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Nearly 2,000 people from across the UK have secured their places in the award-winning Nos Galan Road Races, which take place in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve.

Over the last three weeks, people of all ages have been securing spaces in the men’s and women’s elite races, as well as the popular fun run and children’s races. Once again, race places have been snapped up within minutes of being released for sale.

The 1,700 competitors who have secured spaces will join a New Year’s Eve spectacular, complete with legends and myths, a celebrity runner/runners, family fun including        fireworks and a funfair, and an amazing atmosphere in Mountain Ash.

Runners from across the UK and beyond – it has been known for athletes to fly in from abroad to attend the event – love Nos Galan and this is reflected in the fact it was named one of the best Fun Runs in the world.

Every New Year’s Eve, spectators and competitors alike gather in Mountain Ash for a thrilling and atmospheric evening, in which the streets are filled with runners – from elite to those looking for a bit of fun – in their own kit, club kit and even fancy dress.

In recent years, the races have become even more poignant, following the death of race founder Bernard Baldwin MBE who dedicated his life to ensuring the races continued and “keeping the legend alive.”

The Nos Galan Road Races are inspired by the legend of Guto Nyth Bran, once the fastest man in the world, who ran from Porth to Pontypridd in the time it took a kettle to boil.

Nos Galan 2019 will follow the same route as 2018 and further details in terms of park and ride, entrant information and mystery runners will be released nearer the time.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Chair of the Nos Galan Road Races Committee and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s cabinet member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “With two months to go, Nos Galan 2019 already looks set to be as much of a success as years before.

“The phased approach to securing race places has worked well, with entrants being given three different dates and three different times to secure their places, fitting in with work patterns and other commitments.

“This year, for the first time ever, there will be separate men’s and women’s elite races, which will mean less congestion on the route for entrants.

“Nos Galan is 61 years old in 2019 and it has always been about keeping the legend of Guto Nyth Bran alive. For the last two years, Nos Galan has also remembered race founder Bernard Baldwin, without whom none of us would have an event to enjoy every New Year’s Eve.

“Just as he was a family man – his daughter Alison has taken over his role as patron of the races – so we will continue to put on a memorable event for all of the family at Nos Galan.

“Join us for an evening of athletics and competition, family fun, fancy dress and loads more. We can’t wait.”

Posted on Monday 7th October 2019

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