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March 2020

Join The Great Welsh Virtual Races

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With the Great Welsh Full & Half Marathons postponed until Sunday 27th September, we know that some of you may not be able to join us. We also know that some of you will want to put all of your training to use now and run the distance you’ve signed up for.

As such, we’ve set up a virtual race for you to get out and #RunCymru now, wherever you may be. Take part in the Great Welsh Virtual Full or Half Marathon now and still receive your race medal and t-shirt.

If you were already registered to #RunCymru just follow these simple steps:

Not registered to #RunCymru? Don’t worry you can still join us in our virtual race, just follow these simple steps:

We will issue the race medal & tee as soon as we can, but please bear in mind the current climate which may delay us sending them out.

This is intended to be a solo run, please avoid running in large groups when completing this challenge, stick to the recommended advice from your respective Government re: social distancing. By completing this race virtually, you will NOT be able to take part in the rearranged race on September 27th 2020. 

Home Workouts for Runners

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With all the news around COVID-19 some of you runners may feel nervous about heading outside.  We all know there’s nothing better than running with friends but it may not be right for your individual circumstances, so we’ve got some useful ideas of home workouts thanks to our training partners realbuzz.com. Try the following exercises, mix it up with some strength circuits or even use a video tutorial on YouTube – there are so many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!  But don’t forget to listen to your body, don’t overdo it and drink plenty of water when training at home!

Tabata circuit

Tabata training is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) that is based on 4 minute blocks. It’s a fantastic and time effective way to work on both your aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. However, there is a catch; this type of training isn’t for the faint hearted. You need to push yourself hard and not simply ‘go through the motions’ if you want to reap the benefits.

Each exercise in the circuit lasts for 4 minutes and is split into the following format:

  • Work for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Repeat 8 times
  • Take 1 minute of rest between each different exercise.

You can even download a Tabata training timer for your phone or iPad that keeps track of time for you.  Try the following routine for a workout that will leave you feeling the burn.

Step ups

Step up onto a box, whilst, maintaining a good posture, chest up and shoulders back. Step down using the same leading leg. Alternate legs and repeat.

Mountain climber

Start in a straight arm plank position. Alternate bending your knees and bringing them forward as close to your hands as possible. Focus on keeping your back flat throughout the movement.

Burpees

Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Drop down into a ‘push-up’ position. Push back up and jump into a squat position. Jump with as much energy as you can into the air, raising your hands above your head to complete one rep. On landing, start the next rep straight away.

Side plank

Lie on your side with your legs straight and your ankles together. Prop your torso up with your upper arm. Lift your hips upward until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your neck. Alternate sides for each 20 second block.

Reverse lunge

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step one foot back directly behind your body. Bend both knees to drop into a single leg squat position. Return to the starting position and alternate legs.

Russian Twists

Sit leaning back slightly with both knees bent and your feet elevated so that you assume a ‘V position’. Hold a weighted object with both hands. (If you don’t have any dumbbells or weighted plates at home then a large bag of rice will do). Keeping your hips facing forward and your trunk fixed, rotate your upper body and weighted object to each side, turning your head as you twist.

POSTPONED Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon 2020: COVID-19 update

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We’ve postponed our event on 5th April

With the continued and rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, we’ve seen many events being postponed or cancelled. So, it’s with a heavy heart and utter disappointment that we’re letting you know we also have to do the same and postpone next month’s Great Welsh races.

We have waited for as long as we possibly could to ensure that we adhered to and followed the most up-to-date UK Government guidance. We’ve held out hope that we could possibly arrange the event in a slightly different format (e.g., setting runners off in smaller waves, smaller start pens, staggered start times) but sadly to no avail. After lots of consideration, including risk analysis of these multiple scenarios, the Government’s decision to stop all emergency personnel working at events means we cannot proceed with the event.

 The race/s will now be on 27th September 2020

Having to change your race plans is as frustrating for us as it is for you. That said, by rearranging our events, we hope your hours of training will and can still be put to the test.

If you can join us on 27th September, you don’t need to do anything, and we look forward to seeing you on the start line. We will automatically transfer your entry to the new race date we will send you your race pack a few weeks before the event.

Your options if you can’t make the new date

  1. Transfer

We’re happy for you to transfer your entry to another runner. There’d normally be a fee for transferring your place, but we’ve scrapped this under the circumstances.

To transfer your entry to someone else from Monday 23rd March you can:

  • Log on to your Realbuzz Members Hub
  • Please click the transfer button
  • You’ll need your friend’s email address

You’ll need to transfer your number by midnight on 23rd August 2020 so we have enough time to send out the race packs. By transferring your number, you won’t be able to get a refund.

  1. Run the race virtually

We are working through the final details of the Great Welsh Virtual Races and we will provide more information on this before the end of the week.

This is intended to help you maintain your training and achieve your running goals. There will be a leader board, continued fundraising opportunities and prize money (for the fastest 3 men and women).

Run your chosen distance anytime from this Friday 20th March and April 5th and we’ll send you an official race tee and finishers medal once you’ve demonstrated that you successfully completed the race in one go. If you choose this option, you will be removed from the event and will not receive a race pack and will not be able to participate at the revised date.

  1. Run the race in 2021

We can defer your place to our 2021 race [date TBC]. There’d normally be a fee for deferring your place, but we’ve currently waived this too under the circumstances. If you’d like to defer to next year, let us know. The deadline for deferrals is 26th April 2020. 

Refunds

Such late postponement of the event means that event costs have already been incurred and we are unable to refund fees. Unfortunately, our event cancellation insurance policy doesn’t cover the COVID-19 outbreak (not many policies do and even fewer will from now on).

We don’t like to lean on our terms and conditions, but they’re in place for extenuating situations like this. Events beyond our control were included in the terms you agreed to when you signed up to enter the race/s.

We shall endeavour to always do what is best for our athletes, staff, crew, partners, volunteers and spectators. We pride ourselves on the high standards we set with the delivery of our events, so that we all enjoy and help celebrate your achievements from start line to finish line.

The Front Runner Events Team

COVID-19 Update on Events

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As of today (11.03.2020) We (Front Runner Events) are continuing to closely monitor developments relating to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  We currently remain intent on delivering all planned races for the foreseeable future in line with UK Govt advice that there is no rationale to postponing sporting events in Britain because of coronavirus. As such, we are still planning to deliver the Great Welsh Marathon on 5th April 2020.

Clearly, we will adhere to the advice provided by UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other relevant public bodies should the position change.  Therefore, we will continue to monitor and review the position and will provide updates and disseminate advice provided by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Please refer to the following link which provides further information and travel advice https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus