Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are asking runners to limit the number of spectators they bring along to the event – and for spectators to avoid busy areas such as the start and finish line.
On race day, 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.
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.
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.
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 Event Village will be host to a number of exhibitors, food and drink.
Dedicated course entertainment points will offer musical encouragement to runners, at various points along the route.
In 2021, we have entertainment from:
Transporter Bridge – Samba Galez (Wales’ longest running samba band)
Magor Square – The Offshoots
North Row – Tune Trucks
Southern Distributor Road – Wonderbrass
There will also be PAs playing music at the following water stations: