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Training Plans & Tips To Help You #Run5wansea

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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.


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.

Front Runner Events Gets Set To Celebrate The 2018 Official Launch

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Race organisers, Front Runner Events Limited celebrated the official launch of their 2018 races last night at Swansea’s very own events venue; the Hyst on High Street.  Sponsors and supporters joined the team to commemorate the events of last year and to look forward to kicking off the running season with the upcoming Llanelli Half Marathon which takes place next week; as well as the Great Welsh Half & Full Marathon which is being held in April; along with their flagship race; the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which culminates their final race of the year this June.

The evenings celebration reflected on the journey of the company, which was set up in 2013 by Nick Francis and David Martin-Jewell.  The expansion of the team and events they deliver across South West Wales was also praised for the impact each event has had on the region.  In addition to this, the team was delighted to celebrate their prestigious award received by the UK Running Awards, firmly putting Swansea on the map as the race became recognised as the UK’s Best Half Marathon (over 5000) last year.  It was further announced that both races; Llanelli Half Marathon and the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have also been shortlisted for the same award for 2018.

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

“2017 has been a magnificent year for us, with each of our races being a resounding success. We are looking forward to welcoming runners to the sold out Llanelli Half Marathon next week, having almost doubled entries from last year. Further to this the Great Welsh Marathon is also due to sell out within the next few days and we are delighted that runners from around the UK and further afield are joining us at each of our races.”


Official race partners of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon; JCP Solicitors, Matthews & Co, Brecon Carreg, HMT Sancta Maria, Home From Home and Race Nation were all in attendance, as well as the race charity partners and volunteers.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon has raised over £1 million since it’s very first race. Joining long standing Official Headline Charity Partners, Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK, the team are welcoming the Swansea Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre on-board for 2018.

With the race set to celebrate it’s fifth anniversary in 2018, the team behind the event are going to make it a race to remember, with even more improvements to take this event to another level.

David Martin-Jewell added:

“Our flagship race, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and we are looking forward to celebrating with our runners who have supported us year on year, as well as welcoming new runners to Swansea.”

To make sure you have your place at the start line or find out more about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon that takes place on 24th June 2018, just visit www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk To stay up to date with all the latest news like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Gears Up To Celebrate its 5th Annual Event For The City

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This summer, Swansea will host the largest mass participation-running event the city has ever seen.  Front Runner Events, organisers of the multi-awarding winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon, will stage the 5th edition of the race, drawing in thousands to the city from all over the world.

The race, that has gained incredible recognition over the last few years as one the fastest growing events in the country and recently won Gold at the UK Running Awards, officially becoming the UK’s Best Half Marathon. Going from strength to strength, the event has firmly put Swansea on the map as a perfect destination to run a flat race that has fabulous crowd support, fantastic atmosphere, and of course boasts a beautiful coastline to boot.

The event promises everything you could want from a great race and more; with ample water stations every 3 miles, gel stations, experienced marshals and volunteer crew, entertainment on route, and cheer zones to keep you motivated, every runner is sure to enjoy this must-do race!

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

“We are so proud to be staging our fifth race for Swansea this June.  When I became Race Director of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon I had great ambitions and being a runner myself, played a massive part in shaping the event into what it is today.  Striving to offer the best at every race we host is at our very core as a business.  We are very proud to retain a successful relationship with our founding title sponsor JCP solicitors, and official race partners; Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Home From Home, Brecon Carreg and Race Nation, all of which play a significant role in helping us to deliver a hugely successful event for the city.” 

For those who have not yet taken on the challenge that is the JCP Swansea Half Marathon you might be keen to hear that it takes place on fully closed roads, starting in Swansea city centre and literally takes you #FromTheCityToTheSea as you’ll experience six miles of stunning coastline, idyllic marina, and iconic buildings on its course.

