Charity cycle forced to move by new marathon

The Tour de Gwent was due to take place on the same date as the Newport marathon but has had to be moved after organisers claimed they weren’t told about the announcement.

The Tour de Gwent takes place every around Newport, Torfaen, and Monmouthshire with next year’s event due to take place on April 29 to raise money for St David’s Hospice Care.

Competitors can cycle from 20 miles up to their new 93 mile route announced for this year on one of 5 routes along the River Usk for the charity which helps patients and their families across the Newport area, but next year’s annual event has been changed to April 15 after it was announced a full marathon will be taking place on the same day in Newport.

Fundraising director at St David’s Hospice Care, Kris Broome, said: “St David’s Hospice Care was surprised to learn that a full marathon will be held in Newport in April next year.

“While this is great news for the city and a credit to the city of Newport and Run 4 Wales we are concerned there may be a potential impact on some of the events we have planned.

“We will continue with our preparations for the annual Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon, to be held on Sunday, March 4, as normal and we hope runners take part in our event as training for the Newport Marathon.”

Matt Newman, CEO for marathon organisers Run 4 Wales, said: “We have been in consultation with Newport City Council and the Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit for several months over the staging of a major marathon race in Newport and all parties were agreed that the best date for the event would be Sunday, 29 April, 2018.

“This puts it the week after the 2018 London Marathon and gives the hundreds of thousands of disappointed runners who aren’t able to run in that event another major marathon to aim at.

“A potential clash with the 2018 Tour de Gwent was not on the radar as the date of the tour has changed quite recently.

“There are no issues from a logistical or organisational point of view as one is a cycling event and the other is a running event and the routes do not use the same roads.

“I have spoken with the CEO of St David’s Hospice and talked through our plans and we had a very convivial conversation during which I explained that we will do all we can to help support her charity and events.”

In a statement, the charity said: “End of life care charity, Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care, has decided, after consultation, to switch the date of its Whitehead Tour De Gwent cycle event from Sunday, April 29, 2018, the date for the Newport Marathon, to Sunday, April 15, 2018, so as to avoid potential traffic implications of staging two major events on the same day.”

 

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