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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.

12 Week Training Plans Begin April 1st 2019

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Here at Front Runner Events our goal is not just to get you to the start line, we want to do everything we can do to help you get your training right and see you cross that finish line and become a Front Runner!

Pick a Plan

We have designed training plans for all levels of fitness. The Beginner plans are designed for your first-time runner looking to complete the distance and enjoy the day without putting too much importance on time. The Improver plan is designed for a runner looking to improve on previous race experiences. The Advanced plan is for experienced runners looking to build on previous performances and achieve the sought after Personal Best!

The training plans should be used as a guide and work around your everyday life, we have also included some top tips from our team to go alongside your plan.

Strength in Numbers

Whether you are an experienced runner or taking on your first Half Marathon having a running buddy or training group can often help keep you on track when training gets tough.

There will be times when work or the weather amongst other things will affect your mood ahead of an important run making it easy to skip it. You may think to yourself – “not today, I’ll run tomorrow instead”

Having someone to run with on those days will help you stick to your plan and help you be better prepared for the big day.

Practice your Race Day Hydration & Nutrition

A Half Marathon puts your body under a lot of stress, we train for race day to get our body ready for the exertion of running 13.1 miles, we also need to prepare our bodies by practicing our hydration and nutrition.

It is important to fuel before and after your run as well as during to keep your body working efficiently. Training is where you practice different types of hydration and fuelling to find one your body agrees with. With water stations available on race day to help you stay hydrated, practice your hydration on your training runs.

Use your long run day to find the best pre-and post-run meal that best prepares your body and helps you recover afterwards. You will also need to practice using energy gels, bars, chews etc during these runs, these will help keep you going during your long run and also on race day.

Don’t try anything new during Race Week, your body may not agree with it.

Recovery

Once you catch the running bug it’s very easy to ignore recovery runs & rest days as you enjoying running so much you want to get out at every opportunity. Your plan should include recovery runs and rest days. It is extremely important that you stick to your plan and give your body time to recover from a hard session, otherwise all that hard work you’ve put in could be undone by picking up an injury.

Having some time off and putting your feet up won’t make you any less fit, it will have the opposite effect! Proper recovery will help your body prepare for the sessions to come to allow you to get the most out of a run and more importantly – stay injury free.

Quality over Quantity – it’s not the end of the world if you have to replace your recovery runs with additional rest days, make sure you get your Long Run, Tempo & Speed sessions done.

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.

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.

The race has been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, 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.

Calling All Elites to the 2019 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 23rd June 2019 – it’s become well recognised for being Wales’ BIGGEST summer half marathon, and won the title of UK’s Best Half Marathon for the past two years (voted by runners) at the UK Running Awards.  Almost 6,500 registered runners took part in 2018, of all ages and abilities; from first timers to Britain’s elite. The race has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s premier road races with a quality field of UK athletes and excellent PB potential.

With the race only 3 months away, race organisers, Front Runner Events Ltd are inviting all elites athletes who have broken 73min (men) or 83min (women) to apply.  The race offers a generous cash prize list as well as FREE entry for elite athletes who meet the following criteria:

MALE:                                                 FEMALE:

73 Mins and under                            83 Mins and under

All times must have been achieved within 12 months of the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon, and evidence must be provided by PowerOf10, or Run Britain Rankings.

PRIZE LIST (UK & Ireland Athletes Only):

  • £750 Award to 1st Male and Female
  • £500 Award to 2nd Male and Female
  • £250 Award to 3rd Male and Female

In addition to the above, the following PRIZES are available:

  • £500 Award to 1st Male who runs sub 62 mins & 1st Female who runs sub 72 mins
  • £500 Award to 1st Male and Female to beat Course Record

The Veteran category winners will gain FREE entry to 2020 race.

The Corporate Challenge which is open to all businesses and organistions with teams of 5 or more.  Winners will gain a team trophy or award to keep and prize money of £150 to be donated to their charity of the year.

