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Winter Training Tips

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With Winter just around the corner, organisers of Wales’ multi-award winning 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…”

What to wear

It’s cold, wet and dark, what do you wear to run comfortably in these conditions? Brangwyn Hall Start Line

Cold – Layer up with a few light layers, if you get too warm you can take them off and tie them around your waist and put accessories such as gloves/hats into your pockets.

Base layers, long sleeve tops & full-length tights are a must when it’s cold. Important accessories are gloves, head buffs, beanie hat and thicker socks. If you’re not running from home take jogging bottoms and a hoody to leave in the car, something warm to put on while you stretch off.

Wet – A waterproof running jacket will help to keep you dry and in turn will keep you comfortable and warm whilst you get your miles in.

A running cap/visor will be useful to keep rain out of your eyes and a wrist buff or sweatbands are always handy to wipe your eyes. If you aren’t running from home then always have a towel and dry clothes in the car for afterwards. There’s nothing worse than driving home wet and you will get cold quickly.

Dark – If you’re running early in the morning or late in the evening, then a high visibility jacket, vest or similar clothing is essential to make sure you’re seen.

A headtorch is also useful during the darker hours, whilst there may be routes without sufficient street lighting, you may need more than hi-viz clothing to stay safe! Head torches help you see where you’re going but more importantly – they help other road users and vehicles see you. Running in the evening? Even if it’s light when you start, chances are it will get dark during your run – always take high viz & head torch with you.

Hydration

It may be cold and wet outside but hydration is still key before, during and after your training runs.

Even when it is cold and wet you will still sweat, and you will still need to take on plenty of fluid to replace the water your body loses through perspiration. Take a small water bottle with you if it’s a long run, if the run is shorter you can either take a bottle with you or have one ready for immediately after you finish.

Buddy up

During the winter months, not only is it colder but it is darker, try not to run on your own, safety in numbers!

Buddying up is recommended no matter what time of year it is, however, winter conditions can make it more dangerous to be out running alone. Running with a friend will also make for a more enjoyable and productive run as you can encourage and push each other when you get tired.

If you must run on your own – take a phone, let someone know your route & how long you expect to be out for.

If you don’t have anyone to run with, why not join a local running club? There are plenty of local clubs that cater for all abilities. Join in on a session and see how it goes, you will improve your running, training will become easier and you will make new friends all at the same time.

Plan your week

There are many things that can come between you and your run – work and family are the main struggles but sometimes it can be as simple as looking outside and thinking “not today, I’ll run tomorrow instead”. A training plan should be a guide that you use and follow as best you can, but if you can’t do the scheduled Tuesday run because you have other commitments, swap it with a rest day so you still get the planned miles in.

Plan your week, this could be done using a training app on your phone, a calendar you regularly use (hard copy or digital) or you can even print and use one of our training plans – spend some time each Sunday evening to plan all your runs around your commitments for that week. Once the plan is there, print it out and put it up somewhere you will see it each day to remind you of what you need to do.

Try and mix up your runs each week, adding a hill or a few sprints into your run will keep the mind active.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race on fully closed roads that starts outside the iconic Brangwyn Hall and takes in six miles of stunning coastline and idyllic marina 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 7 months, on 14th June 2020.  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.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Announces Maggie’s Cancer Care as Charity Partner of the Year

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Organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon are pleased to announce Maggie’s Cancer Care as their Charity of the Year for 2020.  The team at Front Runner Events; who host a series of long distance running events in Llanelli and Swansea have been working in partnership with the charity for the last three years at their flagship race; the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

Tash Smith, Senior Events Coordinator at Front Runner Events said: 

“We are thrilled to announce Maggie’s as our platinum charity of the year.  They offer a wonderful service to patients and their families and hope that our partnership will help them continue this great work for many years to come.  We have a fantastic relationship with the team at Maggie’s and we look forward to developing this further over the next 12 months.” 

As some will know; the late Maggie Keswick Jencks founded Maggie’s in 1995 and the centre in Swansea was established in 2011.  Having been fully operational for the last 8 years it currently supports an astounding number of (approximately) 900,000 people in the South West Wales region.

Leanne Jennett, Centre Fundraising Manager said:

“We’re delighted at Maggie’s to become charity partner of the year at the 2020 JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  This is a big event for us, especially with it being local to our centre.  It offers a fantastic platform for fundraising and helps bring in essential funds to the centre.  As a registered charity, Maggie’s relies solely on the generosity of their supporters, through fundraising and donations to help keep the centre open for visitors.”

