The PORT TALBOT HALF MARATHON is something very special, winding its way through the stunning Afan Argoed forest. You then leave the beautiful surroundings of Glyncorrwg Ponds and follow the former railway route down the valley to Pontrhydyfen (birth place of Richard Burton).

This years event will have the addition of the largest family-owned mass participation sports company in Wales. Front Runner Events have taken taken over of the Port Talbot Half Marathon which is set to take place on Sunday 14th August.

The event, which was created by Port Talbot Harriers 6 years ago, is a keen favourite with all runners that participate. The PT Half Marathon will add a new dimension to the Front Runner Event series. As a trail race the event will provide a new opportunity for the Welsh road race specialists, as they extend their event delivery services in the sector.  

David Martin-Jewell is managing director at Front Runner Events, he told us……

“We are excited to bring the Port Talbot Half into the Front Runner Events portfolio. This great event has done so much good for the growth of the Port Talbot Harriers. Having such strong community links and backing, we are keen to continue and build on the fantastic work that has been done since the event began in 2016.”

Tash Smith, Race Director added……

“This is a new type of event for us and it’s wonderful that we now have a trail race to offer our runners. We will have a lot of dialogue with the Harriers over the coming weeks and months as we look to reflect the community spirit of this great race. The Harriers want to remain an active and key part of the event planning and delivery.

We hope that we will be able to help them to upskill and strengthen the knowledge and experience of their volunteers to assist with the delivery of their other events.”

Bernie Henderson, Chairman of Port Talbot Harriers told us…..

“Port Talbot Harriers are delighted to partner with Front Runner Events to enable the ever-popular Port Talbot Half Marathon to be reinstated into the annual race calendar. FRE will keep the unique challenge of this event and embrace our intentions to keep this as a very affordable community event.

They will bring their experience and expertise of organising larger races while we will provide the detailed knowledge of this event in this community and support with our volunteer base.

Together we hope to secure this unique event in the spectacular environment of the Afan Valley for many years to come.”

The Port Talbot Half Marathon which is set to take place on Sunday 14th August. To find out more go HERE or to volunteer to be a marshal get in touch by emailing:

Entry to the event is open NOW, to sign up go HERE

Front Runner Events are the largest family-owned mass participation sports company in Wales. They organise a series of other successful events including the JCP Swansea Half MarathonCardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff 10kM&D Care Llanelli Half Marathon and Great Welsh Marathon.

You can take a look at what they do HERE