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Top Tips to Keep Fit & Stay Safe this Winter

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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon may have crossed the finish line last month, but runners are being reminded that their fitness needn’t suffer this winter. Despite the colder climate and shorter days, keeping up training throughout the year can improve your health and give you the boost of energy you may need. But staying safe and being careful is a must for runners during the darker months!

Brake’s Road Safety Week campaign began this week and runners are being urged to take sensible measures to avoid injury by cars, bikes or scooters. To help, we’ve put together a few tips for you:

  • Make sure traffic can see you by wearing reflective gear
  • Run in a safe, well-lit area with a wide path
  • Plan your route and tell people where you are going and when you expect to be back
  • Wear a head or chest torch just in case you need it
  • Be aware that wearing headphones could make you unable to hear any approaching hazard
  • Go with a running buddy if possible

David Martin Jewell of Front Runner Events (the organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon), said: “Many runners will be hitting the streets in the winter months to keep their fitness levels up and it is important to make sure safety is a top priority. Even a relatively small injury can impact your running schedule, so it is important to warm up carefully and be safety conscious by taking the steps mentioned. The theme of National Road Safety Week is ‘be a road safety hero’ and this is a handy reminder of the part we play as drivers and cyclists, too, to look out for each other’s welfare.”

Kirsty Meech, an avid runner and Associate Solicitor at JCP Solicitors, said: “Of course it is important to do whatever you can to avoid injury. A&E departments are particularly stretched in the winter and aside from the fact that nobody wants to have to deal with an injury, it is important not to put any extra strain on the NHS.”

For details about how you can get involved in Brake’s Road Safety Week, click here.

JCP Solicitors Pledges Sponsorship Support For the Swansea Half Marathon In 2022

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After the runaway success of the 2021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon, the event’s headline partner, JCP Solicitors, has pledged its continued sponsorship for next year’s race. The law firm’s backing for the 8th time running means Wales’ favourite summer half marathon will get off to a flying start on Sunday, 12th June 2022.

CEO Hayley Davies of JCP Solicitors with David Martin-Jewell MD of Front Runner Events

Hayley Davies, CEO of JCP Solicitors with David Martin-Jewell, MD of Front Runner Events.

JCP Solicitors, one of the best-known law firms in South Wales, has been the main sponsor of the Swansea Half Marathon since the inaugural event in 2014. Hayley Davies, JCP Director and CEO said:

 

            “We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Swansea Half Marathon and to support an event that brings such a great atmosphere to the city. These past 18 months have been a difficult time for everyone, and events like the JCP Swansea Half Marathon give us all something positive to focus upon and to train for. We always field a JCP team in the Corporate Challenge and it is a real opportunity for bonding and team-building.  We look forward to entering a team in many more Swansea Half Marathons to come in the future.”

 

The event has previously attracted a field of almost 6,000 participants, however, the impact of COVID-19 has affected running events all over the world. David Martin-Jewell, race director said:

 

            “We are so pleased to continue our partnership with JCP Solicitors for what will be their eighth year of sponsorship. There is a wonderful synergy between JCP and Front Runner Events because people are at the core of everything we do. The last eighteen months have been tough, but we are delighted to be back doing what we love – event management. The team and I look forward to working with JCP over the coming months to deliver another amazing event in 2022!”    

 

JCP Solicitors has offices throughout south and west Wales, including in Swansea, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Carmarthen and throughout Pembrokeshire. The firm serves businesses and private clients all over England and Wales, including voluntary sector organisations, high street lenders, and private companies of all sizes.

 

For further information about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon head to the website or follow the marathon on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

JCP Corporate Run Team at the start line

JCP Corporate Run Team at the start line

Excitement ran high as the JCP Swansea Half Marathon returned for 2021

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JCP Swansea Half Marathon Winner

There were moments of anticipation, excitement, and joy at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon event. Runners took to the city’s streets to participate in the seventh edition of the race, which is traditionally held in June. They braved the 13.1 miles in slightly cooler conditions which were perfect for running.

