Tata Steel have joined forces with the ABP Newport Wales Marathon to boost the next generation of Welsh runners.
The global steel producers, who have five locations in Wales, will be at the heart of the action at the nation’s premier marathon event on Sunday 5th May after becoming an official partner. A host of Tata Steel volunteers will help young runners and families take get a taste for mass-participation running at the ABP Newport Wales Family Mile.
The stunning short course set in the heart of Newport’s regenerated city centre will host another 50 Tata Steel employees, who will unite to promote and encourage active lifestyles in the local community.
Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: “One of Run 4 Wales’ core goals as a not for profit organisation is to promote healthy lifestyles across the country, and we are delighted to welcome Tata Steel on board for what promises to be another unforgettable day on Sunday 5th May.
“Their Llanwern and Orb sites in Newport play an integral role in the close-knit communities and employ hundreds of local workers.”
It is those employees who will be celebrated with a free space at the Family Mile, which will get underway after thousands of runners embark on their 26.2 mile marathon journeys.
The popular marathon route, devised by double Olympic marathoner Steve Brace, remains unchanged for 2019. The 26.2-mile course offers iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, picturesque medieval villages and a high-profile opportunity for locals and visitors alike to cheer on thousands of runners, including the staff representing Tata Steel.
Tata Steel Hub Director, Martin Brunnock said: “We are very proud to be associated with the ABP Newport Wales Marathon after the success of the inaugural event last year. In particular the Family Mile, which is helping to encourage local children and their families to get out and active. One of the anchor themes for our community activities is ‘Future Generations’ and we hope that our association with this event will encourage and inspire the next generation of competitive runners.
“Playing a role in the communities local to our sites is important to us, and we can’t wait to see our runners flying the flag for Tata Steel this Spring.”
There is still time to book a place on the start line at the ABP Newport Wales Marathon. Runners keen to take on the challenge in 2019 can enter from just £50. Entries are also available in the 10K race, starting from just £23. You can sign up at www.newportwalesmarathon.co.uk.