Category Winners Announced

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There were incredible finishing times achieved at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday (12 June 2022). Congratulations to those top finishers across all age categories! The top 3 are listed below followed by age category winners…

Top 3 Female Finishers Awards Ceremony (pictured left to right): Hayley Davies (CEO JCP Solicitors), Naomi Mitchell (2nd Place), Natasha Cockram (1st Place), Danielle Nimmock (3rd Place), David Martin-Jewell (Managing Director, Front Runner Events)

FEMALE WINNERS

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
11 Natasha Cockram 01:12:48 01:12:48 FSEN Micky Morris Racing Team
13 Naomi Mitchell 01:15:11 01:15:11 FSEN Reading AC
18 Danielle Nimmock 01:16:36 01:16:36 FSEN City Of Norwich AC
23 Hayley Munn 01:16:55 01:16:55 FSEN Rugby & Northampton AC
25 Anna Boniface 01:17:32 01:17:32 FSEN Reading AC

Top 3 Male Finishers Awards Ceremony (pictured left to right): Hayley Davies (CEO JCP Solicitors), Ollie Lockley (3rd Place), Omar Ahmed (1st Place), Philip Sesemann (2nd Place), David Martin-Jewell (Managing Director, Front Runner Events)

MALE WINNERS

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
1 Omar Ahmed 01:04:01 01:04:01 MSEN Birchfield Harriers
2 Philip Sesemann 01:04:07 01:04:07 MSEN Leeds City Athletic Club
3 Ollie Lockley 01:04:31 01:04:31 MSEN
4 Josh Griffiths 01:04:53 01:04:53 MSEN Swansea Harriers
5 Andrew Davies 01:05:12 01:05:12 M40 Stockport Harriers & AC

Wheelchair Finishers Awards Ceremony (pictured left to right): Hayley Davies (CEO JCP Solicitors), Ron Price (2nd Place), Richie Powell (1st Place), David Martin-Jewell (Managing Director, Front Runner Events)

WHEELCHAIR WINNERS

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category
1 Richie Powell 01:06:23 01:06:21 M50
2 Ron Price 01:24:26 01:24:24 M65
3 Richard Batchelor 02:43:41 02:43:41 MSEN

Congratulations to our category winners:

FEMALE AGE CATEGORY WINNERS:

35 – 39 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
54 Donna Morris 01:22:42 01:22:41 F35 Builth & District
142 Abby Lewis 01:29:09 01:28:57 F35
269 Michelle Mainwaring 01:35:21 01:34:32 F35
289 Stephanie Gibson 01:36:04 01:35:40 F35
303 Ffion Riley 01:36:53 01:36:40 F35

40-44 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
81 Clare Patterson 01:26:22 01:26:18 F40 Griffithstown Harriers
199 Kathryn Eagle 01:32:29 01:32:12 F40
242 Janneke Van Beijnum 01:34:34 01:34:30 F40 Les Croupiers
322 Ellen Park 01:37:35 01:37:07 F40
388 Lois Woodward 01:39:17 01:38:52 F40 Swansea Harriers

45-49 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
68 Nina Martin 01:25:04 01:24:59 F45 Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC
159 Helen-marie Davies 01:29:56 01:29:48 F45 Swansea Harriers
266 Donna Perry 01:35:06 01:35:03 F45
317 Clare Lloyd 01:37:27 01:37:00 F45
465 Julie Hartley-green 01:41:44 01:41:28 F45 Swansea Harriers

50-54 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
181 Clare Phillips 01:31:43 01:31:35 F50 Port Talbot Harriers
295 Clare Hazell 01:36:31 01:36:09 F50 White Horse Harriers
299 Catherine Thomas Broom 01:36:35 01:36:16 F50
394 Suzanne Tew 01:39:23 01:39:00 F50 Parc Bryn Bach Running Club
525 Julia Bajjada 01:43:32 01:42:50 F50 Chepstow Harriers

55 – 59 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
99 Niki Morgan 01:27:08 01:27:05 F55 Chepstow Harriers
343 Hayley Morgan 01:38:16 01:37:54 F55 Pontyclun Road Runners
439 Clare Hawling 01:40:51 01:40:21 F55 Cheltenham and County Harriers
475 Jaq Underwood 01:42:01 01:41:20 F55 Lliswerry Runners
537 Megan Gwynne Carroll 01:43:54 01:42:54 F55

