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Runners Rush To Get Their Place At The JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Places to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon are literally flying out the door as the countdown to close registration begins.  With just 1 WEEK until entry to #RunSwansea closes before MIDNIGHT on the 18th MAY, runners are rushing to make sure they don’t miss the cut-off.

The event, which has become well recognised for being Wales’ BIGGEST summer half marathon, takes place on SUNDAY 23rd JUNE 2019.  The route promises to be as impressive as ever, with the start line being held at the iconic Brangwyn Hall at the NEW revised time of 10am.  Allowing runners travelling from further afield to arrive in plenty of time to take part.  The race course takes runners through the city centre, offering them some spectacular scenery of the sweeping Swansea Bay and city highlights of Swansea Marina, SA1, and the city’s Museums.

A well-renowned course for its fast, flat, PB potential, attracts fantastic crowd support, great entertainment on route, and beautiful scenery…it’s no wonder this gem of a race has a string of awards to its name!  Along with a field of seasoned athletes, first timers, charity fundraisers and family fun runners, it’s sure to inspire a momentous finish outside Wales’ oldest Museum.

David Martin-Jewell director of Front Runner Events said:

“Last week was our biggest number of entries to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon in it’s history.  I think that the television coverage we received in 2018 had a big impact on the entrants nationwide this year.  I also believe that the growth is a correlation on the general uptake on people wanting to improve their health wellbeing.  It gives me great pleasure knowing that our event is able to act as a catalyst for many wanting to make positive changes in their lives, and provide a platform for some fantastic charity fundraising.  We look forward to welcoming all our runners to the sixth edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.”

Almost 6,500 registered runners took part in 2018, of all ages and abilities, along with a good number of family fun runners who were able to take part and follow in the footsteps of their loved ones. The race has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s premier road races, and certainly one that a MUST-do for any runner.

To snap up your half marathon place before entries close go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk and reserve your place today!  General entries cost £40 or £38 (plus booking fee) for affiliate entry, and runners will receive a medal, t-shirt, goody bag, water and gel stations on a well-marshalled course, with some great entertainment to boot.

But if running a half marathon is not your thing don’t forget there’s a fun run for all the family! So why not enter together and get all-generations running with each other…mums, dads, grandparents, or kids will enjoy all the glory and fun of the race only a shorter distance (approximately 2k)!  For just £10 (plus booking fee) per person, every entrant will get a medal, goody bag, water, and the thrill of starting and finishing at the official lines of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  Anyone wishing to take part in the family dash can also enter here: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

To find out more information on both races, stay up to date with all the latest news, visit the website or like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #BeYourBest on Twitter.

Community Fund Backs Local Girl To Stay In Sport

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A community fund pot available to aspiring young people who want to continue or take their first steps into sport has recently helped Swansea girl; Madison Evans.  The fund that has been named: “Leave More Than A Footprint” was originally born out of the Multi-Award Winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

The team behind the idea wanted to set up a fund to help give something back to the community of Swansea and the surrounding region.  The race is in its sixth year, and since its inception, the team at Front Runner Events have gone onto successfully deliver the; Llanelli Half Marathon, Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon, and is now in collaboration with the Kidney Wales Cardiff 10K.  Since founding the company, the team has longed to help others in sport, and the fund; “Leave More Than A Footprint” is now able to achieve this.

The first young person to be awarded the grant is a sports-mad local girl called Madison Evans, who plays cricket and netball in the region.  She may be young at only 15 years old, but already she knows what she wants – and her long-term aim is to make it big!  She is very ambitious and hungry to be successful.  Madison’s biggest achievement to date has been to represent Wales in cricket, gaining a Welsh cap for the sport and a number of awards she’s received for netball. She loves playing alongside the 2nds squad at Swansea and her aim this year is to break into a 1st cricket team game through her all-rounder ability.

Carly Short, mum of Madison said:

“As parents, we find it hard, with the cost of everything, and the travel expense more so, if you have to stay over. Equipment over the years has got more expensive, making it harder to purchase quality products. I also find it harder now myself to drive her around, so her dad has to make sure he has the time off for us to travel to the Welsh games making things more difficult at times.”

The fund is available to young individuals who have a burning desire or talent for sport.  There is no restriction on the type of sport they wish to pursue within scope of the fund and it is open for applications all year round.

