A total of 1,700 people took part in the 2017 Nos Galan Road Races, with almost 10,000 spectators lining the route in Mountain Ash to cheer them on.
There was also a packed congregation at St Gwynno’s Church, Llanwonno, for the annual Guto Nyth Bran Memorial Service.
The 2017 Nos Galan Mystery Runners were former world champion boxer Nathan Cleverly and Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby player Colin Charvis.
The day started with the Childrens’ Races in Oxford Street, Mountain Ash, followed by the Elite Race and the Adult 5k Fun Run Race.
Full Results From 2017 Nos Galan Road Races
2017 Nos Galan Road Races Photo Gallery
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Chair of the Nos Galan Committee and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “Once again the 2017 Nos Galan Road Races were a huge success, being well supported by both the public and competitors.
“All race places were snapped up within days of registration opening, long before the race night itself - such is the popularity that Nos Galan has achieved over recent years.
“There were some fantastic displays of running, from the children’s races right through to the Adult 5k Fun Run, and I would like to congratulate all of those who managed to finish this year’s races.
“We were also delighted to welcome both Nathan Cleverly and Colin Charvis to Mountain Ash to end the year as our 2017 Nos Galan Mystery Runners.
“I would now like to urge all of our supporters and competitors to get behind us and vote for the Nos Galan Road Races in the 2018 UK Running Awards, in which we have once again been shortlisted having won it previously.
The 2018 Nos Galan Road Races will mark the event’s 60th anniversary, and the planning for next year’s instalment has already started. We look forward to seeing you back on the streets of Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve.”
Vote For Nos Galan Road Races in 2018 UK Running Awards
Having attended the annual Church Memorial Service, the two Mystery Runners went along to the Brynffynon Hotel, where they pulled the traditional pint of ale before visiting the Nos Galan Wall Of Fame.
The two sportsmen, now retired from their respective professional careers, made their way down to Mountain Ash town centre, stopping off at times to greet well-wishers who were lining the route down the hillside.
Upon their arrival in Oxford Street, they lit the famous Nos Galan Beacon to herald the start of the Fireworks Spectacular.
This was followed by the Elite Race and the Adult 5K Fun Run. The Fancy Dress Competition was once again won by the Griffiths Family of Mountain Ash.
Led by dad Alan, of Glenboi, the team was dressed as the Fab Four - complete with their Yellow Submarine which they had quickly named the Sir Ringo Starr that the day following the announcement of his knighthood just hours earlier.
The 2017 Nos Galan Road Races were sponsored by local firm Tom Prichard Ltd; Amgen, provider of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s waste management services; Trivallis, one of Wales’ largest registered social landlords providing homes for thousands of families across the County Borough; and Communities First.
Representatives of the sponsors made the presentations to the race winners and runners-up.
The inaugural Bernard Baldwin Memorial Cup was won by Ieuan Thomas, the first Rhondda Cynon Taf male resident to cross the finishing line in the Elite Race. Ieuan was delighted to win the cup as he has only recently become a resident of the County Borough.
The Lillian Board Memorial Cup was again claimed by Clara Evans, the first Rhondda Cynon Taf female resident to cross the finishing line in the Elite Race, the winner of the cup for the last few years.
Bernard Baldwin MBE, the founder and patron of the world-famous event, sadly passed away peacefully on January 3, 2017. His daughter Alison is now Patron of the Nos Galan Road Races and presented the two Memorial Cups.
Lillian Board sadly passed away in 1970, aged 22, the year after she was the Nos Galan Mystery Runner.
Posted on Thursday 4th January 2018