David Martin-Jewell adds:

 “We are very excited to announce that we are currently reviewing the route with a view of changing certain key aspects in time for our 5th anniversary race. Following the city centre wide development programme being rolled out by the City & County of Swansea, it presents us with a fantastic opportunity to look at a new and improved route, that we hope will take the race to another level.  2018 will be the first time the route has changed for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon since its inception.  As the race grows, the route must be able to cope with the demand on the road, space at the start/finish areas and safety of all participants.  All we can say at the moment is watch this space and we hope to announce further details in due course. “

With FIVE months to go to race day now is the perfect time to set yourself a challenge like no other.  This event really is suitable for all abilities, so whether your a first timer, fun runner, charity runner, elite or an everyday hero, this simply is a MUST do race for anyone thinking about running a half marathon.

To register your place or find out more about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon that takes place on 24th June 2018, just visit www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk To stay up to date with all the latest news like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.

Nutrition Tips To Help You Over The Festive Period

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We all over-indulge at Christmas and why not?! We all train hard enough, so we deserve a little break once a year. So, whether you are continuing your training or planning to start in the New Year, we have come up with a few simple Healthy Eating Tips to help you during the festive period.

5 Healthy Eating Tips

  1. Fruit and Vegetables

    Make sure you’re getting the right nutrients and vitamins by eating plenty of fruit and veg.

  2. Protein

    Food such as eggs are a really good source of protein and will help your muscles to recover after your training.

  3. Carbohydrates

    Eating pasta is a good low-fat, slow-release energy option to help fuel your runs. It’s also important to eat some carbs within half an hour of your training to help replenish your glycogen stores.

  4. Cereal Bars

    These can be a good, quick snack option – just make sure they’re not filled full of sugar.

  5. Hydrate

    Don’t forget to hydrate!! Before, during and after your run you should ensure you are taking on-board enough water to keep yourself hydrated. Even though it feels cold outside, you will still sweat and lose water during your training so make sure you drink plenty of water.

Remember everything in moderation, that goes for training too. So don’t just eat well, give your body the chance to relax and recover, you will feel better for it, when the training ramps up next year.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy the festive period – Eat, Run and be Merry!!

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 on 24th June 2018.  To sign up to take part or keep up with the latest news go to:  www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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

Winter Training Tips

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With Winter just around the corner, organisers of Wales’ multi-award winning 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…”

What to wear

It’s cold, wet and dark, what do you wear to run comfortably in these conditions?

Cold – Layer up with a few light layers, if you get too warm you can take them off and tie them around your waist and put accessories such as gloves/hats into your pockets.

Base layers, long sleeve tops & full-length tights are a must when it’s cold. Important accessories are gloves, head buffs, beanie hat and thicker socks. If you’re not running from home take jogging bottoms and a hoody to leave in the car, something warm to put on while you stretch off.

Wet – A waterproof running jacket will help to keep you dry and in turn will keep you comfortable and warm whilst you get your miles in.

A running cap/visor will be useful to keep rain out of your eyes and a wrist buff or sweatbands are always handy to wipe your eyes. If you aren’t running from home then always have a towel and dry clothes in the car for afterwards. There’s nothing worse than driving home wet and you will get cold quickly.

Dark – If you’re running early in the morning or late in the evening, then a high visibility jacket, vest or similar clothing is essential to make sure you’re seen.

A headtorch is also useful during the darker hours, whilst there may be routes without sufficient street lighting, you may need more than hi-viz clothing to stay safe! Head torches help you see where you’re going but more importantly – they help other road users and vehicles see you. Running in the evening? Even if it’s light when you start, chances are it will get dark during your run – always take high viz & head torch with you.


It may be cold and wet outside but hydration is still key before, during and after your training runs.

Even when it is cold and wet you will still sweat, and you will still need to take on plenty of fluid to replace the water your body loses through perspiration. Take a small water bottle with you if it’s a long run, if the run is shorter you can either take a bottle with you or have one ready for immediately after you finish.

Buddy up

During the winter months, not only is it colder but it is darker, try not to run on your own, safety in numbers!