After Hayley Davies, CEO of JCP Solicitors, set the runners on their way, she said:

“It was fantastic to see everyone back at the start line and enjoying such a wonderful event for the city. It is always inspiring to see others taking part, whether it’s their first event, a personal challenge, or raising money for charity. Today was an extra special day full of emotions for everyone as it marked the return of the biggest running event for the region.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was last held 28 months ago in June 2019, and last year was set to be the greatest event the organising team had ever staged. Managing Director of Front Runner Events, David Martin-Jewell, said:

“It has been such a challenging time for us as event organisers, but we have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the event could run as smoothly as possible. We are thrilled to have been able to deliver the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and hope that our runners loved being back to experience race day once again!”

The events sector has been one of the most severely affected industries during the last 18 months, so it was important that today’s event was just right for everyone involved. There were some changes as to be expected in a post-Covid-era, with everyone asked to register a negative lateral flow test result before participating. There were also a few changes to the route this year, but it remains one of the flattest half marathon routes in the UK.

Just over 3,000 runners attended the event, which had previously attracted a field of 6,000 from all over the World. Many chose to run virtually this year in their own towns or cities wearing their official race number and were still part of the excitement online.

Wheelchair winner Richie Powell

Wheelchair winner Richie Powell

The elite field remained competitive as always, with wheelchair record holder Richie Powell shaving a few seconds off his record time that was gained in 2016 and finished the race in a staggering 60:54. He was followed by Ron Price in 2nd and Leslie Hampton in 3rd for the wheelchair racers.

Samuel Goodchild of Cornwall AC won 1st place in the men’s race in a time of 1:09:28. 2nd place was taken by David Green of Rugby & Northampton AC, in a time of 1:011:09 and in 3rd place was Michael Roderick of Tri Hard Harriers achieving a time of 1:11:22.

Female winner Sonia Samuels

Female winner Sonia Samuels

The women’s race was equally competitive, and 1st place went to Commonwealth Games and Team GB athlete Sonia Samuels in an impressive 1:14:09. 2nd place went to Georgia Holden Edwards in a time of 1:19:59 and 3rd place went to Hayley Munn of Rugby Northampton AC in 1:20:05.

Also taking part was Welsh TV presenter, endurance adventurer and athlete Lowri Morgan. She’s well-known for presenting Scrum V and the World Rally Championships and an avid runner that’s not afraid of a challenge. This year was the first time Lowri had participated in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. She commented:

“I love running in Swansea, it’s such a beautiful city with an amazing coastline, so it’s an absolute delight to be finally taking part in the event! I’ve wanted to participate since it first started back in 2014, but with it being staged in the Summer, my training has never allowed me to. It’s been a tough time for everyone these last couple of years, so it feels great to be back at events, and this one is certainly one I’ll aim to be back for next year!”

Hundreds of charity runners took part in the event for good causes, raising awareness and much-needed funds for their chosen charities. Since so many events had been cancelled during the last 18 months, fundraising is still taking place for the event charity partners; Maggie’s Swansea, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK Cymru so runners fundraising pages will remain open for the few weeks yet.

Team spirit was in full flow as seven companies took on the Corporate Challenge. There was some stiff competition as the teams at Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Brecon Carreg, Carmarthenshire Actif, Arvato Bertelsmann and Swansea University were unable to beat off the team at JCP Solicitors.

Other keen runners were sporting their club vests or wearing fancy dress, including the very special Captain Beany, who makes an appearance at the race every year!

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Startline

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Startline

David Martin-Jewell added:

“The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is more than just a race it’s about bringing people together to share their challenge and experience. It’s about teamwork, helping the running community achieve their goals in both a mental and physical capacity, providing a platform for charity fundraising and providing volunteering opportunities for people in the city. These are all the reasons we love what we do and hope that we can continue to deliver great events for many years to come.”

