The route for the ABP Newport Wales Marathon was devised by double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace.
The route is one of Europe’s flattest marathon races – ideal for first timers or those looking for a fast time.
A refreshed course has been announced for 2024 – taking in similar highlights as in previous years but with a number of adjustments to improve atmosphere and event experience whilst still offering a flat and fast route perfect for PBs and first timers.
The changes will provide additional opportunities for spectators and the local community to engage with Wales’ largest marathon. An updated course map will be published by the end of the year.
Details on the 2018-2023 course can be seen below:
The flat nature of the course has translated into a lot of good performances, with 70% of finishers in the race’s history claiming a PB.
It starts and finishes on Newport’s vibrant riverfront and offers iconic landmarks, like the city’s Transporter Bridge and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Gwent Levels – with coastal wildlife and picturesque medieval villages.
The single loop route takes runners past the University of South Wales and the bustling Friars Walk shopping centre before heading over the SDR 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 wildlie on show at the Gwent Levels and Newport Wetlands – one of the UK’s most popular bird watching sites.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon has been measured by a AUKCM Grade 1/IAAF/AIMS Grade B Course Measurer and your finish time result will count towards any good for age or qualifying time criteria.
WATER & ENERGY STATIONS
Learn more about the water and energy stations that will available around the marathon route here.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon boasts one of Europe’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.
You can view the elevation map below: