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Headline Charities announced for 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon

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Friday 3rd November 2017
The organisers of the award-winning JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Front Runner Events, have announced the Official Headline Charities for the event which takes place on Sunday 24th June 2018.
The joint Headline Charities for 2018 will be Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Swansea. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon has always been a fantastic platform for charity fundraising and it is hoped that many runners signing up to fifth anniversary event next summer will help to raise money for these extremely worthwhile causes. 

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The JCP Swansea Half Marathon was voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon (≥ 5,000 participants) at The 2017 Running Awards, having become a firm favourite among the running community for its scenic route, superb atmosphere and flat and fast course. 
The event attracts runners from all the world to #Run5wansea and enjoy the closed-road route that passes Swansea Castle and includes a magnificent six-mile stretch of Swansea Bay. The course takes runners as far as the picture-perfect coastal town of Mumbles, with its iconic pier and lighthouse, before turning back and enjoying yet more sweeping views out to sea.
From elite runners looking for a PB to those taking on their first half marathon and charity runners looking for a memorable event, the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a superb race boasting some of Wales’ most spectacular coastal scenery.
Alzheimer’s Society returns as Headline Charity for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and promises to be a popular and worthy cause. This is the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention, whilst working to meet the needs of people affected by dementia and inspiring change. All fundraising efforts from the JCP Swansea Half Marathon will help Alzheimer’s Society to make greater progress towards its vision of a world without dementia.
The announcement of Cancer Research UK as joint Headline Charity, again for another year, is expected to be warmly received by runners preparing to run Wales’ second largest half marathon next June. Cancer Research UK is entirely funded by the public and is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It works tirelessly to support those affected by cancer and all money raised will help the charity in its effort to beat cancer sooner.
Finally, joining #TeamMaggies offers an opportunity to support local people affected with cancer and is expected to be a popular choice for runners from the Swansea area. Maggie’s Centres provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need; Maggie’s in Swansea is located at Singleton Hospital.

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Race Director David Martin-Jewell commented: “We are delighted to announce our joint Headline Charities for the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon. It is a great pleasure to support such worthy and much-loved causes as Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and Maggie’s Centre in Swansea. We are confident that these charities will be well supported by the many runners who see the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as the opportunity for a great run whilst raising money and making a difference to others. The spectacular scenery, outstanding crowd support and promise of a good time are an added bonus. Charity entry is now open and we are very much looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to Swansea next summer.” 
Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/homepage/61/jcp_swansea_half_marathon. The registration fee is £10 and the minimum fundraising target is £300.
Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/find-an-event/jcp-swansea-half-marathon-2018. The minimum fundraising target is £300.
Register to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon for Maggie’s at https://www.maggiescentres.org/how-you-can-help/take-part/all-events/swansea-half-marathon/. The minimum fundraising target is £250.
JCP Solicitors is the title sponsor for the Swansea Half Marathon. Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Maggie’s Centre in Swansea are the joint Headline Charities for 2018.
General entries for the 2018 JCP Swansea Half Marathon are open. Entry costs £33 (affiliated) or £35 (non-affiliated). Entry includes a fully closed-road event, technical t-shirt, bespoke medal, water stops every 3 miles, energy gels at miles 6 and 9, Xempo pacers, live bands along the route and more.
Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further details, like the Facebook page and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea on Twitter. 

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