Sunday 28th January 2018 saw the start of the annual Lliswerry 8 Road Race. For some runners, the Lliswerry 8 is used as a time trial race leading up to spring marathon season. For others, it's a chance to run their first road race knowing that the course is not too demanding, deemed ‘the flattest on the planet’. This year saw the participation from two Newport Harriers, Gareth Knight (M35) who completed the course in 49:00 and Stephen Locke (M45) who finished in 61:05.
Here is a few words from Gareth about the race this year: “This is the third year that I have competed in the Lliswerry 8. It is such a flat and fast course that it is suitable for anyone who is looking for their next challenge. I have used this year’s race in preparation for my first full Marathon which I am due to complete in Newport this April, something I have always wanted to do. The race is very well organised and the course is marshalled by volunteers that are there to help and cheer you along the way. Once the race is finished, there is always tea and cake ready back at Newport stadium, which is always a treat, and there are even prizes on offer for the winners, along with the traditional finishers tech tops for each person that crosses the finish line.
There is always such a lively atmosphere, and there is a real buzz every year at the event. I would recommend this race to anyone who is training for a marathon, or even just looking to start running that little bit further.”