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The boardwalk slides into the sea

Another day, another storm. As expected, the boardwalk at Newborough beach has collapsed and is sliding into the sea:(

Newborough viewing platform sliding into the sea

Newborough viewing platform sliding into the sea

Overnight, the beach has eroded back by about three metres, completely undermining the front legs of the platform. The legs have dropped down by about one metre to the new beach level.

Under the boardwalk - the erosion

Under the boardwalk – the erosion

Here’s an updated picture from today (Saturday 4th Jan).

Broken: the viewing platform, Newborough

Broken: the viewing platform, Newborough

The Anglesey Sandman Triathlon

[The 2014 Sandman Triathlon is taking place on 21st September]

Each year, in September, one of Newborough’s more bizarre spectacles happens: the Sandman Triathlon. This is a triathlon for the courageous! It involves swimming 1km in the sea off Newborough; then cycling 60km along the roads and lanes of Anglesey; returning to the forest to run a further 10km – some of it on really strength sapping sand dunes. Wow.

Last year, the weather was horrible for the event – the sea was so choppy the route for the swim had to be changed, and then it rained all day. Fingers crossed that this year the weather will be kinder. The event will take place on Sunday 22nd September in 2013. Full information is available on the Sandman website

Here are some pictures from 2011, when the day started inauspiciously, but brightened up in time for the event.

Setting out the markers for the 1km swim under a very black sky.

Setting out the markers for the 1km swim under a very black sky.

The contestants making their way along the beach to the start of the swim: the busiest day for the beach at Newborough!

The contestants making their way along the beach to the start of the swim: the busiest day for the beach at Newborough!

Kayakers provide safety support during the 1km swim.

Kayakers provide safety support during the 1km swim. The sky was black, but the sea was lovely and calm.

The contestants gathered together for the starting gun with Llanddwyn Island in the background.

The contestants gathered together for the starting gun with Llanddwyn Island in the background.

The swimmers under way: a flailing mass of yellow caps and wet-suited arms:)

The swimmers under way: a flailing mass of yellow caps and wet-suited arms:)

Good luck to everyone in the 2013 event!