Diabetes UK Cymru looks for runners to break record at JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Diabetes UK Cymru is looking for runners with Type 1 diabetes to join a world record attempt at this year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon.

The charity is hoping to break the world record for the number of people with Type 1 diabetes to run a half marathon.

Diabetes UK Cymru set the record at last year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon, when 29 people with Type 1 took part in memory of Cardiff schoolboy Peter Baldwin, who passed away as a result of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes in January 2015.  This year they are hoping to recruit 101 runners for the race on Sunday 24 June.

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects around 1,400 children and young people in Wales, and around 19,000 adults. People with the condition don’t produce the hormone insulin, which is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. Nobody knows what causes Type 1 diabetes and it isn’t currently preventable.

Physical exercise can impact your blood glucose levels, meaning people who have Type 1 diabetes must manage their insulin before, during and after exercise.

Dai Williams, National Director, Diabetes UK Cymru, said, “We were over the moon last summer when our team of Type 1 runners set a new world record and helped us raise vital awareness of Type 1 diabetes. It’s not just about breaking a record: we hope to inspire others and create a community of individuals who understand the challenges of life with the condition and can support each other.

“It doesn’t matter if you have never run before: if you have Type 1 and you want to be part of our team, then get in touch.”

The charity is working closely on the challenge with supporter Paul Coker, who ran 40 half marathons in 2017 to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and mark 40 years of living with the condition. The 2017 JCP Swansea Half Marathon was the final event in his challenge.

Paul, 45, from Ferndale, discovered running in 2013 and has since then been on a mission to unite people with the condition to exercise safely through his website 1bloodydrop.com.

Paul Coker said, “This event will bring people together to form a Type 1 diabetes community. By taking part, they will prove to themselves and to others that having the condition should not hold you back and that life with Type 1 diabetes is what you make it. By being part of the research they’ll also create a legacy, helping us learn more about the condition, and if we are able to break the world record then that will be the icing on the cake!”

This year’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon will be the largest mass-participation running event the city has ever seen, with over 8,000 runners expected to take part. The fast, flat course takes participants “From The City To The Sea”, and organisers are set to reveal a new route for this its fifth year. Starting in Swansea City Centre, runners make their way along six miles of stunning coastline, taking in the marina and iconic city architecture on their way.

David Martin-Jewell, managing director of Front Runner Events, said, “One of my children has Type 1 diabetes, so my wife and I know what it means to live with this condition. We are very proud to be a part of this challenge and wish all those running for the record attempt the very best of luck with their training and during the race.”

To book your place on Diabetes UK Cymru’s JCP Swansea Half Marathon team, contact 02920 668276 or wales@diabetes.org.uk before Friday 4 May.

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 outside the iconic Brangwyn Hall and takes in the City Centre, six miles of stunning coastline and idyllic marina 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 23rd June 2019.  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.


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The Swansea Half Marathon is to be held on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017 and will require temporary road closures and traffic restrictions to accommodate the event.

Would you therefore please commence the statutory procedures under Section 16(a) of the  Road Traffic Regulation Act 1994 – Special Events Closure, to introduce the following restrictions:

Schedule 1 : Road Closures –  Saturday 19-00hrs to Sunday 19-00hrs

Oxford Street: – from junction of Dillwyn Street to Castle Square.

Whitewalls: – from its junction with Princess Way to rear of Primark.

Union Street: – from its junction with Nelson Street to Park Street.

Nelson Street: – it’s entire length.


Schedule 2 : Road Closures –  Sunday  05-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Whitewalls :- it’s entire length

St Marys Square: – from its junction with Whitewalls to Princess Way.

Park Street: – its entire length.

Portland Street: – its entire length.

Plymouth Street: – its entire length.

Singleton Street: – its entire length.

Wind Street: – its entire length.

Castle Street: – its entire length.

Castle Bailey Street: – it’s entire length.

Castle Square: – its entire length.

Caer Street: – its entire length.


Schedule 3 : Road Closures –  Sunday  06-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Princess Way: – its entire length.

St Marys Street: – its entire length.

St Marys Square: – to its junction with Princess Way.

St Davids Place: – its entire length.

York Street: – its entire length.

Salubrious Place: – its entire length.

Little Wind Street: – its entire length.


Schedule 4 : Road Closures –  Sunday  08-00hrs to 14:00hrs

College Street & Welcome Lane: – its entire length westbound only.

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.


Schedule 5 : Road Closures –  Sunday  08-30hrs to 14:00hrs

Somerset Place: – its entire length, right turn only.

Wellington Street:its entire length (access to Quadrant Car Park and Tesco Marina via Stop & Go boards)

Kingsway Metro:its entire length.

Dillwyn Street Metro:its entire length.

Picton Lane:its entire length.


Schedule 6 : Road Closures –  Sunday as below

A4067 Oystermouth Road 08-00 to 10:50:West Way to Guildhall Road South.

A4067 Mumbles Road 08-00 to 11:15:Westbound Guildhall Road South to Knab Rock.


Schedule 7: No Right Turn 08-00hrs to 14:00hrs

Mayals Road onto A4067 Mumbles Road.
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.
Newton 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.
George Bank onto Mumbles Road.


Schedule 8: Varying Restrictions 08-45hrs to 14:00hrs

Dunvant Place onto A4067 Oystermouth Road – no left turn, no right turn..
Guildhall Road South onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Brynmill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Sketty Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn/no U-turn.
Ashleigh Road onto  A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Derwen Fawr Road onto A4067 Mumbles Rd – no right turn.
Mill Lane onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.
Unnamed Rd (The Woodman Public House) onto A4067 Mumbles Road – no right turn.


Schedule 9: No Parking Restrictions (Tow Away Zone)  – Saturday 18-00hrs to Sunday 15-00hrs

Castle Bailey St

Castle St

Wind St

Caer St

Princess Way


Oxford St (from Whitewalls to junction with Dillwyn St)

Union St

Nelson St

Somerset Place

Ferry Side

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times