David Martin-Jewell, director of Front Runner Events said:

“We are thrilled to be able to help young people like Madsion and hope that her story will inspire others to take up sport or apply to our ‘Leave More Than A Footprint’ fund.  The aim of the fund is to help remove the barriers that may prevent someone to participate or continue in sport.  It’s an easy application process, and the team are here to help answer any questions to anyone, who think they fit in with the aim of the fund.”

“I would also like to personally thank all of those who have donated to ‘Leave More Than A Footprint’. There have been many people who have donated towards the fund through entry to our races and without their donations, people like Madison wouldn’t have received the assistance they deserve.”

Carly added:

“Thank you Front Runner Events for giving my daughter the chance to stay in sport and carry on not only playing for her city or county but mainly the country with netball and cricket.  It’s enabled her to pick a better range of equipment needed and boosted her confidence immensely!”

Should you know of someone who would benefit from “Leave More Than A Footprint” please visit the website for further information or download the application form here:  www.frontrunnerevents.co.uk/charityfund

If this story has inspired you to #RunSwansea and take on the half marathon challenge or just fancy participating in the family dash this summer head to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk to register today!  Entries are open for both race distances and are suitable for any ability.  The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a road race that is flat, and fast on a course that is perfect for beginners and first time half marathon runners. Find their facebook page, follow them on twitter or Instagram  to keep up with all the latest news.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS

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SWANSEA HALF MARATHON

The Swansea Half Marathon is to be held on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017 and will require temporary road closures and traffic restrictions to accommodate the event.

Would you therefore please commence the statutory procedures under Section 16(a) of the  Road Traffic Regulation Act 1994 – Special Events Closure, to introduce the following restrictions:

Schedule 1 : Road Closures –  Saturday 19-00hrs to Sunday 19-00hrs

Oxford Street: – from junction of Dillwyn Street to Castle Square.

Whitewalls: – from its junction with Princess Way to rear of Primark.

Union Street: – from its junction with Nelson Street to Park Street.

Nelson Street: – it’s entire length.

 

Schedule 2 : Road Closures –  Sunday  05-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Whitewalls :- it’s entire length

St Marys Square: – from its junction with Whitewalls to Princess Way.

Park Street: – its entire length.

Portland Street: – its entire length.

Plymouth Street: – its entire length.

Singleton Street: – its entire length.

Wind Street: – its entire length.

Castle Street: – its entire length.

Castle Bailey Street: – it’s entire length.

Castle Square: – its entire length.

Caer Street: – its entire length.

 

Schedule 3 : Road Closures –  Sunday  06-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Princess Way: – its entire length.

St Marys Street: – its entire length.

St Marys Square: – to its junction with Princess Way.

St Davids Place: – its entire length.

York Street: – its entire length.

Salubrious Place: – its entire length.

Little Wind Street: – its entire length.

 

Schedule 4 : Road Closures –  Sunday  08-00hrs to 14:00hrs

College Street & Welcome Lane: – its entire length westbound only.

A4067 Oystermouth Road:from its junction with West Way to Alberts Row.

A4067 Quay Parade:from Sainsbury’s Store to Wind Street.

A4067 Victoria Road:its entire length.

 

Schedule 5 : Road Closures –  Sunday  08-30hrs to 14:00hrs

Somerset Place: – its entire length, right turn only.

Wellington Street:its entire length (access to Quadrant Car Park and Tesco Marina via Stop & Go boards)

Kingsway Metro:its entire length.

Dillwyn Street Metro:its entire length.

Picton Lane:its entire length.

 

Schedule 6 : Road Closures –  Sunday as below

A4067 Oystermouth Road 08-00 to 10:50:West Way to Guildhall Road South.

A4067 Mumbles Road 08-00 to 11:15:Westbound Guildhall Road South to Knab Rock.

 

Schedule 7: No Right Turn 08-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Mayals Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Llwynderw Drive onto A4067 Mumbles Road.

Lilliput Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Army Reserve Centre onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Fairwood Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Alderwood Drive onto Mumbles Road.
Bethany Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Palmyra Court onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Ave onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Rd onto Mumbles Road.
Newton Rd onto Mumbles Road.
Dunns Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Church Park Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Myrtle Terrace onto Mumbles Road.
Village Lane onto Mumbles Road.
George Bank onto Mumbles Road.