Buddying up is recommended no matter what time of year it is, however, winter conditions can make it more dangerous to be out running alone. Running with a friend will also make for a more enjoyable and productive run as you can encourage and push each other when you get tired.

If you must run on your own – take a phone, let someone know your route & how long you expect to be out for.

If you don’t have anyone to run with, why not join a local running club? There are plenty of local clubs that cater for all abilities. Join in on a session and see how it goes, you will improve your running, training will become easier and you will make new friends all at the same time.

Plan your week

There are many things that can come between you and your run – work and family are the main struggles but sometimes it can be as simple as looking outside and thinking “not today, I’ll run tomorrow instead”. A training plan should be a guide that you use and follow as best you can, but if you can’t do the scheduled Tuesday run because you have other commitments, swap it with a rest day so you still get the planned miles in.

Plan your week, this could be done using a training app on your phone, a calendar you regularly use (hard copy or digital) or you can even print and use one of our training plans – spend some time each Sunday evening to plan all your runs around your commitments for that week. Once the plan is there, print it out and put it up somewhere you will see it each day to remind you of what you need to do.

Try and mix up your runs each week, adding a hill or a few sprints into your run will keep the mind active.

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 7 months, on 24th June 2018.  To sign up to take part or keep up with the latest news go to:  www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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

Headline Charities announced for 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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The organisers of the award-winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, have announced the Official Headline Charities for the event which takes place on Sunday 24th June 2018.

The joint Headline Charities for 2018 will be Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Swansea. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon has always been a fantastic platform for charity fundraising and it is hoped that many runners signing up to fifth anniversary event next summer will help to raise money for these extremely worthwhile causes.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon (≥ 5,000 participants) at The 2017 Running Awards, having become a firm favourite among the running community for its scenic route, superb atmosphere and flat and fast course.

The event attracts runners from all the world to #Run5wansea and enjoy the closed-road route that passes Swansea Castle and includes a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay. The course takes runners as far as the picture-perfect coastal town of Mumbles, with its iconic pier and lighthouse, before turning back and enjoying yet more sweeping views out to sea.

From elite runners looking for a PB to those taking on their first half marathon and charity runners looking for a memorable event, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a superb race boasting some of Wales’ most spectacular coastal scenery.AS

Alzheimer’s Society returns as Headline Charity for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and promises to be a popular and worthy cause. This is the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention, whilst working to meet the needs of people affected by dementia and inspiring change. All fundraising efforts from the JCP Swansea Half Marathon will help Alzheimer’s Society to make greater progress towards its vision of a world without dementia.

Cancer_Research_colThe announcement of Cancer Research UK as joint Headline Charity, again for another year, is expected to be warmly received by runners preparing to run Wales’ second largest half marathon next June. Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public and is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It works tirelessly to support those affected by cancer and all money raised will help the charity in its effort to beat cancer sooner.

Finally, joining #TeamMaggies offers an opportunity to support local people affected with cancer and is expected to be a popular choice for runners from the Swansea area. Maggie’s Centres provide free practical, 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 places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need; Maggie’s in Swansea is located at Singleton Hospital.

Race Director David Martin-Jewell commented:We are delighted to announce our joint Headline Charities for the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon. It is a great pleasure to support such worthy and much-loved causes as Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Centre in Swansea. We are confident that these charities will be well supported by the many runners who see the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as the opportunity for a great run whilst raising money and making a difference to others. The spectacular scenery, outstanding crowd support and promise of a good time are an added bonus. Charity entry is now open and we are very much looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to Swansea next summer.”

Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/homepage/61/jcp_swansea_half_marathon. The registration fee is £10 and the minimum fundraising target is £300.

Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/jcp-swansea-half-marathon-2018. The minimum fundraising target is £300.

Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Maggie’s at https://www.maggiescentres.org/how-you-can-help/take-part/all-events/swansea-half-marathon/. The minimum fundraising target is £250.

