A winning weekend for Wales with their football team reaching the quarter finals of Euro 2016 and a clean sweep at the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Three new course records were set, adding a final flourish…
A record-breaking 8,000 runners from across the UK and overseas pounded the streets of Swansea for the third year of this increasingly popular half marathon. Keith Thomas from sponsor JCP Solicitors sent the field of elite athletes, club and charity runners on their way, following a scenic route in perfect running conditions. With the added bonus of pacers from Xempo Race Pacing who helped the runners to achieve their targets for the second consecutive year.
This event came second in the Best Half Marathon category at the 2016 Running Awards, and it proved once again this year that it is a ‘must-do’ race. There was a strong showing from local clubs; however, the race also had an international flavour with runners from 42 countries striving for personal bests.
Not only was this the biggest field to date it was also the backdrop for three new course records from Dewi Griffiths, Hannah Walker and Richie Powell. It was also the first time a Family Fun Dash was included with youngsters and parents running 1K from Swansea Castle.
Local hero Dewi Griffiths fought off strong competition to win the race for the second time and set a new course record of 1:05:38. Danal Desta took second place in 1:07:01 with Josh Griffiths coming third in 1:08:43. It was a clean sweep for Swansea Harriers who also won the Team Challenge.
The recent withdrawal of Emma Wookey due to injury meant that the women’s title was up for grabs. Hannah Walker of Run-Fast won in 1:14:31, logging the second new course record of the day. Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers claimed the runner up spot in 1:15:02 with Rachel Felton, also of Run-Fast, in third place in 1:16:33.
Richie Powell won the wheelchair race in 1:01:29 and claimed the third new course record.