Wales is in the spotlight after recently hosting a successful World Half Marathon Championships and expectations are high ahead of the upcoming JCP Swansea Marathon.
This ability to host a top-flight sporting event has established Wales as a half marathon powerhouse punching above its weight on the international running stage. Providing the perfect build up to Swansea Half Marathon where on Sunday 26 June, 8,000 runners from 25 countries will tackle a fast, flat 13.1 mile course that starts and finishes in the city.
The event has attracted an elite field from the UK and beyond but all eyes will be on Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiths who is the current men’s title-holder. He won the 2015 Swansea Half Marathon in a time of 1:06:48 with Emma Wookey taking the women’s title in a time of 1:17:51. Both title holders were invited to become race ambassadors for the 2016 event in which they will be defending their titles.
Griffiths was only the third Welsh male to represent GB&NI at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships where he competed alongside double Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah and reigning champion Geoffrey Kamworor. He ran strongly, achieving a personal best of 64:10 to finish third in the GB&NI team and 27th overall.
With Wales and British Athletics in the spotlight, the organisers hope this will inspire people to enter Wales’ second largest half marathon. It has been shortlisted for the second consecutive year at The Running Awards for the UK’s Best Half Marathon category and is growing in popularity.
The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, for the charity runner, first time half marathoner, active employee and professional athlete.
Photo courtesy of Breathe Unity.