60 – 64 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
305 Lindy Eynon 01:36:58 01:36:40 F60 Trots
632 Sue Townsend 01:46:07 01:45:16 F60 Cheltenham and County Harriers
680 Julia Chi Taylor 01:47:42 01:47:04 F60
848 Judi Rhys 01:51:28 01:50:39 F60
1202 Jane Roberts 02:00:14 01:58:56 F60 Malvern Joggers

Over 65 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
1349 Kathleen Gough 02:04:17 02:03:17 F65
1428 Janice Harvey 02:06:25 02:05:16 F65 RUN4ALL Running Club
1587 Carol Lowrey 02:09:37 02:07:49 F65
1935 Selon Timi Veerasamy 02:18:24 02:14:59 F65 Dagenham 88 Runners
2232 Julie Brown 02:27:34 02:25:06 F65 Redditch Stars

MALE AGE CATEGORY WINNERS:

40 – 45 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
5 Andrew Davies 01:05:12 01:05:12 M40 Stockport Harriers & AC
12 Owain Schiavone 01:14:25 01:14:23 M40 Aberystwyth AC
35 Matt Yelland 01:19:44 01:19:39 M40 Clwb Run Wales
58 Jim Arrowsmith 01:23:32 01:23:21 M40 Trent Park Running Club
60 Steven Fenton 01:23:36 01:23:33 M40 Lonely Goat RC

45 – 49 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
19 Mark Thomas 01:16:40 01:16:37 M45 Black Pear Joggers
27 Matt Jacklin 01:18:46 01:18:43 M45 Aberdare Valley AAC
31 Marc Davies 01:19:31 01:19:21 M45
32 Stephen Burrows 01:19:33 01:19:20 M45
78 Mike Stephens 01:26:16 01:26:09 M45

50 – 54 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
47 Cj De Mooi 01:22:19 01:22:16 M50 Lliswerry Runners
53 Darren Francis 01:22:39 01:22:31 M50
75 Matt Turner 01:25:50 01:25:41 M50 Caerleon RC
76 Gary Cairns 01:26:00 01:25:54 M50
82 Mike Gleeson 01:26:24 01:26:23 M50 Swansea Harriers

55 – 59 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
93 Andy Bowen 01:26:47 01:26:34 M55
115 Hugo Thompson 01:27:51 01:27:34 M55
160 Geoff Robinson 01:30:01 01:29:56 M55
176 John Ross 01:31:22 01:31:20 M55
187 Rodney Savage 01:32:01 01:31:45 M55

60 – 64 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
274 Robert Howe 01:35:33 01:35:02 M60
278 Tahir Altimimi 01:35:44 01:35:15 M60 Clwb Run Wales
316 Martin Kearns 01:37:25 01:36:39 M60 Swansea Harriers
408 Graham Baker 01:39:52 01:39:41 M60
497 Alun Powell 01:42:52 01:42:25 M60

65 – 69 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
193 Terry O brien 01:32:12 01:31:57 M65
211 Stephen Owen 01:33:15 01:33:04 M65 Chepstow Harriers
310 David Flynn 01:37:08 01:36:50 M65 Les Croupiers
514 Tim May 01:43:17 01:42:23 M65
757 Phil Keating 01:49:44 01:48:16 M65

Over 70 years:

Overall Position Name Guntime Chiptime Category Team / Club
133 David Gibson 01:28:38 01:28:30 M70
906 Alex Heron 01:52:54 01:52:09 M70
1299 Robert Lewis 02:02:44 02:02:02 M70 Caerphilly Runners
1328 Hugh Roberts 02:03:26 02:02:13 M70 Bungay Black Dog RC
1533 Dave Hebbes 02:08:31 02:07:19 M70

You did yourself and your club proud and we look forward to welcoming you all back to the Swansea Half Marathon in 2023!

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Start Line

Thousands took part in Wales’ biggest Summer Half Marathon to #RunSwansea

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The city welcomed visitors from all over the world as Wales’ favourite road race of the summer returned with a bang at the 8th edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

The sun was shining, and conditions were near perfect for the 4,000 runners who took to the streets to #RunSwansea. Participants were able to enjoy the closed road event that took them over a 13.1 mile route that boasts one of the flattest and most scenic coastal half marathon events in the UK.