JCP Solicitors is the title sponsor for the Swansea Half Marathon. Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Maggie’s Centre in Swansea are the joint Headline Charities for 2018.

General entries for the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon are open. Entry costs £33 (affiliated) or £35 (non-affiliated). Entry includes a fully closed-road event, technical t-shirt, bespoke medal, water stops every 3 miles, energy gels at miles 6 and 9, Xempo pacers, live bands along the route and more.

Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further details, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea on Twitter.

Event Review: It’s a hat trick for the Welsh Favourite Dewi Griffiths to win the JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2017

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The city of Swansea was booming with thousands of runners and spectators today (Sunday 25th June) as they celebrated the fourth edition of the multi-award winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

The flat, fast and scenic 13.1-mile course continues to attract runners of all levels including first-timers, charity runners, club runners and elite athletes from all over the globe.  This year saw a record of forty-three nationalities represented at the race that is officially the UK’s Best Half Marathon, and Wales’ second largest race of its kind.  It was an historic day for the race with the men’s course record beaten, by third time winner; Dewi Griffiths in a time of 64:48.

The men’s field was dominated once again by the Swansea Harriers, but the team had stiff competition from our Irish counterparts, when Michael Closhisey finished only 44 seconds behind the winner in a time of 65:33. Followed closely by Sean Hehir who took third place, in a time of 66:36.

The women’s field were equally as strong, with all three finalists finishing within minutes of each other.  The winning lady was Claire Gibbons-McCarthy, also from Ireland, who completed the race in an impressive 74:34. Runner up Rachel Felton of Run-Fast took second place, in a time of 76:35, with Welsh athlete Caryl Jones winning third in 77:52.

Runners were happy to be joined by the widely publicised London Marathon hero Matt Rees (of Swansea Harriers) and the athlete he helped cross that finish line; David Wyeth (of Chorlton Runners).  The pair were reunited at the race along with 25 other elites athletes who made up the field.  It was an emotional finish for English wheelchair athlete Eddie Clampin, who took first place in a time of 2:23:58, followed by Stephanie Benac and Richard Batchelor.  JCP Solicitors were announced as the 2017 corporate champions, winning with the fastest combined time of their best 5 team runners.

dewiRecord numbers of PBs have been well documented on social media with thousands beating their previous times on a day that boasted near perfect running conditions with thanks to the team of race pacers provided by Xempo Race Pacing.  The race set off from Oxford Street in Swansea city centre and was started by Hayley Davies from JCP Solicitors. Welsh singing star Ros Evans sent the runners on their way by singing with the all-female Mum’s the Word adult choir at the start of the race, whilst bands played along the route and at Castle Square.

The race proceeded on fully closed roads past Swansea Castle and along the magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards Mumbles, with views of the iconic pier and lighthouse.  Runners were cheered on by charity fundraisers and spectators along the route, and were helped across the finish line on Oxford Street by a lively and supportive crowd.  City spectators were also entertained by acts on stage at Castle Square organised by Swansea BID, contributing to the all-round fantastic atmosphere of the event.

It was a day of records and achievements alongside some substantial charity fundraising, with more charities wanting to be part of the race than ever before.  The headline charities included Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK.  Other charities affiliated with the race included: ABF Soldiers Charity, Mind, Swans Community Trust, Wales Air Ambulance, Action for Children, Maggies, and Barnardos Cymru.  It’s expected the 2017 race will have raised more funds for charity than it has, since its inception.

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

Results (provisional) – JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2017


  1. Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers), 01:04:48
  2. Michael Clohisey (Raheny AC), 01:05:33
  3. Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WFAFAC), 01:06:36


  1. Claire Gibbons-McCarthy (Leevale AC), 01:14:34
  2. Rachel Felton (Run-Fast), 01:16:34
  3. Caryl Jones (Run-Fast), 01:17:52

Wheelchair winner:

Eddie Clampin; 02:18:59

Corporate winners:

JCP Solicitors: 5 fastest times between; 01:22:21 to 01:40:26.