 

Schedule 8: Varying Restrictions 08-45hrs to 14:00hrs

Dunvant Place onto A4067 Oystermouth Road – no left turn, no right turn..
Guildhall Road South onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Brynmill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Sketty Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn/no U-turn.
Ashleigh Road onto  A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Derwen Fawr Road onto A4067 Mumbles Rd – no right turn.
Mill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Unnamed Rd (The Woodman Public House) onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.

 

Schedule 9: No Parking Restrictions (Tow Away Zone)  – Saturday 18-00hrs to Sunday 15-00hrs

Castle Bailey St

Castle St

Wind St

Caer St

Princess Way

Kingsway

Oxford St (from Whitewalls to junction with Dillwyn St)

Union St

Nelson St

Somerset Place

Ferry Side

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times

Corporate Champions of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon Donate Prize Money to Food Bank

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Winners of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon Corporate Challenge took home the award in 2016 and this week have announced that the prize money from the race will go to Swansea Food Bank.

The strong team of school teachers from Bishopston Comprehensive was headed up by P.E teacher Andrew Bartley and head teacher Jeff Bird, and were one of 18 teams to take part in the corporate challenge at the 2016 race.  Each team consisted of between five to thirty runners, and the team with the fastest combined time (average time of the top five fastest finishers) takes the title.

Jez Hill lead the pack at Bishopston with a finishing time of 1:34:38, followed by Ceri Bartley, Gavin Davies, Jon Reed and Rodney Johnson who all finished as the top five finishers time within 1:45:21.

Jeff Bird, Head teacher at Bishopston Comprehensive school said:

“I was delighted to see so many of our staff taking part in the Swansea Half Marathon last year.  It is an excellent event that generates much-needed funds for worthy charities, and being winners of the corporate challenge helped our school raise an extra £100 toward the Swansea Foodbank.  We didn’t enter the challenge expecting to win, however, our team ethos at Bishopston seemed to be the key in becoming the 2016 champions.  Taking part was an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate to our pupils that anything is achievable and hope that we can enter in 2017 and retain our title of Corporate Champions.”

Organisers of the race met with Swansea Foodbank to donate the prize of £100 to the charity that is solely run by volunteers across Swansea.  The food bank initiative is part of the Trussell Trust and delivers help to people in crisis across the city.  Foodbank provides emergency food to people who need it most, whether someone has been made redundant or face a financial crisis; food banks are known to help prevent crime, family breakdown or mental health problems.

David Martin-Jewell, Managing director of Front Runner Events said:foodbank2

“We are so pleased to be donating the prize from Bishopston Comprehensive School directly to Swansea’s foodbank.  Foodbanks provide a very important role to the people of Swansea preventing hunger, and other serious problems.  We are very much a strong supporter of this city and like it gives us great pleasure to be giving something back to this very important local charity.”    

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon Corporate Challenge was introduced two years ago to give corporate teams the opportunity to get involved in one of the UK’s fastest growing half marathons, whilst giving their organistion exposure and visibility at a major sporting event. The event offers a fantastic platform for companies to actively promote a healthy work force and to encourage fitness, motivation and team building in the business environment whilst raising money for charity.

If you are part of an organisation whether it be a school, not for profit, or commercial business and think you could get a team together to take on the corporate challenge then get in touch with the Front Runner Events team on 01792 277310 email enquiries@swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk or visit: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

Corporate team entries cost £33+VAT per person for teams of 5-10 entrants, £32+VAT per person for 11-25 entrants and £30+VAT per person for 26-50 entrants. The entry fee includes the team or company name on every runner’s bib, a listing on the Corporate Challenge web page on the race website, access to training advice and plans, plus a medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag for every finisher. The organisers will also award a donation of £100 to the winning team’s charity of choice.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 25th June 2016 on fully closed roads and is a firm favourite amongst the running community. The flat fast course is perfect for beginners, first time half marathon runners and charity runners, whilst also attracting a large elite field from Wales and beyond to #RunSwansea.

