Long Course Weekend kicked off this afternoon in spectacular fashion - with the return of the Wales Swim event on Tenby’s North Beach, with hundreds of competitors taking to the sea.

There were 1.2 and 2.4-mile options for those entering, in what must be one of the most picturesque surroundings across the world for an open water swim event.

Ahead of the swim, the LC Kinder children’s event took place on the beach.

LCW takes place in Tenby and its surrounding area from June 30 to July 2, and is the biggest multi-sport festival in Europe, attracting over 10,000 athletes and 35,000 supporters from 45 nations.

Pembrokeshire residents and visitors have been reminded of road closures in the south of the County this weekend as part of the event, with those planning to travel urged by Pembrokeshire County Council to plan accordingly.

Road closures are in place for the Wales Sportive cycle event (Saturday, July 1); the Wales Marathon (Sunday, July 2); and the swim on Friday, June 31.

For the Wales Sportive, there will be several road closures from early morning across the south of the county.

The event starts and finishes at the Salterns Car Park, Tenby.

Please check the full details on the Long Course Weekend website where you can also check the closure status for specific areas at: https://community.lcwwales.com/road-closures/the-wales-sportive/

On Sunday, July 2, further closures are in place for the Wales Marathon event and members of the public are again advised to check the exact details on the website.

The Wales Marathon starts at 10 am at the Salterns Car Park. The Wales Half Marathon starts in Pembroke at 12 midday.

The A477 and A40 roads are not affected and will provide east to west access throughout both Saturday and Sunday.

Crossing points are provided and further detailed information is available on the Long Course Weekend website.

Parking for the event is available at Tenby’s Greenhill School from 4 pm on Friday (card payment only).

More details on parking at: https://www.lcwwales.com/area/parking/