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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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf Twitter: @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea

World Championships Shine Light on Wales Ahead of JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2016

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The World Half Marathon Championships that took Cardiff by storm last weekend have proven to be a fantastic precursor for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon taking place in less than three months.

With Wales basking in the spotlight after hosting a hugely successful world-class sporting event, attention is turning to the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon which is expecting a record field of 8,000 runners from over 25 countries – among them an elite field from Wales and beyond.

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships took place in Cardiff on 26th March, and running for GB&NI were Double Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah as well as Wales’ very own Dewi Griffiths. Only the third Welsh male to represent GB&NI at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Griffiths is the current men’s title holder of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as well as one of the inaugural race ambassadors.

The Easter weather brought driving rain and heavy winds to Cardiff on Saturday, but the atrocious conditions did nothing to dampen the determination of the runners and the fantastic support of tens of thousands of fans. It was with a fighting effort and thrilling sprint finish that Mo Farah took the bronze medal, with two Kenyans taking gold and silver.

Dewi Griffiths was emotional after running a superb personal best of 64:10 to finish third in the British team, and 27th overall. The GB team achieved fourth place overall, only 42 seconds off the bronze medal and their best result in 23 years.

The event was a huge tribute to Wales and British athletics, and those inspired to take part in another prestigious race on Welsh soil are encouraged to register for the upcoming JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 26th June.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is Wales’ second largest half marathon and has been shortlisted for the second consecutive year at The Running Awards for the UK’s Best Half Marathon. Known for being a flat and flat 13.1 mile course, it is fast becoming a favourite among the running community, attracting amongst others first-time marathon runners, charity runners and professional athletes.

The Half Marathon starts in the heart of the city and takes runners on fully closed roads past Swansea castle and along a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards The Mumbles, with its iconic pier and lighthouse. It is quickly earning itself a reputation as a road race with one of the most scenic coastal routes, passing spectacular sweeps of sandy beach and with views to Devon on a clear day.

Dewi Griffiths took the 2015 JCP Swansea Half Marathon’s men’s title in 1:06:48 and Emma Wookey took the 2015 women’s title in 1:17:51. Both winners were invited to be race ambassadors for this year’s event, in which they will also be competing.

Dewi Griffiths commented: “It was an absolute honour to be selected to represent GB&NI at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff last weekend. The home crowd were brilliant and it felt special to be running a Championship at home. Running alongside sporting greats like Mo Farah was truly inspirational and it was fantastic to see my home country host such a successful sporting event.

“This is a great year for Wales and British athletics in general, and it’s not over yet – I am proud to be supporting the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as race ambassador, and I can’t wait to get my running shoes back on in the hope of defending my title in June. I run for Swansea Harriers and it is great to be able to give something back to sport and the area, and to hopefully inspire the next generation of Welsh and British runners.”

Race Director David Martin-Jewell commented: “The JCP Swansea Half Marathon team was at the Cardiff Sports Expo last week and we really enjoyed meeting so many of our runners. We were also marshalling at the World Half Marathon Championships and we were proud to see our race ambassador and current JCP Swansea Half Marathon champion Dewi Griffiths on his way to a new PB, and to help secure Team GB’s 4th place.

“The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was blessed with gorgeous weather and sunshine the last two years so if you want to ‪#‎RunInTheSun‬ in Wales make sure you sign up and secure your place as soon as possible! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Swansea in June.” ‬‬‬

A total of 8,000 public and charity places are available for 2016 and entry is open until 29th May. Places are going fast and athletes are urged to secure their place soon. Public places cost £33 for affiliated athletes and £35 for non-affiliated runners.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details and to enter.

Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon recruits Volunteer Race Makers

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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.

Up and Running

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Tash Smith always wanted to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon before she was 30.  But overweight and by her own admission, often breathless tackling a few flights of stairs, completing 26 miles 385 yards seemed an unattainable target.
Then thanks to the arrival of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon in her home city in 2014, Tash had what she calls her ‘Eureka’ moment.  So much so she has transformed herself from a reluctant jogger, with low esteem to an enthusiastic, self confident 29-year-old poised to tackle one of the world’s famous long distance races.
She has also landed a dream job to go with her new found enthusiasm for running.  And she is adamant there are more people like her who can transform their own lives with will power and determination.

“If you believe in yourself you can do it,” says Tash who completed 16 races in 2015, raising thousands of pounds for Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

“I have lost two and a half stones since I started running.  My body shape has changed significantly.

“Before, I would run up stairs and get out of breath because I was overweight.  That doesn’t happen now.

“I find myself wanting to go out for a run whereas in the past I would have had to push myself out of the door.

“I am addicted to running.” laughs Tash, now working with JCP Swansea Half Marathon Race Directors, David Martin-Jewell and Nick Francis as a marketing and administration assistant.