The organising team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, continues to work tirelessly alongside their trusty team of volunteers, dedicated sector heads and event partners who all help deliver an event Swansea can be proud of. The team continue to work closely with the founding headline sponsors, JCP Solicitors and long-term partners Matthews & Co and HMT Sancta Maria. The event hydration partner remains to be the Welsh favourite Brecon Carreg.

To follow the event pages click on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag us in your social posts #RunSwansea #BeYourBest

Front Runner’s Top Tips as you #RunSwansea

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With the 2021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon on the horizon, we wanted to help you prepare for the event this coming Sunday (17th October). Check out our top tips to help you get race ready for when you #RunSwansea.

– No new kit – Make sure you’ve used your running kit in your training runs to avoid any blisters and chaffing.

– Race number – Your race pack will have been sent to you prior to race day. Ensure you bring your race number (the timing chip will be on the back) and safety pins to pin it onto your tee/vest. There will not be a facility to collect a spare race number if you forget yours. Make sure you fill in the medical information on the back of the race number.

– Plan your journey – Make sure you’ve planned your journey to and from the event. This year’s race is an early start, and no late arrivals will be allowed to start the race once all runners have started. Don’t forget to plan your journey away from the event too.

– Nutrition & Hydration – Ensure you’ve had a good breakfast (something you’ve had before your training runs that your body is used to) and that you’ve hydrated well. If you’re running with a hydration pack, make sure you get this ready with the rest of your kit.

– Listen to announcements – The start of the race will be slightly different this year, listen to the announcements in the assembly area at St Helen’s to ensure you don’t miss your start. Always listen to the marshals out on the route, they’re there to help you.

– Start slow – Pace yourself at the start of the race, it’s easy to set off to fast when you’re amongst other runners. Remember how you’ve trained and stick to your race plan.

– Be sensible – If you’re not feeling well, please do not come to the event. There will always be other races.

And remember, DON’T BE A RISKY RUNNER – you must never wear someone else’s race number. You must complete the medical details on the reverse of your race number. If you have a medical condition, we need to be aware of please mark the front of your race number with a red x.

All of the Front Runner Events Team are looking forward to welcoming you to Swansea on Sunday, and whether you’re running your first race, running for charity, or hunting down a personal best, we wish you all the very best of luck. See you on the Start Line!

The 7th edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is Back!

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Swansea will see the return of the much-anticipated race of the year next Sunday as runners will adorn the city’s streets to take part in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. The event’s seventh edition is being held at 8 am on Sunday 17th October 2021 and will be Wales’ biggest half marathon road race since March 2020.

A staggering 28 months have passed since the event was last hosted in the city. Organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the event is delivered safely for all participants despite the additional challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Martin-Jewell, Race Director, said:

“It has been an extremely difficult time for us as event organisers, but we are very excited to finally be able to deliver our flagship event for Swansea. Whilst we have implemented additional protocols to ensure everyone’s safety at our event, we are keen to make sure that our runners still have a great race day experience.”

“As a team of runners, we know what our participants value and expect on race day. Our experience and involvement in other events across the UK over the last 18 months put us in a good position to deliver a 

quality event that is synonymous with the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.”

As we all have experienced changes in the last 18 months, there are a few to be expected at the event to ensure everyone’s safety. There will be designated hand sanitiser points as well as anti-bacterial wipes and masks available should anyone need them at the start and finish areas. Runner etiquette is encouraged, so giving space and being courteous to others is a must.

Safety first

To help keep people safe, everyone attending the event are strongly recommended to take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before the race start time. Tests can be obtained from your local collection point or pharmacy. Results MUST be negative to attend the event, and all results will need to be submitted to: https://bit.ly/3s2rXKg

Spectators

We all know how important it is to see and hear loved ones cheer runners on, so this year spectators are being asked to head to parts of the course instead of the start or finish zones. This helps avoid congestion in these areas, helps us keep the site sterile for the runners, and the support on the route can help spur runners on when they need it the most.

