The Great Welsh Marathon incorporating the Great Welsh Half Marathon returns on Sunday 15th April 2018, and entries are open for Wales’ longest running marathon.
This flat, friendly and scenic event is suitable for runners of all abilities wishing to #RunCymru and experience the very best of Welsh coastal scenery. The race starts and finishes at Festival Fields in Llanelli and takes runners along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path, which overlooks Llanelli beach and offers breath-taking views over the Loughor Estuary and the Gower Peninsula. The route continues all the way to Burry Port and back.
The Great Welsh Marathon is South Wales’ only marathon, and an exclusive event on the running calendar with a total of just 500 places. It includes a half marathon on the same day to offer runners the option of both distances. Race organisers Front Runner Events are expecting places to be snapped up quickly by runners taking on their first long distance race as well as those chasing a PB. Taking place just one week before the Virgin Money London Marathon, the Great Welsh Marathon is also a fantastic option for anyone unsuccessful in the ballot and wanting to experience a unique spring marathon.
The 2017 Great Welsh Marathon was an overwhelming success, with hundreds of PBs achieved and records set. The marathon was won by Matt Rees, who had won the hearts of the nation by helping fellow runner David Wyeth over the finish line at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon just two weeks previous. Matt took the title in a time of 02:50:02, and the women’s title was claimed by Katie Warren in a time of 03:26:49.
The Great Welsh Half Marathon saw Ian Harris win the men’s event in a time of 01:11:45 and Celia Boothman win the women’s event in a time of 01:28:49.
The Great Welsh Half Marathon is part of the Front Runner Events Trilogy of three half marathons, and runners registering for all three events receive a reduced price and limited edition medal (see below).
Race entry includes a fully closed road event, bespoke medal, finisher’s t-shirt, Brecon Carreg water stops every 3 miles, energy gels and more.
Sign up for the 2018 Great Welsh Marathon
Registration for the Great Welsh Marathon is open. Standard entry costs £45 (non-affiliated) or £43 (affiliated) for the marathon, or £35 (non-affiliated) or £33 (affiliated) for the half marathon, plus a booking fee.
* Front Runner Events are offering a Season Pass to enter all three of their half marathons: the Llanelli Half Marathon (18th February), the Great Welsh Half Marathon (15th April) and the JCP Swansea Half Marathon (24th June). Anyone who registers to run all 3 half marathons in 2018 will save 10% on entry and receive a limited edition medal. See full Season Pass details here. *