April / Ebrill 2019

Looking ahead to the Carmarthen Mayor's 5K Adult & Junior Fun Run Races 06/05/2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 08:30


EVENT / DIGWYDDIAD - Carmarthen Mayor's Fun Run Races 2019

LOCATION / LLEOLIAD - Carmarthen Town Centre, Guildhall Square

DATE / DYDDIAD - Monday 6th May 2019

TIME / AMSER - Start at 10:00am through to 1:15pm


Get Set for the return of the Carmarthen Mayor's Fun Run Races soon

The 38th running of the Carmarthen Mayor's Races returns to the town centre on May Day Bank Holiday, 6th of May. With less than a month to go, online entries have now opened and the whole family can get involved.

The event, now organised under Noelwyn Daniel supported by Carmarthen Town Council along with many local organisations, was established by the Councillor Peter Hughes-Griffiths, in partnership with Dr Hedydd Davies, the International athlete who has represented his country many times.

Taking place around Guildhall Square and Lammas Street, it has annually attracted over 800 runners between 3 and 80 years old every year. Supporting the event this year in a number of ways includes Stiwdio Box, G.D Harries & Sons, Rotary Club of Carmarthen, Merlin's Walk, St.Catherine's Walk, Charles B.Sams, Carmarthen Journal, JT Thomas, Mark Hopley Heating Services, Security 4 Wales, Mayor's Charity Appeals Committee, WPS, Carl Morgan Building Surveyor, Spine & Sports Physio, Bowen & Weaving Ltd, Towy Works, Gwasanaethau Myrddin and Robert Lloyd PR Media Consultant.

It has hosted 25 Welsh road race championships in conjunction within the race in the period 1982 to 2006 over various distances such as a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km.

Carmarthen Mayor's Races Fun Run, having gone from strength to strength, takes place in the heart of the town centre, affording great opportunities to cheer on the runners.

The event raises thousands of pounds for charity with many local groups and organisations benefiting. Proceeds in 2019 will go to Carmarthen Freshstart, Carmarthen Food Bank, Carmarthen Youth Opera and Talking Books Wales.


Great Day of racing in May 2018 in the morning sunshine

A total of 238 runners took on the 5K challenge 12 months ago on the streets of the town with each one having their own reason to take part. The 2018 fun run was won overall by Amman Valley Harriers' Rob Davies in a time of 17:15. He was followed in by Marc Davies of Swansea Harriers (17:53) and Liam Edwards from Carmarthen Harriers (18:15) to complete the top three. The women's overall champion was local Harrier Wendy Price who took victory on the road in a time of 20:32.

Meanwhile, children races were popular with Seren Bowen (Y Dderwen), Gwilym Rees (Nantgaredig), Libby Hale (Newton), Llion Davies (Y Dderwen), Carys Wood (Stepaside), Mared Jones (Y Dderwen), Liam Upton-Boorman (Johnstown), Amy Tucker (St John Lloyd) and Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin) all coming out on top in their respective school year group.


Nine Races over a three-hour programme as Big Numbers expected

Race organiser and Triathlete Noelwyn Daniel from Healthy Life Activities urges fun run competitors to make a note of the race date in their diary.

Mr Daniel said: "The event is recognised as a great occasion in Carmarthen. So if you want to get into shape over the winter months ready for the big race day, then now is the time to start."

The same routes will be in place in 2019 as the last couple of years but including the 2018 course used for the 5K that took runners in the opposite direction to previous years which means you Finish by running up into Guildhall Square. Electronic Chip Timing will again be in use for the 5K.

The day gets underway with the 3-lap Senior 5K fun run at 10.00am from opposite the bus station on Blue Street and is followed by a series of junior races over 2 laps of the route.

The Year 1 and 2 will start proceedings at 11.00am before moving up to year 3 & 4 and year 5 & 6. Concluding the day will be a secondary school year 7 and 8 race and a chance for those 6 years and under in Nursery and Reception to run a lap of the course with their parents and families.

As with all junior races, their reward will be their very own medal to take away as a finisher.

The Mayor will be on hand to help start the races and present the awards throughout the day. There'll be trophies for the top 3 in each age group (except Nursery and Reception) as well as the following awards in the main 5K race: Males under 40, V40+, V50+, V60+, Females under 35, V35+, V45+, V55+, Best Fancy Dress, Males/Females in School Years 9 to 11 and 1st Relay Team.




