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April 2019

RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS TURN OUT FOR THE GREATEST WELSH MARATHON TO DATE

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The third edition of the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon organised by Front Runner Events that took place on Sunday 14th April was hailed an overwhelming success, with a record number of runners taking on both sold-out races.

Despite the windy Welsh weather, the runners taking on this year’s race were supported by hundreds of volunteers who turned out in their numbers to cheer the athletes. The event has almost doubled in size since 2018 and included many first timers, charity runners and club runners. This year, the race also welcomed the largest international field so far, with over 15 nationalities represented, with some travelling as far as Australia, India, and the USA.  Although the Llanelli coast may not have the tropical climate of California or Perth but it certainly has it’s own Welsh charm and stunning coastline! One runner commented:

“My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the race, it was challenging but brilliant.  My friends travelled over from San Francisco to visit and take part in the race.  It was their first marathon and first time visiting Wales.  It was a great experience and excellent course with plenty of marshals on the route helping you along the way.”

Local running clubs provided a team of race pacers helping many runners achieve their personal best’s and hitting their target time on the day. The fully marshalled race took place on the Millennium coastal path, included Brecon Carreg water stations, energy gel stops, bespoke medal, a technical finisher t-shirt and goody bag for all race finishers. Runners were also able to benefit from a much-needed pre or post-race massage provided by Gower College Swansea.

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.

General feedback has been fantastic, as runners took to social media to share their successes and photos with friends.  The race, which was a regarded as a complete success saw lots of personal best times achieved, with the top 3 male half marathon course records beaten and most notably; the women’s first place half marathon winner shaved an impressive 12 minutes off last years record.

Results (provisional) – Great Welsh Half Marathon 2019

Male:

1. Luke Williams (San Domenico) 01:14:19
2. Dean Summers (Llanelli AC) 01:16:43
3. Finn Arentz (Unattached) 01:17:29

Female:

1. Melanie Wilkins (Winchester) 01:18:18
2. Carys Mai Hughes (Cardiff AC) 01:21:19
3. Amy Evans (Clwb Rhedeg Pontardawe RC) 01:33:29

Results (provisional) – Great Welsh Marathon 2019

Male:

1. Gethin Davies (Unattached) 02:45:44
2. Joseph Murray (Unattached) 02:46:13
3. Richard Foster (Spirit of Monmouth) 02:49:05

Female:

1. Katie Warren (Unattached) 03:04:47
2. Lizzie Diamond (Lliswerry Runners) 03:12:07
3. Crystal Goecker (Harrogate Harriers & AC) 03:12:15
The winning team of the Corporate Challenge was Carmarthenshire Actif Sport and Leisure, who also took the crown at the 2019 Llanelli Half Marathon.  The full RACE RESULTS and official photos are available on the website: www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk

Race Director, David Martin-Jewell said:

“The Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon has grown in its size and stature since we took it over in late 2016, we are thankful to the local runners who continue to support us across all of our races, however it has been fantastic to see the number on international runners travelling to Carmarthenshire to take on the Great Welsh races.

We have a strong team of Sector Heads and volunteers who continue to assist us at each of our events, without them, we would not be able to hold such successful events so we would like to thank them for their help and support.

We would also like to thank Brecon Carreg (Hydration Partner) for supplying water for the runners during and after the event. Also, a huge thank you to Carmarthenshire Council for continuing to support our events and letting us showcase what Carmarthenshire has to offer.”

The event was supported by a number of local businesses, event delivery partners and also received backing from Carmarthenshire County Council Event Support Grant in 2019.

The 2020 Great Welsh Full and Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 5th April 2020 and will have a NEW route starting and finishing in the magnificent Pembrey Country Park.  Runners will be delighted to know that REGISTRATION is now open, and they can reserve their place on the start line, just head to: www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk

Further details and full race results can be found on the website, and 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.

If you are inspired by the Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon, why not sign up to the 2019 JCP Swansea Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 23rd June.

Everything You Need To Know To #BeYourBest At The Great Welsh Races

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It’s marathon season once again and runners from across the UK and beyond are gearing up for South Wales’ oldest marathon, aptly named the Great Welsh Marathon. Taking place this Sunday (14th April) from the Festival Fields in Llanelli at 9am.

