Hun­dreds of run­ners tackle a ‘Great Welsh Marathon’

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­ 07790 591150

MARATHON sea­son is un­der way and run­ners from across the UK and be­yond de­scended on Llanelli on Sun­day for the Great Welsh Marathon.

Start­ing at Fes­ti­val Fields, the event saw a full marathon as well as a half.

A field of run­ners to­talling around 1,500 took part and it was or­gan­ised by Swansea-based Front Runner Events and backed by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil.

The fast, flat course saw run­ners en­joy a scenic route head­ing out along the Mil­len­nium Coastal Path with view of Llanelli Beach, the Loughor Es­tu­ary and Gower penin­sula.

Or­gan­is­ers said there were some great times recorded by run­ners, de­spite windy con­di­tions around the course.

Win­ner of the male marathon was Gethin Davies, com­ing across the line at 2 hours, 45 min­utes and 44 sec­onds.

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond was Joseph Mur­ray with a time of 2 hours, 46 min­utes and 13 sec­onds; and in third place was Richard Fos­ter with a time of 2 hours, 49 min­utes and 5 sec­onds.

Katie War­ren won the fe­male marathon, fin­ish­ing with a time of 3 hours, 4 min­utes and 7 sec­onds. Lizzie Dimond, who crossed the line at 3 hours, 12 min­utes and 7 sec­onds, was sec­ond, while third place went to Crys­tal Goecker with a time of 3 hours, 12 min­utes and 15 sec­onds.

In the half marathon, the top three fin­ish­ers in the fe­male sec­tion were Me­lanie Wilkins with a time of 1 hour, 18 min­utes and 18 sec­onds; Carys Mai Hughes was sec­ond,

record­ing a time of 1 hour, 21 min­utes and 19 sec­onds.

In third place was Amy Evans with a time of 1 hour, 33 min­utes and 29 sec­onds.

While in the men’s half marathon Luke Wil­liams crossed the line with a time of 1 hour, 14 min­utes and 19 sec­onds; Dean Sum­mers was sec­ond at 1 hour, 16 min­utes and 43 sec­onds.

Third place was clinched by Finn Arentz who fin­ished with a time of 1 hour 17 min­ues and 29 sec­onds. David Mart­inJewell, manag­ing di­rec­tor at Front Runner Events, said he was thrilled to be stag­ing the third edi­tion of the Great Welsh Marathon and its half marathon.

He said the event had at­tracted run­ners from all over the UK and over­seas, with 15 na­tions rep­re­sented in the event’s great­est field of in­ter­na­tional run­ners so far.

He added: “This race of­fers a great course for ev­ery­one.”

Off they go . . . the long-dis­tance run­ners set off from the start line at fest­si­val Fields.

Top, the lead­ing three fin­ish­ers in the male sec­tion of the Great Welsh Marathon: Gethin Davies, Joseph Mur­ray and Richard Fos­ter; be­low that, the top three fin­ish­ers in the fe­male sec­tion of the Great Welsh Marathon, Katie War­ren, Lizzie Dimond and Crys­tal Goecker.

Pic­tures: Jonathan My­ers

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