The route for the inaugural ABP Newport Wales Marathon has been devised by double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace.
It will start and finish on Newport’s vibrant riverfront and can boast being one of the flattest marathon routes in the UK.
The 26.2 mile route will offer iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, picturesque medieval villages and a high profile opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the recently revamped city-centre.
The single loop route will take runners past the University of South Wales and the bustling Friars Walk shopping centre before heading over the Newport Bridge, through the east of the city and into its rural areas, then on towards the village of Magor in Monmouthshire. Here, runners can expect a carnival atmosphere around the main village square.
Supporters will have the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of their loved ones and elite runners in the medieval town of Redwick, before runners head back towards the revamped city centre.
Before a sprint finish along the River Usk, runners will get the chance to take in the coastal wildlife on show at the Gwent Levels and Newport Wetlands – one of the UK’s most popular bird watching sites.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon will be a member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and be measured by a AUKCM Grade 1/IAAF/AIMS Grade B Course Measurer.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon boasts one of the UK’s flattest and fastest marathon routes.
An elevation graphic can be seen below, demonstrating the pancake flat profile! The steepest incline, at Llandevenny, is in fact just a small railway bridge that has been heightened for electrification.
The Newport City (SDR) Bridge features at miles 1 and 25, but GPS watches and mapping software does not pick up its elevation. The 200m long bridge features a slight incline.