How to get there
The Newport Stadium and Lliswerry secondary school are accessed via the Southern Distributor Road that runs south of Newport joining Junction 28 (Tredegar Park) to Junction 24 (The Coldra/Celtic Manor) of the M4. For those arriving from outside Newport we feel it is easiest to follow the route in from Junction 24 of the M4. The Newport Stadium is well signposted and quite large but you should note that the entrance is from behind the Carcraft Supermarket. Car Parking is now available in the Newport Stadium car park. Additional parking is available at the Tennis centre and Velodrome withing the sports complex but may be limited by other activities. Please do not park opposite the School in front of the houses on Nash road. The car parks used in previous years are all closed.
Changing facilities, etc.
There are NO changing facilities at the Amber Bar but there are excellent changing, shower & toilet facilities at both the newport Stadium, Newport Tennis Centre and the Velodrome. You will have to pay for these (roughly £1) but they are much better than those available at the old leisure centre. There are car parks nearer each of these facilities but they are fairly small. As ever, we recommend that you do not leave valuables in the changing rooms (not even in a locker) and cannot be responsible for any losses. A baggage tent will be placed near to the start but we take no responsibility for any items left in the tent.
You can either enter in advance by post or on-line at Runners World up to the Tuesday before race day, or you can enter on the day. If you choose to enter on the day you should aim to be at the Amber Bar by 10:00 am. We can take entries right up to 11:00am but you need time to get to the start line about 10 minutes away.
Race numbers/timing chips are to be collected from the Race HQ located in the Amber Bar (identified by the Red Pin on the photo above). Please allow plenty of time.
You can check your entry has been received by looking at '2013 Entries so far...' on this web site. We check the on-line entries every couple of days so don't expect the list to be updated instantly.
Assembly at the start.
The start is within the school campus at the SOUTH end of the school. It's only 1km from the Amber Bar and the Newport Stadium.
The start is at the old finish point with the route entering Nash Road within 25m. Immediately after joining there is a road narrowing. Traffic will be stopped whilst the race is started but you will not win the race in the first 100yds so please take care. Finish places will be determined by start gun times. Chip times are provided for your own information. Please assemble at the start line appropriate for your estimated finish time i.e. faster runners towards the front.
The course is approximately 1mile out and back with a single, CLOCKWISE, loop of 6 miles. There are only 4 junctions and the whole course is well marshalled. A lead car will proceed the race. You must always keep left on the course and only cross roads when instructed to do so by a race official. FOR SAFETY THE USE OF MUSIC DEVICES IS NOT ALLOWED AND MAY RESULT IN EXCLUSION FROM THE RESULTS. A pdf plan of the route can be found here.