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|
|Hayley Munn||F||Rugby & Northampton||77.39|
|Anna Boniface||F||Reading AC||77.58|
|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 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!
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.
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.