ABP is proud to sponsor three major running events around Britain, attracting over 25,000 participants andraising money for good causes.
In April the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k saw 10,000 runners take to the streets to raise money for good causes. Now in its fourth year, the event raised over £400,000 for charity. The following month saw the inaugural ABP Newport Wales Marathon with a further 10,000 runners taking part. The event proved a triumph for participants, spectators and the city. The nation’s new premier marathon was a hit as thousands of runners enjoyed perfect marathon conditions and a feverpitch atmosphere in the heart of the city centre before setting off on the flat 26.2-mile course alongside the River Usk.
We look forward to working with the team and building on the success of the first year for the 2019 event. Lord Elis-Thomas Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport
Thousands more took their place in history by running the second leg of the Run 4 Wales 10K series – the ABP Newport Wales 10K – around iconic landmarks including the Newport Transporter Bridge.
The maiden marathon is expected to have pumped around £1.1million into the local economy while showcasing what the city of Newport has to offer the world. The 2019 event will again be supported by Title Sponsor ABP South Wales, whilst Strategic Partners, Welsh Government and Newport City Council have pledged to back the event until at least 2020.
The marathon route was drawn up by double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace and took runners past the University of South Wales and the bustling Friars Walk shopping centre before heading through the east of the city, past the iconic transporter bridge, and towards the village of Magor in Monmouthshire.
As part of the event, ABP South Wales donated free 'Family Mile' places to local schools to ensure the local community could fully enjoy the event. The Family Fun-runners were given the chance to warm up with Welsh track legend Christian Malcolm before setting off on the mile loop from the same start-line as
the marathon runners.
Last year saw the whole community come together to cheer on the runners and we’re all looking forward to welcoming an even bigger crowd this year. Simon Bird Director, ABP Humber
Free spaces were also given to staff and local charities including Latch, Gwent Wildlife Trust, and the 29th Newport Sea Scouts.
The best part of the event was the community spirit. Local charities, local businesses, and members of the public lined the 26.2 mile course with cheers and music to create an amazing atmosphere for runners. Volunteers, including a team from the port of Newport’s operations team, were also on hand across the route on water stations.
Matthew Kennerley, Director, ABP South Wales, said: “The inaugural ABP Newport Wales Marathon was a massive success. The event brought together a diverse range of people from communities across South Wales and beyond. It was a brilliant occasion for the city, its wider community, and the running world. We are extremely proud to announce that we will once again be supporting the event when it returns in 2019.”
We are also looking forward to the second ABP Humber Coastal Marathon later this year which will take place on 16 September. The next ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k will take place on 28 April 2019 and the ABP Newport Wales Marathon on the 5 May 2019.