Event organisers Run 4 Wales have today announced that the ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K, scheduled for Sunday 18 April, will have to be delayed until Sunday, 24 October 2021 because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The event had already been pushed back from 2020, but will now be delayed further into the autumn of 2021.
Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, Matt Newman, commented:
“We have been closely monitoring the situation and advice issued by the Welsh and UK Government’s whilst making arrangements to deliver a COVID secure event in Newport on Sunday 18 April.
“As 2020 drew to a close, the vaccine rollout in the UK gave us reason to be optimistic and look forward to the safe return of outdoor events in early Spring. It is now clear however, against a backdrop of strict lockdown restrictions and the emergence of a more transmissible variant of the virus, it will not be possible to safely deliver the event in three months’ time. The marathon and 10K races will have to be delayed until 24 October 2021.
“We recognise the frustration surrounding a further delay to the event and the time and considerable effort that goes into marathon training but have no choice in having to wait until the public health context improves. The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, and event staff remains our top priority.”
Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, added:
“We were incredibly disappointed when the ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K was originally postponed, and to still be in a position where we don’t feel we can safely welcome competitors and spectators back to the city is very frustrating.
“However, as one of the most significant events we host, we know that when it returns, the marathon will be a real marker of how far we have all come and that we are truly on the road to recovery.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the city later in the year and working with Run4Wales to make this a fantastic, safe and exciting event.”
The Welsh Government’s vaccination strategy commits to offering every at-risk group a vaccination by the Spring, and every adult by the autumn, which gives reason to remain hopeful and look forward with confidence to the much-anticipated return of the event later this year.
Every runner with a place in the ABP Newport Wales Marathon, 10K or Family Mile will be able to use it at the rescheduled event on Sunday 24 October 2021 and have been e-mailed with all the details, as well as a number of options should they be unable to attend the new date. More information can also be found at www.newportwalesmarathon.co.uk.
Organisers have thanked runners for their understanding and cooperation as we all navigate these difficult circumstances and look forward to brighter days ahead. They have also extended thanks to Associated British Ports (ABP), Newport City Council, the Welsh Government and all of the other sponsors and partners of the event for their continued support.