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Three weeks to Mayor’s Fun Race

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THERE’S three weeks to go to the annual Carmarthen Town Mayor’s Fun Run races.

The races take place in the town centre on Monday May 7, with a 10am start.

Last year’s event saw 768 runners taking part, a record for the fun run races in their current format. This year will be the 37th running of the Carmarthen Mayor’s Fun Run races.

Last year’s feature 5K race was won by Thomas Jones of Carmarthen Harriers in a time of 16m 56s.

“We are hoping for a bumper turnout in both the 5K and the fun run races,” said race organiser Noelwyn Daniel.

“In particular, we are keen to inject as much fun as possible into the event – encouraging people to take part in fancy dress and asking local sporting teams, organisations, pubs and clubs to consider entering teams.”

Mr Daniel added: “The beauty of the Carmarthen Mayor’s Fun Run races is that they take place in the heart of the town centre, affording great opportunities for spectators to cheer on the runners.

‘We are also encouraging local businesses to enter teams. Businesses can dress up in the corporate colours and logos and earn themselves some free publicity by taking part.”

The event has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years, with many local groups and organisations benefiting.

The usual race routes will be in place for 2018.

Once again, for the serious runners, there will be electronic chip timing in operation for the 5k Fun Run.

The Mayor of Carmarthen will be on hand to start all the races and present medals and trophies to all runners taking part.

RACE TIMETABLE
10:00am – 5km FUN RUN
Males under 40, V + 40, V + 50, V + 60
Females under 35, V + 35, V + 45, V + 55
Best Fancy Dress / 1st Relay Team
1st Corporate Team

CHILDREN’S RACES FOR 2018
11:00 Primary School Girls Years 1& 2
11:10 Presentation of trophies for adult fun run
11:20 Primary School Boys Years 1 & 2
11:35 Primary School Girls Years 3 & 4
11:50 Primary School Boys Years 3 & 4
12:05 Primary School Girls Years 5 & 6
12:20 Primary School Boys Years 5 & 6
12:35 Secondary School Girls & Boys Years 7 & 8
1:10 Presentation for Junior Races. 1st, 2nd & 3rd in all categories.

Schools are being contacted and visited by race organisers to encourage the pupils to sign up for the event.
Volunteers will be needed on the day.

Do you have a few hours to spare on May 7?
Why not come and help out with some marshalling and feel the reward of helping others and contributing towards the success of the event?

If you are able to, then the marshalls are all asked to meet in St Peter’s Hall at 9:00am on race day.

For more information and details of how to enter the fun run races, go to the following website –
http://www.healthylifeactivities.co.uk/mayors-fun-run

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Food assembly reaches fruition

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MORE and more people in Carmarthen are ditching the supermarket trolley and buying fresh food directly from local producers.

The Carmarthen Food Assembly – an online platform that allows a direct link between customers and producers – continues to grow from strength to strength, helping people have more control about what ends up on their plates whilst supporting local businesses.

This week the assembly celebrated its first anniversary, and now boasts 700 customers and 20 producers, with fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and baked goods sold and collected weekly.

Customers order their goods through an online platform, giving producers special requests if required, before picking it up on collection day at Carmarthen’s Xcel in Johnstown, or The Warren in Mansel Street.

As well as supporting the local economy the assembly also has health and environmental benefits – customers can find out exactly what has gone into their food, and carbon footprint is also reduced with food travelling an average distance of 28 miles to the pick-up point compared to around 600 miles to a supermarket.

It also reduces waste as nothing gets picked or baked unless it is ordered.

Organiser Carrie Laxton is a retired GP who saw the benefits of a food assembly and decided to set one up in Carmarthen, with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.

“Local producers are struggling to make a living, and this is an ideal way of supporting them,” she said.

“We have anywhere between 12 and 18 producers most weeks who set up a mini-market at our collection points to meet their customers and hand over the pre-ordered goods. It makes good local food more accessible to local people as well as supporting local producers.”

Cllr Cefin Campbell, Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for rural affairs, said: “This is a fantastic way to support the local economy and local producers. Rural industries continue to struggle but as consumers become more conscious of what they eat we hope that they will return back to the more traditional shopping route which is to buy from local farmers, bakers and butchers.

“The food assembly helps link customers and producers and bringing in the modern element of online orders it is working well for a growing number of people.”

Anyone can register to become a customer of the food assembly, and food producers in around the Carmarthen area are encouraged to find out how they can become involved.

Find information at www.foodassembly.com

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder

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POLICE are continuing with their thorough enquiries in the search for 28-year-old Hollie Kerrell, who is missing from Knighton.

She was last seen at her home address in Knighton on Sunday, April 22, at around 10am. No one has heard from her since.

An incident room has been set up in Llandrindod Wells police station, and enquiries have led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He is currently in police custody.

Superintendent Jon Cummins said: “Although there has been a significant development in this investigation in respect of an arrest taking place, we still need the help of the public in this enquiry.

“We’re appealing to anyone with any information or sightings of Hollie from 5pm on Saturday, April 21st onwards to contact us as a matter of urgency. She is described as being 5’5”, medium build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black skirt and long black cardigan when last seen.

“Please, if you have any information contact us by calling 101.”

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 138 of April 23.

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Police issue security advice to businesses following attempted burglary

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is urging businesses to consider increased security measures following an attempted burglary at a business in Dyffryn Road, Ammanford.

Two people were seen attempting to gain access to a unit at around 7.20pm on April 9.

Following on from the incident, Ammanford police have offered the following advice to business owners in the area.

​PC Elinor Rees said: “We would advise all businesses to look at their current security measures and consider if they are robust enough to prevent crime.

“We recommend investing in CCTV cameras covering all buildings and grounds around your premises, and ensure the relevant staff are aware of how to download footage in the event it is needed.

“If you need further information on protecting your business, please contact your local neighbourhood policing team by calling 101.”

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