The team at Maggie’s offer practical advice, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family or friends.  The centres are where users can find advice about benefits, eating well and somewhere you will find qualified experts to provide emotional support; places to meet other people or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.  The service provided at Maggie’s has been recognised as second to none by the many that it supports.

In 2020 #TeamMaggies will have 100 spaces available for anyone wishing to run for their charity.  Participants don’t need to super athletes to take part as the race is suitable for every ability on its flat and friendly route.  Each runner will be supported by Maggie’s and organisers with race tips, training plans and charity place t-shirts.  So if you fancy a challenge and want to raise funds for Maggie’s contact: Leanne Jennett on 01792 200 001 or email: swanseafundraising@maggiescentres.org or visit: http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/Maggie’s/

The event will take place on Sunday 14th June starting at 10am from the Brangwyn Hall, so there’s plenty of time to set yourself a challenge for next year!  It is a fully marshalled race on closed roads that is flat, fast and on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first time half marathon runners.  The route takes runners through the city along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, and returns through SA1 to finish at Swansea Museum.

Family & Organisers Combined Statement

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Following the tragic event that took place at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd June, whereby a young man was taken to hospital and later died, race organisers are now able to confirm with permission and close consultation with the family that the runner was indeed: Mr Wil Sern Ong, aged 21.  Mr Ong was from Malaysia and studying Environmental Engineering at the city’s University. 

Managing Director of Front Runner Events, David Martin-Jewell said, “Everyone associated and involved with the Swansea Half has been devastated by this tragic loss of life following the event. We are in very close contact with the family and supporting them at this time.

“This was the second time Mr Ong has taken part in our event whereby, he completed the half marathon in 2018.  The news of this has hit the team hard and we are also supporting the crew who were directly involved in the delivery of the event.  The safety of our race participants is of paramount importance to us and we would like to recognise the speedy response by our on-site medics and by St John Cymru Wales, who were at the scene immediately, to give emergency assistance”

A family spokesperson said, “We are so heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Wil Sern Ong. No words could express how sad and painful it is for the family, Church family, English Corner and all those who knew him. He was a brother in Christ, a dear friend and a partner in ministry. His love for Jesus Christ, his passion in serving Him and his desire for others to know Him are the marks of this godly young man.

Wil Sern was a rare gem to find: well versed in God’s word, spiritually matured beyond his years, so full of life, well mannered, helpful and kind. In the short span of nearly 21 years, he had impacted and inspired so many.

A loving son and brother, Wil Sern, a staff sergant of the 12th Kuala Lumpur Boys Brigade, moved to Swansea In 2017 to embark on a new chapter in his life. His Brother said “Wil Sern loved life, the challenge it posed and the excitement of new adventure, learning and experiences. Wil Sern will be missed by so many friends here and back home in Malaysia. It is so sad that this has happened, we will all miss him so much”.

His aunt said “Wil Sern is such a special boy who would have achieved great things in his life. The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions and we are unable to come to terms with the passing of my nephew”.

“He will be greatly missed, but we take comfort that he is with God. Please remember his family and friends who are greatly affected in your prayers as each of us is grieving differently.”

Friends of Mr Ong have set up a Justgiving/Crowd funding page to assist the family while they are in the UK. All surplus monies will be donated to the Argyle & Rhyddings Presbyterian Church, Swansea.  Please donate to the fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wilsernong

For anyone wishing to make a donation via the church please contact Argyle & Rhyddings Presbytarian Church directly.

We ask that the family’s request for privacy is maintained.

Front Runner Events Statement

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At 12:17pm,  during Sunday’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon, a male runner collapsed at the 13 mile point of the event and received immediate medical attention from the St John Cymru Wales’ medics who were positioned at the location. The participant was treated at the scene and transferred to Morriston Hospital, where he later died. St John medics and emergency services dealt with this emergency with great speed and professionalism. Everyone connected with the race is devastated by this incident and our thoughts are with the family of the runner at this very difficult time.

We are in close contact with the family concerned and they have advised us that they do not wish to share any other information at this time. We ask that their privacy is respected.

Statement

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We are unable to release any further details at the present time as we are still working with all relevant authorities. The family have requested that we do not release any personal information and we need to honour and respect their privacy at this very difficult time.