Winners of the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon went to:

1st Male: Matt Clowes (1:04:43)                     1st Female:  Tracy Barlow (1:13:50)
2nd Male: Josh Griffiths (1:06:10)                  2nd Female:  Laura Graham (1:15:57)
3rd Male:  Phillip Matthews (1:09:34)           3rd Female:  Gladys Ganiel ( 1:17:22)

Wheelchair winner: Richie Powell (1:02:02)

The 2019 half marathon 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 route takes runners through the city centre taking in the sweeping Swansea Bay and city highlights of Swansea Marina, SA1, and Swansea Museum.  A well renowned course for its fast, flat, PB potential, attracts fantastic crowd support, great entertainment on route, and beautiful scenery.  Along with a field of seasoned athletes it’s sure to inspire a momentous finish outside Wales’ oldest Museum.

To snap up your elite entry, email: entrants@frontrunnerevents.co.uk  or to get your spot alongside some of the UK’s best athletes at the start line on Sunday 23rd June, go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk and reserve your place today!

The race has been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, 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.

Maggie’s Swansea Partners Up With The JCP Swansea Half Marathon For A Second Year…

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Maggie’s Swansea has announced that for a second year they will continue their headline charity partnership with Wales’ biggest summer half marathon. This is big news for the charity that remains to be locally managed, even though they have centres across the UK, all fundraising in Swansea is kept in the community so each centre can be sustained and continue providing the much-needed care and support that is required.

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

“The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is the single biggest fundraising event in South West Wales and provides a fantastic opportunity for charities to raise funds for their prospective causes. We are very proud that Maggie’s have chosen to continue their charity partnership with us. Having seen the cancer centre first-hand it really is a wonderful facility for visitors. But it’s not just about the building, the service Maggie’s provides for cancer patients and their families is fantastic.” 

 The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then, Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 21 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad.

The service at Maggie’s includes free practical advice, and emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are ideally placed, with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. The Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Leanne Jennett; Centre Fundraising Organiser said:

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 JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a big event for us to be involved with which brings in essential funds to the centre. We have spaces available where runners can register for FREE if they pledge to raise money for Maggie’s. All #TeamMaggies runners will get a FREE Maggie’s running vest, as well as fundraising tips & tricks and training support leading up to the event.”

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 Maggie’s 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 for further race details or find out how you can join #TeamMaggies and raise vital funds for their centre in Swansea.

Headline charity places are available via our website for Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK Cymru and Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

The race has been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, 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.

Diabetes UK Cymru Announces Headline Charity Partnership with the JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Following a successful World Record at the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Diabetes UK Cymru has joined forces with Wales’ biggest summer half marathon this year as a headline charity partner.

The aim in 2018 was to recruit as many people with Type 1 Diabetes to run Swansea. Diabetes UK Cymru are proud to announce that an amazing 69 Type 1 runners took part last year – making it the greatest number of people with the condition to run a half marathon together.   This June they hope to repeat the challenge with an even bigger Type 1 team, although their charity places are open to anyone who wants to raise money for them.

Dai Williams, National Director for Wales, Diabetes UK Cymru, said,

“We are thrilled to be an official charity at this year’s race.  While our places are open to anyone, we’re also bringing back a special challenge for runners with Type 1 diabetes.  The sense of achievement when you cross the finish line of a half marathon is fantastic for all of us, but it can be life-changing for someone with a condition like Type 1 diabetes.  We hope to bring an even bigger team to the starting line on 23 June, to show people that Type 1 should never hold you back.”

Type 1 diabetes is a complex, lifelong condition, and nobody knows what causes it. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce the hormone insulin, which controls the amount of glucose on the blood. They must receive insulin multiple times a day, either through injections or via an insulin pump.

The signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes can develop very quickly. If not identified and quickly treated, they can be life-threatening. Diabetes UK Cymru’s Know Type 1 campaign calls for more awareness of the four common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, known as the 4 Ts:

  1. Toilet
  2. Tired
  3. Thirsty
  4. Thinner

If someone has any of the 4Ts, the charity encourages people to go to their doctor straight away.

There are over 194,000 people living with diabetes in Wales, the highest prevalence in the UK. 90 per cent of these people will have Type 2 diabetes, and 10 per cent will have Type 1 diabetes. We are all likely to know someone affected.

Funds raised for Diabetes UK Cymru enables the charity to provide care and support, raise awareness, campaign for change and fund research to make a difference to the thousands of people living with diabetes across Wales, and their families.