Visit www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details and to sign up, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Gets Set to Celebrate Official Launch

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As the JCP Swansea Half Marathon celebrate the official launch of the 2017 race, they are joined by the BAFTA and multi-award winner Lowri Morgan.  Lowri being an ultra marathon runner and local celebrity was only too pleased to talk at the evening celebration, sharing her love of running and passion for Swansea.lowri (1)

Organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon were delighted to announce the new partners involved in the race that has captured the attention of runners from across the UK and beyond.  The official partners joining the event include; Home from Home; an accommodation agency specialising in cottages and unique places to stay, and Race Nation; the race entry and fundraising platform.  They join the long standing partners of the half marathon Matthews & Co, Brecon Carreg and HMT Sancta Maria.

The evening celebration took place place on Friday 27th January at Morgans Hotel, where sponsors and supporters of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon celebrated the success of 2016 and the unveiling of the new company Front Runner Events.

David Martin-Jewell, managing director of Front Runners Events said:

“We are extremely proud to announce that we have grown our business into a multi event company.  Having recently taken over Llanelli Half Marathon we felt it was a key time to rebrand and announce the new company of Front Runner Events.  We are an ambitious team and plan to further develop races across South West Wales.”

The team behind the JCP Swansea Half marathon also announced the community fund “Leave More than A Footprint” during the event, where individuals are able to apply for the fund, which is managed by a committee.  The aim of the fund is to try and tackle exclusion in sport and help towards building a future for children who may go on to achieve great things or simply have sport in their lives.  Committee members include Amy Seppman, Marketing Director at JCP Solicitors, who were the founding sponsor and continue to be the principal partner of the race.

JCP (1)Amy Seppman added:

“As a law firm we are true believers in the grassroots approach.  If you invest and help nurture the natural abilities of people only positive outcomes can occur.  Not only is this an approach we have in our own company ethos, but as a mother of a child who is heavily committed to sport I can see first hand the advantages a fund such as this could bring. Becoming a committee member was something I didn’t think twice about and I look forward to seeing the results that a community fund can bring to the lives of children in Swansea.”

Official charities joining the JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2017 include Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK.  Both charities were present during the evening and will be involved in the build up to the race, and supporting runners in their fund raising efforts.

Tash Smith, charity co-ordinator at Front Runners Events said:charities

“We are thrilled to continue working with our charity partners for 2017. Since the inception of the JCP Swansea Half marathon our runners have raised more than £1million for charity.  Running a half marathon is an amazing achievement for anybody and fundraising for charity can help motivate many runners to reach their goal and focus on their target.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race on fully closed roads that starts in Swansea city centre and takes in six miles of stunning coastline, idyllic marina, and iconic buildings on its course.  Suitable to first timers, fun runners, elites and your everyday hero, this simply is a MUST do race for anyone thinking about running a half marathon.

If you would like to sign up or find out more about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, that takes place on 25th June 2017, just visit www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk To stay up to date with all the latest news like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

Race Organisers Advice On Winter Safety & Training

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With Winter just around the corner, organisers of Wales’ 2nd biggest half marathon are ready to help runners get smart and fit for the colder months ahead.

David Martin-Jewell, race director of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon says:

“Winter training is an important part of being a runner and keeping up the required levels of fitness to continue taking part in races throughout the year.  There are lots of runners who dread the colder temperatures and shorter hours of daylight but getting out in the fresh air during autumn and winter is good for the mind, body and spirit.  There are lots of ways to combat the winter fatigue and hopefully these tips will encourage everyone to keep up the training or even take up running if you haven’t run before…”

5 Top Tips For Winter

  1. Stay Safe Be Seen

Daylight hours are getting shorter and those of us who work are finding it harder to get out and run when its light, so it’s important that you wear a head torch when running (even if it’s light when you leave home, chances are it will be dark when you return).  Always wear hi-vis or reflective gear so that any vehicles can see you from a distance, even on pavements it’s important to be seen!

  1. Buddy Up

Running with a friend can be the making of you as a runner, they can motivate you, advise you, encourage you and last of all entertain you while you run!  It’s easy to say “not tonight” to yourself or “I’ll give it a miss” when it’s just you going running, but if you are letting someone down it’s a different story.  Nobody likes letting their friends down, so buddying up can really be the best thing you do as a runner.

  1. Dress Right

If you hate the cold and dread the thought of running in freezing temperatures, make sure that you plan your outfit well and layer up according to the weather.  Gloves, and head buffs are an essential for winter training, and it’s always advisable to leave a hoody in the car, or wear a wind stopper jacket to keep you warm and dry without overheating whilst your running.