We will release more information in due course.

All further press enquiries, please contact MGB ON 01792 460200

Statement

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Statement: Swansea Half Marathon 

With regret, we can confirm a participant has died at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd June 2019. We are working closely with all emergency services into the circumstances of the incident. Our deepest condolences go to their family and friends at this time.

Temporary Road Closures & Restrictions

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS

JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON

NOTICE 2019

 

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is to be held on Sunday 23rd June 2019 and will require temporary road closures and traffic restrictions to accommodate the event on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Schedule 1: Road Closures – Sunday 04-00hrs to 12:00hrs

Francis Street – from its junction with St Helens Avenue.
Guildhall Road South – its entire length.
St Helens Crescent – from its junction from St Helens Road to junction with Guildhall Road North.
Guildhall Road North (allows egress for parked cars further north than Guildhall Rd North)
Guildhall Road North – its entire length
Guildhall Rotunda.
The Baths Car Park
Henrietta Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road – no access onto St Helens Road.
B4290 St Helens Road – its entire length
Bond Street – from its junction with B4290 Oxford Street and Vincent Street
Oxford Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road to Beach Street
Beach Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road and Oxford Street.
Argyle Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Wyndham Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road 

Schedule 2: Road Closures – Sunday 09-30hrs to 10:45hrs

Dillwyn Street -from junction with Oxford Street, its entire length.
Christina Street – its entire length.
The Kingsway – its entire length.
Portland Street – its entire length.
Picton Lane – its entire length.
Orchard Street – its entire length.

Schedule 3: Road Closures – Sunday 09-00hrs to 10:45hrs

Cradock Street – its entire length.
Pleasant Street – its entire length.
B4290 Alexandra Place – from its junction with Orchard Street.
A4118 Dyfatty Street (southbound) – from Dyfatty Lights to its junction with Orchard Street.
B4489 High Street (southbound) – entire length access to High Street Train Station.
Ivy Place – at its junction with B4290 High Street Train Station.
Mariner Street- its entire length.
Ebenezer Street- its entire length.
Tontine Street- its entire length. –exiting right turn only
Kings Lane – its entire length.
College Street- its entire length.
Welcome Lane – its entire length.
Castle Bailey Street – its entire length.
Castle Street – its entire length.
Castle Square – its entire length.
Caer Street – its entire length.
Wind Street – its entire length.
Belle Vue Way – Its entire length.
Princess Way – its entire length.

Schedule 4: Road Closures – Sunday 09-30hrs to 12:30hrs

A4067 Oystermouth Road: – from its junction with Princess Way to West Way (eastbound and west bound traffic).
A4067 Quay Parade – from Sainsbury’s Store to Wind Street (incl Tawe Bridges)
A4067 Victoria Road – its entire length in eastbound and westbound direction.

Schedule 5: Road Closures – Sunday 09-45hrs to 16:00hrs

Somerset Place – its entire length
Adelaide Street – its entire length.
Pier Street – it’s entire length.
East Burrows Road – at its junction with Somerset Place
Cambrian Place – junction with Somerset Place
Burrows Place – its entire length
Ferry Side – its entire length
Bath Lane –  it’s entire length

Egress for residents where possible and when safe to do so.

Schedule 6: Road Closures – Sunday as below

A4067 Oystermouth Road 09:30 to 11:40: – West Way to Guildhall Road South. (westbound only)
A4067 Mumbles Road 09:30 to 12:30: – Guildhall Road South to Mayals Road (westbound only).
A4067 Mumbles Road 09:30 to 12:30 – Mayals Road to Newton Road (eastbound and westbound)
A4067 Mumbles Road 09:30 to 12:30 Newton Road to Knab Rock (westbound only)

Schedule 7: Road Closed – No Right Turn, No Left Turn: Sunday 09-30hrs to 12:30hrs

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 Avenue onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Road onto Mumbles Road.

Egress for residents where possible and when safe to do so.

Schedule 8: No Right Turn: Sunday 09-30hrs to 12:30hrs

Mayals Road onto A4067 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.
Newton Road onto Mumbles Road

Schedule 9: Varying Restrictions: Sunday

Dunvant Place onto A4067 Oystermouth Road – no left turn, no right turn – 09:30hrs – 10:45hrs.
Brynmill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – Road Closed – 09:15hrs-12:00hrs.
Sketty Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn/no left turn/no U-turn – 09:15hrs-12:30hrs.
Ashleigh Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn – 09:15hrs-12:30hrs.
Derwen Fawr Road onto A4067 Mumbles Rd – no right turn – 09:30hrs-12:30hrs.
Mill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn – 09:30hrs-12:30hrs.
Unnamed Rd (The Woodman Public House) onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn – 09:30hrs-12:30hrs.
Newton Road onto Mumbles Road no left/right turn- 09:30hrs-12:30hrs.