Mass field

Headline sponsors and CEO of JCP Solicitors, Hayley Davies set the runners on their way from the start line at the city’s newest cultural venue, Swansea Arena. She said:

“Today marks a very proud moment for us at JCP as we look back at our history as the founding sponsors of the Swansea Half Marathon, which took place for the very first time back in 2014. It is always a fantastic event that brings an electric atmosphere and an abundance of people to our city centre. Helping contribute to the local economy and enjoying everything Swansea has to offer from the city to the sea.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was last held in October 2021, almost 8 months to the day. Traditionally held in June, the delayed event was a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but today marked the first time it had returned to its rightful place in the Summer since 2019.  Managing Director of Front Runner Events, David Martin-Jewell, said:

We are thrilled with the turnout at today’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon. It’s always exciting to see our runners line up at the start line, especially as we return with near-normal race experience for all. The event is more than just a race it’s about bringing people together to share their challenge and help them achieve their goals. It’s about teamwork, raising funds for charity, offering volunteer opportunities for people in the city and supporting our running community. We look forward to an even bigger and better Swansea Half in 2023!”

 

Hundreds of charity runners took part in the event for good causes, raising funds for their chosen charities, including the event charity partners; Maggie’s Swansea, Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Wales, Llamau, and Shelter Cymru.  Runners’ fundraising pages will remain open for a few weeks yet so anyone wishing to donate, still can.

The elite field was as competitive as ever, with both female and male records smashed, whilst Richie Powell retains his place as the wheelchair record holder. This year he took 1st place, which was followed by Ron Price in 2nd.

Winner of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon

Winner of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon – Omar Ahmed

Omar Ahmed of Birchfield Harriers smashed the male course record by 42 seconds, coming in first place at 1:04:01. 2nd place was taken by Philip Sesemann of Leeds City AC, in a time of 1:04:07 and in 3rd place was Ollie Lockley achieving a time of 1:04:31.

Winner of the female elite race at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon - Natasha Cockram

Winner of the female elite race at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon – Natasha Cockram

The women’s race was equally competitive, with the record being beaten by Natasha Cockram of Micky Morris Racing Team who achieved first place in 1:12:48. 2nd place went to Naomi Mitchell of Reading AC in a time of 1:15:11 and 3rdplace went to Danielle Nimmock of the City of Norwich AC in 1:16:36.

Celf Corporate Challenge Winners

Celf Corporate Challenge Winners

Seven companies took on the Celf Corporate Challenge, which was the first time the creators of Celf have sponsored the challenge. There was some stiff competition as the teams at Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Brecon Carreg, Nation Radio, Nathaniel Cars and Arvato Bertelsmann were unable to beat off the team at JCP Solicitors.

The organising team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, continues to work alongside an amazing 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 sponsors, JCP Solicitors and partners at Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Celf Creative, Nathaniel Motor Group, Nation Radio, Brecon Carreg and Kind.

Runners will be keen to know that entry is already open for the 2023 event, which is set to take place on 11th June 2023. To sign up and secure your place at an exclusive early bird price go to: https://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk. To follow the event pages click on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag us in your social posts #RunSwansea #BeYourBest

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Start Line

JCP Swansea Half Marathon Start Line

Top Tips For Post Race Recovery

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13.1 miles is some serious distance whether you’re an elite or a casual runner, so it’s important you ensure you have recovered properly to avoid injury post-race and you can get back to training for your next race soon after. Lots of runners plan their post-race strategy but have you sorted yours? Read these tips to help you recover following your race.

  • Rehydrate.

Being dehydrated post-race can impair your recovery, prolonging your muscle soreness and causing greater strain on your immune function. Restoring fluid balance after your run is vital to avoid the effects of dehydration on your training following the race. Take on your fluids little and often following your race and avoid drinking excessive amounts all at once. A sports drink containing electrolytes is ideal, but water is great too.

  • Replenish glycogen stores.

Recovering your lost glycogen (carbohydrate) stores after your run is crucial for enhancing your recovery 24 hours after your race. The immediate post-race window is when your body is most likely to absorb all your nutrients to repair and recover so aim to have a snack/shake ready containing a combination of carbohydrates and protein. This can be consumed within 30 minutes of finishing your race.

  • Muscle repair.

Post-race is the ideal time to have that post-race massage and get your compression gear on. This can help you reduce your muscle soreness time and increase lactic removal. So don’t forget to head to our massage tent at the race village and wear your compression socks or tights.

  • Post-race training.

Train smart, not hard. During the weeks following the race, many runners get back to training hard out of fear of losing fitness or they just have that post-race pump. Easing back into it and training smart can help your recovery and maximise the fitness that you have gained through your race. Remember, a half marathon is a great distance to run so give yourself a break and take a few rest days or easy training sessions. Be aware that your body is more susceptible to injury during the days following your race as your muscles will still be repairing themselves!

