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Organisers Of The Swansea Half Marathon Announce Take Over Of The Llanelli Half

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The Organisers behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have today confirmed in a joint statement with the original Llanelli Half Marathon and Great Welsh Marathon event organisers, namely Human Being Active, that the SHM team will undertake the future operating of these and relevant supporting events.

David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director of Swansea Half Marathon Limited said:

“Following detailed discussions with the original organisers of the Llanelli based events, it has been agreed that the races will be transferred to us and we will begin the running of them with immediate effect. This move will protect their future and will allow us to continue developing them, to meet their full potential at highly professional levels”.

 “These events present a long legacy and heritage of road running in west Wales and we aim to continue the great work that has already been established.  In the short term, we would like to assure anyone who has entered any of next years races, that they will go ahead and we would urge anyone who has entered to contact us.”

 “We have been in close liaison with representatives from both Carmarthenshire County Council and the Scarlets, both of whom are supportive of our running of the events, and we have obtained a licence from Welsh Athletics. We will be opening entries later this week, with specific race related details to follow in due course”.

Tim Gasser a representative of the original organising team said:

“We’ve had lengthy and very positive dialogue with the team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and have agreed to transfer all of our events to them. In recent years, David and his team have shown their highly professional capabilities, through bringing a hugely successful Half Marathon to west Wales which is already regarded as one of the best in the UK. It is clear what can be achieved and delivered with the right ethos, ambition and determination. We have great respect for their capabilities”.

 “Although it has been a very difficult decision to reach, we have every confidence that the SHM team will build and develop on the work we have undertaken since first bringing these events to the activity calendar in Wales many years ago”.

Any entrants with queries should contact the team on 01792 277310 or email info@swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

The Llanelli Half Marathon will take place on 12th March 2017 from the Parc Y Scarlets and The Great Welsh Marathon will take place in April 2017.  For further information about the race go to: www.llanellihalf.co.uk or to stay up to date with all the latest news as it happens on Facebook.com/LlanelliHalf or on Twitter @LlanelliHalf

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

 

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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.

 

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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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JCP Swansea Half Marathon Announces Family Fun Dash

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Organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have confirmed that a Family Fun Dash has been introduced for the 2016 event and will take place on race day Sunday 26th June.

The Family Fun Dash is open to runners of all ages and abilities, and the organisers are looking forward to attracting young runners and their families who want to experience the atmosphere of a big sporting event in the city.

The Family Fun Dash covers a distance of 1K and starts at Swansea Castle, a popular cheering zone which sees the half marathon runners pass just after the start of the race and again on the final stretch to the finish line.

The starting horn will go off at 9.30am, half an hour after the start of the first wave of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, and will see the participants run the final KM of the half marathon route before crossing the finish line in Oxford Street.

Entries for the Family Fun Dash cost £5 (+booking fee) per person, which includes a medal and water for all finishers. Minimum age to register is 1 years old and all runners under 9 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

A total of 500 places are available and the organisers are expecting all places to be snapped up quickly.

Family Fun Dash entries are open now at www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/family-dash/ . No entries will be available on the day.

Race Director David Martin-Jewell said: “The addition of a Family Fun Dash has always been on the agenda for us at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon so it is with great excitement that we are able to launch it this year for the very first time. We are keen to encourage fitness for life and believe that running can be a family activity, so giving children a chance to run in the footsteps of some of the UK’s best elite athletes or perhaps their super mum or dad is a great taste of what they could achieve in the future.”

“The SHM Family Fun Dash is suitable for people of all ages, and abilities so we hope to see families run together before cheering on the JCP Swansea Half Marathon finishers.”

Entries for the award-winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon are currently still open but general places are expected to sell out shortly.

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.

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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The final countdown is on – here are some training tips to get you to the start line

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The timing clock is ticking and with just six weeks to go to JCP Swansea Half Marathon race day we have teamed up with two top athletes in their own right to give you a guide to that all important training advice for the six-week countdown.
If you haven’t signed up already then now is the time to do so, and if you are in training you can still benefit from these top tips to get you race ready.

Mara_Yamauchi_ASICS_AmbassadorMara Yamauchi is a British long-distance track and road running athlete, the UK’s second fastest female marathon runner of all time (2:23:12), and a two-time Olympian. Mara is an ASICS Ambassador and internationally recognised leading authority in the running world. Here are Mara’s top ten training tips:

  1. Running the distance: if you can, try to run the half-marathon distance in training at least once. That will give you the confidence of knowing you can complete the race.
  2. Speed-work: to improve your PB, at some point speed training is essential. For the half marathon, longer intervals are the top priority to build your speed endurance.
  3. Ready for the weather? Late June in the UK could be hot, cool, dry, raining, windy – you name it, the weather could do it! Think through how you can prepare best for these different scenarios.
  4. Run the course: being familiar with a course in advance helps enormously on race day. If practical, run the course before race day, or at least have a good look at the course map on the race website or on a map.
  5. Race day logistics: think through everything you’ll do on race day – what time to have breakfast, getting to the start, what you’ll wear, drinks, how you’ll get home afterwards, etc. If you’re well-organised, that’s less to worry about on race day.
  6. Practice eating & drinking: whatever you eat on race day before, during and after the race, is very individual. What suits one runner will be different to others. Practising is essential, so you know if it helps you to run well or not.
  7. Have a race plan: having a goal for the race is essential – it could be a certain time, to run the whole way, or just to complete it. When things start to get tough, your goal will motivate you to keep working hard and stay positive.
  8. Recovery afterwards: it’s easy to think only as far as the finish line on race day. But if you can plan your recovery – drinks, food, icing sore muscles, getting a good sleep, gentle exercise etc, your body will thank you for it later.
  9. Rest up for race day: in the final few days, you will not get any faster by doing more training. You need to toe the start line feeling physically and mentally fresh. So give yourself enough rest before the race to ensure this happens.
  10. Enjoy it! At the end of the day, running has to be enjoyable – if it isn’t, motivating yourself will be tough. So make the most of an exciting, challenging day, even if it involves some pain.

tashTASH SMITH, Swansea resident and couch to Marathon runner achieved her ultimate goal of running the Virgin Money London Marathon this year. Tash gives us her top tips for the six week build up to race day.

Time on your feet is vital – you should be averaging 15-20 miles across 3-4 runs per week. Ensuring that you include a long run once a week to get your body used to running those longer distances prior to race day.

Cross-Train – vary your training by adding in cross-training, whether that is using the elliptical trainer or stationary bikes in the gym, or simply using some weights to strengthen your muscles. Cross-training can improve your fitness, help with injury prevention and you will see a difference in your running fitness as a result.

Hydration – staying hydrated is an essential part of running, not just on race day but also during your training. Your core body temperature will increase during your runs prompting your body to keep cool by sweating. It is vital that those fluids are replaced. It is possible to over-hydrate so drink to thirst, replacing those fluids with small sips of water over a period of time.

Stick to what you know – with only 6 weeks to go you should have been training for the half marathon for some time, you should have settled into a pattern in your training and should know what works for you. Don’t start dramatically changing your training regime now, stick to what you know ensuring you’re hitting your mileage.

Run with friends – sometimes getting out the front door can be tough, why not get motivated by running with a group of friends. You don’t all have to run the same distance if you’re at different stages in your training, meet along a route where you can all cover the distance you need to individually cover. Running with friends will ensure you have company and encourage you to get those miles done.

Rest – don’t forget to rest! Your muscles will need time to recover especially after those long runs, resting will allow your muscles to recover and will help to prevent injury.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon starts at 9.00am on Sunday 26th June in the heart of the city centre and takes runners on fully closed roads along the magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards The Mumbles and back.

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.

Places are filling fast as the countdown to race day draws nearer, so to ensure you get your place and line up with thousands of others to take on Swansea go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

Cancer Research UK Runner David Madden Will Run JCP Swansea Half Marathon After Surviving Terminal Diagnosis

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Of the thousands of runners expected to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on 26th June 2016, many will be running to raise money for causes close to their hearts. The race’s headline Charity Partner Cancer Research UK will be welcoming many runners who have been affected by cancer, including 33-year-old David Madden from Swansea who has defied all odds to survive a life-threatening brain tumour.

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Not only has David survived cancer after being told as a teenager that he had just one week to live, but he is training hard to run his first ever half marathon in Swansea this summer. He wanted to share his story in the hope of inspiring others to get involved – be it to enter the race too, volunteer at the event or simply provide welcome encouragement on race day.

David lives in Three Crosses and is hoping to complete the half marathon in 1 hour 50 minutes.

David’s story starts at the age of 18, when he visited his doctor with flu-like symptoms and pressure behind the eyes. To his disbelief, what he thought was a routine illness revealed itself to be a large brain tumour, so severe that he was given just one week to live. He began a course of intensive treatment, but the tumour did not respond to drainage, large doses of steroids or radiotherapy. Instead, it doubled in size, David put on six stone due to the medication and his condition worsened. He was finally admitted for major brain surgery at Bristol hospital as a very sick 19-year-old and this procedure, thankfully, was successful.

“I have a large scar on the right side of my head and still to this day I have yearly head scans at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, but apart from that I’m fine and very lucky to be alive”, says Madden.

“So, after being told I had a week to live, I am now a healthy, happy 33-year-old married man running the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.”

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“I am hoping to raise £500 for Cancer Research UK. I have never done anything like this before, but I’m going to give it my best shot.”

Claudia Ratcliffe from Cancer Research UK commented: “David has always been really healthy, having played football to a good standard before he fell ill. It’s the first time he has done a challenge like this, and he is nervous but excited to complete it.”

David’s training regime includes running along the Mumbles stretch of the course every chance he gets, making the most of the fantastic views the race will offer. Covering a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards The Mumbles, with its iconic pier and lighthouse, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is quickly earning itself a reputation as a road race with one of the most scenic coastal routes, as well as a flat and fast 13.1 mile course.