Schedule 10: No Parking Restrictions (Tow Away Zone) 0400 – 1200hrs Sunday 23rd June

Francis Street.
Guildhall Road North.
Guildhall Road South
Guildhall Car Park
St Helens Crescent.

Any vehicles parked in contradiction of these Parking Restrictions will be towed away by the Council without further notice. 

Schedule 11: No Parking Restrictions (Tow Away Zone) 0400 – 16-00hrs Sunday 23rdJune

St Helens Road.
Orchard St
Ivy Place.
High Street.
Castle Bailey Street.
Castle Street.
Wind Street.
Caer Street.
Somerset Place.
Ferry Side.
Adelaide St
Burrows Place
Bath Lane.

Any vehicles parked in contradiction of these Parking Restrictions will be towed away by the Council without further notice. 

 

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times

 

This Order is made with the consent of Welsh Government.

Running Helps Swansea Girl Rediscover Her Life Beyond The Numbers… of a Type 1 Diabetic

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Natalie Holborow, aged 28, tells us her story of life as a type 1 diabetic, her running journey, and how she hopes to help Diabetes UK Cymru break the World record this June.  Natalie, a writer from Swansea, was diagnosed when she was just eight years old.

Natalie said;

“I’d been feeling unwell for a little while, then one day my dad found me drinking from the bathroom taps in the middle of the night. I was desperately thirsty all the time, which is a common symptom of Type 1 diabetes. 

“I try to be as positive as I can about life with Type 1 but it’s really hard. It can be overwhelming sometimes.  I’m always thinking about counting my carbohydrate intake, blood sugar readings and insulin units…Sometimes it’s hard to separate the person from the numbers. I just can’t remember what it’s like to eat something without worrying.

“But this is also why running is so important to me. It reminds me of what I am capable of despite all the challenges, and helps me rediscover the person behind the numbers.”

Natalie started running at aged 16 and in 2017 ran her first ever marathon in Edinburgh. She hopes her record attempt, with others (who will make up the strong team of Type 1 runners) will inspire others with the condition, as well as break down some common misconceptions.

Natalie continued;

“I hated running when I first started, but the more I did it and the further I got, the stronger I felt.  I also noticed my blood sugars were better if I ran before dinner. Now I’m proud to say I run nearly every day.

“Training for a race is hard enough without the balancing act that is Type 1 diabetes thrown into the mix. But I want to show people that it’s totally possible. If I had seen something like this when I was a frightened, newly diagnosed little girl I would have felt so much better about the future. There is so much talk about what you can’t do with Type 1 and so many horror stories in the headlines. It’s time to change that and start celebrating what we are capable of.”

Type 1 diabetes is a complex, lifelong condition where the body cannot produce the hormone insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood. It affects around 19,000 people in Wales and must be carefully managed day-to-day.

Physical exercise can impact blood glucose levels; meaning people who have Type 1 diabetes must manage their insulin and blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise.

Dai Williams, National Director, Diabetes UK Cymru, said;

“Natalie’s attitude towards living with Type 1 diabetes sends an important message to others with the condition, showing that it does not have to hold you back. It’s fantastic to hear how much running has helped her to manage the physical and the emotional side of her condition and we’re delighted to have her on our team again this year.

In 2018 a team of 69 type 1 diabetics helped set the current record at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon in collaboration with OneBloodyDrop.com.  This year, they aim to beat this number by setting the World record of most type 1 diabetics to complete a half marathon together. Further to this, organisers have opened up FREE entry to the Family Dash for all type 1 diabetics in Wales under the age of 16, with the aim of inspiring the younger generation of type 1’s.

Dai, added:

“This is not just about breaking a record: we hope to inspire others and create a community of individuals like Natalie who understand the challenges of day-to-day life with Type 1 diabetes face and can support each other. We looking forward to cheering Natalie and all our runners across the finish line on 23 June.”