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Race Day

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The city of Swansea will welcome athletes from all over the UK as they prepare to take on Wales’ biggest Summer half marathon event this weekend. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon will be taking place this Sunday (12th June) from Swansea Arena. The wheelchair race will start at 8.55 am before the main field of runners, who will take to the streets at 9.00 am.

The race is expected to host a field of up to 5000 participants that will run from the city to the sea on one of the most breath-taking half marathon courses in the country. The 13.1 mile route offers runners spectacular coastal scenery on an almost flat route.

The event organised by the Front Runner Events team is delivered with the help of crew members and volunteer race makers. David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director said:

“We are thrilled to be staging the 2022 edition of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon at the city’s newest cultural venue. We are excited to be welcoming an incredible elite field and hundreds of participants who have taken up running to keep fit during the last couple of years. It’s fantastic to be able to help a new generation of runners, some of whom will be challenging themselves at our event for the very first time. We look forward to putting on a great event for everyone to enjoy and hope it’s a wonderful day for all!”

Cohort of Runners

Many will participate in this event for good causes, raising awareness and much-needed funds for their chosen charity. With many still raising funds right up to race day for the event charity partners; Maggie’s Swansea, Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Wales, Llamau and Shelter Cymru.

That team spirit will be back as seven companies take on the Celf Creative Corporate Challenge going head-to-head with reigning winners: JCP Solicitors versus the teams at Matthews & Co, HMT Sancta Maria, Brecon Carreg, Nation Radio, Nathaniel Cars and Arvato Bertelsmann.

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

The eighth edition of the race will mark the largest and most competitive field of stellar British athletes the event has ever seen. The current wheelchair record holder Richie Powell set a new record last year in a time of 60:54 and the male record stays with Matt Clowes of Cardiff AAC in a time of 64:43. In the same year, Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers won the race and recorded the female course record in 73:50. However, race records are expected to be smashed this year with the confirmed attendance of Phil Sesemann who was the British champion at London Marathon (2021) and Cardiff Half Marathon Female winner Natasha Cockram.

Essential Information

Race Day Guide that features all your need-to-know information about the event has been produced and includes safety information, car parks and key race day details. To download your copy, find further event details, or follow your loved one on the Live Race Tracking go to: https://bit.ly/3GX8RfT

Key Race Day Timings:

  • 07:30: Race Village, and Baggage Open
  • 08:00: Road closure commences
  • 08:30: Starting pens open – Runners MUST be parked & heading to start area
  • 08:55: Wheelchair race starts
  • 09:00: JCP Swansea Half Marathon Race Starts
  • 10:00: Wheelchair winner expected
  • 10:02: Male winner expected
  • 10:11: Female winner expected
  • 11:00: Winners presentation takes place
  • 13:00: The last finisher expected
  • 14:00: Event Closes

The Start

Being prepared and how you get to the start ahead of the event is essential. Runners are encouraged to plan their travel to and from the event and car share if you can and feel comfortable doing so. Participants should be parked and ready to #RunSwansea by 08.30am.

Race Village

The village is located at Museum Green and will be open to athletes and spectators from 07.30am. Here participants will find refreshments, the information point, toilets and massage.

Race Numbers & Timing

Runners will have received their bib prior to race day (if they have registered before 31st May 2022). This contains the timing chip that will provide your finishing time, so try not to bend the bib. This MUST be secured to the front of your t-shirt/vest and the timing chip will activate as you cross the start line. There will be a limited number of spare bibs available at the Information Point, however, there is a charge for a replacement. PLEASE NOTE– Runners must NEVER wear someone else’s race number, by doing so you are putting yourself at risk should a medical emergency occur.

Pens

There will be one single holding area, which will be split into the 5 race number colours (based on your estimated finish time). You must head to the area signposted for your race number colour, please note you will not be able to move forward a pen, but you can move backwards.

Baggage

Runners are encouraged to use the bag drop only if essential. The baggage will be situated at the LC and only one bag per person is permitted. Participants are asked not to bring, store or leave valuable items in their bags and check they have everything they need before dropping them off. All bags should be securely closed, and the baggage band looped around the handle, before handing it in.

Pacers

Participants will be pleased to know that there will be a team of race pacers offering support to help runners get their pacing spot on. The pacers will run the race in the following estimated times: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30. The pacers will be on the course wearing flags with the estimated finish time on them. Look out for the pacer within the start pen and try to stay near to them throughout the race.

