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Entries open for 2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k

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Runners are being invited to get their entries in for the 2022 Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.

Swansea Council is planning for this year’s event to take place on Sunday, September 18. An early bird entry offer runs until January 31.

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Last year’s event marked the 40th edition of this highly popular race that always offers a flat, scenic coastal course.

The event has consistently won awards and the council wants the event to continue as a high-quality event, attracting runners of all ages and abilities. 

Swansea Council established the run in 1981 and has continued to organise it ever since – embedding it in the city’s annual events programme.

This summer will be the 16th occasion that Admiral has sponsored the event, which as well as the 10k, offers 1k and 3k junior fun runs, along with a 10k wheelchair race and a mascot race. 

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k is a landmark in the running calendar and attracts participants from all over the UK.

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“It’s an exceptionally popular feature within Swansea’s annual events calendar; it’s fantastic for elite athletes, charity fundraisers and those looking to tackle their personal bests or conquer fitness goals. 

“The tremendous Swansea Bay backdrop and flat course help make it a top class event. “Last year’s special anniversary race was a huge success – and we’re confident that the 2022 event will be another big hit.

“We anticipate that demand for places will be high once again this year. We’d therefore encourage anyone interested to enter as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment – once the race places have gone, they’ve gone!” 

Rhian Langham, Admiral’s head of people services, said: “We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k race and fun runs for the 16th year.

“Supporting events in our local community is very much part of our culture at Admiral, so it’s great to be involved in an event like this, especially after a challenging year.

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“I wish all the runners the very best of luck.”

The council’s events team continue to monitor the pandemic situation. The Admiral Swansea Bay 10k will only take place following the relevant regulations and guidance from Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and UK Athletics.

Plans will be reviewed as any new guidance is released and this may involve changes and additional measures to ensure the 2022 event is safe for everyone involved, including the wider local community.

Around 4,000 runners took part in last year’s 10k, running between St Helen’s and Mumbles. The event was voted Best 10k in Wales in the 2019 Running Awards.

To book your place on the 2022 start line and take advantage of the early bird offer, go to www.swanseabay10k.com.

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(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Ospreys hooker Ifan Phillips seriously injured in Swansea motorbike collision

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Ospreys hooker Ifan Phillips has been involved in a serious road traffic accident.

The 25-year-old is the son of Neath rugby legend Kevin Phillips

South Wales Police are appealing for more information about the collision on the B4603 Morfa Road involving a Triumph street scrambler and a Kawasaki motorbike.

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In a statement, the Ospreys said: “The Ospreys can confirm hooker Ifan Phillips was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Swansea on Sunday afternoon and is now being treated at Morriston Hospital.

“Ifan is in a stable condition and he is uppermost in the thoughts of all of us at the Ospreys.

“On behalf of his team-mates, coaches, staff, all Ospreys supporters and the rugby community, we want to extend our full support to Ifan, his family and his friends.

“The family are overwhelmed and very grateful for the support they have received in the last few days.

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“The Ospreys request that Ifan and his family are given privacy at this difficult time.”

South Wales Police issued a statement appealing for more information about the collision: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision that occurred at around 1.38pm on Sunday, December 5, 2021, on the B4603, Morfa Road, Landore, Swansea, opposite Landore Social Club.

“The collision involved two motorcycles, a green Triumph Street Scrambler and a Kawasaki. One rider was taken to hospital where he remains and is being treated for life-changing injuries.

“The road was closed for a number of hours whilst investigations continued and we thank anyone affected during this time for their patience.

“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage, anyone who stopped to provide assistance, or anyone who saw the motorcycles prior to the collision.”

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People are asked to contact police online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by phoning 101 quoting reference 424657 if they have more information about the collision.

(Lead image: WRU)

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Swansea.com Stadium get championship overhaul thanks to a South Wales painting firm

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Swansea City’s Swansea.com Stadium recently underwent an external decorative overhaul with Wardle Painters to improve the stadium’s aesthetic by making key repairs. 

Officially opened to fans in South Wales in July 2005, the stadium’s external paintwork had a warranty in place before major maintenance was expected to be required. However, just two years later, problems began to appear.

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Its refurbishment was in the making for some time, starting with initial contact with the original suppliers to understand how this project would be addressed and how the processes and procedures would integrate with the day to day running of the stadium. Following this initial review, Wardle Painters was officially awarded the project contract in Autumn 2020 to refurbish all four stands. 