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

“My wife and I have a son who has  Type 1 Diabetes and know the challenges he faces on daily basis.  We are delighted that Diabetes UK Cymru have joined us to become a headline charity partner and hope that this year’s challenge inspires others to participate in sport and exercise, particularly to those who suffer with this condition.  I am always in awe of how people living with this condition or any other disability can reach their goals despite their health conditions, demonstrating that with will and determination; anything is possible.”

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 for further race details or how to join #TeamDUK and run towards a world where diabetes can do no harm.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a fast, flat road race on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first time half marathon runners. Headline charity places are available via our website for Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK Cymru and Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

The race has been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, 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.

Welsh Guards Tackle The JCP Swansea Half Marathon Virtually

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On Sunday 24th June 2018 as thousands of runners took to the streets of Swansea, members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards deployed in Kabul on Op TORAL 6 took on the JCP Swansea Half Marathon virtually. Despite being on the other side of the world a total of 45 runners assembled in three different locations across the city to emulate the event taking place in Swansea.

The runners battled dust, high temperatures and endless circles of their base location to complete the 13.1 mile course. In each location a support team provided hydration and plenty of morale to those running. Despite the heat and conditions, members of the Welsh Guards put in some impressive performances.

At Hamid Karzai International Airport, a team of eight runners from the Quartermaster Department lead by Major Butler completed the course in 1 hour 45 Minutes. A team working at the Afghan National Officer Academy ran their own course with the fastest time being 1 hour 39 minutes from Sgt Davies 83. Lastly, in the centre of Kabul 22 runners completed the half marathon with the fastest time being 1 hour 25 mins from WO2 DSgt Cope.

Overall the event was a strong performance from the Welsh Guards battlegroup. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is the 2nd of 3 events which make up the Welsh Guards Op TORAL running challenge as they raise money for the Welsh Guards Charity and ABF – The Soldiers Charity.

The Welsh Guards would like to thank the organisers from the JCP Swansea Half Marathon in supporting the event and providing medals and t-shirts to all runners of which they were proud to receive after completing the half marathon distance.

In October the Welsh Guards will complete their final challenge by taking on their final Half Marathon in Kabul.

CYMRU AM BYTH.

Event Review: The JCP Swansea Half Marathon – FIFTH Anniversary Race Smashes All Course Records

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The city of Swansea was booming and basking in sunshine this weekend with thousands of fans being drawn in for a concert on Saturday at the Liberty stadium, then ending the weekend with a high when swathes of runners and spectators celebrated the FIFTH anniversary of the multi-award winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

Officially the UK’s Best Half Marathon for the second consecutive year, and Wales’ largest summer race, its easy to see why the flat, fast and scenic 13.1-mile course attracts runners of all levels including; first-timers, charity runners, club runners and elite athletes from all over the globe.

The starting line-up was dominated once again by Swansea Harriers men’s field but the course record was smashed by Cardiff AAC; Matt Clowes; beating Welsh Champ and third time winner Dewi Griffiths by 3 seconds, in a time of 64:43.  The competition was fierce in both the male and female elite field with Swansea Harrier Josh Griffths finishing closely behind in second place in a time of 66:10.  Followed by Phillip Matthews, also a Swansea Harrier who took third place, in a time of 69:35.

The women’s field were equally as strong, and the winner; Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers set a new female course record in an impressive time of 73.51. Runner up Laura Graham of Mourne AC finished closely behind in second place, in a time of 75:57, with North Belfast Harrier Gladys Ganiel taking third in 77:23.

Runners were happy to be joined by wheelchair athletes who started the race before the main field; with all time champ Richie Powell, who took first place in a time of 62:04, followed by Les Hampton of Cheltenham & County Harriers, Ron Price, and Stehanie Benac.  JCP Solicitors were announced once again as the 2018 Corporate Champions, winning with their best 5 team runners; Matthew Reynolds, Rob Warlow, Benjamin Griffiths , Rebecca Bennett and Aled Jones.

This year saw thousands of runners achieving Personal Bests on the newly designed course, which has is said to be flatter that previous years.  Runners were ringing the PB bell at the Race Village all day and thousands celebrated their achievements on social media on a day that had near perfect running conditions.  Thanks to the team of race pacers provided by Xempo Race Pacing.  The race set off from the iconic Brangwyn Hall in Swansea and was started by Hayley Davies from JCP Solicitors. Welsh singing star Ros Evans sent the runners on their way by singing a rousing rendition of the Welsh National Anthem at the start of the race, whilst bands played along the route to keep the motivation going.