Reduced touchpoints

To reduce contact and the event’s environmental footprint, runners are encouraged to wear hydration belts/vests on the day. However, if that’s not possible, Brecon Carreg will be providing water at miles 4 and 9.5 (approximately) and the finish, which will be contact-free (collection only) and will be on the course to help recycle all waste generated.

Goody bags
This year, the medal and t-shirt collection will be self-service, but runners needn’t worry as all goodies will be bagged, labelled, and ready as they walk through the finish zone.

Cohort of Runners
Hundreds of runners will participate in this event for good causes, raising awareness and much-needed funds for their chosen charity. With many events being cancelled during COVID-19, charities have suffered tremendously. As a result, many will still be raising funds right up to race day for the event charity partners; Maggie’s Swansea, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK Cymru.

That team spirit won’t be missed this year either, as seven companies take on the Corporate Challenge going head-to-head with reigning winners: JCP Solicitors versus the teams at Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Brecon Carreg, Carmarthenshire Actif, Arvato Bertelsmann and Swansea University.

Other keen runners will be supporting their clubs, wearing fancy dress, or even running their very first event! So, this year is set to be something very special to everyone, whatever their reason for taking part!

This also extends beyond the main event, with an elite field that never fails to impress. There’s no secret that some remarkable records have been achieved at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. The current wheelchair record holder Richie Powell gained his title in 2016 and is yet to be beaten in a time of 61:27. The male record was achieved in 2018 by Matt Clowes of Cardiff AAC in a time of 64:43, and the same year Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers won the female record in 73:50. 

Tash Smith, Event Manager, said:

“It’s always fantastic to see such a brilliant line-up of elite runners at our events. I hope that this year will be no different and that the event provides the opportunity for everyone to strive for improved times and a highly competitive field.”

The wheelchair race will start at 7.55 am before the main field of runners, who start at 8.00 am. Runners will begin at the assembly area in St Helen’s, where they will then be walked around to the Start area at the Brangwyn Hall. The route takes runners on fully closed roads through the city and along a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay towards Mumbles and back.

Hayley Davies, CEO of JCP Solicitor’s added:

“It will be great to see runners enjoying the beautiful Swansea Bay once again as they put in their best performances. The atmosphere on race day is always electric, and I’m sure this year will be even more special.”

Essential Information
To find out more details on key timings of the event, travel, road closures, and route map, an essential Race Day Guide has been produced and can be downloaded HERE

 

 

Road Closures
As a fully closed road event, some road closures will be in place, so residents and visitors are advised to plan their trips in advance. For further details on how it might affect you, CLICK HERE.

Team Behind The Scenes
The organising team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, continues to work tirelessly alongside their trusty team of volunteers, dedicated sector heads and event partners who all help deliver an event Swansea can be proud of. Anyone wishing to help out and be part of an event to remember can contact volunteers@frontrunnerevents.co.uk to register their interest. The team continue to work closely with the founding headline sponsors, JCP Solicitors and long-term partners Matthews & Co and HMT Sancta Maria. The event hydration partner remains to be the Welsh favourite Brecon Carreg.

To stay ahead of all the news as it happens by following the pages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag us in your social posts #RunSwansea #BeYourBest

Temporary Road Closures & Restrictions

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS
JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON
NOTICE 2021

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is to be held on Sunday 17th October 2021 and will require temporary road closures and traffic restrictions to accommodate the event on Sunday 17th October 2021.

SCHEDULE 1: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 17th October 04:00 – 10:00HRS

Francis Street – from its junction with St Helens Avenue.
Guildhall Road South – its entire length.
St Helens Crescent – from its junction from Guildhall Road North to junction with Guildhall Road South.
Guildhall Road North – its entire length.
Guildhall Car Park
Guildhall Rotunda
The Baths Car Park
St Helens Avenue – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.