 

A record field of 8,000 runners is expected at the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon this summer, making it Wales’ second largest half marathon.

The event was the runner up in the Best Half Marathon category at The 2016 Running Awards in association with JustGiving after having been shortlisted for the second consecutive year, and it is now officially the second best half marathon in the UK and the best half marathon in Wales.

Very best of luck to David, and if you are inspired to run for Cancer Research UK at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon you can apply here. You can also support David on his half marathon journey by making a donation here https://www.justgiving.com/David-Madden5

JCP Swansea Half Marathon claims silver at 2016 Running Awards

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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was the runner up in the Best Half Marathon category at The 2016 Running Awards in association with JustGiving last Friday.

It means it is now officially the second best half marathon in the UK and the best half marathon in Wales after beating Cardiff Half Marathon into 3rd place.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was shortlisted for the last two years, but this is the first time that it has reached the top three at the prestigious annual awards ceremony which celebrates the best of running and its culture.

The Running Awards are independently voted for by runners and the ceremony has become the event of the year for the running industry.

Other races amongst the top 12 shortlist in the Best Half Marathon category included well-established events like Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Great North Run and Vitality Reading Half Marathon.

The Gold awards trophy was claimed by Ealing Half Marathon for the 3rd year in a row.

The team from JCP Swansea Half Marathon were at the awards ceremony at Indigo at The O2 last Friday to collect their trophy.

Race Director David Martin-Jewell said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have taken second place for Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards. It is a huge honour to be recognised among such high profile events and the award is a great tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to make the JCP Swansea Half Marathon such a success.

“We are only in our third year and already we are becoming a favourite in the running industry. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to vote for us.

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“In the meantime, there is still time to sign up for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon this summer, and we’re looking forward to welcoming a record number of runners at what is going to be our best event yet.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, June 26, and is set to sell out to a record 8,000 runners this year.

The race features a fast and flat 13.1 mile course, equally suitable for first-time half marathon runners, club runners, charity runners and elite athletes. It is also earning itself a reputation as a road race with one of the most scenic coastal routes, as it takes runners along a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES? THEN YOU BETTER LACE UP & ENTER THE JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON THIS JUNE

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It seems that Swansea residents have got the running bug, and with London Marathon taking place this Sunday, we are seeing more and more people lacing up their trainers and taking to the roads to #RunSwansea. Although, the Oscar winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones won’t be pulling on a running vest when an expected 8,000 competitors line up for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on June 26, it doesn’t mean you can’t!

Whilst the dream of taking part in London marathon is the aim of so many, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is an achievable target for people of all abilities, and an ideal race for first timers. Instead, of the iconic city of London, the wow factor in this race will be supplied by the scenery of the beautiful Swansea bay, fantastic crowd support and great Welsh welcome in the UK’s friendliest city.

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What’s the attraction you may ask? Well, Swansea Bay being a home to grey seals, dolphins and even basking sharks, provides a world renowned, scenic backdrop…you can see why visitors are coming from all over the globe AGAIN to take part! So why wouldn’t you want to come to a location also known as a sporting mecca thanks to its Premier League football team, Swansea City and top rugby union outfit, the Ospreys? And that’s just what runners have been doing since the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, the second largest race of its kind in Wales and one of the United Kingdom’s fastest growing half marathons – opened for business in 2014.

Last year 5000 competitors from 25 nations took part, many of whom live and work in Swansea and regularly run part of the course. Those familiar with the route know it’s fast, flat and is an ideal race for first timers, taking in breath taking views, historic monuments, and more.

David Martin-Jewell, race director said:

“We have seen a big surge in entries following the World Half Marathon that took place recently and hope that London will inspire others to take part in our event. Anyone contemplating on entering the race should do so now as places are filling fast. From a runners’ perspective, we are keen to maintain a race that is value for money, one that runners enjoy, and makes them want to come back, year after year. We want to give our runners the best experience possible, and hopefully we achieve that by not only having an excellent course, but by making improvements, year on year, such as achieving IAAF status for 2017.”

In 2015, there were thousands of fun runners, plenty of joggers and lots of people raising thousands of pounds for some fantastic charities. But amongst them, were also a strong field of elite runners, which is set to grow again in June.

Last year, Dewi Griffiths, Team GB athlete and race ambassador, sprinted across the Millennium Bridge en route to a city centre finish in front of thousands of spectators. The former Swansea University student’s time of 1 hour, six minutes, 48 seconds was a course record by nearly eight minutes. Ladies titleholder, Emma Wookey of Lliswerry Runners claimed the women’s prize with her time of 1:17:51. Both vowing

to go faster in 2016, especially after being appointed the event’s first ever race ambassadors. A wheelchair race was incorporated for the first time last year, and in June we will see the introduction of two waves of runners to help cope with extra demand for places.

There are only 2 weeks left to register for guaranteed postal delivery of race packs, those who register after this date will need to collect their packs from the organisers. To enter and find out more go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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