan to reach your own personal goal), a 10 mile run sessions (various paces are catered for in brick sessions) and swimming (one on one open water efficiency improvement session).

On the Saturday of the weekend event, professional Ironman and motivational speaker Oliver Simon will give a talk to the group on mental preparation for the Ironman Wales 2016 event. Simon is not only a coach, but also an Ironman Wales veteran, as well as being the Welsh Ironman record holder for Ironman Barcelona.

Newgale Lodge state that mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation for the event but is often mistakenly missed out on by Ironman competitors.

Arron Evans, Marketing Assistant at Newgale Lodge, said: “We here at Newgale Lodge are very excited to be working with Man-Up UK to be able to offer this bespoke training opportunity for an event that really puts Pembrokeshire on the map”

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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