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Nos Galan Reaches Magical Milestone

Nos Galan road races

More than 1,000 participants have already signed up to this year's Nos Galan Road Races

More than 1,000 people have already registered to take part in this year’s Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve.

This magical milestone means that due to the overwhelming demand, there will be limited or possibly no ‘on-the-day’ late registration in some of the race categories this year.

This year celebrating its 55th anniversary, the world-famous Nos Galan Road Races are as popular today as they were in their heyday in the 1970s - with more people wishing to be a part of this unique New Year’s Eve experience than ever before.

All those people wishing to take part in this year’s event need to register NOW, well ahead of the day, to avoid disappointment. Already organisers Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee, confirm that they have the largest field of runners ever recorded.

Due to Health and Safety reasons, event organisers need to ‘cap’ the number of entrants in each race category - the 5k Adults Fun Run, the Elite Race and the series of Children’s races.

The 2013 Nos Galan Road Races, on Tuesday, December 31, is on course to break all records, with the biggest field of runners in its 55-year history.

The fun starts in Mountain Ash town centre at 4pm with the children’s races. This will be followed by an elite race and 5k adult fun run and a spectacular fireworks display.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, who is also Chair of the Nos Galan Committee and Secretary of Aberdare Valley Amateur Athletics Club, said: “This looks like being the biggest New Year’s Eve party in South Wales this year, with everyone wanting to share in this unique experience.

“The Nos Galan Road Races is a worldwide phenomenon, with one entrant this year coming all the way from Australia, spending Christmas in the UK - such is the popularity of the event.

“We anticipate that all races will be full long before December 31 therefore there will be no race registration on the day once again his year. However, everyone is still invited to Mountain Ash town centre on New Year’s Eve to join in the party.”

The highlight of the night will be the arrival of the Nos Galan Mystery Runner, who will light the Nos Galan beacon at Rhos Square in Oxford Street, Mountain Ash.

Past Nos Galan Mystery Runners have included Ron Jones, David Bedford, Lillian Board, David Hemery, John Hartson, Shane Williams and London 2012 athletes Dai Greene and Samantha Bowen.

A free shuttle bus will run every 10-15 minutes from 3.30pm until 9.30pm on Tuesday, December 31, from Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, with drop-off and return collection from the bus stop outside the Aberdare Hotel, Ffrwd Crescent, near the town bridge.

Limited places are still available. To be a part of the biggest street party of the year visit the official Nos Galan Road Races website or call Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Events Team on 01443 424123.

Please Note: There will be limited or possibly no ‘on-the-day’ late registration in some of the race categories this year.

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