Race HQ: Newport International Sports Village, Velodrome Way, Newport, NP19 4RA
Race Start: 11:30am
There is sufficient parking at the Stadium, Tennis Centre and Velodrome within the sports village complex. There is no parking at the start line nor streets nearby as this will cause congestion at the start of the race. Please car share where possible (& within COVID regulations) to make minimum impact on the environment. We recommend arriving early to avoid traffic congestion.
The start is approximately 10 mins walk from the car park. Please allow additional time to get into your correct starting pen. We suggest that you start moving up from the car park at 11:00am as the start area can become congested. Our smiley marshals will be there to guide you.
We strongly recommend that you use the many toilet facilities on the campus (Tennis Centre, Velodrome & Stadium) before walking to the start area as portable facilities are very limited.Anyone found urination in the school grounds or anywhere on the course will be disqualified and banned from future races. Why are we taking a “zero tolerence” hard line this year? Because we received complaints in 2019 which threatened the future of our great race.
There is no access to the school or GOL buildings. Any attempts to enter these buildings may compromise race arrangements in future years. We are grateful to LLISWERRY HIGH SCHOOL for their support and the use of their grounds.
When reaching the school: Over 8 mins/mile – Use left gate to the back of the school Under 8 mins/mile – Use rightgate to the front of the school There will be no access through the start line itself (gates closed).
Our Fantastic Course
The course is set within the flat rural edges of Newport, through country lanes. Starting at Lliswerry Secondary School on Nash Road, Newport, there is an approximately 1 mile run out before joining a 6 mile loop. At the end of the loop, the initial mile is retraced back past the start to the finish. This totals 8 miles. A lead car will precede the runners to warn traffic.
The road near the start will be closed briefly during the start but the remainder of the course will be open to traffic. Therefore a reminder that the use of headphones is not permitted. Always keep to the left on the course until instructed to do so by a race official in the last mile of the course. As part of our Covid-19 measures, there will be no drinks stations on the course. Please carry your own water if needed. Water will be provided at the finish. The 2022 route is the same as 2020:
The finish line is at a different location from the start and will be marked by a large arch.
Your time will be recorded as you cross the line.
Drinks will be available at the end of the finish funnel.
Close by, you will pick up your race T shirt by showing your race number.
We can only supply the T shirt size you ordered on your entry form.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cool down on the course. The roads are narrow and you could endanger finishing runners.
To exit the school campus, please continue walking around the building away from the finish area to avoid conflict with incoming runners. Your route back to the car park includes a road crossing. Please take care as the road will be open to traffic and runners will be finishing the race.
We will be awarding prizes for the following categories. These will be awarded at the finish line or sent by post after the event. As part of our COVID risk reduction, there will not be an awards ceremony.
Men 1st, 2nd & 3rd finishers, plus first in age categories: Senior, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65, V70 Men’s Teams: 1st Running Club Team (4 finishers)
Ladies 1st, 2nd & 3rd finishers, plus first in age categories: Senior, V35, V40, V45, V50, V55, V60, V65 Ladies Teams: 1st Running Club Team (4 finishers)
Prizes for each age category will be awarded to runners registered in that specific category. For example Vet 45 prize is open to all those between 45 & 49, Vet 50 to those between 50 and 54 etc. It is therefore possible that the 1st, 2nd & 3rd finishers and members of the winning teams may receive 2 prizes (1st finisher certainly will!)