  1. Go To Your Local Parkrun

We at team SHM are a massive fan and advocate for Parkrun.  Swansea hosts its own Parkrun and celebrated it’s 1st Anniversary last Saturday at 360 Beach and Watersports, and we are proud to say that at least one of our team has attended every event that has taken place.  It is a fantastic initiative that is for any age or ability, where people come together to walk or run the timed 5k race every Saturday or Sunday in 14 countries world-wide.  We would encourage anyone who runs to keep this as part of his or her training calendar throughout the week.  To find out more about your local parkrun go to: www.parkrun.com

  1. Make Time

Everyone struggles with their busy schedules these days, between work, family commitments or other hobbies it can be hard to fit in a run around these.  Often it’s about becoming more organised, stop wasting time on the things that are not that important and prioritise tasks.  Things can often be juggled around and with a little determination you too can manage to get some runs in the bag!

Emma Martin-Jewell, Marketing Director at Swansea Half Marathon, added:

“I know more than anyone just how much of a challenge it can be to be motivated and make time for running. This year I managed to train and complete the Swansea half marathon for the very first time, all while juggling family life and looking after my four young children.  I never ran before and found it a massive struggle to even enjoy it first, let alone think about taking on the challenge of running the half, but I did it thanks to taking on board advice from friends. I know that if I can run a half marathon, anyone can, and hopefully those considering it, will take something from our tips to encourage them to take up running.  Who knows where it can lead, you might just surprise yourself!  It’s never too early to start training, if you build slowly through the winter and develop in the Spring you will be well prepared for the race in June.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race on fully closed roads that starts in Swansea city centre and takes in six miles of stunning coastline, idyllic marina, and iconic buildings on its course.  Suitable to first timers, fun runners, elites and your everyday hero, this simply is a MUST do race for anyone thinking about running a half marathon.  The JCP Swansea Half Marathon race takes place in just 8 months, on 25th June 2017.  To sign up to take part or keep up with the latest news go to:  www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

 

Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

Wales’ Best Half Marathon Race Kicks Off To A Great Start

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As the autumn half marathon season gets underway, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon kicks off with the launch of their brand new video, website and announce their charity structure and partners for 2017.

 

The race, which was awarded silver at the 2016 Running Awards was voted the 2nd Best Half Marathon in the UK. And you will see why when you watch their latest video that highlights this years record-breaking event, capturing everlasting memories for their runners, spectators and supporters alike. Not forgetting the breath-taking course that the runners just can’t wait to experience first hand…the panorama of Swansea Bay (that quite rightly sells itself) is one that should not be missed. Accompanying the video is the recently released soundtrack by Balsamo Deighton with Welsh artist Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton demonstrating the raw talent right here in Wales.

In addition to the video being launched this week, the website which is the entry portal to sign up to the race has also been revamped making it even easier to enter next years race that takes place in just 9 months, on 25th June 2017. To check out the new website, sign up to take part or keep up with the latest news go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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Since the JCP Swansea Half Marathon began runners from all over the world have been lining up on the start line to raise money for charity, as the race itself offers a fantastic platform for charity fundraising. Today the organisers have announced that Joint Headline Charity Partners will be; Cancer Research UK, who have been involved since the inaugural race back in 2014, and Alzheimer’s Society, who have been a part of the race for the last two consecutive years.

 

David Martin-Jewell, Race Director said:

 

We are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with these two fantastic charities that work tirelessly to research new developments in medical advancement and deliver key services to those that need it most. There are many people that are affected by these diseases so it is with great pleasure we have the opportunity to make a difference to fundraising locally for such great causes.

 

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon has become a firm fixture for fund-raising and I am proud to say that over £1 million pounds has been raised for charity since our inaugural race.”

 

If you would like to run for the above charities you can simply sign up online via the charity pages here: http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/charities/ and pledge your fundraising goal. Any charities wishing to become affiliated with the JCP Swansea Half can contact the team behind race on 01792 277310 or email tash@swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

 

Further to the race’s charity structure, the team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon are pleased to confirm two new Official Race Partners who have joined the team; holiday homes specialist Home From Home based in Mumbles and Race-Nation, who provide the team’s digital race entry platform. The businesses join law firm; JCP solicitors, Matthews & Co Chartered Accounts and Brecon Carreg.

