JCP Swansea Half Marathon

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is OFFICIALLY THE UK's BEST HALF MARATHON!!!!! We are back for the 7th Edition as we look to #RunSwansea again on the 14th June 2020.

Runners taking part in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon
Cost:£39 - £41
Event Time:10:00 am
Event Date:14 June 2020
Event Distance:13.1 Miles

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events


Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon Course

2020 sees the return of the MULTI AWARD WINNING JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Voted the UK’s best half marathon (2017 and 2018) and Wales’ BIGGEST and BEST summer race.

This year we are targeting 10,000 runners to come and #RunSwansea so why not join us to #BeYourBest as we take you the from the city to the sea!

Whether you’re an elite athlete, first timer or fun runner this race is perfect for any ability… REGISTER HERE to get your place today!

 

Route

The JCP Swansea Half Marathon starts in front of the iconic Brangwyn Hall, before heading through the City Centre onto Oystermouth Road. You will then enjoy the stunning views of Swansea Bay as you pass St Helens Rugby Grounds and head towards the village of Mumbles with it’s iconic pier and lighthouse. This pretty setting which leads to the Gower Peninsular (home to the famous Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dylan Thomas and Bonny Tyler), before you turn and head back towards Swansea via the flat path alongside miles of sandy beaches. On a clear day you can enjoy views across the bay all the way to the Devon Coast.

The return leg of the race heading towards the Meridian Tower – Wales’ tallest building provides a perfect opportunity for a PB with a flat, fast promenade guiding you towards Swansea Marina where you will run over the lock bridge into the city’s SA1 development before you cross the Millennium Bridge spanning the River Tawe and head back towards the finish near Wales’ Oldest Museum.

Event Location : Swansea , Brangwyn Hall, SA1 4PE

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