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April 2018

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

Male:

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

Female:

  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

Male:

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

Female:

  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: www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk

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 www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk 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: www.facebook.com/GreatWelshMarathon or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #WalesLovesRunning on Twitter.

Great Welsh Full & Half Marathon – Everything You Need To Know

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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:
http://www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/GWM_RDG_v6.pdf

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.