Facilities – Hydration & Toilets

Runners are encouraged to drink plenty of water within the week before the race and bring a personal water bottle or hydration vest to the event. However, we understand, that sometimes this isn’t possible so there will be Brecon Carreg hydration points on the course. Runners are encouraged when taking water to drink what they need, tip the rest out and dispose of it in the recycling zones. Toilets are located at the start area and at various points on the route.

Safety

Runner’s safety is our priority! If you have a medical condition, you’re aware of please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your race number, as well as marking the front of your race number with a RED X.

Should you need medical assistance during the race please stop, rest, and tell the nearest race maker, or ask another runner to tell them on your behalf. There will be medical stations located along the route and at the finish.

Team Behind the Scenes 

The organising team behind the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, continues to work closely 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 delivery partners include Brecon Carreg, and Kind Snacks UK. New partners include Celf Creative, sponsors of the Corporate Challenge, Nation Radio, and Nathaniel Cars, the official vehicle partner.

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How To #BeYourBest On Race Day

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Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves as they can, especially on race day. So with the help of our training partners at Realbuzz we’ve put together some tactics and tips to help you through those 13.1 miles ahead of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon this Sunday!

The time has come for you to run your half marathon…You’ve done your training, tapering and are now ready to get to the start line but make sure you’re not making any last-minute mistakes. Read ahead for some useful tips and mistakes to avoid so you can enjoy race day.

1.  Plan your day.

Make a checklist of everything you need for race day! Plan your route, gels, drinks, bib and pins, everything you need for race day…You haven’t done all this training just to forget something so why not lay your kit out the night before?

2.  Know your route.

Take a look at your route beforehand so you don’t come across anything surprising. This will allow you to get familiar and pace yourself accordingly. Congested areas and exposed sections of the route are also useful to know. Make sure you know the start area and race village too! You may need to use the toilets before the race, but so will everyone else so get there early to know where they are.

3.  Early energy waste.

Don’t blow out too early. Start the race with those of similar ability to you or alongside pacers of your expected finishing time. An over-confident start may feel great at the beginning but will lead to a painful finish if this is not what you have trained for. You want to enjoy the race so take your time and don’t overdo it.

4.  No new kit.

This is the number one rule of race day! No new kit. Do not try out your new running kit or even running trainers on the day of your half marathon. Many runners have tried and tested this, and it has very rarely ended well. Blisters, running and chafing all contribute to a miserable race so stick to what you have trained with, and what is worn in. It’s not worth the pain!

5.  Break it down.

It can be daunting thinking you have to run 13.1 miles or 21km all in one. So, break it down into manageable chunks to get you through if it helps. Whether you push through every mile or every km, if it helps you feel more confident, it’ll help you finish the run. Quite often, some runners experience a slow, negative patch. This is common so don’t let it take its toll on your event. Try to stay positive, don’t panic and remember to break it down and embrace the crowd cheers to help you keep moving. You’ve got this!

6.  Enjoy it!

These events should be fun, and you will embrace the feeling of the race day atmosphere as soon as you arrive. It has taken weeks of training for you to get here, and you have worked hard, so enjoy every step and think about that finish line feeling.

Good luck to you all!

Top British Elites Expected At The 2022 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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The Front Runner Events team are excited to welcome a wonderful field of elite athletes to the JCP Swansea Half Marathon this June. The eighth edition of the race will be hosted on Sunday 12th June 2022 and will mark the largest and most competitive field of stellar British athletes the event has ever seen.

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

            “I am thrilled that our event has been able to attract some of the top British athletes in 2022. With a new route, we expected to see faster finisher times than ever before, and I look forward to seeing a new course record set for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. I believe that returning the event to its rightful place in June has influenced our field of elites to use this as their training for the Commonwealth Games. Whilst, allowing us to retain the title of being Wales’ biggest summer half marathon.” 

Runners will take on the fast and flat 13.1 mile course starting at Swansea Arena with runners heading towards the iconic Brangwyn Hall, through the city and along the beautiful Swansea Bay, before returning to the finish.

With so many incredible elite athletes registered the Front Runner Events Team have set qualification standards for entry for male athletes at under 70 minutes and female athletes under 80 minutes.

