Nos Galan Races
31 December 2013
It might still be over 2 months away but preparations for one of
Wales' more unique new year celebrations are well underway.
The races, which this year celebrates its 55th
anniversary, are held each New Year's Eve in memory of local folk
hero Guto Nyth Bran. It was said that he could run from
Mountain Ash to Pontypridd and back
in the time it took a kettle to boil.
Hundreds of people take part in the races whilst hundreds more
line the streets in encouragement. The highlight of the night will
be the arrival of a Mystery Runner who will represent the spirit of
Guto, carrying the torch from his graveside at St Gwynno's Church
down the hillside to the town centre four miles away.
Previous Mystery Runners have included Linford Christie, John
Hartson, James Hook, Shane Williams and Dai Greene.
If you're tempted to take part, then online registration is now
open, just go to www.nosgalan.co.uk