Diabetes UK Cymru has guaranteed charity places remaining for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 23 June. Places are open to everyone, so sign up and be part of a team to inspire others, where you too could be part of a World record-breaking achievement whilst raising vital funds for charity!

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on SUNDAY 23rd JUNE 2019 starting at 10 am from the iconic Brangwyn Hall, taking runners from the city centre, leading to the mumbles, along the beautiful sweeping Swansea Bay.  The course is perfect for first-timers, fun runners, charity runners and elites on its flat, fast course.  The route is well organised, fully marshalled and supported by spectators and bands to help runners on their way for a momentous finish at Swansea Museum.

For more information on the half marathon or to enter your T1 child in the family dash, visit: www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/fundraising-events/swansea-half-marathon or contact the fundraising team on: 0345 123 2399.

Real Stories… Why these 3 locals vow to #RunSwansea for as long as they can!

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It seems like running is the latest fitness craze to get into these days, as we see runners all around us, every day pounding the streets where we live.  Not only will you notice them plodding along the prom, you see them in the park, on the streets, and even on the telly, so we ask ourselves what’s the big deal?  That’s why we decided to interview 3 people from Swansea who have taken part in EVERY one of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon races and why it is so special to them.


Hugo Thompson

Our first story to share is from Hugo Thompson of Southgate.  He is 54 and has been running for the last 22 years after his wife talked him into him to do a 10k race…he listened and the rest, shall we say, is history.

Why do you run?

“It’s fun, relaxing and a challenge, although not all at the same time! I love running; daytime, night, hot, cold, windy, wet, it doesn’t matter.

A run can ease the stress of a workday, make you smile, lets you explore, see stunning scenery, listen to the sea and even see the stars.  It is easy and cheap, helps your circulation and helps to keep you trim (helping keep the Welsh cakes at bay).  What’s not to like!?!”

Why do you #RunSwansea?

“Prior to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon I’d run one half marathon in Llanelli, so as soon a I heard about the Swansea half in 2014 I was in.  It ticks all the boxes, fast flat course, great views and on my door step!  The Swansea 13.1 mile race is special for me as already I feel a sense of heritage and commitment to our home half marathon.  The fast course always represents a challenge that demands preparation.  I have huge respect for anybody completing the distance and simple awe for the really fast, how do they do that!?”

Final note…

“Whether it’s to run hard (to achieve a personal best) or just for fun, I aim to keep running this half with a smile…for as long as my knees let me!”


Tracey

Next, we speak to Tracey, 57 from Brynhyfryd who took up running with her sister 18 years ago and hasn’t looked back since…

What made you want to take up running?

“I started running in 2001 when Race for Life came to Swansea.  In 1996, my sister lost her young daughter Abigail to cancer (when she was 22 months), and in 2000 I lost my husband Kim to cancer when he was 43.  It was my sister, Karen, who suggested we take up the Race for Life 5k challenge to raise money for Cancer Research, as cancer had so cruelly stolen loved ones from us at such young ages.  We followed a couch to 5k programme and soon found that we actually enjoyed running – and that was the start of many years of challenges for us.  We ran 5k’s 10k’s, half and full marathons, then moved onto triathlon – which ultimately resulted in us completing an Ironman together in Austria in 2010.” 

It’s fair to say running has changed your life.  What have been your greatest achievements?

“Besides the races, I became a UKA qualified running coach and British Triathlon coach, and twice a week I work with children and young people at the pool and the running track.  Last year, I completed my second Ironman race in Copenhagen, and hopefully, with my coaching, I am motivating the next generation into a healthy lifestyle.” 

Why do you #RunSwansea?

“I signed up to the Swansea Half Marathon in 2014 as I was so excited to have a half marathon race on my doorstep.  I had travelled to many races over the years and a half marathon used to be my favourite distance (when I was a bit fitter/faster) so entering the inaugural Swansea Half was a no brainer.   I continue to run it each year as I set myself a personal challenge in 2014 to run EVERY Swansea Half  until I’m 70 (and beyond if possible) – I’m 57 at the moment and will hopefully be lucky enough to continue in good health and keep returning.”


Tom Mullen

 

The last story we would like to share is from Tom Mullen.  Tom is from Sketty, he is 40 years old, and took up running approximately 7 years ago.

What is your reason to run?

“Like lots of people my age, I reached a point in my mid 30s where I was in poor shape and needed to do something to shift the pounds. In 2012 I discovered running – or rather it discovered me. I only went on the treadmill in the gym to do something different to swimming and cycling and found that pushing myself harder on the treadmill was more rewarding than either of those things combined.