The prize pots are awarded to the top placed male and female runners, as well as the prize fund for the first male to achieve sub 62 minutes and the first female sub 72 minutes. Below is the current list of elites signed up to run so you can see for yourselves the calibre of athletes who will #RunSwansea this June:

Athlete Gender Club PB (in last 12 months)
Natasha Cockram F Micky Morris Racing Team 70.47
Naomi Mitchell F Reading AC 71.52
Danielle Nimmock F City of Norwich 74.44
Simone Mitchell F Winchester 76/77
Hayley Munn F Rugby & Northampton 77.39
Anna Boniface F Reading AC 77.58
Hannah Pullen F Waverley 78.56
Georgia Holden F Queens Park 79.59
Jonny Mellor M Liverpool H 62.2
Ollie Lockley M Leeds City AC 64.26
Josh Griffiths M Swansea Harriers 65.11
Tom Higgs M South London 67:04 (2020)
Alex Bampton M Highgate Harriers 67:13 (2019)
Andrew Davies M Stockport/Mercia Fell 67.42
Matthew Clough M Leeds City AC 68.17
David Green M Rugby & Northampton 69.34

Natasha Cockram

Female Race

Natasha Cockram of Micky Morris Racing Team will return to make her third appearance at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon this June. Making great strides in her running career she recently took first place at the Cardiff Half Marathon achieving her PB of 70 minutes and 10 seconds, so she’s a keen favourite to smash our female course record that currently stands at 73:50.

Naomi Mitchell of Reading AC is 28 and has a well-established record, with her first half marathon achievement dating back to 2011. She is a familiar face at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon having finished the race in seventh place in 2017, sixth place in 2018 and third in 2019. Her progress has been incredible over the years, and she most recently finished in first place at Wokingham Half Marathon in an impressive 71 minutes and 52 seconds. Naomi will be one to watch as the female front runners head towards the finish!

Danielle Nimmock known by most as Dani, she grew up in Norfolk and is a member of Norwich AC. She started running cross country as a girl and is now coached by Tom Craggs. Her PB half marathon time was set in 2018 at the Big Half Marathon in Greenwich achieving a finishing time of 74:13 and more recently at Barcelona Half Marathon in 2020 with a time of 74:44. So here’s hoping the coastal route at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon will spur her on to achieving a time similar to Barcelona!

Josh Griffiths

Male Race

Jonny Mellor joins us from Liverpool Harriers. The 35-year-old long-distance elite won the Manchester Marathon in April this year in a time of 2:10:46, shaving a staggering 8 minutes off the previous winners time. Jonny has consistently achieved excellent finishing times with many of his half marathon events being completed overseas. His last finishing time for this distance was achieved in Seville in a time of 62:20, that’s 2 minutes and 23 seconds quicker than the course record at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon! Let’s hope Jonny will be gunning for victory to set a new record at this year’s race!

Ollie Lockley of Leeds City AC is 28 years of age and hasn’t completed the half marathon distance since November 2021. His last half marathon PB was achieved at the Valencia Half Marathon, aptly known as the city of running, where he finished in a time of 63:01. This of course was some time ago in 2019 so it will be interesting to see his performance at Swansea this June!

Josh Griffiths of Swansea Harriers is a Welsh favourite at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon. This will be his fifth appearance at his home race where he will be seeking to beat his previous finishing time of 66:11. Josh has progressed well since his 2018 debut with a half marathon PB of 63:08 at Antrim Coast Half Marathon in 2020.

Wheelchair winner Richie Powell

Wheelchair winner Richie Powell


Wheelchair Elite

We welcome the return of Welsh athlete Richie Powell of Ebbw Vale once again to retain his title of winner in the wheelchair race at Swansea. Richie is a veteran athlete with a long history in the para-athletics field and has gained many incredible achievements over the years, including our last course record at 1:00:54. Let’s hope he might be able to beat the record in under 60 minutes this year!

If you’re an elite athlete who is within the qualifying standards to race at the 2022 JCP Swansea Half Marathon, head to https://www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk/elite-entry/ to register your interest and check out our wall of fame. Entries are still open for a limited time! To get your place CLICK HERE.

Temporary Road Closures & Restrictions

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES / RESTRICTIONS
JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON NOTICE 2022

The Swansea Half Marathon is to be held on Sunday 12th June 2022 and will require temporary road closures and traffic restrictions to accommodate the event.

SCHEDULE 1: ROAD CLOSURE – SATURDAY 11th June SUNDAY 12th June 1800 – 1500HRS
A4067 – Oystermouth Road Westbound from junction with Princess Way to West Way.

SCHEDULE 2: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 12th June 0800 – 1500HRS
A4067 – Quay Parade – from Sainsbury’s Store to Wind Street. A4067 Victoria Road – its entire length – both directions. Burrows Place – it’s junction with Victoria Road.
A4067 Oystermouth Road: – from its junction with West Way to Quay Parade (eastbound).

