Matt Rees, the London Marathon hero that won the hearts of the nation when he helped fellow runner David Wyeth cross the finish line at this years London Marathon came first at South Wales’ only marathon on May 7th. The Great Welsh Marathon took place in Llanelli, starting at Festival Fields, taking runners along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path, all the way to Burry Port and back.
The event was a complete success with hundreds of P.B.’s achieved and new records set. Matt Rees, who took 1st place in the marathon in a time of 02:50:02 said:
“The Great Welsh Marathon Champion - I can't quite believe it. I have been having calf issues but after some rest I was so tempted to do this local race. I decided to enjoy the experience and race the marathon rather than run it…I only decided to do the race last minute, so I was worried that a lack of carb loading and preparation would start to hinder but apart from a pit stop I felt good. I really cherished the support from both spectators and other runners. It was probably the friendliest race I've run. With many out and backs we encouraged each other as we passed. Cheering on passing runners helped pass the miles and it made the whole experience one to remember for another reason. Every marathon has a story. That's why I keep coming back.”
“No more marathons for a while now. Time to get some decent training done. But I'm ecstatic that I can now say I have won a marathon. I always say you remember your marathons and this one is no different. What a great day.”
As well as the great success of Matt, the winner of the half marathon race that took place at the event was also won by Swansea Harrier; Ian Harris, in a time of 01:11:45.
Entries for the Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon will open on Friday 12th May, anyone wishing to sign up can register here: www.greatwelshmarathon.co.uk The team behind the race are making big plans for 2018 and intend to make great improvements to the event and route.