 

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race on fully closed roads that starts in Swansea city centre and takes in six miles of stunning coastline, idyllic marina, and iconic buildings on its course. Suitable to first timers, fun runners, elites and your everyday hero, this simply is a MUST do race for anyone thinking about running a half marathon.

 

Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

Dewi Griffiths and Hannah Walker win JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2016 with new course records

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The streets of Swansea were filled on Sunday 26th June with thousands of runners and spectators celebrating the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

The flat and fast 13.1-mile course attracted runners of all levels including first-time runners, charity runners, club runners and elite athletes from all over the globe, with forty-two different nationalities represented at Wales’ second largest half marathon. The race saw a clean course record sweep with all three course records (male, female, wheelchair) smashed and thousands of PBs achieved on a day that boasted perfect running conditions.

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With nearly three quarters of the registered runners being Welsh, the historic meeting between Wales and Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday afternoon had an effect on the number of participants with many missing their place on the start line on Sunday morning after a night of celebrations. However, Wales’ victory did not detract from the tremendous support from locals cheering the runners on their way.

The race set off from Oxford Street in Swansea city centre and was started by Keith Thomas from JCP Solicitors. Welsh singing star Ros Evans sent the runners on their way by singing with the all-female Mum’s the Word adult choir and the Mumbles Youth Opera Group at the start of the race – before putting on her own running shoes and joining in the UK’s second best half marathon, as voted by runners in The 2016 Running Awards.

The race then proceeded on fully closed roads past Swansea Castle and along a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards The Mumbles, with its iconic pier and lighthouse. Athletes were cheered across the finish line on Oxford Street by a lively and supportive crowd who had contributed to the all-round fantastic atmosphere of the event.

It was a day of records and achievements alongside substantial charity fundraising.

Swansea Half Marathon, 26th June 2016. Swansea.

The men’s field was dominated by the Swansea Harriers, who filled the podium and five out of the top ten places. The title was claimed for the second consecutive year by race ambassador and GB International Dewi Griffiths who took a minute and ten seconds off his own course record after crossing the finish line in 01:05:38. Club mate Danal Desta completed the half marathon in a time of 01:07:01, ahead of Josh Griffiths who took third place in 01:08:43.

The women’s course record was smashed by three minutes and twenty seconds after Hannah Walker from Run-Fast secured the title in 01:14:31. Runner up Tracy Barlow from Thames Valley Harriers finished in 01:15:03 and Rachel Felton of Run-Fast claimed third place in 01:16:33.

A Family Fun Dash was introduced for the 2016 event and this proved to be a popular part of race day. Young runners and families were able to experience the thrilling atmosphere of a big sporting event in the city and cross the same finish line as the main field after a 1K run from Swansea Castle.

For the second year in a row, runners were able to benefit from a team of race pacers provided by Xempo Race Pacing in association with TomTom. It is thanks to the race pacers that many runners reported getting their speed just right and hitting their target time on the day.

Results (provisional) – JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2016

Male:

1. Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers), 01:05:38
2. Danal Desta (Swansea Harriers), 01:07:01
3. Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers), 01:08:43

Female:

1. Hannah Walker (Run-Fast), 01:14:31
2. Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers), 01:15:03
3. Rachel Felton (Run-Fast), 01:16:33

Paralympian Richie Powell won the wheelchair race and set a new course record in 01:01:29, whilst the Swansea Harriers won the Team Challenge.

The winning team of the Corporate Challenge went to Cancer Research UK.

The full results and race day photos are available on the website www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk.

Race Director David Martin-Jewell said: “We are thrilled with the turnout for this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which has proved to be our biggest and best event yet with all three course records smashed and runners from forty-two nations taking part. It was fantastic to see the streets of Swansea filled with competitors and spectators of all ages and to be a part of the fantastic atmosphere. We would like to congratulate every single person who crossed the finish line for their phenomenal effort and achievement.

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“Our sincere thanks go to all our sponsors and partners for their invaluable support, to everyone who sponsored our runners to raise incredible sums for charity, to all those who came out today to cheer on the athletes along the course, and of course to all the runners who took part and chose to #RunSwansea. A big thank you also to all the bands who were entertaining runners and spectators along the route, and to our amazing and ever-smiling volunteers who ensured that the day went as smoothly as possible. It was a truly memorable day for Swansea.”