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


Race Director David Martin-Jewell said: “We are thrilled with the turnout for this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which has proved to be our biggest and best event yet.  It was fantastic to see the streets of Swansea filled again with competitors and spectators of all ages, which created a fantastic atmosphere during the event. We would like to congratulate every single person who crossed the finish line for their phenomenal effort and achievement.


“Our sincere thanks go to all our sponsors and partners for their on going support throughout the year, it has been a pleasure to work alongside such prestigious companies to stage the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  We are incredibly grateful to our crew of volunteers who ensured that the day went as smoothly as possible from the build up, to the finish, everyone did a fantastic job.  Our thanks also go to everyone who sponsored our runners to raise incredible sums for charity, to all those who came out today to cheer on the athletes, and of course to all the runners who chose to #RunSwansea.  It was an incredible day for our city.”

JCP Solicitors remains to be the title partner and founding sponsor of the Swansea Half Marathon and has confirmed their commitment to the race for the next two years. Other sponsors and partners of the 2017 race include; Matthews & Co chartered accountants, HMT Sancta Maria, Race Nation the race entry platform, and Home from Home self-catering holiday agency. Event delivery partners of the event include; Brecon Carreg as hydration partner, providing water for every runner along the route and global brand ASICS.

The date for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon has already been set for next year and will take place on Sunday 24th June 2018.  Early bird entry is now open, with standard entry frozen at £30 (+booking fee), or £28 (+booking fee) for affiliated runners until 31st August.  Entry from this date onwards will rise to £35 and £33 respectively.  To sign up or find full results and photos go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest news and updates.

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Preview – Everything You Need To Know

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As the biggest race of the Summer draws nearer, athletes and spectators alike begin to feel the excitement of the event that is to come.  With only 5 days to go until the JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place this Sunday 25th June, the city will be welcoming visitors from all over the globe, with the races’ largest number of participants to date.

Exceeding the number of entrants of every previous race, a field of 8,000 runners are expected at the fourth edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, making it Wales’ second largest long distance race. The event has recently been voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards 2017, and is attracting runners to take part in this race like never before.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is favoured for being a flat, fast and scenic 13.1 mile course, which is equally suitable for first-time runners as it is for club runners, elites and wheelchair athletes. It attracts a strong elite field from Wales and beyond, drawing in athletes from as far as Argentina and Brazil.

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Many runners lining up on the start line will also be raising money for charity, getting into the spirit by donning their best fancy dress, as well as an attempt by a group of runners to break a new World Record for the most type 1 diabetics to run a half marathon.  The race itself offers a fantastic platform for charity fundraising and with public places now sold out, anyone still wishing to enter can do so by running for one of the headline charities; Cancer Research UK, and Alzheimer’s Society.


The race has also attracted some famous faces in previous years with the likes of sports personalities; Shane Williams, Ryan Jones, Ian Gough and TV presenter (of the popular show Eggheads) CJ De Mooi, gracing the route.  CJ will be taking part again this year, as well as Torchwood and Broadchurch actress Eve Myles and Ultra marathon runner Lowri Morgan.  Organisers are also delighted to be joined by David Wyeth, the Chorlton runner that made national headlines with our every own Swansea Harrier Matt Rees at the widely televised Virgin money London Marathon.

Families will also be pleased to know that they can join in too at this year’s Family Fun Dash.  Enabling young runners and families to experience the thrilling atmosphere of a big sporting event in the city, the dash will take in the last 1K of the half marathon route.  Participants will be able to be get that finish line feeling as they reach the official finish on Oxford Street, before cheering on the athletes of the main event.  Starting at Swansea Castle at 9.30am, the dash will take place once the half marathon runners have passed the line.  The are limited spaces remaining for the Family Fun Dash and those wishing to take part can still enter via the website: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk  Anyone interested MUST register before race day as no entries will be taken during the event.  Family Dash bibs will be collected at the event tent at the Race Village in Castle Square on race day.

