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TV Personality ‘Runs’ Seminar to Get Swansea Sprinting

The first RunSwansea seminar got off to a successful start with a number of runners, from beginners to seasoned professionals, turning up to hear from broadcaster and Director of Athletics at Cardiff Met, James Thie.

The free event, held at The LC, focused on correct running technique, how to get started with running and key ingredients to training, as part of the RunSwansea campaign to get Swansea fit and healthy.

The seminars introduced by HMT Sancta Maria hospital are aimed at runners of all ages and abilities, including those who have never even put on a pair of trainers. The initiative is being run in partnership with JCP Swansea Half Marathon, The LC, 360 Beach & Watersports and Swansea Bay parkrun. Events are already being planned for the next 12 months.

Attendees were inspired to hear from James who is well placed to speak on the subject, as he has enjoyed a successful athletics career in the 1500m distance. He has represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Delhi and finished in fourth place at the 2004 World Indoor Championships. More recently, he has provided commentary for Eurosport and The International Paralympic Committee and has been a lead coach in the BBC Wales Alfie’s Angels documentary in which he inspired people of all ages to get fit and active.

HMT Sancta Maria is one of the partners sponsoring the upcoming JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which is taking place on 26th June 2016. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is quickly becoming a firm favourite amongst the running community. The flat fast course is perfect for beginners, first time half marathon runners and charity runners, whilst also attracting a large elite field from Wales and beyond to RunSwansea. Starting and finishing in the city centre, the route takes runners along Swansea Bay to The Mumbles and back, featuring six miles of stunning coastline, beautiful views and fantastic crowd support.
The next seminar will take place on Tuesday 12th January.

To book a place on HMT Sancta Maria’s series of seminars, please phone the LC on the main number 01792 466500.
To learn more about their Sports and Exercise medicine services, please visit

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