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Volunteer call for Swansea Half Marathon

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

  • Nicola Wilson who will be a volunteer at the Swansea Half Marathon.

  • Nick Francis and David Martin-Jewell who are organising the Swansea Half Marathon.

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A CALL for volunteers has been launched by Swansea Half Marathon organisers.

Around 400 volunteers are needed to help out at the city centre 13.1-mile race which is to be held on July 20.

Race organisers David Martin-Jewell and Nick Francis said they had been overwhelmed with the level of interest for the event, as all 2,000 places were filled within two weeks.

But now they are calling for volunteers to take part in the JCP Solicitors-sponsored event, which takes place around Swansea Bay and the SA1 development.

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Mr Martin-Jewell said anyone who wanted to get involved should get in touch as soon as they could.

Those interested in lending a hand need to be able to commit their own time for the duration of the summer event, including set-up and break- down.

"We have an application process which will draw out people's experiences, but in the first instance we need people to get in touch with us to volunteer their time," said Mr Martin-Jewell.

"There are lots of people with a wealth of experience, whether it be from an events, sports or running perspective.

"All volunteers will have different skill sets that they will be able to contribute on the day, which will ultimately, help make the event a great success."

Roles volunteers can expect to be involved in may include, managing the water stations, setting up the event and helping clearing away, waste control, assisting in the runners' village, marshalling the route and helping at the finish line.

Organisers would also like to invite groups as well as individuals to volunteer at the race.

"Being the very first half marathon to be held in Swansea we hope that the residents will get behind the race and embrace this history-making event for the city," said Mr Martin-Jewell.

"We want as many people who are able to become a volunteer for the day to come forward, and those who can't, just come out and support the runners who will be raising money for many great causes."

Mr Francis said there was a gap for a half marathon event to be held in Swansea.

"Llanelli has two half marathons, Newport has a half, Cardiff as well, we feel that with the layout of the city and the bay, Swansea deserves one too," he said.

"The legacy that we want to create is a half marathon, that stands the test of time, for the city itself."

Mr Martin-Jewell added: "First and foremost it will give Swansea the status as being a running city, as soon as the city gets a half marathon it will bring that element for visitors who want to run.

"There are also economic benefits, there's a statistic that shows each runner brings two friends or relatives with them, so if we sell out you can expect quite a few extra visitors to Swansea."

The race will also help to generate funds for a good cause, as the RNLI is the race's official charitable partner.

To register your interest in volunteering visit www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk or email enquiries@ swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk

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