Novice and experienced runners ran 13.2 miles through Swansea to raise lifesaving donations, helping to fund emergency medical helicopter missions across Wales.

Over 6,000 runners took part in the Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday June 25, running the course through the town centre to raise donations for a wealth of charities.

Wales Air Ambulance supporters conquered the half marathon to raise donations to fund the charity’s operations across the country.

Every year, Wales Air Ambulance needs to raise £6.5million to keep its four helicopters flying, with each of the charity’s missions costing around £1,500.

Mark Stevens, WAA Fundraising Manager, said: “As a charity, we rely on kind support to raise the donations needed to complete our operations.

“The support we receive has not only helped us to complete our missions, but it has allowed us to expand from a one helicopter service to a four-helicopter operation.”

Since the charity launched on St David’s day 2001, Wales Air Ambulance has completed over 26,000 missions funded by kind support from the people of Wales.

WAA supporters took part in the race on Sunday, collecting sponsorship from friends and family to help fund lifesaving helicopter missions across Wales.

Mark said: “We wouldn’t be able to complete our operations if it weren’t for the amazing support we receive.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Swansea Half Marathon in aid of Wales Air Ambulance, as their support is helping to save lives.”