Event Ambassador – Darren Campbell MBE

Darren Andrew Campbell MBE is our event ambassador, he is currently the sprint coach at Cardiff F.C, he also works with various Premier League football clubs, working with the players to improve their sprinting ability. He regularly visits schools to promote sport among children, on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust and also recently appeared as a VIP guest at Sheffield Hallam University’s annual Sports Ball held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Born in1973 in Manchester, Campbell is a former English sprint athlete, competing in the 100 and 200 metres and the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the European record holder in the relay event with 37.73 seconds. Campbell was a promising junior athlete and won a number of medals at the World and European Junior Championships. He spent two years away from athletics, playing professional football but returned in 1995, attending his first Olympics shortly afterwards. Campbell formed part of perhaps Britain’s most successful relay team – they won in the European Cup in 1999 and 2000, at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and took the gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics (the first time a British team had done so since 1912). He had also won a gold medal at the 2002 European Championships. He won his last medal in 2006, again taking the relay gold at the European Championships, and he retired shortly afterwards. His personal bests of 10.04 s in the 100 m and 20.13 s in the 200m – place him among the top six fastest British sprinters.

“Good luck to all the runners taking part in the 2018 Admiral City of Newport half marathon! I’m delighted and honoured to have been asked to come in right at the start and get involved in and support the City of Newport Half Marathon. Running has been my life and passion and I’m therefore thrilled to be able to be given this opportunity to be part of a initiative that will help open up the sport to even more people and also raise funds for a very worth cause, St David’s Hospice Care. I’m also very pleased that this unique event is being inaugurated and staged here in the City of Newport . I will continue to take a keen interest in the half marathon and look forward to seeing how the event develops and grows over the coming years.”

Darren Campbell – MBE Olympic silver and gold medalist