IT’S MARATHON season once again and runners from across the UK and beyond are gearing up for South Wales’ oldest marathon, aptly named the Great Welsh Marathon. Taking place this Sunday (Apr 14) from the Festival Fields in Llanelli at 9am.
Comprising of a full marathon as well as a half, participants will enjoy a friendly race with a relatively small field of runners of 1500 participants in total. The event that has been backed by Carmarthenshire County Council and organised by the Front Runner Events team; offers a fast, and flat race whichever distance is chosen, on a scenic route with views of rolling Welsh hills and coastline.
Taking in the glorious Carmarthenshire coast, it oozes the greatest of Welsh culture. Starting and finishing at Festival Fields, the race heads out along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path overlooking superb views of Llanelli Beach, the Loughor Estuary and Gower Peninsula.
David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director told The Herald “We are thrilled to be staging the third edition of the Great Welsh Marathon & Half Marathon and greeting runners from all over the UK, and overseas. This will be our greatest field of international runners so far, with 15 different nations represented; we look forward to giving a Great Welsh Welcome to all! Whether a first timer or an experienced runner, this race offers a great course for everyone.”
Participating athletes will be pleased as punch to know that there will be a team of race pacers offering support to help runners get their pacing spot on. The pacers will run the race in the following estimated times for the half marathon: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:30 hours and for the full marathon: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 and 5:00 hours. Runners simply need to look for their pacer in the start area and try to stay with them throughout the race to ensure accurate timing.
The Race Village will be located at Festival Fields, which is open to athletes and spectators from 07.30am, where you will find FREE parking, refreshments, the information point, toilets, and the all-important massage tent. The Half Marathon will start at 09.00am and the Full Marathon at 09.15.
On course, runners can be rest assured they will be well looked after with Brecon Carreg hydration points, gel stations, and first aid points, on the marshaled route.
Organisers have also produced a Race Day Guide that features all your need to know information about the event, including safety notes, car parks and race day information.
To download your copy, find further event details, or follow your loved one on the Live Race Tracking go to: http://www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk/raceday-guide/
Wales v Scotland postponed
WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.
The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.
A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.
“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.
“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.
“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.
The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.
The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.
Static Bike Challenge
Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.
Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.
On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.
Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:
“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”
Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.
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