The Nos Galan Committee met online this week to receive the latest Public Health information from officials in relation to Covid-19.
Gatherings over 30 are still not permitted and, with a small increase in the virus with a number of clusters being identified recently, it’s unlikely that further significant relaxing of the regulations will happen any time soon.
Normally by early September we open registration for the races and organisation of the event is largely complete. With the uncertainty on what rules could be in place in December we have taken the unprecedented decision to cancel the event for the 31st December.
With over 10,000 spectators and almost 2000 runners. Social distancing would be impossible and as a Committee we have to be mindful that bringing people together from across the South Wales area and much further afield, even if the rules did allow, could cause a significant spike in Covid cases.
While this is a decision we would hope to never have to make, after working so hard to rebuild the event over the last 15 years, cancelling the event on the 31st is without doubt the right thing to do. For that reason, we are moving to a virtual event for 2020 where people can register and run on their own or socially distanced with small groups of friends, upload the info and evidence and still get a medal and T shirt. more details on this will be released in the coming days.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Chair of the Nos Galan Committee.
Posted on 02/09/2020