The Nos Galan races are a seriously big deal in our family :-)
My family came from the Rhymney family in South Wales, originally, and my mother vividly remembers watching the Nos Galan races with the whole enormous extended family every year until she married and moved away..........
What am I wittering on about, I hear you asking ?
For the short story go here
For the full story go here :-)
Guto Nyth Bran was a renowned runner in the 18th century in Wales, and the annual New Year`s Eve race is held in his honour.
Until about five years ago, when she became too infirm, my Great Aunt Ada would attend the races, even though she was then in her 80s, and then phone my mum to let her know the winner. Sadly Aunt Ada died recently, so another family tradition has been lost.......
Last night the weather conditions were truly atrocious, with gale force winds, torrential rain, hailstorms and two thunderstorms as well.
Last year nearly 600 runners took part, aged from 8 years old and upwards, in various categories including fancy dress.
Despite numerous googling, I have been unable to find out whether the weather did stop the Races last night.
More news as I get it....... LOL.
Despite the weather, it went ahead !
Hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s legendary Welsh rugby player JJ Williams, held the torch as mystery runner in the Nos Galan road race in the Cynon Valley.
Williams led about 600 people from across the UK taking part in the annual festive race.
Organisers Rhonnda Cynon Taf Council said they estimated about 5,000 people came along to watch the event.