ALTHOUGH lockdown has been eased in Wales, it is still not known if the ninth annual Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge will get the green light.

There have been hopes of the Challenge, consisting of four races on Saturday, September 19, becoming one of the very few sporting events to be held during the pandemic.

Already the Preseli Beast, run over 24 miles in north Pembrokeshire in May and Ras Beca over five miles in the Preseli Hills at the end of August, have been cancelled.

The first Challenge was held in 2012 and in the intervening years has grown in popularity and in recent years attracted between 800 and 1,000 from the UK and abroad.

A 10 kilometres (6.3 miles) run has a 918ft ascent, half-marathon (13.4 miles) with an ascent of 1,824 feet, a 26.2 miles marathon where the climb is 3,182 feet and an ultra-marathon (34.6miles) with a 3,642ft ascent.

In April organisers said they would take a closer look at the situation about six weeks beforehand and follow government guidelines.

An official said “Unfortunately Covid-19 has had a huge impact and as things stand we are still in the same boat until we get a definite schedule from the government.

“But we are still hopeful it will be able to go ahead,” she said.