Runners and spectators alike will be entertained during the race by Bands Across the Bay, an initiative that aims to showcase some of the best acts in South Wales at locations along the route. With everything from rock & roll, rhythm & blues to choirs and drumming groups, each and every one of them will be hoping to motivate the runners, giving them a boost as they tackle the 13.1 miles around the beautiful Swansea Bay.   A festival atmosphere and fantastic crowd support are expected, with bands on stage at Castle Square (supported by Swansea BID) as well as Welsh singing star Ros Evans & her choir delivering a heart-stirring performance at the start of the race. Ros will be singing with the all-female Mum’s the Word adult choir, before swapping microphone for running shoes as she takes on the half marathon herself.

Participating athletes will be keen to know that there will be a team of race pacers supporting runners for the third time at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon.  Xempo Race Pacing will provide the team of pacers offering fantastic support, to help runners get their pacing spot on, enabling them to hit their target time on race day. The pacers will run the race in the following estimated times: 1.30, 1.40, 1.45, 1.50, 2.00 hours, 2.10, 2.15, 2.20 and 2.30 hours.  Runners simply need to look out for their pacer within their designated colour coded pen and try to stay with them throughout the race to ensure accurate timing.

The Race Village will be located in Castle Square which is open to athletes and spectators from 7.00am on race day, and will host staged performances, headline charities, information point, and the massage & podiatry tents. The baggage tent is at the revised location of the Museum Green with extra security measures in place.  Runners are being advised to avoid bringing a bag, but if they must, ALL bags must be clearly labelled and will be subject to inspection.  The race will start at 9.00am in the heart of the city centre at the junction of Union Street and Oxford Street. The route 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. The wheelchair race will start at 8.50am prior to the main field of runners and the Family Fun Dash will commence at 9.30am.

Key race day timings:

  • 07:00: Race Village openSwansea Half Marathon, 26th June 2016. © Dirty Green Trainers - Carisbrook Lawrenny Rd. Cresselly, Pembrokeshire. Wales. SA68 0SY- Tel: +44 (0) 1646 651 750 - Mobile 07974072217 - ross@dirtygreentrainers.com - www.dirtygreentrainers.com
  • 07:00: Baggage tent open at Museum Green
  • 08:30: Runners enter start funnels [Wave 1: Oxford Street / Wave 2: Whitewalls]
  • 08:50: Wheelchair athlete race begins on Oxford Street
  • 09:00: Elite race and Wave 1 start
  • 09:15: Wave 2 starts
  • 09:30: Family Fun Dash starts at Swansea Castle
  • 10:05: Winner of JCP Swansea Half Marathon expected
  • 11:00: Winners presentation
  • 14:00: All roads re-open
  • 15:00: Event closes


The race day guide features all the need to know information about the event, including safety notes, how to get into the city, road closures, and route map.  Anyone wishing to know more can download their copy via the website: http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/file/2017/06/SHM_2017_RDG_Lo.pdf

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a fully closed road event, and as a result there will be road closures for the duration of the event so residents and visitors are advised to plan their trip well in advance. Park and Ride will be in operation near the Liberty Stadium, commencing at 7.00am and running every 10-15 minutes all day.  For further details on road closures across the city please check the website www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

Winners of the 2016 JCP Swansea Half Marathon include: European Champion & Swansea Harrier; Dewi Griffiths who took first place in the time of 65:39, and Run Fast Hannah Walker who coasted her way to victory in a time of 74:32.  Organisers hope to see both Dewi and Hannah back to defend their titles.  Some fantastic elite athletes have confirmed they will be competing including:  Swansea’s Josh Griffiths for the men and Rachel Felton for the ladies.

The team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon continues to work with their founding sponsor JCP Solicitors and long-term partners that include; Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, as well as their newest sponsors’; Race Nation (the integrated event registration platform), and Home From Home (the self-catering accommodation agency).  The event delivery partners’ remains to include the global sports brand ASICS and event hydration partner Brecon Carreg, who will help runners maintain their hydration levels at stations along the route.

