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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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Pembroke Dock: Indian restaurant owner sexually assaulted teenager

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THE OWNER of a Pembroke Dock restaurant who sexually assaulted the same girl three times has been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence.

Riaz Miah, aged 42, had been found guilty after a trial of three indecent assaults all committed on the same day.
Judge Paul Thomas told Miah he should feel disgusted and ashamed of himself.
Miah, of St Marks Close, Merlin’s Bridge, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 15 sessions of a rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.
Miah was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must register with the police as a sex offender, both for 10 years.
Swansea Crown Court heard how he had kissed the 17 year old, licked her face and touched her breast and bottom.
His barrister, Carina Hughes, told the court his business had failed in January because of financial problems.
The victim wrote in an impact statement she was still too afraid to out alone in Pembroke Dock for fear of bumping into Miah. She still suffered nightmares and sometimes woke in floods of tears.
Judge Thomas told Miah, a married father of two, his behaviour had been disgraceful and he found it disappointing that he still denied the offending despite the verdicts of the jury.
“She was disgusted and repelled by what you did. She was affected psychologically and has suffered a loss of confidence. You richly deserve a prison sentence,” he added.
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Carmarthenshire man admits stirring up racial hatred against Muslims

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A BRYNAMMAN man has this morning admitted 10 offences of stirring up religious hatred against Muslims by posting offensive messages on an Internet website.
Jonathan Damian Jennings, aged 34, admitted urging people to murder Muslims during a series of rants on the GAB site and boasting he would be first in line to “Jo Cox” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should he ever become prime minister.
Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, appeared before Judge Keith Thomas at Swansea Crown Court via a video link with Swansea prison where he is being held in custody on July 20.
During a plea and trial preparation hearing Jennings admitted posting messages saying it would be “a good idea” if there was a burn a mosque day and Muslims were placed on top of bonfires, that Hitler had been born 100 years too early and Muslims should be gassed and that they should be killed on sight.
Jennings also admitted advocating that EU remain campaigner Gina Miller should be hunted down and killed and in another message warning Jews that if they did not behave they would “get the same treatment as Muslims.”
His barrister, David Singh, said a psychologist had prepared a report on Jennings “which raised a number of concerns.”
Judge Thomas said he had read the report and noted that the psychologist had not diagnosed any particular mental disorder.
He said he would discuss the report with the probation service and would sentence Jennings on August 8.
He was further remanded in custody until then.
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London Bridge hero calls for Carmarthen’s bravest to be nominated

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Wayne Marques: Urging you to nominate a hero

THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.

And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.

He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”

Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.

He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.

More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.

Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.

Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.

He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”

Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.

“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.

“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.

“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”

There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.

Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com

Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.

A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.

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