Gordon David from Swansea City FC said: “Swansea.com Stadium is a home away from home for our loyal Swansea City fans and it was important that we were able to turn to Wardle Painters to refurbish the external steelwork. We’re thrilled with the results and it’s fantastic to see the stadium look as good as new.”

Starting with an initial clean of the entire structure to remove algae and built-up grime, Wardle Painters was responsible for surface preparation and application of the protective coating system. It was determined that some areas required intense surface preparation which consequently meant specialist procedures and precautions had to be undertaken, meaning the Wardle team needed to hold the necessary accreditations to carry this aspect of the works safely.

Speaking of the work at Swansea.com Stadium, Nigel Curtis of Wardle Painters explained: “Like every piece of work we undertake, quality was of the utmost importance to us. Perhaps even more so on this project as this was our first major stadium renovation.

“Throughout the process, the paint supplier made independent audits of our work as well as a final inspection where it was concluded that the work carried out exceeded the recommended specification and was of a very acceptable standard. Our team worked tirelessly on the project and we’re very proud of the result.”

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Starting in September 2020, the project took just 11 months to complete.

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World Triathlon Para Series event can be a ‘game-changer for sport in Swansea’

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Double Paralympic medallist George Peasgood feels Britain’s first-ever stand-alone World Triathlon Para Series event in Swansea can be a game-changer for his sport in the city.

The world’s best paratriathletes will descend on South Wales on Saturday 6 August 2022 and return to the city through to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

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The racing will take place at Prince of Wales Dock in Swansea and form part of a wider Para Sport Festival in the region.

“It’s a big thing to have a standalone event for paratriathlon in Britain,” he said.

“It’s about raising the awareness of the sport and using the momentum we’ve got from Tokyo and trying to showcase it.

“The home crowd feeling is special. Friends and family can come and watch me race and it will be amazing to be with all the people who have helped me over the years.

“Coming out from Tokyo with two medals was phenomenal and something I’ll cherish forever. It has been a surreal year and it’s taken a while for it to sink in.”

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Paralympian George Peasgood met a city delegation at Swansea’s SA1 ahead of the event next summer (Image: UWTSD)

Jonny Hamp, British Triathlon Director of Events, added: “It’s a fantastic announcement to be able to make.

“We’ve been working for a couple of years now on our major event strategy, and paratriathlon has been a key focus for what we’ve wanted to do and to be able to make this announcement today is a testament to the amount of work that’s been put in by a number of people over the last couple of years.

“We’ve got an incredibly successful paratriathlon team and so to be able to provide increased profile for the existing team and to provide inspiration for future paratriathletes to develop into the next world-class programme athletes is a fantastic opportunity for the sport in this country and that’s what we hope for the event to do over the next three years.”

Peasgood did the double of triathlon silver and cycling time trial bronze in a fantastic second Games in Japan. He also won European silver in September on his return to racing.

The 26-year-old is already targeting Paris 2024 and completing the set of Paralympic medals.

“I’ll be trying to get into my prime in Paris and Los Angeles (2028),” he said.

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“I’ve got a silver and bronze, I want that gold now. To get a gold medal, or to get in a position where I feel like I can again, and the goal will be to go to Paris and win.”

The Swansea event will be delivered by British Triathlon in collaboration with UK Sport, World Triathlon, Welsh Triathlon, the Welsh Government and Swansea City Council in what will be a first for the national governing body.

Paralympian George Peasgood met a city delegation at Swansea’s SA1 ahead of the event next summer (Image: Swansea Council)

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism for Swansea Council said: “It’s great for both the people and the city of Swansea to have the World Triathlon Para Series here.

“It will focus greatly upon the city, and the course going around our maritime quarter, past our new arena around Swansea Bay. It’s probably the most picturesque triathlon in Britain.”

Tom Rogers, Partnership Manager at Disability Sport Wales, said: “For Swansea, it’ll show it off as an accessible city, and show off what is possible for a disabled person locally.

“That event can be linked into wider opportunities for local children, young people and adults to provide that range of competitive and participatory opportunities around the event as well.”

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Welsh Triathlon CEO, Beverley Lewis, said: “From our perspective, we have two aims for this event.

“One is to show to children, young people, parents and coaches that they can be inclusive and they can support this kind of activity. The other one is then to provide the opportunities so that everyone can get engaged.”

Ian Walsh, Provost of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, said: “With our main campus here in the heart of the city, we think it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and participation in sport by showcasing the very best para-athletes here in the city centre.

“We’re very excited about the opportunities for our own students to engage in the events and also to be inspired to take up sports as part of not just their studies but for a healthier lifestyle.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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