The Newport Marathon becomes the largest mass participation event in Wales since 2020
Thousands of people ran the ABP Newport Wales Marathon on Sunday, the largest mass participation event taking place in Wales since before the pandemic.
8,000 people have registered to run the marathon, 10k or family races that were originally scheduled for April 2020.
The race will take place as a ‘breathing event’ – providing a great experience and event day atmosphere with an emphasis on responsibility and safety. A number of measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of people and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Simon Brown, Divisional Port Manager for Wales and South West at ABP, said: “We are delighted that the ABP Newport Wales Marathon and 10K are returning this year. This event is a fantastic community event “.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon course was designed by Olympic double-marathoner Steve Brace and is one of the flattest marathon races in Europe.
It begins and ends on the bustling shores of Newport and offers iconic landmarks, such as the town’s Transporter Bridge and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Gwent Levels, with coastal wildlife and quaint medieval villages.
The single loop route takes runners past the University of South Wales and the bustling Friars Walk shopping center before crossing the SDR Bridge, through the east of the town and into its rural areas, then into the village of Magor in Monmouthshire. Here, runners can expect a carnival vibe around the main village square.
Fans will have the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of loved ones and elite runners in the medieval town of Redwick, before runners return to the renovated town center.
Before a sprint along the River Usk, runners will have the chance to admire the coastal wildlife on display at Gwent Levels and Newport Wetlands, one of the UK’s most popular birding sites .
Mark Bricknell waited 18 months to run the ABP Newport Wales Marathon for the NSPCC, but will now have a running partner – his daughter, Megan, who was stranded in New Zealand during the early stages of the pandemic.
A group of waste operators take part in ABP Newport Wales 10K on Sunday thanks to Healthspan. Event partner Healthspan is donating all of their free spaces at R4W events to key workers this year, in appreciation for keeping us going through the pandemic. At the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay Run last month, they offered free spaces to Royal Mail employees.
Entertainment for the runners included Samba Galez, Wales’ oldest samba group.