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Cancer Changed My Outlook On Life and Now I Run To Inspire Others

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Rachel Avon, 34 from Newport talks to us about her biggest life challenges and how cancer has changed her outlook in more ways than one.  Rachel was diagnosed with one of the rarest forms of cancer affecting only 1 in 3 million people.  Not only was this discovered during her pregnancy, but doctors did not inform the family until after the delivery of the baby.

Rachel recounts her experience here:

“When I was six months pregnant, I came into school one day with a pain in my side which gradually got worse.  By mid-morning I couldn’t sit down, and after a phone call to my GP, it was suggested that I go to the hospital to get checked out.  I had a blood test the same day, the results concerned the doctors and appendicitis was suspected.   They wanted to remove my appendix immediately and I had to consent that we were willing to put my life ahead of the baby’s. It was horrendous, something I wish no pregnant family has to go through.”

The operation was a complete success and Rachel carried onto full-term pregnancy and their daughter Cari was born on March 28, 2014.   Unsuspecting of anything further, the hospital called Rachel two days after giving birth to ask her to come in.  That was when doctors told her of the devastating news of the discovery of a cancerous tumour.

Rachel said:

“When I realised that doctors hadn’t told me about my cancer I was so shocked – they told me the reason for not telling me until Cari was born was due to the fact I wouldn’t be able to have an MRI to see if cancer had spread until after she was born.  In the short term, it didn’t feel right, but five years on, I know it was the right decision they made for us.”

The MRI Scans showed no signs of cancer having spread.  In the five years since surgery, doctors have carefully monitored Rachel due to the risks of the cancer returning.  But now she is officially cancer free and counts herself lucky the cancer was found in time, regarding Cari as her miracle baby.  Being pregnant triggered the issue with Rachel’s appendix meaning she needed surgery – without this, the chances are that the tumour wouldn’t have been found.

Rachel no longer requires any treatment, but one side effect of cancer was that she was left with the feeling of anxiety every day.  As a result, she started running at the suggestion of a friend whom she confided in.  Before she knew it, Rachel had completed a 12 week “Couch to 5k” training plan over the summer.  She went onto join a local running club and has now completed several 10k’s and half-marathons, including the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

Rachel said:

“I got my all-clear scan result this year which was like a weight had been lifted off me. You can now notice a change in my anxiety, and I have a much more positive outlook on life.  Cancer has changed my outlook in every way.   I now feel in control of my life and have much more confidence to do things, and a determination to do what I want to do.  Coming through this journey and taking up running has really helped me on all sorts of levels not only from a mental health perspective but also on a physical level.”

“I was never a sporty person – I was the one who used to bring in notes to get out of PE when I was at school – so to take up running was something alien to me.  But my determination and training have enabled me to run the London marathon, and my next big race at Swansea Half, whilst raising funds for Cancer Research UK.  Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!”

If you feel inspired by Rachel’s story and would like to take part in the SOLD-OUT JCP Swansea Half Marathon, whilst raising vital life-saving funds for Cancer Research UK goto: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/jcp-swansea-half-marathon to sign up, get your free running top, training plans, and fundraising advice. You’re sure to have an amazing experience, so why not join Team CRUK and together we will beat cancer.

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.  The event also holds a family fun run for anyone supporting their loved ones who are taking part in the half marathon, anyone interested in registering can do so on the website: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/family-dash

To find out more information on both races visit the website or like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #BeYourBest on Twitter.

 

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

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

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

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

David Martin-Jewell director of Front Runner Events said:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Community Fund Backs Local Girl To Stay In Sport

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

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

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

Carly Short, mum of Madison said:

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

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

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

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

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

Carly added:

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

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

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

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.