Nos Galan a run­away hit

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REGIS­TRA­TION for the 60th an­niver­sary Nos Galan Road Races on New Year’s Eve has seen un­prece­dented de­mand for places, with all races now filled.

REGIS­TRA­TION for the 60th an­niver­sary Nos Galan Road Races on New Year’s Eve has seen un­prece­dented de­mand for places, with all races now filled.

Thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to de­scend on Moun­tain Ash on De­cem­ber 31 for the an­nual, award-win­ning event which is known around the world.

There will be 325 com­peti­tors in this year’s elite race, with more than 1,000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the 5km adult fun run and more than 350 young­sters in the var­i­ous chil­drens’ races.

On­line regis­tra­tion opened in early Septem­ber with regis­tra­tion fees frozen to the same as 2017.

Regis­tra­tion also took place this year in three sep­a­rate phases, at three dif­fer­ent times of day, to al­low ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to be able to reg­is­ter.

Or­gan­ised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Nos Galan Com­mit­tee, the an­nual Nos Galan Road Races take place each New Year’s Eve, in mem­ory of leg­endary Welsh run­ner Guto Nyth Bran.

The world-fa­mous event was started in 1958 by race founder Bernard Bald­win, who passed away in 2017, aged 91.

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings, chair of the Nos Galan Com­mit­tee and Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, leisure and her­itage ser­vices, said: “Race places are al­ways in great de­mand and we are de­lighted that more and more peo­ple than ever be­fore want to be a part of this spe­cial event.

“The Nos Galan Road Races are one of the high­lights of the ath­let­ics cal­en­dar, at­tract­ing com­peti­tors from far and wide.

“We al­ways knew that de­mand for places in this spe­cial 60th an­niver­sary year was go­ing to be huge, but we have been ab­so­lutely over­whelmed by the re­sponse.

“Now is the time for those reg­is­tered to get on with their per­sonal train­ing ahead of the event. This can be done out­doors or in the fit­ness suites at any of our Leisure Cen­tres across Rhondda Cynon Taf, mak­ing use of our on­line Nos Galan Train­ing Plan.

“If you have been un­able to se­cure a race place, you can still come along on the night and join the thou­sands of spec­ta­tors who line to route to be a part of the big­gest New Year’s Eve party in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Help us to make this a night to re­mem­ber.”

Due to the de­mand for places, there will be no race regis­tra­tion on the night.

There will be a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play to cel­e­brate the mile­stone event.

Each year a celebrity mys­tery run­ner also rep­re­sents the spirit of Guto Nyth Bran. Last year’s was for­mer Wales and Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions rugby player Colin Charvis and for­mer world cham­pion boxer Nathan Clev­er­ley.

All race places are non­trans­fer­able. Any­one found to be tak­ing part us­ing an­other per­son’s unique race num­ber iden­tity will be dis­qual­i­fied.

Park and ride fa­cil­i­ties will be avail­able on the night. There will also be a re­vised race route this year due to the con­struc­tion of the multi-mil­lion­pound Cross Val­ley link.

For reg­u­lar up­dates and news fol­low Nos Galan Races on Twit­ter and Face­book. You can also visit nos­galan.co.uk

RICHARD SWINGLER

Run­ners get ready for last year’s Nos Galan run. All races have been filled for this year’s event

Colin Charvis and Nathan Clev­erly were last year’s celebrity run­ners

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings

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