Huw Griffiths

All places in the Adult 5k Fun Run at the world-famous Nos Galan Road Races were filled within a record-breaking five days. 

Due to overwhelming demand, event organisers Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee released an EXTRA 15 places, all of which were snapped up within THREE MINUTES! 

Among those lucky enough to get a place in the Adult 5k Fun Run on New Year’s Eve was local Headteacher Huw Griffiths, a regular competitor at the New Year’s Eve event. 

Born and bred in Mountain Ash, the home of the Nos Galan Road Races, Mr Griffiths, pictured right, was disappointed not to secure a race place this year, having taken part in more than 10 of the races during his lifetime. 

Caegarw Primary School Headteacher Huw Griffiths, said: “I grew up surrounded by the legend of Guto Nyth Bran and the Nos Galan Road Races, and as a teacher and Headteacher, I remain as passionate about it today as I ever have. 

“Our school has done many projects based on Guto and the Nos Galan Road Races, and it was always a great joy when the race founder, Mr Bernard Baldwin MBE visited us at the school. 

“I was therefore very disappointed to miss out on a race place this year as there is no other event like it in the whole world, especially on a New Year’s Eve. 

“But I was delighted when an extra 15 places were released, and I was determined not to miss out this time around. 

“I am so looking forward to once again being a part of the Nos Galan Road Races. It is always such a special occasion for me and my family.”

The late Bernard Baldwin MBE, who lived in Caegarw, was a regular visitor to Caegarw Primary School and the pupils made a surprise visit to his home to sing as part of his 90th birthday celebrations. Mr Baldwin sadly passed away on January 3, 2017, aged 91. 

An amazing 1,065 people will now be taking part in this year’s 5k Adult Fun Run, with a further 325 athletes competing in the Elite Race - and many more in the childrens’ races. 

Cllr Ann Crimmings, chair of the Nos Galan Committee and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “Race places filled up this year faster than ever before and we realise many people were disappointed not to get a place.

“However, we have to cap the number of competitors on health and safety grounds and hope that those people who did not manage to secure a place will still come along with their friends and families to enjoy what will no doubt be the biggest New Year’s Eve street part in Rhondda Cynon Taf.”

The 2017 Nos Galan Road Races take place on Sunday, December 31. For regular updates follow Nos Galan Races on Twitter and Facebook. Also visit

For more details call RCT Council’s events team on 01443 424123 or email

Please note: All race places are non-transferable. Anyone found to be taking part using another person’s unique race number identity will be disqualified.

Posted on Monday 16th October 2017

Help us improve - don't include personal or financial information, e.g. your National Insurance number or credit card details.