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Great Welsh Full & Half Marathon Hailed A Success After Record Numbers Attend

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The second edition of the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon (Sunday 15th April) was an overwhelming success with a record number of runners taking on both sold out races.

Whilst the Welsh weather was not the greatest, runners and volunteers turned out in their droves as this year’s race doubled in size, with a record field of athletes of all levels taking part. There were; first timers, charity runners and club runners plus a number of international runners.

Both the full and half marathon started at Festival Fields, Llanelli before heading out to Burry Port, where the runners turned and headed back along the Millennium Coastal Path to Machynys and then back to Festival Fields.

The event was a complete success with lots of personal best’s achieved from those who participated.

Results (provisional) – Great Welsh Half Marathon 2018


  1. Nicholas Sheehan (Llanelli AC) 1:17:37
  2. Craig Jones (Swansea Harriers) 1:22:24
  3. Dai Morgan 1:23:42


  1. Catherina Rennie (Swansea Harriers) 1:30:05
  2. Liz Robbins (Llanelli AC) 1:36:57
  3. Llinos Jones (Swansea Harriers) 1:39:01

Results (provisional) – Great Welsh Marathon 2018


  1. Matthew King 2:43:51
  2. Neil Jones (Pontyclun Road Runners) 2:45:24
  3. Peter Bryant 2:47:11


  1. Catherine Barker (Penarth & Dinas Runners) 3:33:26
  2. Karen Connell (OS Runners) 3:34:31
  3. Christine Haigh 3:34:19

The full results and race day photos are available on the website:

Race Director David Martin-Jewell said:

“It’s been fantastic to see double the number of runners from 2017 to 2018, we have had fantastic support not only from local runners but also runners from further afield including Holland and Singapore.

We are overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we have received regarding our event so far. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and Sector Heads who do a fantastic job and make our events successful and we would like to thank them for their support yesterday.

We would like to thank Brecon Carreg (Hydration Partner) for supplying water for the runners during and after the event. Also, thank you to Tesco Trostre, who supplied bananas for all of our runners”

The organisers are currently confirming the date for the 2019 Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon; however, it will take place in April once again. Registration will open shortly and people can sign up to #RunCymru via the website.

Go to for further details and full race results. You can also keep up to date with news and see the latest photos by liking the Facebook page: or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #WalesLovesRunning on Twitter.

London Marathon Hero Strikes Gold At The Great Welsh Marathon

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Matt Rees, the London Marathon hero that won the hearts of the nation when he helped fellow runner David Wyeth cross the finish line at this years London Marathon came first yesterday (Sunday, 7th May) at South Wales’ only marathon.  The Great Welsh Marathon took place in Llanelli, starting at Festival Fields, taking runners along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path, all the way to Burry Port and back.

The event was a complete success with hundreds of P.B.’s achieved and new records set.  Matt Rees, who took 1st place in the marathon in a time of 02:50:02 said:

“The Great Welsh Marathon Champion – I can’t quite believe it. I have been having calf issues but after some rest I was so tempted to do this local race. I decided to enjoy the experience and race the marathon rather than run it…I only decided to do the race last minute, so I was worried that a lack of carb loading and preparation would start to hinder but apart from a pit stop I felt good. I really cherished the support from both spectators and other runners. It was probably the friendliest race I’ve run. With many out and backs we encouraged each other as we passed. Cheering on passing runners helped pass the miles and it made the whole experience one to remember for another reason. Every marathon has a story. That’s why I keep coming back.” 

 “No more marathons for a while now. Time to get some decent training done. But I’m ecstatic that I can now say I have won a marathon. I always say you remember your marathons and this one is no different. What a great day.”

 As well as the great success of Matt, the winner of the half marathon race that took place at the event was also won by Swansea Harrier; Ian Harris, in a time of 01:11:45.  The top three results of both races are as follows:

Top 3 Winners At The Great Welsh Marathon


  1. Matt Rees (02:50:02)
  2. David Hazell (02:54:34)
  3. Neil Jones (03:01:42)


  1. Katie Warren (03:26:49)
  2. Michelle Lennaghan (03:44:01)
  3. Melissa Myles (03:46:55)

Top 3 Winners At The Great Welsh Half Marathon


  1. Ian Harris (01:11:45)
  2. Ross Simpson (01:18:19)
  3. Nathan Flear (0 1:18:22)


  1. Celia Boothman (01:28:49)
  2. Emma Baxter (01:28:56)
  3. Caroline Hudson (01:40:56)

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

“We are overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we have received about our event so far.  Although we had a small field of runners at the Great Welsh I would consider this race probably the most successful inaugural event we have organised to date.  We really have a fantastic team of volunteers and sector heads who do an incredible job to make our events a great success.  I am extremely proud to be a part of the Front Runner team and very excited for our next big race; the JCP Swansea Half Marathon next month.” 

Entries for the Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon will open on Friday 12th May, anyone wishing to sign up can register here:   The team behind the race are making big plans for 2018 and intend to make great improvements to the event and route.

