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Extra Places Added To Races

An extra 50 places added for the Adult Fun Run

An extra 50 places have been added to the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races Adult Fun Run to meet the overwhelming demand.

The Elite Race is already full, with places in all other race categories almost at their maximum capacity. The advice is to register online soon or risk missing out this year.

Entry demand is huge, highlighting the enormous popularity of the world-famous and award-winning Nos Galan Road Races.

This year marks the 56th anniversary of the New Year’s Eve event in Mountain Ash, exactly 30 years since the re-birth of the Nos Galan Road Races in 1984.

Due to the overwhelming response, there will be no Race Registration on the night.

But there is still time to enter, and it has never been easier. In fact, you can do so at the click of a button.

Organisers Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee will welcome thousands of people to the County Borough on Wednesday, December 31.

There will be a park-and-ride service operating on the night as all roads will lead to Mountain Ash.

Participants are also being urged to use their local leisure centre to train for this year’s event .

You can also follow our week-by-week Nos Galan Training Guide

The Nos Galan Road Races are held each year in memory of legendary Welsh runner Guto Nyth Bran. It attracts thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities from around the globe.

The 2014 Nos Galan Road Races start in the town centre at 4pm, with a packed Timetable of Events, starting with the first of the children’s races. There will also be an Elite Race and the Adult 5k Fun Run. Other attractions will include a spectacular fireworks display.

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 Alun Wyn Jones, Linford Christie, John Hartson, James Hook, Nicole Cook, Jamie Roberts, Martyn Williams, Lillian Board, Gethin Jenkins, David Bedford, Shane Williams, Dai Greene and Samatha Bowen.

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan, who is also a Member of the Nos Galan Committee and local Member for Mountain Ash West, where the races take place, said: “I am delighted with the public response so far. The Nos Galan Road Races is a highlight in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s events calendar each year and this year has been recognised as the UK’s best fun run.

“The event has grown in popularity enormously in recent years and we have seen a record number of entrants, so our message to all those wishing to take part this year is to register online now to avoid any disappointment.”

Earlier this year, the Nos Galan Road Races was crowned Britain's Best Fun Run at the 2014 UK Running Awards during a ceremony held in London. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has also granted the Freedom of the County Borough to race founder Bernard Baldwin MBE.

Be a part of the 2014 Nos Galan Road Race by registering online For further details call Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Events Team on 01443 424123.

Your local leisure centre is waiting to greet new Nos Galan Road Races competitors. You can swim, use a huge range of classes or enjoy personal training, circuits and more in our top-class gyms in your bid to be at your peak in time for New Year's Eve.

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