“To have this job is amazing and something I never thought I would be doing a few years back.”

Prior to her half marathon bow at Swansea in 2014, Tash’s running experience was restricted to the occasional Race for Life. “I would just turn up and run.” she confesses.

“I didn’t train as well as I should have done and just winged it after looking up a lot of stuff online.

“But when I heard the Swansea Half was taking place I started to take running more seriously.”

Tash completed Swansea and Cardiff Half’s in 2014, raising money for the Ty Olwen Hospice at Morriston Hospital and Mind.  Crossing the line in Swansea in front of family and friends she shed a tear of happiness at accomplishing her life breakthrough.

Spurred on, Tash set her new goals for 2015, raising her fitness levels as her weekly mileage increased.

A new PB of 2hrs 29mins was established at the Great Welsh Half, Maggie’s Swansea benefited to the sun of £1,600 and she’d raced most distances from 5K to 13 miles before expanding her horizons in November 2015.  She joined the Run 4All club in Neath and believes others can benefit from similar decisions.

“I was a little scared of joining a running club.  I thought it would be very serious and people would be too fast for me.  I can get the mileage done but I am not a fast runner.

“However, it doesn’t matter if you have never run before or you do ultra marathons.

“There is a group for everyone and they are all very helpful.  I would certainly advise joining a running club.  It gives you that extra bit of support and extra bit of push.”

GB international Dei Griffiths and Emma Wookey of Lliswerry Runners were recently named as inaugural ambassadors for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  As part of their role they have published training tips which can be viewed on the race’s website to help runners prepare for the race on June 26.

Now she’s part of the organising team Tash won’t be on the start line in 2016.  However, she’s got ideas of her own to prepare.

“You have got to get out there and put the miles in your legs.” she explained.  That doesn’t necessarily mean going out for 15-20 mile runs every week.

“You might only want to do a 5 or 10K.  But if you haven’t got the training mileage in, you will struggle on race day.  When I first started a lot of people knocked my confidence.  And there will be people who doubt you can do the distances and races.

“That can make it harder to get out of the door and do the training.  But you can use the negative comments to motivate you and that’s what I did.  Someone was quite rude about my training and that I wouldn’t be able to do all the half marathons I wanted to do.  It did knock my confidence.

“But I started working with a personal trainer last year.  And she said ‘if you find mile 10 tough in your half marathon, just think about that person who said you couldn’t do it and that will push you onto the next mile.'”

Tash, 30 in July, will use her new found mental toughness to conquer any last minute nerves about making her marathon debut.

“I’m sure I’ll have the same felling as I did before my first half marathon.” she adds.

“It is the feeling of the unknown.  But if I think of it as just two in a row, I’m sure I will be fine.  I was never as glad to see a finishing line as I was after the first Swansea Half.  I reckon that might change when I see the finish in London.”

*Entries for the 2016 JCP Swansea Half Marathon on June 26 are open.  Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk to secure your place now.

#RUNYOURCITY

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As we build towards this years JCP Swansea Half Marathon, we want to see where you run, train and come from. #RUNYOURCITY is our way of getting to know you and give you the opportunity to show us where you are from.

As you #RUNYOURCITY why not seek out new routes, tracks, areas you wouldn’t normally run. Also, why not run at different times of the day when your city, town or village breathes, look and acts differently. Capture where you live at its very best and tag us into your pics using #RUNYOURCITY

Vote for us in the Running Awards 2016

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Thank you to everyone who has voted for us in the 2016 Running Awards. For the Second Consecutive year the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is one of 12 races to be shortlisted for the Running Awards in the Half Marathon category.Running Awards

David Martin-Jewell, Race Director said “We have held 2 Swansea Half Marathons and both have been shortlisted for this prestigious award which is a phenomenal achievement. It would be incredible if we can go one better this year and leave with an award. but we need YOU, our runners to vote

You are now able to vote once again in the second stage of voting from now up until 20th April 2016. The Running Awards take place in London on the 22nd April and we would love to return to Swansea with the Half Marathon award. Whether you’re a runner, a race-maker or a spectator please head to www.therunningawards.com and vote for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea

World at their feet – As Race Bids For INTERNATIONAL Recognition

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Ambitious plans for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon could see the rapidly growing race upgraded to international status by 2017.

A third staging of Wales’ second biggest half marathon takes place on June 26, 2016 with organisers anticipating a record field of 8,000 runners, attracted by a scenic, flat course and promise of fast times.  And a first ever five figure entry list will be the goal should future negotiations with athletics’ world governing body, the International Association of Athletics’ Federation, prove successful.

David Martin-Jewell, who shares directorship with Nick Francis, confirmed: “Our goal is to see the JCP Swansea Half Marathon become an IAAF accredited race.  We are aiming to reach bronze level and are putting every effort into achieving it. We are laying foundations in preparation and implementing procedures to help attain this world-renowned status.

