Manchester Arena explosion, At least 19 dead after
'terror attack' at Ariana Grande concert
18 months in creation, Scott Powell – Race Director says “ This is was never about simply putting on a Triathlon in Swansea. This is about creating a world class race in Wales and Swansea was the obvious fit. From Quality of location, the finish line, the council vision, the tourism links, the entire experience package will be on offer. Too many races are simply thrown up in a couple of months; the vision is about quality and that takes time.
Long Course weekend now attracts over 50 countries to Wales, televised to over 560 million homes worldwide and we need to recreate that and more here.
The Swansea Triathlon will be a sprint distance race, with elite, age groupers, 1st timers and multiple waves including a parents and child race. What’s more, the race will take place at 4pm to maximise local involvement, bringing athletes upfront to the passionate Welsh crowds.
Avoid this area by car and expect road closures and long delays on Quay Parade.
Sainsbury's petrol station at Quay Parade is now open was closed for refurbishment.
At least 19 people have died and many others are feared injured after a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert.
Following its 2016 success, SCGC is back for 2017 and bigger than ever at the Brangwyn! May 27 will see workshops and panels from traders and purveyors of comics and games, coming together to share their love of gaming. There will also be a Cosplay competition, as well as live music from Jollyboat, the UK's top comedy pirate geek rock duo!
THIS IS LAST YEARS TRIATHLON 2016 - A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT
One thousand athletes are limbering up for this Sunday’s event, which will see them race past some of the city’s best-known landmarks as they complete a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
On Saturday seven bands will grace the Castle Square stage from midday until 7.15pm, with Swansea band The Contenders headlining from 6pm.
Sunday will see three acts perform, including Swansea musician Mal Pope, before a samba band plays competitors to the starting line.
This year the event will be broadcast on Channel 4, ESPN and Sky Sports.
GLOUCESTER CITY NEEDS OUR HELP
Two police officers from the Glamorgan Constabulary Police Re-enactment Group have been seconded to help out policing the streets of Gloucester at their Gloucester Goes Retro Festival 2017.
Four streets in the city have been closed off to traffic for the festival, Westgate Street - 1900 - 1949 themed, Northgate Street - 1950s themed, Eastgate Street - 1960s themed and Southgate Street 1970s to modern times.
The Glamorgan police officers will be patrolling Westgate Street and Northgate Street and have been warned that there are London spivs, many in number, will be visiting the city to sell their contraband from suitcases!
Thousands of visitors will be at the award winning festival to see the Vintage Entertainment and dancing in Kings Square which starts at 10am till 5pm. They are also encouraged to dress in the period of the streets to enhance the atmosphere.
Sgt William Harris and PC Franco DeMarco said: " We were at the Forest of Dean Steam Gala when the organisers of the Gloucester Goes Retro saw what we were doing and liked it so much they invited us to their festival in August. Terms and conditions have now been finalised and we are looking forward to be at this great award winning event."
At least 19 people have died and many others are feared injured after a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert. Here are the latest updates:
At least 19 people killed and 50 injured
Witnesses describe hearing a ‘huge bang‘
Some reports say device could be a nail bomb
Theresa May says police treating it as ‘appalling terrorist attack’
Video shows moment concert-goers flee in terror
Eyewitnesses: ‘People were lying on the ground covered in blood’
Manchester Victoria train station was evacuated .
People in Manchester open their homes to those caught up in deadly 'terror attack'
People in Manchester have flooded social media to offer their homes to concert-goers caught up in a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena in which at least 19 people have died and dozens more injured. There are also reports that a Holiday Inn near the venue has taken in dozens of children.
Greater Manchester Police said there are a “number of confirmed fatalities and others injured” and emergency services are at the scene after reports of an explosion.
Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs inside the arena coming from the area of the bars. Majid Khan, 22, said: “A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”
Oliver Jones, 17, who attended with his 19-year-old sister, said: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.
“I seen people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way.” Manchester’s Victoria station, which backs on to the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled.