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

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/

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