SCHEDULE 3: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 12th June 0830 – 0945HRS
Francis Street – from its junction with Guildhall Road South. Guildhall Road South – its entire length.
St Helens Crescent – from its junction with Guildhall Road South. The Baths Car Park.
St Helens Avenue – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road. St Helens Road – it’s entire length.
Brynymor Road – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.

SCHEDULE 4: ROAD CLOSURES – SUNDAY 12th June 0830 – 1030HRS
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 and junction with Oystermouth Road.
Oxford Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road.
Beach Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road and junction with Oystermouth Road.
Argyle Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road. Richardson Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road. Lane alongside 8a St Helens Road – its entire length
Wyndham Street – from its junction with B4290 St Helens Road Dillwyn Street -from junction with Oxford Street, it’s entire length Glamorgan Street – it’s junction with Oystermouth Road.
Christina Street – its entire length The Kingsway – it’s entire length Horton Street
Pell Street Northampton Lane
Un-named Road from Northampton Lane to the Junction with the Kingsway Dynevor Place
Orchard Street – it’s entire length 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.
Mariner Street- its entire length. Ebenezer Street- its entire length. Tontine Street- its entire length.
Orchard Street – its entire length. Kingsway – its entire length.
Picton Lane – its entire length Portland Street – its entire length College Street- its entire length. Welcome Lane – its entire length. Castle Bailey Street – its entire length. Castle Street – its entire length.
Lane Behind Kapsers – 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 Salubrious Place – its entire length York Street – its entire length

SCHEDULE 5: ROAD CLOSURES SUNDAY 12th June 0830-1130HRS
A4067 Oystermouth Road 0830-1130 West Way to Guildhall Road South.
A4067 Mumbles Road 0830-1130 Guildhall Road South to Mayals Road (Westbound only) …A4067 Mumbles Road 0830-1130 Mayals Road to Newton Road (eastbound and westbound).
A4067 Mumbles Road 0830-1130: – Westbound Guildhall Road South to Knab Rock Car Park.

SCHEDULE 6: ROAD CLOSED – NO RIGHT TURN, NO LEFT TURN: SUNDAY 12th June 0845 – 1130HRS
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. Lane Adjacent to 308 Mumbles Road Amy Dillwyn Close onto Mumbles Road. Bethany Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Palmyra Court onto Mumbles Road. Norton Ave onto Mumbles Road.
Norton Rd onto Mumbles Road.

Dunns Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Church Park Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Myrtle Terrace onto Mumbles Road.
Village Lane onto Mumbles Road.
Hallbank Lane onto Mumbles Road.
George Bank onto Mumbles Road.
Promenade Terrace – Slip to junction with A4067 Mumbles Road
Cornwall Terrace onto A4067 Mumbles Road
Clifton Terrace onto Mumbles Road
A4067 Mumbles Road – eastbound from junction with Newton Road B4593 to Junction with B4436 Mayals Road.
Oystermouth Square Car Park
Quarry Road Car Park
Knab Rock Car Park

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

SCHEDULE 7: NO RIGHT TURN – SUNDAY 12th June 0845 – 1130HRS
Mayals Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
Cwm Farm onto A4067 Mumbles Road
Glyn Crescent onto A4067 Mumbles Road

SCHEDULE 8: VARYING RESTRICTIONS: SUNDAY 12th June
Somerset Place – its junction with Quay Parade – 0900 – 1015
Dunvant Place onto A4067 Oystermouth Road – no left turn, no right turn. 0830-1600 Brynmill Terrace onto A4067 Mumbles Road – Road Closed 0830- 1130
Gorse Lane on to A4067 – Road Closed – 0830-1130
Sketty Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn/no left turn/no U-turn. 0815-1130 Ashleigh Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn. 0730-1130
Derwen Fawr Road onto A4067 Mumbles Rd – no right turn. 0830-1130 Mill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn. 0830-1130
Unnamed Rd (The Woodman Public House) onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn 0830-1130
Newton Rd onto A4067 Mumbles Road. No left/right turn 0830-1130

SCHEDULE 9: “NO PARKING” RESTRICTIONS (TOW AWAY ZONE) – SATURDAY 11th June – SUNDAY 12th June 2100-1130
High Street
St Helens Road
Castle Bailey Street
Castle Street
Parking Bays outside Joes Ice Cream Mumbles

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times

New Route Announced for the 2022 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon have announced a route change for the 2022 edition of the race that takes place next month, on Sunday, 12th June.