Since its inauguration three years ago the JCP Swansea Half Marathon has become a fantastic platform for charity fundraising, and this year saw record amounts raised for the race’s official charities. The Headline Charity Partner for 2016 was Cancer Research UK, with Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes and Save the Children as Gold Charity Partners.

JCP Solicitors is the title sponsor of the Swansea Half Marathon. Other sponsors and partners of the 2016 race included Compare Insurance, Matthews & Co, The Big Heart of Swansea and HMT Sancta Maria. ASICS was the Official Sports Training Partner, SiS the Official Sports Nutrition Partner and Brecon Carreg the Hydration Partner for the race.

The prize money was supplied by Zurich and NBS in association with Compare Insurance, whilst Dr Organic, Frankie & Benny’s and Nando’s provided spot prizes for the runners.

The date for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2017 has been confirmed as Sunday 25th June 2017 and online entries are open now. The standard entry fee for the 2017 race is £30 (+booking fee), or £28 (+booking fee) for affiliated runners.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further details, full results and to sign up to the 2017 race. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

Music to hit the ground running at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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The organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have confirmed that amongst the numerous bands that will be performing live on race day, Welsh opera singer Ros Evans will be leading singing AND running – on Sunday 26th June 2016.

Swansea-born Ros will be sending runners on their way by singing with the all-female Mum’s the Word adult choir and the Mumbles Youth Opera Group at the start of the race, which will set off from the junction of Union Street and Oxford Street at 9am.

Mum’s the Word was set up by Ros herself two years ago, in response to demand for a female singing group and as a way to raise money for local and national causes. The choir, which has sung at a number of major events, comprises 50 lady choristers and this year they are supporting the Special Care Baby Unit at Singleton Hospital as their main charity. The ladies will be joined by one of Ros’s other choirs, Mumbles Youth Opera Group, and the youngsters are particularly excited at the prospect of singing at Wales’ second largest half marathon.SHM15_8557

Both choirs and Ros are delighted to have been invited to such a high profile and well-organised event, and together they promise to deliver a heart-stirring performance that will have emotions running high as runners wait to depart.

Ros will then be donning her own running shoes to join the 8,000 participants of the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon this summer.

The presence of Welsh star Ros Evans is a fitting start to the race which has recently been voted the UK’s second best half marathon after winning Silver at The 2016 Running Awards in association with JustGiving. Indeed, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon has fast become a favourite among the running community offering a flat, fast and scenic 13.1 mile course that is suitable for runners of all levels including first-time half marathon runners, charity runners and club runners. It also attracts a large elite field from Wales and beyond to #RunSwansea, last year bringing in athletes from 25 countries.

Race Director David Martin-Jewell commented: “We are honoured to welcome Ros Evans and her highly regarded choirs to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. She is a true Welsh star and she will provide an inspiring send-off to all those at the start line. We are absolutely delighted that she will then be running the half marathon herself. She will be a great inspiration to other runners and it really does prove that running is a sport for everyone. We would like to wish everyone, including Ros, the very best of luck at what is set to be our best race yet.”

Ros Evans was born in Mumbles and was educated at King’s College, London, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Ros has appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious concert platforms including Sydney Opera House and Paris Opera. In addition to her operatic roles, Ros appears regularly on television and radio, contributing opinion on both current affairs and singing matters as well as providing commentary for Cardiff Singer of the World. After the JCP Swansea Half Marathon Ros has a strong line-up of future engagements such as further appearances at Welsh National Opera and concert performances with Swansea’s own Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir.

SHM15_45The JCP Swansea Half Marathon starts in the heart of the city centre and the route takes runners on fully closed roads past Swansea castle and along a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards The Mumbles and back.

There will be musical entertainment along various points of the route to keep the athletes spirits running high, with FOUR bands, a choir, an operatic ensemble, and an up and coming DJ offering music from all genres; this course is set to become a musical extravaganza.

Nick Francis, technical director said: “Last year we introduced a number of bands to our race for the first time along the route and as a result we have been able to build on that to create “Bands Across The Bay” for 2016. This offers Welsh talent the ability to showcase their material to a massive audience who will be running the course as well as spectators on the route. This year we are pleased to introduce: Mum’s The Word, Mumbles Youth Opera, Little Folk, Writing On The Skyline, Vocal Harmony, Daisy White and the up and coming DJ John Hughes. We really hope that our runners enjoy the entertainment on course and any musicians wishing to perform in “Bands Across The Bay” can get in touch with the team at Swansea Half Marathon on the details below.”

