On Sunday 5th May the streets of Newport will be awash with thousands of runners, taking part in Marathon, 10K or Family Mile – and they would love your support! If you want to support your loved ones or live locally – there are plenty of exciting opportunities to get involved.
A number of road closures will be in place to facilitate the event, so please visit the road closure section of our website to plan your day if spectating, as some areas of the course will be inaccessible.
Newport City Centre
The Event Village area on Usk Way is the best place to catch a glimpse of your loved ones at the beginning and end of their races. The start and finish lines are situated by the University of South Wales and Friars Walk Shopping Centre, with the marathon starting at 09:00 and 10K kicking off at 09:45. Details on the entertainment on offer in the Event Village can be seen below.
The pub and beer garden will be open as usual, offering a great vantage point. You can spot marathon runners at mile 1 and 25, and see 10K runners pass between kilometre 1-2 and kilometre 8-9.
The Lysaght Institute
A hub of activity, with musical encouragement for runners.
Magor Town Square
The town of Magor will be a highlight for marathon runners, with roaring crowds and encouragement from Lead Charity NSPCC! The Golden Lion pub and other local businesses are really getting behind the event, so that will be a great place to spectate and get involved in the race day atmosphere. Despite road closures, Magor remains accessible via the M4.
The Transporter Bridge will be open to foot passengers on race day from 09:30am. For just £4, you can gain access to the high level walk way and enjoy unlimited crossings and spectacular views of the River Usk and City. Once crossed, they’ll be able to spectate a section of the 10K and marathon course otherwise difficult to access. It is one of fewer than 10 transporter bridges that remain in use worldwide and offers a unique experience for spectators.
The Rose Inn – Redwick
The popular pub in Redwick will remain open for the day, and offer spectators who live locally a base for getting involved with the event and supporting passing runners. Due to road closures, the area will only be accessible by foot.
The Farmers Arms – Goldcliff
Spectators who live locally should head to the Farmers Arms for a vantage point of passing marathon runners and a great atmosphere!
The Event Village will be host to a whole range of family-friendly entertainment including all our sponsors and Lead Charity NSPCC – as well as exhibitors, food and drink, live music and street entertainers.
This will include Big Bobble Hats, Marrow for Marley, a giant game of ‘Operation’ with Organ Donation Wales, Thirsty Elephant Coffee, Mrs Softee Ice Cream, Vantage Point Bar and a Boulders Climbing Wall.
The Sports Zone on Usk Way (near the bus station) will offer come and try sports activities including golf and football!
Dedicated course entertainment points will offer musical encouragement to our marathon runners, at various points along the route. In 2019, we have entertainment from:
- The Hot Dogs – The 5 Piece Cover Band will be performing in Magor.
- Samba Galez – Wales’ longest running samba band
- Silimbo – Drummers!
- Newport Borough Brass Band
- Zumba Performers
- Street Entertainers