A look back at the 2019 Admiral Swansea Bay 1K, 3K & 10K Races

This weekend (Sunday 20th September 2020) should have been the Admiral Swansea Bay 1K, 3K and 10K races in its mid-September slot.

Unfortunately the event has been cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will return in 2021.

12 months ago in 2019, nearly 4,000 runners of all ages and abilities took to the start line of the Admiral Swansea Bay 1K, 3K & 10K races and saw Carmarthen Harriers youngsters and seniors record some amazing times and performances!

A windy Swansea Bay seafront, near St Helens Rugby Ground played host to a festival day of running as Admiral sponsored the Swansea Bay Races for the fourteenth consecutive year, back in its mid-September slot and staged by Swansea County Council.

Just over 3,500 10K runners and a few hundred juniors took to the start line of their respective distances in the race that won at the UK Running Awards for being voted Best 10K in Wales in 2018 and 2019.

Starting alongside St Helen's Rugby Ground, the first half of the 10K course followed the road down to the picturesque Mumbles, before returning along the stunning Swansea promenade taking in its fast, flat surface and gorgeous scenery. The route finished through the iconic Slip Bridge towards the Cenotaph.

As all runners made their way down to the Mumbles, the mascot race featured local mascots running a 100m dash for fun on the main road and again provided great entertainment as spectators waited for the leading runners in the 10K up on the bridge.

As well as the main 10K, also returning were the popular junior races which started everything off earlier in the morning as the seniors started to arrive for their pre-race warm ups.

The 1K & 3K was a great introduction to running on the road and sold out weeks in advance. The 7 years and under got their chance to run first alongside their parents before the older 8-11 year olds children took part with over 500 youngsters getting their opportunity to experience the race day atmosphere and collect their finishers' medal and goody bag.

The start point moved up beyond Blackpill, where 3K runners in the 9 to 14 age category headed towards the finish line.

Some race day photos and the 10K start line in video from September 2019 last year...