Comprising of a full marathon as well as a half, participants will enjoy a friendly race with a relatively small field of runners of 1500 participants in total.  The event that has been backed by Carmarthenshire County Council and organised by the Front Runner Events team; offers a fast, and flat race whichever distance is chosen, on a scenic route with views of rolling Welsh hills and coastline.

Taking in the glorious Carmarthenshire coast, it oozes the greatest of Welsh culture.  Starting and finishing at Festival Fields, the race heads out along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path overlooking superb views of Llanelli Beach, the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsula.

David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director said:

“We are thrilled to be staging the third edition of the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon and greeting runners from all over the UK, and overseas. This will be our greatest field of international runners so far, with 15 different nations represented; we look forward to giving a Great Welsh Welcome to all!  Whether a first timer or an experienced runner, this race offers a great course for everyone.”

Participating athletes will be pleased as punch 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, which is open to athletes and spectators from 07.30am, where you will find FREE parking, refreshments, the information point, toilets, and the all-important massage tent. The Half Marathon will start at 09.00am and the Full Marathon at 09.15.   On course, runners can be rest assured they will be well looked after with Brecon Carreg hydration points, gel stations, and first aid points, on the marshaled route.

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 Half Race Starts
  • 09:15: Great Welsh Marathon Race Starts
  • 10:12: Winner of the Great Welsh Half Marathon Expected
  • 11:45: Winner of the Great Welsh Marathon Expected
  • 11:00: Half Marathon winners presentation takes place
  • 12:45: Full Marathon winners presentation takes place
  • 15:30: Event Closes

Organisers have also produced a Race Day Guide that features all your need to know information about the event, including safety notes, car parks and race day information. To download your copy, find further event details, or follow your loved one on the Live Race Tracking go to: http://www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk/raceday-guide/

To stay ahead of all the news as it happens, like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatWelshMarathon or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #WalesLovesRunning #BeYourBest on Twitter.

Honour The Half

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Are you facing the challenge with Front Runner Events by signing up to run at one or all of our races? We want you to #BeYourBest as you hit the pavements in training and at our events. We want to help and educate our runners with some race day tips and compulsory rules.

For 2019 we’ve launched ‘Honour The Half’. It’s our way of guiding you through race day so you can #BeYourBest. And if your training takes a hit and you can’t make it to the start line, we will tell you all you need to know.

Nobody wants to be forced to pull out of a race and it’s likely you won’t want your place to go to waste. There’s good reason why we can’t accept late race number transfers. We need to know exactly who is out on the course – especially when something goes wrong.

When a runner gets into trouble we immediately need to know:

  1. Name & Address
  2. Medical History
  3. Next of Kin
  4. Contact Details

We ask that everyone fills in this information on the back of their bib in case of an emergency.

Giving away bibs can put people at risk
In an emergency we’ll only have your information to go on. It’ll be your friends or family we contact and your personal and medical information we use.

We need to know who our runners are on the course so we can help you when you need it. If someone else is running with a race bib meant for you, we won’t be able to help them as effectively as we won’t have their information. If you are running on someone else’s bib, we won’t know you, so you’ll be at risk should something happen.

Run using your bib or not at all, we offer a variety of options should you be no longer able to run. If we find you’ve given away your race bib or you’ve used someone else’s bib, if you run for a running club, we’ll let them know and you will be banned from running any future Front Runner Events.

Be A FrontRunner, Not A Latecomer
Our events have become increasingly popular since our inaugural race in 2014, however, we have to work with relevant authorities to ensure the events are the best they can be. As such we must adhere to rules and guidelines too, therefore, we urge all runners to arrive at least an hour before the start of our races. This will allow you to make as many nervous toilet visits as you need, undertake any pre-race rituals, warm up and mentally rehearse your sprint finish.

Start Pen Problems
Your estimated finish time helps us to put you in the right start pen, if your training is going well you can update your time until the race packs are prepared. Maybe you just want to run with your friends, whatever the reason, you must start in your allocated start pen.

Each pen is specifically sized to allow for the correct number of runners in a designated area. Slower runners in a faster pen could contribute to congestion, which may result in trips and falls and could ruin yours and others race – don’t go in the wrong pen.

If your training hasn’t gone quite as you’d hoped, you are able to move backwards to a slower pen.

Read our Race Rules to learn about our policies and procedures and if in doubt, contact us with any questions.