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 and Zumba with Bethan for spectators!
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 remain open to spectators all-day, a unique opportunity to cross the river in style and catch marathon runners at mile 24 and 10K runners kilometre 6.
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 – near the Wave Statue you’ll find exhibitors, food and drink, live music and street entertainers. Podiatry, massage and gait analysis will also be on offer for runners.
The Sports Zone on Usk Way (near the bus station) will offer come and try football, golf, tennis and an athletics track. The Christian Malcolm Academy will also be hosting a warm-up at 12:00 before the Family Mile – hosted by the Welsh Olympian himself!
Dedicated course entertainment points will offer musical encouragement to our marathon runners, at various points along the route. In 2018, we had entertainment from:
- Tune Trucks – Land Rover Defender DJ
- Silimbo – Drummers
- Batala – Samba Band
- The Hot Dogs – 5 Piece Cover Band
- Bethan Blackburn – Zumba & Music
- Blaina Wharf – Official Cheer Station
- NSPCC – Official Cheer Station (Magor)
- The Wallich – Official Cheer Station (Transporter Bridge)