The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at The Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and paving. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Riverfront parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Riverfront parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The course is a flat out and back following the path along the River Usk.

Starting from the rear of The Riverfront Theatre it heads south along the river past the iconic Newport City Footbridge and beneath the George Street Bridge. From there it continues tracking the river path, under the Southern Distributor Road Bridge to the sailing ship sculptures and returns along the same route, with the finish line at The Wave sculpture.

Due to the width of the path in some places no dogs are allowed on this course.
We ask all participants, including those in wheelchairs and/or with buggies to take special care at the various bends and corners to avoid collisions with oncoming participants


The Riverfront has accessible toilets available and a Cafe.

The café offers drinks, cakes and hot meal and caters for all dietary needs, including vegetarian and vegan. It also has free Wifi access.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts from the rear of The Riverfront Theatre.

Getting there by public transport

The Riverfront area is directly opposite Newport’s central bus station and the Friars Walk shopping centre and an 8 minute walk from Newport Train Station. The event is easily accessible by foot, cycle, car, coach and train.

For more information on public transport, just call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 22 33 or check out their website.

A full list of bus routes along with location of The Riverfront is available on the Newport City Council website

Getting there on foot

From the bus station The Riverfront Theatre is easily accessible, directly opposite, using the pedestrian (pelican) crossing.

It is an 8 minute walk from Newport Train station. From the main station entrance cross Queensway turning left to follow it along a pavement. This soon branches right and meets High Street. Turn left to walk along it up to the Old Green Crossing roundabout. Descend by the steps or ramp to traverse the roundabout coming out by The Wave sculpture and the Riverfront Theatre beyond.

Getting there by road

From M4 (Junction 26) follow the signs to the city centre along Malpas Road (A4051), under the flyover and along Kingsway. The Riverfront Theatre is on the left.

Car parking just a few minutes walk away and is available at the following locations;
There is limited pay & display parking at The Riverfront Theatre Car Park (just past the Alacrity building)
Friars Walk Car Park is free for up to 1 hour but payment by ticket machine thereafter. Also within easy walking distance is Kingsway Car Park which offers the same system. Cars queue at the barriers to both car parks, so please leave sufficient time.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Riverfront Café - please come and join us!