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Mumbles Brewery announced as 360 Marina 5K sponsor

We are very excited to announce Mumbles Brewery Ltd as the official sponsor of the 360 Marina 5km run!

It is great to receive the support of a local business and let’s be honest, there is nothing quite like a sports and beer partnership.mumbles brewery, swansea 5k, 360 marina 5k
Mumbles Brewery have also promised a few prizes for the winners, for anyone who has tried their beers that is more than enough motivation to get out and train for the race.

Also, a representative from the Brewery will be present at the race in March, so keep an eye out if you are interested in enjoying a few drinks or taking a look at what beers they have on offer.

For now, head over to the Mumbles Brewery website for more details on their available ales.

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Online registration closes at midnight today!

Pre-registration for the 360 Marina 5k sponsored by BlockHead Energy Gum on the 15th of March at the 360 Beach & Watersports closes today.
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Online registration has been a fantastic success this year, with over a 120 runners having already secured a space on the starting line; this a significant increase on the inaugural 360 Marina 5k and clear evidence of the events growth.

Today is the last chance to sign up online, avoiding the gamble of limited spaces on the day and saving yourself a few bob, so please head to our registration page now.

To those that have already pre-registered, we will be sending out an email with further details next week, so look out for this in your inbox.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped promote the event and those who have signed up, we can’t wait for the 15th and hope we can put on a professional and enjoyable event for all those involved.

Good luck

Swansea Trotters Committee

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360 Marian 5km returns as heart charity fundraiser following club members near death experience

The annual 360 Marina 5km road race along Swansea promenade returns for its second year, this year as a fundraising event for leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) – in honour of club member Timothy Butt who survived a sudden cardiac arrest earlier this year.

Following the sell-out success of the inaugural 360 Marina 5km where 100 runners took part, the event returns on Saturday 15th March 2014 with an extension from Swansea Council enabling the race to host 250 participants.

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Through the events popularity, organisers, Swansea Trotters, have seen an opportunity to expand and introduce a charity cause close to the clubs heart.

Steven M. Jones, Club President & Event Organiser, said:

“Our club is built on friendship, so to turn the race into a fundraiser in tribute of Tim was a no-brainer; the news of his cardiac arrest shook us all, so to be able to raise awareness of the condition through supporting CRY is highly important to us.

I was blown away by the success of the 5km in its first year; we had a fantastic turn-out and a professionally run event thanks to the team and my fellow organiser Richard Mann; building from this success I strongly believe we will reach the 250 attendee mark in March.

In addition, we are hugely grateful to 360 Beach & Watersports & Swansea Council for enabling us to put on the race for the second year running and to Swansea University and CRY for their support and collaboration.”

When asked what it meant to him to have the race act as a charity event for CRY, Timothy Butt, Swansea University Graduate & Cardiac arrest survivor, said:

“I am delighted and extremely grateful that the event is being held in support of the charity CRY, a charity that I fully support.

This is just one example of how the Swansea Trotters family have really supported me as a member and my recovery from my cardiac arrest. I would like to thank the club, the members and the organisers for their hard work to put on the event. I am really looking forward to the run.”

Alison Cox MBE, Chief Executive and Founder of CRY, added:

“It takes great courage and determination for anyone who has been affected by young sudden cardiac death – whether a bereaved family or a young person who has been diagnosed with a heart problem – to be able to see beyond their own situation and to want to raise funds for CRY and to help us increase awareness of our work, including screening, advice and support.

“Thankfully, due to the increasing success of screening, awareness and diagnosis, we are now working with more and more young people, such as Tim, who were suddenly found to have a potentially life-threatening heart condition, when they believed they were fit and healthy.

“On behalf of all of us at CRY, I would like to say a huge “thank you” to Tim and the Swansea Trotters for their recognition and support for us and we wish them every luck in their fundraising event”

Speaking on being involved with the event for its second year, Kate Hannington, General Manager, 360 Beach & Watersports, said:

“Following the success of this year’s Swansea Trotters Marina 5km, 360 are thrilled to be hosting the event for the second time in March 2014. It’s a fantastic event which promotes sport & activity on Swansea Bay.

If you’re running you can use our free shower & changing facilities & if you’re spectating then get the best view of the start / finish line from our Cafe Bar.”

Online registration opens on the 1st October; participants can register and find out more information at https://swanseatrotters.com/360-marina-5k-register/. There will be a small fee of £5 to register, this will support the organisation of the event, as well as provide a donation to the CRY charity.

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Ross Macdonald tackles Ironman Zurich

Our very own Ross Macdonald has completed his first Ironman triathlon, having competed in the Zurich Ironman on the 28th of July.