David added:

“2018 will be a big year for us, with Llanelli Half, the Great Welsh and the JCP Swansea Half Marathon under our belts, we will be focusing on delivering the best races in South Wales.  Having a series of events throughout the year will mean that our runners will benefit even more from taking part in all 3 events.  We intend to continue delivering first class events but will reward our loyal runners with discounted entry for participating in all 3 races, and a limited edition medal for the Front Runner series.”      

Go to for further details and full race results.  You can also keep up to date with news and see the latest photos by liking the Facebook page and following @WelshMarathon #RunCymru on Twitter.

The Great Welsh Marathon Celebrates Launch With Snowdon Marathon Competition

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South Wales’ longest running marathon, Great Welsh Marathon which includes Great Welsh Half Marathon is back on 7th May 2017. Starting in Festival Fields, Llanelli, the flat and friendly route is a great course for beginners and experienced runners alike.

Taking in the sweeping views of the breathtakingly beautiful Loughor Estuary and the Millennium Coastal Path, this race is must do for anyone looking for flat, fast course.

To celebrate the launch of the Great Welsh Marathon website, Front Runner Events will be giving away entry to the Snowdon Marathon where one lucky GWM entrant will secure a place. The competition is open to all entrants who sign to run the GWM will be entered into the draw and we will select on lucky winner on race day. To be in with a chance of entering this great race and competition, enter now at:

T’s & C’s:

Only entrants to the Great Welsh Marathon can apply

Snowdon race rules and conditions apply

There is no cash alternative

The winner will be selected at random

Winner will be notified via social media or email

Only one entry into the Snowdon Marathon is available


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Whether you are embarking on the Great Welsh Marathon or the Great Welsh Half Marathon you can benefit from the following training tips to get you Race ready.


  • Training Plan: Whichever race you are participating in you should be following a training plan. Sticking to a training plan will ensure that you have sufficiently trained to be able to complete the race distance safely and will allow you to enjoy the race.
  • Cross Train: Vary your training by adding in cross-training, whether that is using the elliptical trainer or stationary bikes in the gym, or simply using some weights to strengthen your muscles. Cross-training can improve your fitness, help with injury prevention and you will see a difference in your running fitness as a result.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Staying hydrated is an essential part of running, not just on race day but also during your training. It is possible to over-hydrate so drink to thirst, replacing lost fluids with small sips of water over a period of time. Make sure you fuel your runs sufficiently, what works for one person is different for someone else, work out what to eat during your training to ensure you fuel correctly before, during and after Race Day.
  • Train with Friends: Sometimes getting yourself out the front door can be tough, run with friends and you will find yourself more motivated to get out and run. Having company can help those miles tick over and help you complete your training runs with ease.
  • Race Day Logistics: Plan your Race Day in advance, think about your breakfast, transport, parking, baggage drop-off, prepare your Race Kit prior to Race Day – planning ahead can make Race Day easier.
  • Rest: Make sure you are taking those well-earned Rest Days. When your training is going well, it is easy to get carried away and run further, faster or more often than your training plan. Make sure you let your mind and body recover by taking those rest days. You will benefit from rest as well as your training.
  • Enjoy Yourself: Running should be enjoyable, Race Day is a celebration of all of the training you’ve put yourself through – Enjoy your training and you will enjoy Race Day!


The Great Welsh Marathon and the Great Welsh Half Marathon take place on Sunday May 7th 2017. Entries are open now: – Sign Up Today!


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Runners from all over Wales and beyond will be excited to learn that the Great Welsh Marathon will be back!  The race, which has been a long established event on the running calendar, has recently been adopted by Front Runner Events.  The Front Runner events team are the organisers behind the hugely successful JCP Swansea Half Marathon, which is a firm favourite amongst the running community and attracts up to 8,000 runners worldwide.

David Martin-Jewell, managing director said:

“We are very excited to be taking over the management of the Great Welsh Marathon and aim to deliver a fantastic event for everyone.  We are limiting the number of entrants to just 500 for the marathon and 500 for the half marathon.  This will be an exclusive event, offering a unique opportunity to be part of a race that is very special to Wales.”

The race will take place at 9:00am on Sunday 7th May starting and finishing at Festival Fields, Llanelli.  The course is set within the Millenium Coastal Park and offers runners a chance to participate in one of the flattest races in the UK.  Anyone familiar with the area will know that the Coastal Path overlooks Llanelli Beach, and has breath-taking views of the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsula.  Being strictly limited by numbers means the race is expected to sell out fast and offers those who missed out on a place in London, to run a marathon right here in Wales.

On race day, runners can expect a great event that will be fully marshaled along the coastal path and on closed roads.  There will be water stops on the route and at the end, thanks to hydration partners Brecon Carreg.  To add to the offering organisers will be providing energy gels, a bespoke medal, finishers t-shirt and goody bag to all who complete the race.  Entry is just £40 for the marathon and £30 for the half marathon (plus booking fees).

The flat course is perfect for runners taking on their first long distance race, or for those chasing a PB.  With entry open now, anyone interested in taking part should register his or her place today.  Entries are being snapped up quickly so to get your place or find out more information on the Great Welsh go to:

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