Organisers of the Llanelli Half Marathon, Front Runner Events Ltd, are delighted to announce that there will be a new route for the 2019 edition of the race that takes place on 10th February.

The new route, that has been approved by the relevant authorities, will continue to start and finish at Parc Y Scarlets, and will take runners out along the Coastal Link Road through Sandy Water Park and linking up with the Millennium Coastal Path (MCP) towards Pwll, at which point the course returns and heads back towards Machynys before the runners exit the MCP and on to the B4304 and finally back on to the A484 before finishing back at Parc Y Scarlets.

Managing Director of Front Runner Events, David Martin-Jewell said,

“It is fantastic that we are able to announce the new route today. We have wanted to make changes to the event since we took it over in 2016 and whilst there have been significant improvements to date, we are finally able to put our own stamp on the event and this will allow us to develop the race in a similar way to our flagship event the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. We have been working on this route for over a year as we needed to ensure that the demand was there and that the race and town were ready for these improvements. The course has been officially measured and the 13.1miles needed for the race has been confirmed.

With the new route, there will be additional road closures (and rolling road closures) in place for the duration of the event and I feel that the new changes will help us improve and expand the race. It will also help us bring in thousands of runners and visitors to Llanelli and Carmarthenshire from across the globe as we improve the race to appeal to a wider audience. The new route will also allow the race to accommodate wheelchair athletes for the first time, which also makes the race more inclusive and appeal to a much wider audience as we look to build on the heritage of Wales’ oldest half marathon.

I believe that there is no reason why Llanelli Half Marathon can’t become a significant race in the running calendar and attract a very high calibre of elite athlete as well as more club, fun and charity runners who raise thousands of pounds for charities here in Wales and around the UK. We have already won the Best Half Marathon in the UK (for entrants under 5000) at the UK Running Awards, we will be looking to build on this success and put Llanelli Half Marathon firmly on the running map.”

All race entries for the Llanelli Half Marathon sold out in November and this year’s race will have the biggest field of runners ever seen in West Wales with over 2500 runners expected to take on the challenge of the new route. Last year’s winners Matt Clowes (Cardiff AC – 65:14) and Caryl Jones (Swansea Harriers – 74:21) are returning to defend their titles and international para-athlete Richie Powell will be the first wheelchair athlete to take part in this historic race.

In 2017, Front Runner Events (who organise the JCP Swansea Half Marathon & Great Welsh Marathon races) took over the event, which became a sell out for the first time in its history, this is believed to be down to the successful reputation of the organising team.

The Llanelli Half Marathon takes place on fully closed roads and has a long established history of runners achieving PB’s as the course is flat, fast and perfect for beginners, first time half marathon runners and charity runners.

Charities have long established links with races across the UK securing places for people wanting to run for good causes, acting as a great motivator to raise much needed funds for continuing the great work they do.  Last year, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon attracted 13 charities, and it’s hoped that Llanelli Half Marathon is able to assist other charities with places at the race.

To find out more on how your business or charity can get involved contact the Front Runner Events team on 01554 253116, or email info@frontrunnerevents.co.uk

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