SCHEDULE 2: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 17th October 07:00 – 08:45HRS

Brynymor Road – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
St Helens Road – its entire length.
Brunswick Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Russell Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Henrietta Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
George Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Nicholl Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
B4290 St Helens Road – from its junction with Guildhall Road South.
Bond Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Oxford Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Beach Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Argyle Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Richardson Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Wyndham Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road
Dillwyn Street -from junction with Oxford Street, it’s entire length
Christina Street – it’s entire length
The Kingsway – it’s entire length
Horton Street
Pell Street
Northampton Lane
Unamed Road from Northampton to the Junction with the Kingsway
Dynevor Place
Orchard Street – it’s entire length

SCHEDULE 3: ROAD CLOSURES SUNDAY 17th October 07:00 – 0915HRS

Cradock Street – its entire length.
Bellevue Way- its entire length.
Pleasant Street – its entire length.
B4290 Alexandra Place – from its junction with Orchard Street.
A4118 Dyfatty Street (southbound) – from Greenhill to its junction with Orchard Street.
B4290 Alexandra Road – from its junction with Orchard Street to B4489 High Street.
B4489 High Street (southbound) – from its junction with B4290 High Street Train Station.
Ivy Place – at its junction with B4290 High Street Train Station.
Orchard Street – its entire length.
Kingsway – its entire length.
College Street- its entire length.
Welcome Lane – its entire length.
Castle Bailey Street – its entire length.
Castle Street – its entire length.
Castle Square – its entire length.
Caer Street – its entire length.
Wind Street – its entire length.
Princess Way – its entire length
St Marys Square – its entire length
St Marys Street – its entire length
St Davids Place – its entire length
York Street – its entire length

SCHEDULE 4: ROAD CLOSURES SUNDAY 17th October 07:30 – 10:30HRS

A4067 Oystermouth Road: – from its junction with West Way to Alberts Row.
A4067 Quay Parade – from Sainsbury’s Store to Wind Street.
A4067 Victoria Road – its entire length in eastbound and westbound directions

SCHEDULE 5: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 17th October 0830 – 13:00HRS

Somerset Place – its entire length
Adelaide Street – its entire length.
Pier Street – it’s entire length.
East Burrows Road – Junction with Somerset Place
Cambrian Place – Junction with Somerset Place
Burrows Place – its entire length
Ferry Side – its entire length
Bath Lane – its entire length

Egress for residents where possible and when safe to do so.

SCHEDULE 6: ROAD CLOSURES SUNDAY 17th October AS BELOW

A4067 Oystermouth Road 0730 – 1030 – West Way to Guildhall Road South.
A4067 Mumbles Road 0700 – 1200 Guildhall Road South to Mayals Road (Westbound only)
A4067 Mumbles Road 0700 – 1200 Mayals Road to Newton Road (eastbound and westbound)
A4067 Mumbles Road 0730 – 1030: – Westbound Guildhall Road South to Knab Rock

SCHEDULE 7: ROAD CLOSED – NO RIGHT TURN, NO LEFT TURN: SUNDAY 17th October 07:30 – 10:30HRS

Llwynderw Drive onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Lilliput Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Army Reserve Centre onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Fairwood Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Alderwood Drive onto Mumbles Road.
Bethany Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Palmyra Court onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Ave onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Rd onto Mumbles Road.

Egress for residents where possible and when safe to do so.

SCHEDULE 8: NO RIGHT TURN – SUNDAY 17th October 07:30 – 10:30HRS

Mayals Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Dunns Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Church Park Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Myrtle Terrace onto Mumbles Road.
Village Lane onto Mumbles Road.
George Bank onto Mumbles Road.
A4067 Mumbles Road – eastbound from junction with Newton Road B4593 to Junction with B4436 Mayals Road.

SCHEDULE 9: VARYING RESTRICTIONS: SUNDAY 17th October

Dunvant Place onto A4067 Oystermouth Road – no left turn, no right turn. 07:30-0900
Brynmill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – Road Closed 07:15- 10:00
Sketty Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn/no left turn/no U-turn. 0715-1030
Ashleigh Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn. 07:15-10:30
Derwen Fawr Road onto A4067 Mumbles Rd – no right turn. 0730-1030
Mill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn. 0730-1030
Unnamed Rd (The Woodman Public House) onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn
0730-1030
Newton Rd onto A4067 Mumbles Road. No left/right turn 0730-1030
Promenade Terrace – Slip to junction with A4067 Mumbles Road – 0400 – 1100
Cornwall Place onto A4067 Mumbles Road – 0730 – 1100
Fishermans Way (Marina) onto Trawler Road at Coast Café – no left turn, no right turn 0830- 1230
Aurora Point Car Park – Full Closure – No Access – 0830-1230
Trawler Road at Marina Boat Works – Road Ahead Closed – 0830 – 1230 (allow Access and turning in to boat yard)

SCHEDULE 10: “NO PARKING” RESTRICTIONS (TOW AWAY ZONE) – SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER 0400-1000

Francis Street.
Guildhall Road North.
Guildhall Road South.
Guildhall Car Park
St Helens Crescent.
St Helens Road.

Any vehicles parked in contradiction of these Parking Restrictions will be towed away by the Council without further notice.

SCHEDULE 11: “NO PARKING” RESTRICTIONS (TOW AWAY ZONE) – SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER 0400-1000

Castle Bailey Street.
Castle Street.
Orchard Street
Caer Street.
Somerset Place.
Ferry Side.
Adelaide Street
Burrows Place
Bath Lane
Auroa Point Car Park
Promenade Terrace
Parking Bays outside Joes Ice Cream Mumbles

Any vehicles parked in contradiction of these Parking Restrictions will be towed away by the Council without further notice.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

This Order is made with the consent of Welsh Government.

Getting Back To The Event Means More For Charities

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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon which is due to take place on Sunday 17th October at 8am from the Brangwyn Hall will mean that runners can turn their miles into smiles for the charities they support this year.

Charity fundraising has been severely affected as a result of so many events like the JCP Swansea Half Marathon being postponed or cancelled during the last 18 months. Although the team at Front Runner Events have hosted a series of virtual events to enable runners to maintain their fitness, set targets as well as an opportunity to fundraise, without the main event, the level of charity fundraising is lower than in previous years. 

Tash Smith, Event Manager at Front Runner Events commented:

“We are so happy to be getting back to events this year and being one of the largest fundraising events of the year in Swansea, it offers runners a great opportunity to make their miles go further. It has been great to see runners do their bit to raise funds for the charities we have been working with over the years and we would love to see this continue in 2021.”

Elizabeth Ferrar, Centre Fundraising Organiser of Maggie’s Swansea said:

“When the majority of our fundraising activities had to stop due to the pandemic, this was a major blow to the team at Maggie’s as these events provided much needed income. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a big event for us, especially with it being local to our centre. It offers a fantastic platform for fundraising and helps bring in essential funds to the centre. As a registered charity, Maggie’s relies solely on the generosity of their supporters, through 

fundraising and donations so we really would like to give a big thanks to those supporting #TeamMaggies this year and hope to see some new faces join the team!”

Front Runner Events are delighted to announce that there are a number of charity places remaining with their official charity partners. To find the charity important to you go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/run-for-charity/ where you can find out how you can register to run for charity.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a licenced event on fully marshalled, closed roads. It is a flat, fast course that is perfect for beginners, and experienced half marathon runners.

To find out more on the event and what to expect on race day go to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

Important Information – Event Update 2021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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After a challenging year and a half, we’re delighted to announce that we’re finally back!!! We can’t wait to welcome you in October when you join us to #RunSwansea. There will be a few changes to ensure that we keep everyone as safe as possible, but we’re chomping at the bit to finally get our 2021 off to a running start and give you the familiar feel of being at a Front Runner Event.

Some changes will be familiar to you, such as hand sanitiser being available and the wearing of face masks (for those who want to).

