RUNNERS and spectators at the Argus-backed Newport half-marathon this Sunday will be treated to spectacular performances by the NoFit State Circus.

There will be four members of the group performing outside the Riverfront Theatre on the morning of the 13.1 mile race, in aid of St David’s Hospice Care.

There will be fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and a hula hoop artist on show for spectators who are supporting the 1,350 runners competing in the Admiral-sponsored event.

In the past ten years, NoFit State circus has performed in 15 different countries and played to audiences of more than 250,000. The critically-acclaimed group have won numerous international arts awards.

Other members of the group are currently headlining the Perth International Arts Festival – such is the standard of the group.

Lynn Carroll, of NoFit State Circus, said: “We promise to provide a lot of fun, lift the atmosphere and get people inspired for the race.

“It should be a fantastic fun-filled day and we’re looking forward to being a part of it.

“We always provide performers for events that Admiral are sponsoring due to an ongoing partnership with them and it will be a pleasure to perform here.”

Members of staff from Spytty Tesco will also be at the finish line of the race handing out 1,000 bottles of water and 1,000 apples which have been donated by the supermarket chain.

“I’m a great supporter of any St David’s Hospice event,” said Cath Grey of Spytty Tesco. “It’s all for a really good cause and I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic day.

“After Tesco donated the water and apples we felt we had to give up a few hours of our time to help hand them out to runners.

“It doesn’t hurt to go down and help out and hopefully people will come out and support the runners for what is a great cause.”