“Should we achieve accreditation then there is no reason why the race won’t grow and grow. We have identified what the requirements are and we are working through them.  Obviously, we need everything to fall into place in 2016, but there is nothing to say it couldn’t happen for 2017. We believe that it is a realistic target for us, but it is out of our hands in terms of time scale once we have submitted our application.”

Francis adds: “From a runners’ perspective, we want to develop a race that is value for money, one they enjoy and makes them want to come back year after year.  The course is sensational; you run along a six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay. Everyone mentions the views with some even comparing it to the most scenic race destinations across the World. We want to give the runners the best experience possible.

“By achieving IAAF accreditation it would mean the race becomes better, not only for the guys at the front but for everybody that lines up on the start line.”

As part of the IAAF bid, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is now affiliated to the Association of International Marathons and Distance races.  Both Martin-Jewell and Francis also recognise an IAAF standard means securing a top class field to go with its elite status.

“We are looking to work with a third party to help sign up some elite runners if necessary,” says Martin-Jewell.

“If the growth for the elite field comes from the UK and Europe we would be satisfied with that, but we also have to keep one eye on the IAAF requirements.  However, our goal is to have at least four internationally recognised runners that could come from any of the home nations, Europe, or further afield, providing they fulfil the IAAF criteria is what’s important. Obtaining IAAF accreditation will help us achieve our goal for our race which is at the top of our agenda.”

Such a move would be a welcome challenge for Welsh runners. Matthew Wells of Bridgend AC clocked 1 hr 14 mins 38 seconds to win the inaugural JCP Swansea Half in 2014. Last June, Dewi Griffiths of Team GB and Swansea Harriers smashed Wells’ course record with a time of 1:06:48 while Lliswerry Runners’ Emma Wookey took the women’s prize in 1:17.51.

They were part of a sell-out, 5,000 strong field made up from 25 countries. A wheelchair race was incorporated for the first time in 2015 while 2016 will see the introduction of two waves of runners to help cope with the extra demand for places.

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.

The race is also a finalist at The Running Awards for the second year in a row.

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

How to keep on training during Winter – Top tips from our Race Ambassadors

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Dewi Griffiths and Emma Wookey proved two of Wales’ top long distance athletes during the past 12 months but neither will be resting on their laurels in 2016.

The New Year brings fresh challenges for both including the defence of their respective titles at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon title on June 26 when they will be part of a record 8,000 strong field.  Before then, however, lies a few months of hard racing and training for the recently appointed Swansea Half Marathon race ambassadors.

As part of their wide-ranging ambassadorial roles Swansea Harrier Griffiths and Wookey of Lliswerry Runners have teamed up to offer expert tips and advice for runners of all abilities to maximise the benefit and enjoyment of winter training routines.

Dewi GriffithsGriffiths, a 24-year-old Great Britain international, starts with a sensible suggestion for the seasonal conditions.

1) Be Seen

Winter months bring lots of cold and wet evenings with low visibility at times. So, make sure you can be seen. There are plenty of reflective running jackets on the market which could be the difference between being seen or getting seriously hurt.

2) Join a club or group

Many people believe they aren’t good enough to join a running group or club but it couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a perfect group out there for everyone; from beginner to elite with similar level runners to yourself.

The key is finding one that suits you. Joining a group will provide company on those long runs or tougher sessions. But it will also give you the chance to talk to more experienced runners for advice for further improvement as well as taking you out of your comfort zone.  Even though the session I do as part of a group with my coach is the hardest part of my week, it is also the part I look forward to most.

3) Run free

Training runs should be done on feel. I don’t need a watch to tell me I’m running well or I’m running tired and slow. I can tell that from the way I’m feeling. Every runner has a loop of their own, which they probably know to the 100th of a mile how long it is. Mine is a five-mile loop. Try running the loop with just a stop watch. Or even without a watch at all.

What difference does it make if you don’t know exactly how long it took? This will teach you to listen to your body (sometimes you need to take things easy) rather than you racing yourself from a previous day because your watch isn’t saying you’re going quick enough.

Alternatively, if your normal run of six miles takes 45 minutes, try a 45 minutes run on a route you don’t know how far it is. This will help prevent mental fatigue. A change is as good as a rest they say!

4) Race Regularly

Many people don’t race enough. Training teaches you to run within your limits but racing teaches you to explore the limits. There are plenty of races on most weekends. Plan a few more as part of your training and development and as a warm up for your goal race. Racing is more fun than just slogging it out on your own anyway.

5) Have fun and mix things up 

Elite runners don’t do the same thing every day of every week, so why should everyone else? Try something new this winter.

