As marathon season kicks off, runners from all over the UK and beyond are getting excited for the Great Welsh Marathon. South Wales’ oldest marathon takes place this Sunday (15th April) from Festival Fields in Llanelli at 9am.
The race comprises of a full marathon as well as a half marathon. Strictly limited to 500 participants in each race, this race offers a fast, flat, friendly race whichever distance has been chosen.
Taking in the beautiful Carmarthenshire coastline, the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon starts and finishes at Festival Fields, heading out along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path overlooking wonderful views of Llanelli Beach, the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsula.
David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director said:
“We are very excited to be staging the second Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon as Front Runner Events. We are looking forward to welcoming the largest field this race has ever seen. Whether a first timer or an experienced runner, this race offers a great course for all runners.”
Participating athletes will be keen to know that there will be a team of race pacers offering support to help runners get their pacing spot on. The pacers will run the race in the following estimated times for the half marathon: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:30 hours and for the full marathon: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 and 5:00 hours. Runners simply need to look for their pacer in the start area and try to stay with them throughout the race to ensure accurate timing.
The Race Village will be located at Festival Fields in Llanelli, which is open to athletes and spectators from 07.30am. The Full Marathon will start at 09.00am and the Half Marathon will start at 09.05.
Key Race Day Timings:
- 07:30: Car Park, Race Village, Baggage Tent and Information Point Open
- 08:30: Runners Enter Start Funnels
- 08:50: Baggage Drop Off Closes
- 09:00: Great Welsh Marathon Race Starts
- 09:05: Great Welsh Half Marathon Race Starts
- 10:08: Winner of the Great Welsh Half Marathon Expected
- 11:40: Winner of the Great Welsh Marathon Expected
- 12:30: Winners presentation takes place
- 15:00: Event Closes
The Race Day Guide features all the need to know information about the event, including safety notes, car parks and Race Day Information. Anyone wishing to know more can download their copy via the website:
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.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk To stay ahead of all the news as it happens like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatWelshMarathon or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #WalesLovesRunning on Twitter.