I still didn’t run outside though until the year leading up to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon in 2014. I felt very self-conscious about running outside and so all of my running was in the gym.  However, the real change was running the 10k in Swansea in 2013 and that was it…I was hooked!”

What’s been your experience?

“The next step up was a half marathon and then it turned out that there was going to be one on my doorstep – I had no excuse now!  The inaugural JCP Swansea Half Marathon in 2014 was a fantastic event, even though I run most of the route regularly given where I live, Swansea in the sunshine and when the crowds are out is a fantastic experience (and for some reason the sun always comes out for race day).  After running 2014 I wanted to improve my time and ran my PB in Swansea in 2015.”

What’s next for you?

“This year will be a first as I will hopefully have completed my first marathon about 9 weeks before Swansea so I’ll either feel in fantastic shape or my body will slowly be returning back to normal after marathon fatigue… either way I’ll be looking to pick up medal number 6 next month.”

Why is running Swansea Half so important to you?

“Life sometimes gets in the way of training or hitting PB’s but I honestly feel compelled to run my home half marathon.  The event (unlike my finish times) has however gone from strength to strength and I particularly enjoyed 2018’s race, the atmosphere and bling!  Having run every year since 2014 I plan on running every year until my body says no.  I love the race and I think it’s really important to support local events like this so given I will turn 40 this year I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep going for many more years to come!”  

If you feel inspired by any of these stories or you have your own reason to #RunSwansea then make it count and #BeYourBest at the sixth edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon this June.  The event is a 13.1-mile race on closed roads, that is flat and fast on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first time half marathon runners. Taking place on the 23rd June 2019, entries will close soon, so reserve your place at the start line of the iconic Brangwyn hall for an incredible experience, from the city to the sea.  Go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk to book your place or register your family on the fun dash where all generations can follow the steps of their loved ones on the official route of the half marathon.  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.

Longest Standing Charity Cancer Research UK Offers Up Places at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Cancer Research UK (CRUK) announces their continued partnership with the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as a headline charity partner for 2019. They are the latest charity to join forces with Wales’ biggest summer half marathon and has the longest standing partnership with the race. CRUK have been working with the team at Front Runner Events since 2015 making this their FIFTH year of helping runners achieve their best, whilst raising vital funds for cancer research.

Tash Smith; Senior Events Coordinator at Front Runner Events said:

“We are very proud to be working with Cancer Research UK again for our 2019 race.  The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is the single biggest fundraising event in the region and provides a brilliant opportunity for charities to raise funds for the vital work that they do.  Almost everyone we know will have been affected by cancer in some way or another, making it even more important for our race to support Cancer Research UK toward their fundraising goals.” 

Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for their research, so its life-saving work is only possibly through donations. 

James Shah, of CRUK said:

“Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised. Thanks to our amazing supporter’s survival rates across all forms of cancer have doubled in the least 40 years, but we can’t stop there. We invite anyone who would like to take on the challenge of running the 2019 JCP Swansea Half Marathon to get in touch with us.  You don’t have to be the fastest runner to take part – just have a reason to run…as together we will beat cancer.”

All monies raised for CRUK goes toward the development and continuation of drug discovery centres, clinical trials, research labs, cancer imaging centres, research nurses, medicine hubs and therapeutic discovery labs.

James added:

“We have spaces available where runners can register for only £10 if they pledge to raise money for CRUK. A
s part of Team CRUK you will receive training plans, fundraising advice, a free running top and amazing event-day experience.”

If you haven’t signed up to #RunSwansea yet don’t worry as there is still plenty of time. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 23rd June starting at the Brangwyn Hall, taking runners through the city on closed roads along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, returning to finish at Swansea Museum.

Volunteers from CRUK will also be supporting runners at the event with cheers of encouragement along the route, and to greet you at the race village near the finish line for refreshments in their very own marquee.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a road race that is flat, fast on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first-time half marathon runners. Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk to find out how you can join #TeamCRUK and raise vital funds for their research.  Headline charity places are available via the website for: Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK Cymru and Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

The race was awarded: “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, and runners can expect a fully marshalled course on closed roads, bespoke medal, technical t-shirt, on route entertainment and a goody bag for all finishers.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details, ‘like’ the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea on Twitter and @swanseahalfmarathon on Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.