IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ALL ENTRANTS

Wearing of Headphones - An Update

The following rule applies to the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon:
British Athletics introduced a new rule with effect from 1 st April 2016, Rule 240 S 5, regarding the wearing of headphones: “The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic…”

This is now updated as follows:-

240 S5 Use of headphones – If the athlete wears conductive headphones should they be excluded from these regulations?
Headphones that work by conducting sound through bones and do not sit in the ears are acceptable.

Please note that any entrant that decides to ignore this rule will:
(a) Be disqualified and their finishing time not included in the results, nor will it be included in the Run Britain/Power of Ten rankings.
(b) Not be covered by the Event’s Licence Insurance.
(c) Not be eligible for any prizes given by the Race Organiser/s.

Race Time

The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon will start at 9am on Sunday 4th March 2018.
Late starters will not be permitted to take part. 

Race Start

The start of the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon is in the heart of the city centre on Commercial Street. It’s a five minute walk from Newport Railway Station and just minutes from a number of car parks.

If you are looking to drop your bag off before the race, you can do so at the Baggage Drop and Event Control which is based at the Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH. Your baggage label will be attached to your race number.

Race Timing & Bibs

If you have paid for your Race Pack to be posted to you, it will be sent out a minimum of 10 days before race day.

Race packs will be available for collection as follows:-

Sunday 25th February 8.30am until Midday at Pontypool Active Living Centre NP4 8AT (Pontypool 10k Home Run)

Monday 26th February to March 2nd 9am to 5pm at Blackett Avenue, Newport NP20 6NH – NOTE – OPEN UNTIL 7PM ON WEDNESDAY 1ST FOR COLLECTION

Saturday 3th March 10am to 4pm at the University of South Wales Newport Campus (City Centre, Riverfront) NP20 2BP

Sunday 4th March 7am – 8.45am at Newport Leisure Centre (Race HQ)

Your timing chip will be attached to the back of  your runner number. Please ensure your runner number is safely and clearly pinned to the FRONT of your vest or t-shirt. Do not put any pins through the chip timer.
YOU MUST FILL IN YOUR EMERGENCY DETAILS ON THE BACK OF YOUR NUMBER.

All runners must wear their number, failure to wear your runner number across the starting mat will mean your time will not be recorded.  Should you lose or misplace your bib there will be a limited number available at the information point near the baggage drop in the Newport Centre from 8am until 8.45am. Please be aware that there is a charge of £10.00 for replacement packs/timing chips so please do not lose or forget to bring yours.

Buggies-Dogs-Nordic Sticks etc…

No participant may bring dogs, baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, Nordic sticks, rollerblades, hand cycles, Kangoo Jumps, stilts, crutches, unauthorised bicycles or any other wheeled device on the course, except for wheelchairs as agreed in advance with the Race Director. Any bulky items or fancy dress which you wish to carry with you as part of a challenge must be cleared with the race director if it is likely to impact on your ability to complete the course within 4 hours 30 minutes or impede other participants.

Baggage Area

The baggage storage facility at Newport Leisure Centre will be open at 7.30am. Please refer to the race start map for the exact location. All runners are allowed to deposit one bag which must display your baggage label which is a tear-off strip on the bottom of your race number. Please attach the label before your arrival. Bags can be collected after the race upon receipt of your runner number. Only runners and staff will have access to this area. Items not collected after baggage closure will be held at the Event Information desk at Event control. The following day they will be taken to the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon office. Please contact the events team to arrange collection at  fundraising@stdavidshospicecare.org or on 01633 851051. It is strongly advised that you leave valuables at home. Race organisers cannot be held responsible if items go missing or are damaged. We will do our utmost to safeguard your baggage, but the area is not secured.

Presentation Ceremony

The prize ceremony will take place at 11.00am at Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH.

Commemorative T-shirts

All runners will receive a commemorative technical sports t-shirt upon completion of the race. There will be four sizes of t-shirt available: small, medium, large and extra-large. Please look for the signs and listen to the instructions of the race supervisors and volunteers to ensure you pick up your correct size as you will not be able to return into the post-finish area once you have exited.

Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities are available at the Newport Centre, Riverfront Theatre and in the University of South Wales Campus. There will also be portable toilets situated near the start at Friars Walk and Hill Street. There will also be toilets located along the route, near the water stations. Please DO NOT Urinate on the street – this will result in disqualification and a ban from the event in future. Race officials will be monitoring for offenders.

Lost Property

There will be a lost property point situated at the Event Control point in the Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH. Beyond race weekend, please contact the events team at fundraising@stdavidshospicecare.org or on 01633 851051.

Road Closures

All roads along the route will be subject to traffic management procedures to ensure the safety of the runners and marshals, but in all cases will be kept to the minimum required. We appreciate the support and patience of the local community.
Runners not reaching the 9 mile mark at Sainsbury’s before midday will be directed along a slightly different route, using pavements so that the roads may reopen for the lunch time traffic.

Please click here to view our up-to-date Road Closure Information

Your Safety

Please ensure that you are in the best physical shape to tackle the challenge ahead – remember that this race is a half marathon, run over 13.1 miles (21km). Your decision on the day that you can run should be based on the knowledge that you have trained sufficiently and are able to run 10 miles at any one time. If you haven’t been able to undertake the required training you will struggle to finish the half marathon safely and won’t enjoy it. If at any time during the race you feel unable to continue, please stop, rest and locate the nearest marshal for advice. Medical teams will be on hand around the course, as well as at the start and finish areas. The primary and secondary medical tents will be situated near the finish line and post-finish area respectively. IT IS VITAL that you ensure the medical information on the back of your runner number has been completed. It is your responsibility to inform the organisers if you have any special medical conditions.

In the unlikely event of any major incident, the Race Director and Emergency Services have the right to:
• Alter or shorten the route, but still provide a race if possible
• Stop the race at any time if deemed necessary
• This would be in circumstances beyond the control of race organisers and no refunds would be given.

Race Pacers

Please remember not to overestimate your pace, if you set off too fast you will tire quickly and be likely to struggle later in the race. We have a fantastic team of pacers who are there to help you.There will be a team of 3 pacers who will aim to run the half marathon within the following estimated times: 1.45hrs, 2hrs and 2.15hrs.The pacers will be on the course wearing sail flags.

Lost Children

If you have lost a child or find a lost child on event day, please report it as soon as possible to the nearest event steward, security staff or police on site during the day. Alternatively report to the Event Information desk in the Newport Leisure Centre where lost children will be looked after or reported.

Photography and Video

Photographs and video footage will be taken at the race, which you will be able to purchase from our official photographer. All event images may be used by St Davids Hospice Care to publicise this event.

Drinks

Radnor Hills are our official hydration partner and will be available to all our runners around the course and also at the finish. Water stations can be found at approximately miles 3,6,9,12 and the finish area.

Race Day Parking

We would recommend that you research parking for this event, we have provided some information below of the local car-parks. Free parking is available in side streets, but again we encourage you to research. We also suggest that runners use www.gocarshare.com to find and share lifts with other participants, saving everyone money and hassle getting to the event.

1. The Kingsway Centre Car Park, Newport
2 Emlyn Street, Newport NP20 1EU

01633 258151
Carpark link – http://kingswaycentre.com/parking-at-kingsway
Directions – http://kingswaycentre.com/how-to-find-us
1,050 spaces – *Parking charges apply

2. Newport High Street
High Street, Newport, NP20 4AX
Directions – http://www.ncp.co.uk/help-centre/route-planner/?to=225
Carpark link – http://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/newport-high-street/
Total spaces: 392 – *Parking charges apply

3. Newport Station (ATW)
Newport Station, Newport, NP20 4AX
Get Directions – http://www.ncp.co.uk/help-centre/route-planner/?to=246
Carpark Link – http://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/newport-station-atw/
Total spaces: 184 – *Parking charges apply

4. Friars Walk
Friars Walk Shopping Centre, John Frost Square, Newport, NP20 1EA
Get Directions – Friars Walk
Total spaces: 350 – *Parking charges apply