UWTSD staff complete Swansea Half Marathon in memory of former colleague


UWTSD staff completed the Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday, June 26, in memory of a former colleague.

Andrew Thomas (Sports Management), Rebecca Speakman (Faculty Office Swansea), Ben Duxbury (Health Portfolio), Chris Thomas (Business Management), Nina Patton (Faculty Business and Management), Suzanne Wells (Tourism, Events & Hospitality), Beth Cummings (Marketing Management), Antje Cockrill (MBA), Sandra Dettmer (Swansea Business School), Sian Davies (Faculty Office Carmarthen) and Alison Connaughton (Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle), joined 8,000 athletes competing in the event.

Sports Management Lecturer Andrew Thomas, who has completed several half marathons and 10k events over the years, said: “A former colleague Owen Lewis recently passed away due to ill health so it was also a good opportunity for the faculty to pay their respects and to run in his memory. Owen completed several distance running events while at the University and had run for Wales in his earlier years. Owen was a Senior Lecturer in Accounts and Finance at the University and he taught on the MBA programme. Historically he had worked in the private sector for the local authority and a health board within the region.”

Beth Cummings lecturer in Marketing Management and Sports Marketing said “It was a great team effort from the faculty of Business and Management. We’ve been training for this day for the last three months and for many of us it was our first half marathon,  although we did have some professionals amongst us. Rebecca Speakman ran the London Marathon in April and Dr Ben Duxbury a lecture on the Health and Social Care programmes ran the Swansea Half Marathon in 1 hour and 31 minutes. The views along the route really showcased the best of Swansea and the support along the way was amazing. We’ll definitely be doing it again next year!”

The event has also allowed several members of the team to return to active participation where they have made a significant change over the last 3 months which links to Sport Wales ‘Hooked on Sport’ strategy. In Carmarthen colleagues have worked alongside students studying personal training which helped connect their academic study to practical planning for participants entering a half marathon.

Sian Davies Faculty Administrator said: “It was a good opportunity for personal training students to share their knowledge and help some members of the faculty team prepare for a monumental challenge.”