WELL Newport what a great day. 

A big thank-you to everyone involved in the first Newport marathon, Newport Council,  ABP Newport and Run4Wales for showing that the people of Newport can come together and produce a first class event. 

The day started with a cold breeze off the river and the event had a small problem due to traffic with the amount of vehicles coming into Newport but from the moment the athletes were directed to the start position the excitement started to build. 

The people of Newport came out in their thousands all around the course showing how much the marathon meant to the city. 

A huge thank you must go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to enable the marathon to take place. 

From my position I had for the whole day at the finish line it was obvious how much the marathon runners, 10k runners and the family run participants thoroughly enjoyed what can only be described as a brilliant day.

The city can stand proud for what it achieved on Sunday. 

Yes we had a few hiccups but they will be easily resolved next year, and it will be bigger and better in 2019, we all look forward to 2019 when we can come together and do it all again. 

Well done Newport.
Richard Lewis
Aberthaw Circle