Entries for the headline charities are open until race weekend so if you would like to run for Cancer Research UK or Alzheimer’s Society go to: http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/charities/
For further event details or to follow your loved one on the live results to see how they are doing out on the course you can via Race Tracking online here: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk   To stay ahead of all the news as it happens like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf or follow @Swansea_HM #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter.


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Runners and spectator safety and enjoyment of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is paramount to us at Front Runner Events and as such we’d like to advise you that there will be an increased search regime in place, so please arrive well in advance of the start of the race.  Here are few key pointers to help you be prepared for race day…

  1. Arrive early at your chosen car park (including park n ride) and at the start zone.
  2. Be aware that the bag tent has moved to Museum Green – arrive early to avoid queues.
  3. Bag Checking procedure:
  • All bags must be open ready for inspection – security will check inside bags.
  • Any suspicious items detected, will be immediately reported to the police.
  • All bags must carry the official SHM bag label, NO label means NO bag will be accepted.
  1. Listen to the advice of the marshals and event management team for any last minute changes that may occur.
  2. Complete the medical information on the rear of your bib.
  3. If you have a medical condition, please mark a RED X on the front of your race bib.

Charity Champion tells us why he’s Running Swansea for Cancer Research UK

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We talk to charity champ Andy to find out why he has vowed to raise as much as he can for the charity that remains close to his heart.  Andy, a keen cyclist only started his journey back to running just 12 months ago, and having never completed a half marathon before, this is a big challenge for him but one he is really looking forward to.

As soon as Andy discovered that Cancer Research UK was a headline charity partner at this years’ JCP Swansea Half Marathon he decided he had to be a part of it.  In just 3 weeks time, Andy will be joining the 6,000 plus strong field of runners on the 13.1 mile course, which takes place in Swansea on the 25th June.

In September 2014 Andy’s family was turned upside down when his mum was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. She received chemotherapy, but sadly passed away in April 2015. Even after the diagnosis of cancer, she remained a very brave woman who tried so hard to beat the disease. She stayed upbeat, resilient and will always be an inspiration to all her family and friends.

Andy said:

      “In my family, it was not just my mum who had to face cancer. I have lost a number of other family members to the disease, including my auntie, grandmother, two uncles, mother-in-law, and brother-in law. My sister and her husband were also diagnosed with cancer but have survived, following treatment. I turned 50 this year and wanted to mark the milestone by completing the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, in memory and in honour of my family and everyone affected by cancer.”

Andy’s aim was to raise £300 initially, but after the overwhelming support he has received, he is hoping to far exceed this figure by race day.  Fundraising plays a tremendous part in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and its estimated that over £1 million has been raised for good causes since the race began.  This year is set to be a record-breaking year for charity fundraising and what’s more you can be a part of it too.  You can help be part of the cheering team at Cancer Research on race day, get your own place to run for CRUK or simply donate to Andy’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Reed2017

Andy added:

“It will also be two years since my mum passed away – she was a popular, fun loving woman who tried to live life to the full and had faced many adversities along the way. She suffered from terrible arthritis and other ailments but soldiered on.  So many family members and too many friends have been touched by this disease, I felt it was only fitting that I complete the run for them. Cancer Research UK is a hugely worthy cause, without which my surviving family members may have had a slimmer chance of beating their cancer.” 

If you would like to become a CHARITY CHAMPION and join the likes of Andy to run for Cancer Research UK you can register at:  http://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/cancer-research-uk/

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.  Race entry is now closed, however charity places for Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society will remain open up until the weekend of the event.

The race has recently been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK and runners can expect a fully marshaled course on closed roads, bespoke medal, technical t-shirt, on route entertainment, and 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 #RunSwansea #FromTheCityToTheSea on Twitter and @swanseahalfmarathon on Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.