The Llanelli Half Marathon will start and finish at Festival Fields. If you have taken part in the Llanelli Half Marathon before you will notice that the route differs from previous events, but those veterans amongst you will remember that some of the very first Llanelli Half events were hosted from Festivals Fields. We hope that those of you who haven't run this route before will enjoy this different dimension and those who have, get the chance to re-live those first race day memories of a truly historic event. The route will, for the most part, take place on flat terrain along the beautiful Millennium coastal path and on some closed roads (at the request of the local highways authority). Despite the change this year, the course remains to be perfect for anyone taking part in their first half marathon, or runners chasing a PB (with a maximum elevation profile of only 52ft!) across some of the best scenery Carmarthenshire has to offer!
As many will testify, this coastal path route that overlooks Llanelli Beach has breath-taking views of the Loughor estuary and Gower peninsula, so if you're a sucker for scenic races then this is the one for you!
Tracking is a great motivator on race day, while giving your loved ones the best chance of seeing you on the course!
Most smartphones have the ability to share their location with select people. There are a few ways to use this feature: Apple phones there is a ‘Find My’ app where you can link devices. Simply ask your participant open the Settings app, tap their name, then tap Find My. They then need to turn on Share My Location. Family Sharing is also an option only to share location with select participants. Find out more HERE.
Your loved one can also share their location via WhatsApp. To do this they must enable location permissions for WhatsApp in their phone’s Settings > Tap Apps> WhatsApp > Permissions > Location > Turn on WhatsApp.
They can select from ‘Allow only while using the app,’ ‘Ask every time,’ and ‘Don’t allow.’
Once enabled, the participant can open an individual or group chat and tap Location > Share live location. They can then choose the amount of time and once done, those in the group can see a map with live location on the chat.
Strava also has a Beacon feature that offers location tracking. You need to be connected to your loved one on Strava first. Your runner must start a new run on Strava and tap the Beacon icon in the lower right. They then pick up three safety contacts who will receive their location during the event. An orange dot will indicate when Beacon is active and give an accurate GPS location which supporters can see on their app.
We hope these options will help you to experience the event along with your loved one on the big day.