A complete training schedule will include a balance and variety of short reps sessions, long reps sessions, speed endurance reps / hill reps. threshold / tempo runs, long runs, medium runs and short runs.  Every two to four weeks try and tick all the boxes. You wouldn’t turn up to a race without your racing trainers so don’t neglect your training, and give you the best chance of a personal best.

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Wookey, like Griffiths, training for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on March 26, confirms the importance of being a bright spark until the longer, lighter days start to arrive. So, her first tip is:

1) Hi vis should form an essential part of any runner’s wardrobe. Whether you’re rocking a day-glo tee or a fluorescent jacket, make sure you wear something bright so you stay safe when running.

2) Buddy-up

Running with others not only helps with safety on dark evenings but can also be great motivation. Try and find someone of a similar pace/ speed and even better – join a local running club.

3) Mix It Up

Try to incorporate different running workouts to keep your training varied. Hill reps and fartlek sessions are a great way to work different muscles and incorporate some speed work while also keeping your training fun.

4) Cross Train

If you can’t get out with bad weather or other commitments then don’t let it hold you back. Core strength is essential to running and doing strength work and stretching works wonders for recovery.

5) Finally, hydrate.

Although it gets a lot colder this time of year, you still need to take on fluids to replace the water lost through perspiration. If you’re planning a long run take a small bottle with you or have one close by for when you finish the session.

So, 10 essential tips in total from the 2015 King and Queen of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Draw on their knowledge and experience and a personal best or long cherished target may not be far away in the coming months.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2016 takes place on Sunday 26th June 2016 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.

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

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.

GRIFFITHS & WOOKEY ‘Honoured’ With Ambassador Accolades

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Dewi Griffiths and Emma Wookey, men’s and women’s title winners at the 2015 JCP Swansea Half Marathon, are celebrating again after receiving New Year’s honours.

Swansea Harrier Griffiths, 24, and 22-year-old Wookey of Lliswerry Runners have accepted invitations from Race Directors, David Martin-Jewell and Nick Francis, to become the rapidly growing event’s inaugural race ambassadors.

Both are now even more determined to defend their respective crowns when the third staging of the scenic, fast and flat JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on June 26, 2016.

And the long distance stars are keen to help grow the race – already the second largest 13.1 miler in Wales – which will attract a record extending 8,000 field this summer.

Dewi Griffiths and Emma Wookey with the JCP Swansea Half Marathon directors

“I am really happy to be offered the job,” confirmed Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful Griffiths, keen to improve on last year’s record winning time of 66 minutes 48 seconds.

“I am proud to run for Swansea Harriers and I am proud of my roots in West Wales.  It is great to be able to give something back to the sport and the area. If I can help inspire the next generation from the club or West Wales then that’s what I am hoping to do, “ explained the former Carmarthen Harrier.

“There was always going to be pressure because I am defending champion and the one everyone wants to beat.  But whether I was an ambassador or not, I would want to go out and run to a good standard and hopefully be good enough to win again.  I definitely think there are a couple more minutes to come off. I ran well last year but I think I could have ran even better.

“If there is good competition then I am sure that will push me on to go faster again,” added Griffiths, who represented Great Britain at the World and European Cross Country Championships in 2015, helping win a team bronze at last month’s latter event in Hyeres, France.

Wookey has also enjoyed a successful last 12 months. She added the Newport and Severn Bridge Half Marathon titles to her maiden Swansea success in 67 minutes 51 seconds (14th overall) and also finished second female on her marathon debut in Bristol.

She and Griffiths will compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff in March. But Wookey is just as excited by the prospect of racing again in Swansea three months later.

“It’s a great time of year for an event like Swansea because there aren’t many half marathons around that time. It appeals to so many people and I find it really rewarding to see others achieve their goals at events like that.

  I feel absolutely honoured to become an ambassador. David and Nick have been incredibly generous. I really want to help and get others involved in what I know will be a fantastic event once again.”

“I’m not a full time athlete and work every day,” explained Wookey “I am just like everyone else.

  So, I want to show the JCP Swansea Half Marathon can appeal to everyone: from club runners looking for fast times, to charity fundraisers and first timers too.

  It’s got something for everyone and I think that no matter what your goal, it’s the perfect event for it.



“There will be a little more pressure to defend my title now I am an ambassador though I try not to put too much pressure on myself.

  However, there are some cracking female athletes in Wales and I always know I will be in for a good race when I see them on the start line.”



Race Director David Martin-Jewell commented:

“We are delighted to be working with such a high calibre athlete as Dewi Griffiths and we see massive potential with Emma Wookey making huge strides in the UK Running scene. We are looking forward to working with both athletes closely and we are very proud for them both to be JCP Swansea Half Marathon ambassadors”.

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. The race is also a finalist at The Running Awards for the second year in a row and it keeps growing in both size and popularity.

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. A total of 8,000 places are available for 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.