The race proceeded on fully closed roads past Swansea Castle and along the magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards Mumbles, with views of the iconic pier and lighthouse.  Runners were cheered on by charity supporters, volunteers, fundraisers and spectators along the route, and were helped across the finish line at Swansea Museum by a lively and supportive crowd.

It was a day of records and achievements alongside some substantial charity fundraising, with more charities wanting to be part of the race than ever before.  The headline charities included; Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Cancer Care.  Other charities affiliated with the race included: ABF Soldiers Charity, Mind, Wales Air Ambulance, Bloodwise, Cancer Research Wales, Noah’s Ark Childrens Hospital, Diabetes UK, Tenovus Cancer Care, Fundraising for Steps, and Paul Popham Fund.  It’s expected that this year’s race will have raised more funds for charity than it has, since its very first year five years ago.

In addition to the main event was the Family Fun Dash that once again proved to be a popular part of the day, allowing over 100 young runners and families to experience the thrilling atmosphere of a big sporting event in the city.  Dash runners took off from Swansea Castle taking in the last 1k of the half marathon route, crossing the official finish line at Swansea Museum before cheering the main field of runners of the big race.

Results – JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2018

Male:

  1. Matt Clowes (Cardiff AAC): 64:43 – NEW COURSE RECORD
  2. Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers): 66:10
  3. Phillips Matthews (Swansea Harriers): 69:35

Female:

  1. Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers): 73:51 – NEW FEMALE RECORD
  2. Laura Graham (Mourn AC): 75:57
  3. Gladys Ganiel (North Belfast Harriers): 77:23

Wheelchair winner:

Richie Powell: 62:04

Corporate winners:

JCP Solicitors: 5 fastest times between; 01:20:51 to 01:44:22.

Charity Team winners:

Wales Air Ambulance: 5 fastest times between; 01:23:16 to 01:35:51.

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

Race Director David Martin-Jewell said: “Today was always going to be a challenge for me and my team as well as those running the 13.1 miles. As a runner and with a team of runners working behind the scenes, we always try and to meet the high expectations for participants. The new start and finish along with being the 5th anniversary of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, makes it more special for us.

Our aim is to deliver first class running events and with the changes made to the route and improvements undertaken behind the scenes, I feel as though this was something special for our great city.  We are thrilled with the turnout and feedback we have received so far for this year’s race, and hope that we have been able to take the event to another level.

It was fantastic to see the streets of Swansea filled again with competitors and spectators of all ages and abilities, which created a brilliant atmosphere during the event. We would like to congratulate every single person who crossed the finish line for their phenomenal effort and achievement.”

“Our sincere thanks go to all our sponsors and partners for their on going support throughout the year, it has been a pleasure to work alongside such well regarded companies who helped us to stage the 5th anniversary JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  We are incredibly grateful to our crew of volunteers who ensured that the day went as smoothly as possible from the build up, to the finish, everyone did a fantastic job!  We need to thank the city for residents affected by the road closures for their patience and assistance during these crucial times. Our thanks also go to everyone who sponsored our runners to raise incredible sums for charity, to all those who came out today to cheer on the athletes, and of course to all the runners who chose to #RunSwansea.  It was an incredible day for our city and I am honoured to be a part of that.”

JCP Solicitors remains to be the title partner and founding sponsor of the Swansea Half Marathon and has confirmed their commitment to the race until 2019. Other sponsors and partners of the 2018 race include; Matthews & Co chartered accountants, HMT Sancta Maria, Race Nation the race entry platform, and Home from Home self-catering holiday agency. Event delivery and hydration partner of the event is Welsh favourite Brecon Carreg, which provided water for every runner along the route.

The team behind the event are proud to announce that this year’s race will be televised on Channel 4 on July 7th from 7am (provisional) so everyone involved will be able to watch all the highlights of the day on TV as well as international sports channels from this date.

The date for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon has already been set for next year and will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2019.  Early bird entry is now open, with standard entry frozen at £30 (+booking fee), or £28 (+booking fee) for affiliated runners until 31st August.  Entry from this date onwards will rise to £35 and £33 respectively.

To sign up or find full results and photos go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest news and updates.