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Friday, 29 January 2010

Rosie Swales to Run the Activity Wales Marathon

Ceris Hewlings - Tenby observer wrote today

Twenty-six marathons in 26 days! To most people that’s unthinkable.
But not for Tenby’s round-the-world adventurer Rosie Swale Pope MBE, who will be stepping out on the challenge in April in aid of children’s hospices.
And her first marathon on her epic 681.2-mile journey will be in her very own home town as she launches Tenby’s new Wales Marathon.
Rosie is teaming up with Matthew Evans, chief executive of Activity Wales, and company director Scott Powell to promote the exciting three-day gruelling event which is being hosted by Tenby in September.
Rosie, 63, will run the 26.2-mile course on Easter Monday, April 5, pulling her famous cart Icebird, which accompanied her for a large part of her 21,000-mile global trek.
The Wales Marathon will be Pembrokeshire’s first ever measured marathon and will be held on Sunday, September 26, as part of the Long Course Weekend.
The whole event will include the 1,500 and 3,000-metre Wales Swim on Friday, September 24, 40, 80 or 120-mile Wales Sportif bike rides on the Saturday, followed by the full marathon and a half marathon which will start and finish in Tenby on the Sunday.
The event is being organised by Matthew, Scott and Activity Wales.
Both are well-known athletes, with Matthew having completed 10 marathons in 10 days and the Ironman Austria last year, while Scott already owns and runs many national award-winning events.
Although the event is still in its planning stages, with the marathon course - which will see runners complete loops heading out from Tenby towards Manorbier and back along The Ridgeway to Penally and Tenby - officially being measured in March, they are hoping to get as much community support as possible.
“It is unique,” said Scott. “There is no race like it that sees these sports come together over one weekend.
“We aim to get all the communities around Tenby involved and make the event a real carnival atmosphere, with a prize up for grabs for the best community support.”
Participants will be able to raise funds for their own charities, but there will be an overall charity that the event will support.
“To have Rosie running the route is quite a treat,” added Matthew.
“Tenby is hosting this event, which is fantastic for both the town and Pembrokeshire.”
Participants can enter as many of the races as they want, with finishers receiving medals which will, if all three are completed, form a jigsaw to create the unique Long Course Weekend medal.
Rosie’s other 25 marathons will all be in Wales and England.
Her friend and supporter, Geoff Hall, is currently working out her schedule, but other runs are likely to include Bristol, Bath, Hereford and Gloucester.
“It is just a little challenge, but is very important to me,” she said.
“It will be very hard, but I have been partly inspired by Matthew, who did 10 marathons in 10 days, which is unbelievably gruelling, and Eddie Izzard, who did a huge amount of marathons, one of which I ran with him,” she continued.
“I know I will be very slow and it will be harder because I am pulling Icebird. I am not superwoman; I am just an ordinary runner, but it is wonderful to be doing my first marathon here in Tenby and I will just go on from there.”
The marathons, Rosie says, are her personal thank you to all the people who have always been there for her through thick and thin, and will also be in aid of two very special hospices.
Rosie continued: “There are many causes that are forever part of my life. I felt the need to do something for the children of Britain during these marathons, and intend to raise funds and awareness for Ty Hafan, the family hospice in Cardiff, and Helen House in Oxford, the world’s first children’s hospice, and Douglas House, also in Oxford, the first for young people. They are remarkable, and I am so proud to run for them.
“I was very moved when I visited Ty Hafan recently and hope that I can raise £3,000 for each, so every penny counts.”
Rosie is now busy training, for which she has received advice from her friend Ann Rowell and Runners World.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Rosie can do so by logging onto
Sponsor forms can also be found at Coastal Cottages’ Tenby office, Kate Blair Hairdressers, Webb Computers and Weybourne Guest House.
“I am so grateful to everyone who has agreed to have sponsor forms and the those who have sponsored me already,” said Rosie.
Details about the Long Course Weekend can be found at and Entries open on February 7. pic by Gareth Davies, Tenby.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Love is in the Air - Celebrate Valentine's Day with Activity Wales

Surprise your loved one this Valentine's Day and give them Activity Wales Experience Day Gift Voucher.

Valentine's day is the perfect opportunity to whisk your partner away and get their heart racing with some fun, frolics and foolery and show them how much you care with an Activity Wales Gift Experience Day. With a wide array of activities available throughout our wonderful Wales, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Here in our Pembrokeshire office, we have put our heads together and we have come up with a few great activity gift ideas for that special person in your life.

Check out these blooming marvellous Experience Days below...

Valentine Gift ideas for HER

Valentine Gift ideas for HIM

These are just the top gift ideas that we have put together for you, but if you do not see something here that you feel your loved one would like, then check out our website for all of our experience days we have to offer.

To book your Experience Day Gift Voucher, you can either book online or by giving a member of our Activity Wales team a call on 01437 765 777.

If you would like to spend some quality time with your loved one this Valentines weekend, then here at Activity Wales we can tailor-make a package to suit your requirements. Perhaps you would like to experience one of these activity days and combine it with a stay at a top hotel or if you fancy some chill time together, you can just escape and spend some quiet time alone.

Any queries then just give a member of our Activity Wales team a shout on 01437 766 888 or e-mail

Thursday, 14 January 2010

New Year, one brand new beginning

Happy New Year!

The New Year gives us all the chance to be better than we were the year before, promise to give chocolate up for the month of January and offers that friendly boost to get motivated, fit and fantastic! My Davina DVD has officially been wiped free of the cobwebs!

Look, I know even the thought of giving up chocolate for one whole month for most people would make them cry into their pillows like a baby, so let's throw that one out of the window for now. January is hard enough getting by with a pocket full of pennies let only giving up your only saviour. Mind you the price of chocolate these days is getting ridiculous. I went into Morrison's garage the other day and low and behold a bar of Wispa Gold was a heart wrenching 52p! The woman behind me had to scrape me up off the floor.

Anyway, I seem to be getting side tracked yet again. So I was thinking, how about arousing the devil inside you and get to grips with an exciting new challenge for 2010?

A pattern emerges when speaking to people over the phone in that it is really surprising how many of them are desperate to embrace something that they have never done before and realise that there is actually a name for jumping of cliffs and scrambling across the rock pools. That would be Coasteering by the way...

If you find yourself shaking your head whispering 'No I haven't' to one or more of the below, then I expect you to dial 01437 766 888 without hesitation an seal your fate.

Those 10 bad boys create an intriguing mixture between the wacky, weird and wonderful in Wales. Let's get cracking...