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Swansea University Half Marathon Exceeds Fundraising Goals for Mental Health Support

Staff, students, and friends who participated in this year’s Swansea University Half Marathon have surpassed their fundraising target for a second consecutive year, collecting over £20,000 to enhance mental health care and support.

The fundraising total has already exceeded last year’s amount as more donations came in the weeks following the race.

Over 5,000 runners took part in the event, which comprised of the half marathon, inaugural city 5 miler and family fun run. The scenic route led the masses from Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum, towards Singleton Campus, along Mumbles Road, and through the city. This incredibly scenic route allowed the half marathon particpant’s to take in the iconic sights of the city, that included the Copr Bay Bridge, Swansea Arena, Brangwyn Hall, Castle Ruins, Castle Square, and that break-taking view of Swansea Bay that looks out towards Mumbles pier.

Among the participants was a 230-strong team from the University, raising money for the Making Strides for Mental Health campaign. This campaign funds essential research into suicide prevention, and provides mental health and wellbeing support for students.

Team Swansea member and Associate Professor Cath Norris shared her experience: “During the race, I thought about all the supporters who donated money for this amazing cause, and that was a huge incentive for me to keep pushing ahead. Crossing that finish line brought a real mix of emotions.”

She added: “When my training started in January, I wasn’t very optimistic and unsure I could run the distance, but I did it, and that is such a proud feeling. I still smile when I think I ran a half marathon.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Deborah Youngs, who presented medals to the winners, said: “The commitment shown by all the runners was truly inspiring, whether it was their first half-marathon, achieving personal bests, or enjoying the wonderful, scenic course—or all three!

“We are delighted that the University can support such an important event for the whole city. We’re particularly proud of our staff, students, and alumni who came together to raise so much money for such a good cause.”

Taking first place in the men’s race was Omar Ahmed in a time of 1:03:02.

The wheelchair category was won by Josh Hickinbottom in 1:05:47.

The women’s winner was Swansea University’s Dr. Emily Marchant, finishing in 1:17:42.

The Making Strides Team also had impressive results, with Henry Spencer being the first man to cross the line at 1:25:53 and Kitty Watts being the first woman at 1:38:28.

If you are inspired to participate in the Swansea University Half Marathon next year, you can register your interest here. If the half marathon isn’t your preferred distance but want to take part in this big city race, why not join in at the City 5 Miler?

Register to run the Front Runner 5 Miler HERE or Freedom Family Fun Run TODAY and set yourself a target for 2025!

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