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March 2017

Marathon Fever Grows For The Great Welsh – South Wales’ Only Marathon

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As marathons hit peak season with the UK’s largest race at Virgin Money London Marathon next month, runners from all over Wales and beyond are getting excited about the Great Welsh Marathon.  Known as South Wales’ ONLY marathon, there’s no wonder us Welsh folk cant wait to take part!  The race, which has been a long established event on the running calendar, takes place in Llanelli; home to many a famous sporting icon such as rugby legends; Ray Gravell and Jonathan Davies, as well as the likes of world champion athlete and Gold medalist Dai Greene.  So this small but lovely town is already home to champions so make this your reason to #RunCymru and become a champion too!


The race will be very exclusive and has a strictly limited number of places available.  There will also be a half marathon race on the same day to offer runners the option of both distances.  The event will take place in SIX weeks on Sunday 7th May at 9am starting and finishing at Festival Fields, Llanelli.  The course is set within the Millennium 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.

David Martin-Jewell, managing director said:

“We are very excited to be hosting South Wales’ only marathon.  The Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon is already a favourite amongst runners, having established its unique identity over the last 7 years or so, and it fits perfectly in the race calendar for anyone who may have missed out on running the London marathon.  We aim to deliver a fantastic event for everyone taking part and to do this we are limiting the number of entrants to just 500 for the marathon and 500 for the half.  This promises to be an exclusive event, offering a unique opportunity to be part of a race that is very special to Wales.”


On race day, runners can expect a great event that will be fully marshaled along the coastal path.  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, 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. Entries are being snapped up so make sure you get your place and become a champ at #RunCymru go to:


To stay up to date with all the latest news as it happens follow or on Twitter @WelshMarathon and on Instagram @greatwelshmarathon

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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