Representing the TriTrainingHarder race team Ross managed the impressive time of 09:55:16 and positioned 9th in the 25-29 age category and 59th overall out of a 2,493 competitors.

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Ross posted on his blog saying: “I was quietly confident of breaking ten hours. I knew it was a big challenge but deep down I wanted to break 9 hours and 30 minutes. It was all going to depend on my run split. I am capable of running a 2 hour 40 minute marathon and was hoping for a 3.10 marathon split in the Ironman in order to put me close to 9.30.”

In the end Ross managed a 01:01:49 swim over 2.4-miles, a 05:07:45 bike over 112-miles and a 03:40:56 run over 26.2-mile.

Ross sumarised the experience on his blog: ” Icrossed the line with no idea of my finish time. I guessed at 10 hours 30 minutes. Gemma and Dave ran up and told me I had broken ten hours and out of nowhere I had tears streaming down my face (for a good ten seconds!). I was so relieved, exhausted, emotional drained and happy- too many emotions to put on the shoulders of an Ironman :)

For more information and to read a break down of his race, head over to Ross’ blog Primetriathlete.

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Joshua Lawless talks about his experience racing professionally in Brittany

By Joshua Lawless

For those of you that don’t know, I am racing professionally in Brittany in a small regional team (U.C.L.H.) courtesy of the John Ibbotson Fund that support and set this up on my behalf. We are just over the mid-point of the season and Steve said it would be a good idea for me to update everyone on what life is like over here and how my cycling is going.

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The level of ability over here in France as compared to the racing scene back at home is on a different scale, over here I am just a decent Second category rider, whilst in Britain I’m a first/elite category rider. The races are so much more difficult as your average National B ranked event like the South-East Regional Champs are slightly less difficult or the same in difficulty as a 2/3 category race in France. Whilst in Britain you only have one step up in quality after that to National A ranked races, here in Brittany there are still another 2 higher ranked races after the 2/3 ones.

Cycling is definitely one of the major sports here, with closed roads, literally thousands at some of the bigger races and as many bike shops as there are football pitches; it’s truly amazing and I am a very lucky boy. Some of the fields have had over 200 competitors in them and going up some iconic hills like Plumelec really is spine-tingling as the crowd separates before you, the horns blast, the bells ring, the fags, the beer, the wine, banners across the roads, graffiti on the roads and lots of flags… The sensations manage to manifest themselves into getting every last ounce of suffering out of your body. Continue reading

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360 Marina 5k Support

By Steven M. Jones
With the 360 Marina 5k taking place this Saturday (16th March) at 11.00am, we would like to take a moment to thank those who have helped us spread the word and publicise the race.

Thanks to The South Wales Evening PostSwansea Bay Futures Swansea University, The Waterfront Swansea and 360 Beach & Watersports.

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360 Marina 5k Road Race Launched on Swansea Bay’s Prom

By Steven M. Jones
We’re proud to announce the launch of the 360 Marina 5k, an event organised by Swansea Trotters Alumni Organisation with 360 Beach and Watersports centre as the host; it will be taking place on Saturday, March 16th at 11.00 o clock.

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The event has received the support of both Swansea Council and Swansea University and hopes to become a credible and annual contributor to the growing event calendar at Swansea Bay.

This is an extremely flat and quick course open to runners of all abilities, perfect for uncompetitive runners looking for some exercise or a challenge, or the experienced runner seeking a P.B. at the start of the road racing season.

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2012 in review: Swansea Trotters Site Statistics

Here is an annual report for the Swansea Trotters website put together by the WordPress stats team. This review releases some exiting statistics for our club considering 2012 was our opening year, with stats including receiving just shy of 4,000 views from over 45 countries.

Click on the link to see the full report.

Wishing you a Prosperous New Year, the Swansea Trotters Committee.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Josh Lawless signs for French cycling team Union Cycliste Hennebont Lochrist

By Steven M. Jones

Josh Lawless has recently announced through his personal blog, Joshua Lawless Cycling that he has signed for a French cycling team in Hennebont.


We last spoke to Josh back in May, at which point he had moved from Swansea back to his hometown in London, attained sponsorship from Aprire Bicycles and was working towards attaining a 1st Category Road Cycling Licence.

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Trotters Team to Race at Edinburgh’s Braid Hills Cross Country

Hi all,

As a few of you already know we have decided to take a Trotters team to Edinburgh for the Hare and Hounds hosted Braid Hills Cross Country. It is being held on the 17th of November, and even though it seems early to be organising our plans we will have to sort out transport, accommodation and Trotters vests by the date.

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Obviously most of us know what the weekend is about, a good course, good company, and plenty of drink.

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