All public places have been sold, however those who have missed out on general entry can still take part by choosing to run for one of the official charities including; Headline Charity Partner Cancer Research UK, Gold Charity Partners Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes, Save the Children and Community Charity Partner Swans Community Trust.

Any bands wishing to perform can visit the website http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/bands-across-the-bay/ for further details or contact the team on 01792 277310 or email: info@swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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Griffiths Faces Tough Defence of JCP Swansea Half Marathon Title

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Dewi Griffiths can expect a Superhero among his challengers when he goes to the line to defend his JCP Swansea Half Marathon title on 26th June.

Swansea Harriers’ Great Britain international aims to become the first man to record back-to-back victories in the race but Paul Martelletti is keen to prevent another home victory for 24-year-old Griffiths.

New Zealand born Martelletti wore the distinctive red and blue webbed costume of Spiderman to set a unique record at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.paul_martelletti

But the London based long distance specialist, who now runs for his adopted country, is more than a gimmick.

His world record run as the fastest man in a superhero costume was followed by 22nd place at last month’s Virgin Money London Marathon when he clocked 2hrs 17 mins, 26 seconds.

In addition, Martelletti, 36, has won races over the 13.1 mile distance this year in Brighton, Watford, Tunbridge Wells and Los Angeles. His half marathon personal best of 64 mins 18 seconds puts him fractionally behind title holder Griffiths who himself is in superb form having won the British, Welsh and Inter Counties Cross Country Championships this year and set a new half marathon PB at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships whilst representing Great Britain.

Cardiff based Michael Kallenberg, a serving RAF man, is also no stranger to the marathon and will look on the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as something of a sprint!

Coached by James Thie in Cardiff, Kallenberg came third at the 2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon which Martelletti won, before finishing eighth and second European at the World 50K Championships in Doha last December.

Angus Maclean (PB 68:25) and Josh Griffiths (PB 66:28), second and third respectively behind Griffiths last year, add depth to the Swansea Harrier team and return to see if they can close the gap on outstanding race favourite and popular inaugural race ambassador.

Lliswerry Runners’ Emma Wookey’s withdrawal through injury has opened the door for the coronation of a new ladies’ champion.

Certainly, Wookey, 14th overall in 2015, is devastated by the decision but who can take advantage of her absence?

Hannah Walker, 25, is the fastest female entrant with an impressive 71:50 from the 2012 Bristol Half Marathon. The Run-Fast athlete achieved a more modest 78:12 at the Vitality Hackney Half Marathon this May but was first woman and 17th overall.

Jess Parry-Williams, third female and four places and 70 seconds behind winner Wookey at Swansea last year, will also take up the gauntlet.

The 35-year-old Les Croupiers athlete was ninth female at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff in March.

Ellie Davies (personal best, 76:29) shouldn’t be underestimated. On the track, the Brecon runner won the British Universities 10,000 metres title earlier this month (May) and finished fifth female at this year’s Vitality Bath Half Marathon back in March.

Rachel Felton raced the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K in 2014, placing third lady, and then taking fifth at last year’s Cardiff Half Marathon with 73 mins 42 secs.

The Stroud based, Shaftesbury Barnet AC star was subsequently named in Great Britain’s squad for the World Half Championships finishing in 76:36. Wookey’s winning Swansea time from 2015 was 77:51.

Already the second largest 13.1 miler in Wales, the 2016 JCP Swansea Half Marathon will attract a record extending 8,000 field this summer. It will take place on fully closed roads and is quickly becoming a firm favourite amongst the running community.

Entries for the award-winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon are currently still open but general places are expected to sell out before the end of this week.

Public places cost £33 for affiliated athletes and £35 for non-affiliated runners, which includes a fully marshaled course on closed roads, medal, technical t-shirt, on route entertainment, post-race massage and goody bag for all finishers.

Starting and finishing in the city centre, the route takes runners along Swansea Bay to The Mumbles and back, featuring six miles of stunning coastline, beautiful views and fantastic crowd support.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details and to secure your place on the start line this June.

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