The route will see runners start outside the city’s newest iconic landmark at the Swansea Arena. This will allow for everyone to finish at the same point creating an easier access to the race village, baggage collection and to meet up with their loved ones afterwards. The race will take runners up Mumbles Road towards the Brangwyn Hall, through the city’s streets back towards the Waterfront Museum and then out to Knab Rock with the lighthouse in view. As in previous years, athletes will grace the promenade taking in the stunning vista of Swansea Bay and return to the road at Brynmill Lane to the finishing straight at Swansea Arena.

David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director said:

“This year we have had to make changes to the route for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon due to the ongoing works to Trafalgar bridge. Although the new route will avoid the Maritime Quarter, I think it will provide an opportunity for an even faster course record and finishing times for our participants. We are excited to be staging the race outside the new Copr Bay development offering an incredible backdrop to welcome our runners and retain our rightful place of being Wales’ biggest and best Summer Half Marathon.”

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a popular event for runners from all over the UK and this year it will welcome participants from as far away as Brazil, the USA and Hong Kong. The event is also expected to attract some of the best athletes in Great Britain using the race in their training ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the end of July.

The 13.1 mile race is the only half marathon held on fully closed roads in Wales during the month of June. Entries are expected to close soon so anyone wishing to take part should sign up to avoid disappointment. To register your place to #RunSwansea head to: www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

 

 

How to taper for a half marathon

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You’ve signed up for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and race day is fast approaching so now is the time to start thinking about tapering.

What is a half marathon taper?

Tapering for a half marathon occurs in the weeks leading up to the race. This is when you start to reduce the miles and allow your body to have some rest. It is important you allow this rest but try not to lose the training fitness you’ve gained during the weeks leading up to now. You need to find the right balance where your runs get shorter and easier but not too easy and short! It is important you take tapering seriously as studies have shown it can improve your performance, and we all want that!!

How long should your taper be?

There is a lot to consider when planning how long to taper for leading up to race day. Different race distances usually require different tapering lengths, so for a half marathon 1 – 2 weeks before the event is usually enough time to give you the rest you need before the big day! You want to make sure all your best running is put into the race day and not training leading up to the event.

During your tapering period, you want to be reducing the intensity by about 50-60% during race week. Gradually reduce your training, incorporating shorter runs during race week as this will help avoid injury leading up to the event. Also, you do not want to change too much with your diet as you need to increase the glycogen (carbohydrate) stores ready to fuel you on race day. Try to keep your meal plans similar to what they were during training and keep them healthy!

Run at your race pace over shorter distances

It’s important to maintain your race pace when you’re tapering. Even when you’re running shorter distances, run at your comfortable race day pace to allow you to tune into what it will feel like. You don’t want to be backtracking on the pace you have maintained throughout your training, so your legs are ready for that 13.1 miles!

Don’t overdo it!!

The number one thing you DO NOT want to be doing race week is overdoing it. Do not try to cram weeks of training into one just to get those extra miles in. It won’t be worth it, and you’ll risk injury occurring and you won’t end up running the event at all. Your body won’t adapt in time now, and whatever training you have done will push you through that race.

It takes time to figure out what tapering style suits you and this may take a couple of races to perfect and help you find the best way to prepare for the week leading up to the event. Don’t overdo it, enjoy the race and good luck!!

Nation Radio Become Official Media Partner

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We are proud to announce that Nation Radio will be our media partner for our 2022 events, including the JCP Swansea Half Marathon that will take place on Sunday the 12th of June.

The team are excited to work with Nation Radio for the event, being the home of great music and up-to-date news for Wales. Nation Radio will keep you up to date on all the news about the event leading up to race day, the all-important traffic updates and what you can expect on the day.

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

“It’s great to be working with the team at Nation Radio for all our events this year. They have been involved with our sister race at the Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10K and 2k Fun Run for several years and we look forward to developing our partnership with them for our upcoming events.”

Runners will find Nation Radio presenting live at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and gearing up the thousands of participants as they take to the course along the beautiful Swansea Bay.

Neil Greenslade, Group Programme Director of Nation Radio said:

“We are proud to be working with Front Runner Events and look forward to getting all the athletes, fun runners and charity fundraisers warmed up to #RunSwansea next month. As the official media partner, we’re excited to be supporting such a fantastic event for the community in Wales!”

Make sure you’re tuning into Nation Radio or download the Nation Player app free from the app store leading up to race day to get you ready and motivated for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon event. To find out more about the Front Runner Events, their partnerships or to register your place at any of their events, including the JCP Swansea Half Marathon go to: www.frontrunnerevents.co.uk