Ex­tra se­cu­rity and more po­lice set for fes­tive races

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THERE will be ex­tra se­cu­rity, in­creased po­lice pres­ence and more con­crete bar­ri­ers in place for this year’s Nos Galan Road Races event.

The New Year’s Eve show­case, which is ex­pected to see more than 10,000 spec­ta­tors and 1,700 com­peti­tors flood the streets of Moun­tain Ash, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, will also see sev­eral road clo­sures.

Ac­cord­ing to Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil, be­cause the event, which was founded in 1958, has in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years they are work­ing closely with South Wales Po­lice through­out the plan­ning stages.

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings, chair­woman of the Nos Galan com­mit­tee, said: “With events of this mag­ni­tude, there will in­evitably be some dis­rup­tion, but we ask mo­torists and res­i­dents to bear with us and, if nec­es­sary, to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments.”

Mo­torists are ad­vised to al­low ex­tra times for their jour­neys on New Year’s Eve and com­peti­tors are ad­vised to ar­rive well in ad­vance of race start times.

The first of the chil­dren’s races are set to get un­der way at 5.15pm, fol­lowed by the ar­rival of the Nos Galan Mys­tery Run­ner at 6.20pm. The elite race will start at 7pm, fol­lowed by the adult 5k fun run at 7.30pm.

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