ABP Newport Mile & Junior Races

ABP Newport Marathon Festival | NEWPORT, WALES

Athletic activity for runners of all ages and abilities!

The ABP Newport Mile offers the whole family an exciting opportunity to get involved with the ABP Newport Marathon. One Mile Fun Run & Future Challengers races take place on the same day, after the main race have got underway (there’s a Toddler Dash too!)

It’s part of R4W Next Gen; a re-imagined series of family events that aim to inspire a future generation of healthy, active adults.

Choose from the no-pressure, family-focused Fun Run, a Toddler Dash for those taking their first steps into physical activity and a Future Challengers race for talented young athletes and junior club runners looking for an accessible and competitive race.

So, dig out your best fancy dress, drag along the rest of your family and friends and enjoy the day. Expect a vibrant atmosphere and loads of support from the crowd. Fun Run and Future Challengers race entry includes awesome Junior Newport Marathon finishers medals plus chip timing, meaning you can check out your official time after the race.

Race day also includes a marathon, half marathon and 10K race.

Future Challengers

Time: 12:00

What’s Involved: A 1-mile race for club athletes and competitive runners aged between 8-17 years looking to race. There will be awards for Under 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s.

What’s Included: Chip timing and finishers medal

Price: £8

Toddler Dash

Time: 12:15

What’s Involved: A fun 50m dash aimed at children aged three and under

What’s Included: An adorable mini race number to wear on the day and commemorative finishers sticker

Price: £2

Fun Run

Time: 12:45

What’s Involved: A fun 1-mile race for all the family, with no pressure on setting fast times or running all the way around. Accompanying adults welcome! (and required to run with all children under 8)

What’s Included: Chip timing and finishers medal.

Accompanying Adults: Adults who do not wish to receive a finishers medal or official finish time may purchase a cheaper accompanying adult entry for £3. Simply select the number of accompanying adults when completing the child entry form.

Price: £8

Please note that anyone registering after Tuesday 9 April 2024 will need to collect their race bib on the day of the event. Those registering beforehand will receive a bib in the post.

2024 entries are now sold old, but you can now register for the 2025 race on Sunday 13 April.

Please note, a small non-refundable admin fee is charged on top of race entry by Let’s Do This, who manage our online registration system. To view all entry terms and conditions please click here.

Junior Race FAQs

Is there an age limit?

There is no set age limit for the Fun Run. However, any runners aged 8 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the race. ccompanying adults must purchase their own race entry. Event organisers have the right to prevent any unaccompanied runners (who are under the required age) from running. Toddler Dash participants should be aged 3 or under and the Future Challengers race is designed for young athletes aged 8 or over.

What is an ‘accompanying adult’ entry?

Adults who wish to accompany their children during the Fun Run (under 8s must be accompanied) but do not wish to receive finishers items or an official result can purchase a cheaper ‘accompanying adult’ entry for £3.

Accompanying adults are not permitted in the Future Challengers race, where all participants must be aged 8 or over.

Are pushchairs and wheelchairs allowed on the course?

Yes, pushchairs and wheelchairs are allowed. Pushchairs are not permitted in the Future Challengers race where participants must be aged 8 or over.

Are there more details about the race route?

The races start and finish on Usk Way, outside the University of South Wales and take in the nearby riverside path.

Are runners allowed to wear fancy dress?

Fancy dress is very much welcomed. However, it is important that costumes are in no way offensive.

What is a race pack?

Each runner will receive a race pack before the event if they have registered online. This will contain all relevant information regarding the race, as well as a race number.

How fit do you have to be to complete the course?

The Fun Run welcomes participants of all fitness levels. In previous years some participants have preferred to walk the whole course, particularly if they are accompanied by children. The Future Challengers race is ideal for more competitive children or club athletes.

What is chip timing?

The Fun Run and Future Challengers races include chip timing. A chip is embedded in your race number and will measure how long it takes you to complete the race. Results will be available online after the race.

Will entries be available on the day?

You must register online before the 9 April 2024 postage deadline in order to receive a race pack in the post prior to the event. A limited number of entries will be available beyond that to pre-book online for collection on the day (until 21 April or when they sell out – whichever comes first).


Future Challengers Awards

*Prizes are awarded in accordance to UK Athletics age categories.

  • Under 11 Boys and Girls (School Years 5 & 6) – Competitions for U11’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 9 or 10 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year.
  • Under 13 Boys and Girls (School Years 7 & 8) – Competitions for U13’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 11 or 12 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year.
  • Under 15 Boys and Girls (School Years 9 & 10 – Competitions for U15’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year.