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Newport Marathon: Everything You Need to Know

picture of runners legs on the road of the Newport Marathon

Newport Marathon: Everything You Need to Know

Held annually, the Newport Marathon is a must for distance runners in South Wales and further afield. It boasts a diverse route, taking in interesting landmarks and picture-perfect scenery – not to mention being amongst the flattest marathons in Europe. Read on for everything you need to know…

About the marathon route

This year, the Newport marathon highlights Newport’s iconic landmarks like the historic Transporter Bridge and the modern riverfront. The route also passes through the International Sports Village, showcasing the best of Newport’s urban and natural beauty. Notably, it includes the scenic Gwent Levels, known for their stunning natural landscapes and wildlife.

The 2024 marathon route is pretty flat, making it an excellent choice for both first-time marathoners and those seeking to set personal bests. In fact, it’s known for its high percentage of personal best achievements. The race starts and finishes at Newport’s lively riverfront. This year introduces a special loop through the city centre, including the historic Commercial Street. This new segment is designed to enhance the race atmosphere and provide more opportunities for spectator engagement.

As runners leave the city centre, they’ll enter the International Sports Village, adding an exciting twist to the course. This includes a part-lap of the athletics track. The route then takes a turn at the medieval village of Redwick, avoiding the farther stretches to Monmouthshire. In the final stages, participants will enjoy an additional lap around the picturesque Goldcliff Wetlands area. The course concludes with a stunning view of the Transporter Bridge, leading to a final sprint down Usk Way.

runners setting off from the start line at the Newport marathon

Newport Marathon 2024 details

In 2024, the Newport Wales Marathon will take place on Sunday 28th April. Start times are 9am for the full marathon and 9.45am for the 10k race.

Entries are now open for the marathon, half marathon and 10K routes and you can register here.

Sponsors for the 2024 Newport Marathon

The Newport Wales Marathon has attracted sponsorship from partners new and old. The title partner for this year’s event is Associated British Ports (ABP), meaning it’s officially known as the ABP Newport Wales Marathon. Operating five ports across South Wales, ABP is a major contributor to the Welsh and UK economies. They’re joined by a list of sponsors and associates:

  • ABP (Associated British Ports) – Title Partner
  • HIGH5 – Official Partner
  • Monmouthshire Building Society – Official Partner
  • Brecon Carreg – Official Partner
  • University of South Wales – Official Partner
  • Newport City Council – Strategic Partner
  • UK Government: Shared Prosperity Fund
  • ICC Wales (International Convention Centre Wales) – Event Associate
  • Friars Walk – Event Associate
  • Mon Motors – Event Associate
  • S4C – Broadcast Partner
  • Coopah – Training Partne

man holding 3 bottles of water out to runners at the Newport Marathon.

How to get involved

There are a few different ways to get involved in the Newport Wales Marathon…

Running

The most obvious way to get involved in the event is by running. As well as the 26.2-mile marathon, there’s a 10k route, 1-mile junior event and family fun run, plus a 50m dash for kids under 3.

Volunteering

Volunteers at the Newport Wales Marathon are known as the Extra Milers. They make sure the race days run smoothly – pun intended – by manning water stations, bag drop areas and along the course. You can also volunteer as a photographer if you have the right equipment and experience.

Volunteers need to be 14 or over, with those aged 14-17 accompanied by an adult. They’re rewarded with an Extra Miler t-shirt and bag along with a front-row seat as the events unfold.

Where to watch the Newport Marathon

As with any marathon, there’s plenty of room along the course for spectators to join in the fun.

The central hub for spectators is the Event Village, located in Newport city centre. This is the prime spot to watch loved ones embark on their marathon journey and triumphantly cross the finish line. The Event Village, situated close to the University of South Wales and Friars Walk Shopping Centre, also boasts a variety of food and drink exhibitors, adding to the festive atmosphere.

For a unique viewing experience, the Blaina Wharf pub is an excellent choice. Its beer garden provides a great view of the marathon at both the 1-mile and 25-mile points, and for the 10K race, between the 1-2 km and 8-9 km marks. Another great location for marathon supporters is The Rose Inn at Redwick. This popular pub will be open throughout the event, offering a cosy spot for local residents to join in the excitement and cheer on the runners. However, due to road closures, this area is only reachable on foot.

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