However, the biggest change to the event is the start time. We’ve been inundated with requests to confirm the start time since Swansea City F.C announced they’ve moved their game with Cardiff City F.C from Saturday 16th October to 12 noon on Sunday 17th October. As such, the race will start at 08:00. We’re extremely frustrated that we’ve had to do this, but we couldn’t secure another date in the 2021 calendar. So, anyone wanting to run and watch the football at the stadium or in a bar should be able to. The Swans can thank us later!Another change is we’ve arranged for pre-start assembly to take place at St Helen’s Rugby ground. Access is only via the Gorse Lane entrance (opposite the Patti Pavilion/Victoria Park) and the gates will open from 06:30. The access gates will close by 07:45, so you’ll need to be checked into St Helen’s prior to this in order to avoid not participating.

In order to welcome you back and to ease you back into your return to running, we’ve reduced the race capacity to 4000. The intention is to provide as much space as possible to help you move freely and safely.

All other key changes and information can be found within our Covid Safety Event Protocol Guide which you can download here.Race Director, David Martin-Jewell said:

“It’s such a relief to see [all] events finally returning. We have watched many of our peers across the events sector delivering races and gigs across the country and now it’s our turn. We cannot wait to welcome runners back to Swansea.

We didn’t expect to be announcing that we must change the start time, particularly after such a difficult period for us all, but the last thing we need to face is clashing with the Swans v Cardiff. The decision by the club to proceed on the same day as the half has put us under enormous strain and has been hugely frustrating, particularly as we raised our concerns about this this with the club back in June when the fixtures were released. That said, an early start simply means an early finish and hopefully those runners that want to complete the race and get to the game, should be able to.”

The 7th edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 17th October 2021, starting at 8am outside of the prestigious Brangwyn Hall. Entries into the race will close at midday on Friday 8th October 2021, unless the course capacity is reached prior to this date.

Sign up today at www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk, affiliated entries are £39+bf and general entries are £41+bf. Come and join us as we #RunSwansea this autumn.

The Front Runner Events Team

Event Update – 2021 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Dear Friends,

We, at Front Runner Events, hope that you have all been keeping yourselves safe, well and healthy as possible over the past 12 months. We know how difficult things have been, like you, we have been affected and we share your frustrations that events are not taking place at the moment. With this in mind, we wanted to update you on where we are and what we have been doing as well as our intentions for this year.

Our team has been working extremely hard over the past few months as we continue to try and navigate our way through the news, changes, governmental and industry updates. In addition to this, we are trying to understand the impact of the vaccine rollout and what the current reduction in the ‘R’ rate and number of cases, hospitalisations, will mean for the return of our sport. Over the past 12 months, we have worked tirelessly and continuously with MSO Cymru colleagues, Welsh Athletics, Swansea Council and Welsh Government to try and establish a return to doing what we love, which is, putting on safe road running events for everyone to enjoy.

The horizon is beginning to look much brighter. The roll out of the vaccine programme appearing to be at such a pace, that this is one metric alone that could suggest a return to normality shouldn’t be too far away. Also, the planned return of Parkrun (we know this is for England at the moment), the test event programme that is earmarked for England and with Wales about to produce theirs, to demonstrate that Covid-safe events can be held and run safely.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the rules and guidance for the management of Covid-19 in Wales (which is different from the updates provided by the Prime Minister for England) the Welsh Government undertakes a 3-weekly review of the situation, the last was held on Friday 12th March 2021.

The 3 weeks between each review is very challenging for us in terms of how we plan for our events. We are not a shop or bar, that can buy in stock and be ready within days, typically we need around 6-9 months to prepare for an event to allow for the stakeholder engagement, permissions process, dealing with emergency services, engaging suppliers and so on. Therefore, to allow us to even begin trying to mobilise for an event in normal circumstances, 3 weeks would prove very challenging to say the least. As such, we are faced with a dilemma for this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

Given what we know today, the likelihood of obtaining permissions from the relevant authorities for the scheduled June date would be unlikely. Therefore, we feel to give ourselves the best chance to deliver the JCP Swansea Half this year, we have to move the date once again to Oct 17, 2021. This gives us time to work with all peer groups, stakeholders, and Welsh Government to understand the impact and learnings from the test event process. This alone, we hope, should provide enough information to enable the event to proceed.

