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The organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which takes place on 26th June 2016, are recruiting volunteers to help the race repeat the huge success it has enjoyed over the last two years.

A record field of 8,000 runners are expected at the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon this summer, and some 150 volunteers are needed to make up the Race Maker team and ensure the smooth running of what has become Wales’ second largest half marathon.

Volunteer positions include: On Course Race Makers; Start / Finish Race Makers; Runners Village Race Makers; City Centre Race Makers, and Hydration & Nutrition Station Race Makers. Working as a volunteer is a brilliant way to be part of the race experience: all you need is 4-6 hours to spare on the day, lots of enthusiasm and a positive attitude!

Applications are also welcome from local community groups and clubs who can coordinate their own team of Race Makers. Swansea Half Marathon will offer a financial contribution to these organisations, and all volunteers will receive a Race Maker event t-shirt, to be worn on the day, plus refreshments for the duration of the event.

One of the community groups to be supporting the event this year is Swansea’s army cadet force, who will be present on race day for the third year running. Last year the cadets had seven platoons located across the city, lending valuable support to the organisers whilst gaining fantastic first-hand experience of event management and teamwork. They are expected to be a prominent feature of this year’s half marathon and a great example to the young people of Swansea.

The kind of roles volunteers can expect to be involved with include: helping in the runners’ village; marshalling the course; setting up the event; helping at the finish line; managing water stations and clearing up afterwards.

Race Technical Director Nick Francis, said: “There are many people in the local community who have a keen interest in sport and running, but who perhaps for personal circumstances cannot compete this year. Signing up as a volunteer race maker is a great way to be part of race day and experience the action. The course is stunning, with a magnificent six-mile stretch along Swansea Bay, and wherever you are based as a volunteer you will enjoy live bands en route, an incredible atmosphere and fantastic crowd support. It is thanks to our volunteers that the event has been able to run so smoothly the last two years, and we look forward to welcoming a new team of volunteers at what is set to be the biggest JCP Swansea Half Marathon yet.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 26th June 2016 on fully closed roads and is quickly becoming a firm favourite amongst the running community. The flat fast course is perfect for beginners, first-time half marathon runners and charity runners, whilst attracting a large elite field from Wales and beyond to #RunSwansea.

A total of 8,000 public and charity places are available for 2016 and entry is open now.

Go to http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/race-makers-volunteers/ to register as a volunteer for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2016.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details and to secure your place on the start line, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

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