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The Great Welsh Marathon Returns With A Bang After a 1092 Day Absence

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It was the first event of the year for the team at Wales’ largest independent mass participant running organisation and what an event it was! With near perfect running conditions on the day, it was hailed a great success, with both male records smashed in the marathon and half marathon events by Cardiff Triathlete, Oliver Webb and Swansea Harrier, Dewi Griffiths.

Oliver Webb Male Winner of the Great Welsh Marathon

Dewi Griffiths Male Winner of the Great Welsh Half Marathon

 

Today was the first time the event has been held since 2019 and after a 1092-day absence. Organisers were delighted to be able to stage it today at the incredible Pembrey Country Park. Tash Smith, Race Director said:

“It felt great to be back doing what we do best! It’s been a long time for us waiting in anticipation for this event and despite this being one of our smaller races it is definitely one of my favourites! Our volunteers pulled together fantastically after such a long time away from delivering this event and I’m proud to say they were brilliant. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings for our team, and I look forward to staging this again in 2023.”

In addition to the course records being broken, there were hundreds of PB’s reported at this fast and friendly race. Runners enjoyed a fantastic route that offered the very best of coast and country, with miles of beach and woodlands that seemed to set them on their way to hitting their best times.

Emma Wookey Female Winner of Great Welsh Marathon

Kelly Bowen Female Winner of the Great Welsh Half Marathon

 

The provisional results from the event were:

Marathon:

Male Female
Oliver Webb (Cardiff Triathlon) 2:39:09 Emma Wookey (Lliwswerry Runners) 3:10:26
David Craig (Les Croupiers) 2:43:52 Celia Boothman 3:12:33
Michael Bryant (Swansea Harriers) 2:43:52 Poppy Tanner (Hardley Runners) 3:12:47

Half Marathon

Male Female
Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) 1:08:11 Kelly Bowen (Crofty Ambrey RC) 1:29:21
Dean Summers 1:17:31 Lou Summers (Torfaen Runners) 1:31:47
Jordan Figoni 1:17:53 Claire Phillips (Port Talbot Harriers) 1:32:12

The event also attracted several international runners in both distance races from the USA, France, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Ireland and Finland. One lady runner from Finland explained that this event was part of her personal ambition to complete the alphabet of running events and she was pleased to finally add Wales to her bucket list!

David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director at Front Runner Events added:

“Today was a brilliant event to kick off our season for 2022. It feels fantastic to be delivering races once again for our running community. Events like ours have been sorely missed by athletes and fun runners alike. It’s a time when everyone can come together to achieve something very special, and I feel honoured to be part of it. I am excited to be adding to our calendar of events this season and I look forward to delivering our next event at Swansea in June.”  

Entry to the event in 2023 is already open and runners will be excited to know that organisers have a Race Month Special where entry starts at just £28 for the half marathon and £33 for the full distance. Entry will rise on the 1st of May so make sure you get your place to #RunCymru in 2023 today, just head to: https://www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk  To stay ahead of race day pictures and more, like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatWelshMarathon or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #BeYourBest on Twitter.

Front Runner Team

Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon

Everything You Need To Know About The Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon

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The marathon season has begun and athletes from across the UK are getting ready to take on the longest-running marathon event in South Wales. The Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place this Sunday (10th April) from the top Carmarthenshire visitor attraction Pembrey Country Park, starting at 9am and 9.30am respectively.

Participants will experience a fantastic event that offers the very best of coast and country, with miles of beach and woodlands to enjoy as they #RunCymru. The race is expected to host a relatively small field of runners of up to 1,500 participants, making it one of the friendliest races around!

The race is organised by the Front Runner Events team and delivered with the help of crew members and volunteer race makers. David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director said:

“We are thrilled to be staging the 2022 edition of the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon. This will be first time we have been able to hold this event since 2019, 1092 days since it was last staged. Operationally, it has been a very difficult couple of years and although we were able to deliver a virtual event for the last two years, we very much look forward to bringing back this brilliant event for our running community!”

Key Race Day Timings:

  • 07:30: Car Park, Race Village, Baggage Tent and Information Point Open
  • 08:30: Runners MUST be parked & heading to start area
  • 08:50: Road closure commences & bag drop closes
  • 09:00: Great Welsh Marathon Race Starts
  • 09:30: Great Welsh Half Marathon Race Starts
  • 10:42: Winner of the Great Welsh Half Marathon Expected
  • 11:15: Half Marathon winners presentation takes place
  • 11:28: Winner of the Great Welsh Marathon Expected
  • 12:00: Full Marathon winners presentation takes place
  • 15:00: The last finisher expected
  • 15:30: Event Closes

Tash Smith, Event Manager and Race Director added:

“We are incredibly grateful to all our race makers who volunteer their time to help deliver an amazing experience for our runners. I look forward to seeing all our runners and volunteers on race day for what will be an incredible day from start to finish!”

Anyone who would like to volunteer at any of the Front Runner Events can register their interest by emailing: volunteers@frontrunnerevents.co.uk and the team will be in touch to let you know what roles are available.

Organisers have also produced a Race Day Guide that features all your need-to-know information about the event, including safety notes, car parking and race day information. To download your copy, find further event details CLICK HERE.

Anyone wanting to follow your loved one on the route can do so via our app where you’ll find Live Race Tracking. Just head to the app or play store and look for Front Runner Events.  To stay ahead of all the news as it happens, like the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GreatWelshMarathon or follow @WelshMarathon #RunCymru #BeYourBest on Twitter. Entry is expected to open for the 2023 Great Welsh Marathon | Half Marathon on race day so make sure you snap up your Early Bird Entry or check out their other events here: https://www.frontrunnerevents.co.uk

Entry Re-opens For 1 Week Only!

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We are excited to announce we are able to reopen entry to the great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon Events.

There are only LIMITED places available and as a result, entry will be open for 1 week only. We are re-opening because:

  1. We know how disappointed some runners are at not getting their entry in the ballot to run London Marathon – so we wanted to give our runners a chance to still enjoy a great atmosphere and be part of an event in Wales that covers the distance!
  2. A number of our runners have contacted us to see if we still have places left, so to help meet this demand we have re-opened for this limited time.
  3. The future of our event – all our events have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the new Brexit measures which have come into place. Although confidence in large scale events is slowly coming back our road to recovery will be a long one and by reopening entries your participation will mean that we are able to rebuild our events into the future and ensure you have that same great experience you always have had.
  • Entry will open on 15th March and close at 5pm on 22nd March 2022.
  • Please note that you should only take part in this event if you are physically able to run, jog and walk continuously for 26.2 miles in the marathon event and 13.1 miles in the half marathon.
  • There is a cut off time of 6 hours for the marathon and 4 hours for the half marathon.
  • Entrants who sign up during this period will be able to collect their race packs on the morning of the event from the Race Information Point.

To SIGN UP click HERE