In addition to this, the Welsh Government target of all adults being offered the vaccine by July 31, 2021, should have been achieved. And we are confident that with the above key metrics achieved, a continued reduction and decline in cases and hospitalisations, we should be able put on the event in the usual way we do.

Meaning that we can give you the Swansea Half experience you deserve. We are literally chomping at the bit and raring to go, but it seems that, in the words of Axl Rose/Guns N Roses, we need a little patience…. Just a little more, we hope. Whilst there are a lot of factors and influences that remain beyond our control, we feel significantly more optimistic and have commenced a full team effort towards achieving this date.

At no point in our existence, did we expect to be faced with such a situation as the one we are still going through. We have missed you all from our start line and more importantly, we have missed seeing you cross our finish line. But we do feel the finish line is getting nearer and we are getting there, the horizon is definitely looking brighter and a lot more optimistic.

So, we thank you for your patience and we cannot wait to see you all lining up again outside the historic Brangwyn Hall as you get ready to #RunSwansea!

Yours in sport

David Martin-Jewell
Race Director

Event Update – 2020 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Following last Friday’s statement by Welsh Government it has now become apparent that the JCP Swansea Half Marathon will be unable to be held, as intended on November 1st 2020.

Race Director, David Martin-Jewell said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce the postponement of this year’s race. 2020 is proving to be the most challenging of our 7-year history. Like many other events and businesses this year, we have been continually affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in this decision.

Since the beginning of the lockdown measures, we have continued working to find solutions which would enable a return to the sport we love. We have also worked closely with our collaborative partners within MSO Cymru who are leading the debate and planning to demonstrate that mass participation sporting events in Wales can return safely. I believe that we have developed robust, workable solutions that could allow us to deliver a Covid-safe event. However, following the cautious easing of restrictions as announced by Welsh Government on Friday the 21st August and no further pathway identified or confirmed for mass events to return, we must now defer the event to 2021.

We, like you, find this extremely frustrating and disappointing as we are all runners and have continued training, fundraising (and planning) with the hope of a return to mass running. Yet, as it stands, November seems to be too soon for this to occur. We will not be holding a virtual version of the event, as it was clear that this was not supported by our runners following the survey we carried out a few weeks ago.

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon helps raise approx. £1m per year for local and national charities including our charity partners; CRUK, Diabetes UK Cymru and Maggie’s, all of whom have suffered an enormous short fall in fundraising and opportunities due to the volume of events that have been cancelled this year.

Events like ours helps more than the runners who participate in the race; we help raise vital funds and awareness for charities and good causes and work with hundreds of suppliers and contractors. What’s more, we help people with their physical and mental health that helps underpin various national agendas surrounding obesity, mental wellness and well-being. The entire team is devastated that we are unable to deliver this year’s event, but we realise and are fully aware of the ongoing impact of pandemic during, and what is turning into, an exceptional year for all the wrong reasons.

We have not wanted or tried to proceed with the event in a reckless manner, and have sought the opinions and views of entrants, volunteers, stakeholders, the wider community and event partners with the majority of responses supportive of our plans and the event proceeding as intended. Although we believe that we have workable solutions that would enable the event to proceed safely, we will now have to wait until 2021. So, we now turn our eyes to the horizon and begin to look forward to welcoming you all back to Swansea next year to take part in our 7th edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on the 13th June 2021.”

Everyone associated with the event will be disappointed with the news, but anyone with a place in the 2020 event will automatically be entered in next year’s event.

All registered participants for the 2020 JCP Swansea Half Marathon have been emailed their available options. If you have not received an email with this information, please email us.