5 Welsh Half Marathons to run in 2018
Whatever time of year, there’s nothing better than setting your sights on a fitness goal such as completing a few Welsh half marathons next year.
Although not as insane as a full marathon, half marathons are considerably more of an achievement than a 10K. In fact, they are an excellent middle-ground for runners of all abilities.
So, we at Fitness Swansea are highlighting five awesome Welsh half marathons to consider in 2018.
1. Swansea Half Marathon
Let’s start with one very close to home – it’s the Swansea Half Marathon!
Compared to Cardiff (below) it’s much newer – established in 2014 – although it has since been voted the UK’s best half marathon (in 2017), with more than 6,000 runners taking part this year.
Like many in Wales, it’s another very picturesque half marathon. It starts in the city centre before heading down towards Mumbles, taking in the panoramic sights of Swansea Bay.
This is a summer race, with the 2018 Swansea Half Marathon taking place on Sunday, 24 June. Great weather not guaranteed!
2. Cardiff Half Marathon
Moving on to the capital city, the Cardiff Half Marathon was established in 2003 and since then has grown to become one of the largest half marathons in the whole of the UK.
A predominantly flat course, it’s great for first-time half marathon runners and elite runners alike. Another plus is it’s a very scenic route, taking in some historical landmarks such as Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Bay waterfront, and Bute Park.
The Cardiff Half Marathon takes place quite late in the year, and 2018’s event is set for Sunday, 7 October 2018.
3. The Wales Half Marathon
Taking place in beautiful Tenby on Sunday, 15 July, the 2018 Wales Marathon – incorporating the Wales Half Marathon – is another awesome event and one of the best Welsh half marathons around.
The half-marathon runners will set off from Pembroke Castle at midday, and run the 13.1 mile closed-road route, ending in Tudor Square in Tenby. It’s quite a hilly course compared to offerings in city routes such as Cardiff and Swansea, but nothing like a good challenge!
4. Coastal Trail Series (Pembrokeshire)
The Coastal Trail Series incorporates a few different running events, all taking place on Saturday, 28 April in 2018. These include a 10K, a marathon, an ultra marathon, and – what we care about today – the 15.1 mile half marathon.
With multiple terrains (including grass, trail and beach), it’s a beautiful and challenging route. You’ll run by the cliffs and beaches of Britain’s only coastal National Park at Little Haven – a great view! As Welsh half marathons go, this is a must-try.
5. The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon
Heading east, we arrive in Newport for the final half marathon on our 2018 list. And it’s a good one to finish with, as The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon is an event with great atmosphere, good entertainment and a new scenic route that takes in lots of familiar sights.
In 2018, the 13.1 mile run will take place on Sunday, 4 March at 9am. Get training!