Event Timetable / Amserlen Y Dydd (Medals to all finishers)

10:00am: 5km Adult Fun Run (3 laps)

11:00am: Primary School Girls Years 1 & 2 (2 laps)

11:10am: Presentations of trophies for adults fun run

11:20am: Primary Schools Boys Years 1 & 2 (2 laps)

11:35am: Primary Schools Girls Years 3 & 4 (2 laps)

11:50am: Primary Schools Boys Years 3 & 4 (2 laps)

12:05pm: Primary School Girls Years 5 & 6 (2 laps)

12:20pm: Primary School Boys Years 5 & 6 (2 laps)

12:35pm: Secondary School Girls & Boys Years 7 & 8 (2 laps)

12:45pm: Mini Fun Run - Nursery & Reception (may be accompanied by an adult) (1 lap)

1:10pm: Presentation for Junior Races

10:00yb: Ras Hwyl Oedolion 5km (3 lap)

11:00yb: Merched Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 1 a 2 (2 lap)

11:10yb: Cyflwyno Gwobrau i'r enillwyr yn ras 5K oedolion

11:20yb: Bechgyn Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 1 a 2 (2 lap)

11:35yb: Merched Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 3 a 4 (2 lap)

11:50yb: Bechgyn Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 3 a 4 (2 lap)

12:05yp: Merched Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 5 a 6 (2 lap)

12:20yp: Bechgyn Ysgol Gynradd Blynyddoedd 5 a 6 (2 lap)

12:35yp: Merched a Bechgyn Ysgol Uwchradd Blynyddoedd 7 a 8 (2 lap)

12:45yp: Ras Hwyl Fach Iau - Meithrin a Derbyn (fe all oedolyn cyd-rhedeg) (1 lap)

1:10yp: Cyflwyno Gwobrau i'r tri cyntaf yn rasys plant


Closing Date for Postal entries is Sunday 28th April 2019. Forms and cheques to be sent to: Carmarthen Town Council, St Peter's Civic Hall, Nott Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PG. Cheques payable to Carmarthen Fun Run.

St Peter's Hall will be open from 8.00am on May 6th for those entering on the day. Please check out the start times of the races and ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to register and get to the start line on time. Please try and bring the correct entry fee to Registration. There will be signs above each table indicating the Race Category.

All race packs for those who have entered online or by post will be collected on the day from St Peter's Hall. There will be a separate location for you which will save you time of having to register on the day. No race packs will be sent out via the post.

Do you have a few hours to spare on May 6th? Why not come and help out with some marshalling and feel the reward of helping others and contributing towards the success of the event? If you are able to then the marshals are all asked to meet in St Peter's Hall at 9.00am on race day.



Entry Fees By Entering Before The Day OR On The Day

Mini Fun Run / Ras Hwyl Bach (Nursery & Reception / Meithrin a Derbyn): £2.00

Children from Year 1 to Year 8 / Plant o Flynyddoedd 1 i 8: £3.00

5K Adults Fun Run / Ras Hwyl 5K i Oedolion: £7.00

5K Corporate Entry / Tim Corfforaethol (Minimum 10 places / o leiaf 10 lle): £60.00

5K Team Relay Entry / Tim Cyfnewid (3 per team / 3 i dim): £15.00




Online Entry Link & Course Maps for 2019 Edition




Carmarthen Mayor's Races Online & Social Media

You'll be able to find all the pre-race details, on the day and post event coverage on social media and online via the Carmarthen Harriers, Healthy Life Activities and Carmarthenshire Town Council pages! Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star & Herald Newspapers will also cover in the press as well as the local club. We'd love to see your photos and messages get sent during the day, make sure you tweet them through to @CarmsHarriers; @HL_Activities; @CarmarthenTownC and @CarmsMayorRaces

Use the event hashtag #CarmsMayorRaces2019






FACEBOOK EVENT, feel free to share it to your contacts and friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/595404280928737/

The whole family can get involved...spend your Bank Holiday May Day on 6th May at Carmarthen Town Centre! We look forward to seeing you there. Good luck to all the participants / Pob lwc i'r rhedwyr i gyd.

We'll have an event report, results and all the action available on www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk in a special bank holiday weekend news story on the afternoon / evening of May 6th.


Photos by Nathan Jones at the 2018 event on May Day.