Amongst all the madness and uncertainty it’s nice that some of our major events are now being rescheduled. Wales’ premier marathon event will now take place on its new date Sunday 25th October. Training isn’t easy at the moment but there will be plenty of time to get ready for this one.
The national marathon of Wales boasts a fast, scenic route – arguably one of the UK’s flattest marathons. Starting and finishing on Newport’s vibrant riverfront, the route offers iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, picturesque medieval villages and a high-profile opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the recently regenerated city-centre.
The popular race is a firm favourite in the Welsh running calendar, boasting one of the flattest marathon courses in the UK. Amazingly, over 70% of all finishers have claimed a personal best on a route that offers iconic landmarks, like the city’s Transporter Bridge and the stunning scenery of the Gwent Levels – with its coastal wildlife and picturesque medieval villages.
The much-anticipated race has finally satisfied the demand for a premier marathon distance mass-participation event in Wales, made possible by the support of Associated British Ports, Newport City Council and the Welsh Government. Nearly 6,000 runners signed up to take on Marathon, 10K and Family Mile in 2019.
The flat, fast supporting 10K race, which attracts some of the UK’s top athletes, gives runners of all abilities the opportunity to get involved in one of Wales’ biggest weekends of mass participation, without committing to the challenging 26.2-mile distance.
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K is on Sunday 25th October. As we said, it may seem a long way off but it really isn’t. You can register now and there are a variety of prices however, if you look at the registration site you may well get a special price for registering early.
- General Entry: £52
- Affiliated Entry (for athletes affiliated to a UKA running club): £50
- Welsh Athletics Entry (for athletes affiliated to a Welsh Athletics running club): £42
- NSPCC Fundraiser (when pledging to fundraise £300): £5
For more details on the event, route maps, training schedules and pretty much all the information you’ll need just go here ABP and as we get closer to the day SOUTH WALES LIFE will give you the chance to post pictures and messages to those running.