City of Newport half marathon is racing ahead

Date: Thursday 03 March 2016

WEB Taylor Wimpey South Wales - Newport Half Marathon

We’re lending our support to the Newport Half Marathon for the third year running!

Our South Wales team, which is currently building high-quality homes at Renaissance Point on the outskirts of the city, has donated £1,000 to fund the winners’ prizes at this year’s event.

The marathon, now in its fourth year, takes place on Sunday 6th March to raise funds for St David’s Hospice Care, a charity which provides free care for people living with life-limiting illnesses.

Christine Vorres, event director for St David’s Hospice Care, says: “Taylor Wimpey’s donation will be used to purchase 18 trophies which will be given to those in first, second and third position, as well as various other categories.

“The winners’ prizes will be lovely glass trophies adorned with the St David’s Hospice Care logo, the name of the race and the Taylor Wimpey logo.

“The remaining money will then be used to help purchase goodie bags for everyone who takes part in the event.”

The City of Newport Half Marathon, which started in 2013, drew in 1,845 people last year who donned their running gear and hit the streets of Newport.

“We are hoping to have around 2,000 people take part this year,” continues Christine. “As well as those taking part in the run, there will also be lots of spectators, so on the day there will be street artists, bagpipers, a choir and much more – we try and make it a real city event.

“As the marathon’s route goes past lots of shops on Friars Walk some of them are even giving out free drinks for the runners, so it brings the community together and we’re hoping to raise around £59,000 for the hospice.”

Our team also supported Newport Half Marathon in 2015 with a donation of £1,000.

Christine adds: “Taylor Wimpey’s support really enhances the experience for the runners and it means they are more likely to come back and take part again in the future.

“We decided to approach them for help as the route passes by their Renaissance Point development so there’s a local connection and they’ve been very warm towards us with their donations over the last few years.

“Their support makes a big difference and really gives us peace of mind – without it we’d be covering the costs of the prizes and wouldn’t be able to make as many purchases, such as  the goodie bags, and that would detract from the event.

“If we didn’t have this help then fewer people would be inclined to take part, which means less money would go to the hospice, so I’d like to stress how grateful we are to Taylor Wimpey.”

Sara Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Wales, says: “We’re delighted to lend our support to City of Newport Half Marathon for the third year running, and help raise funds for such an important cause.

“We wish all of the runners the best of luck in the half marathon and hope everyone has a fantastic day!”

There’s a superb range of two-bedroom apartments currently available at Renaissance Point.