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Around The World For The Races

Darryn Lloyd Price will be travelling from Brisbane to take part in the Nos Galan Road Races!

The Nos Galan Road Races truly are a global phenomenon, with competitors from around the world set to converge on Rhondda Cynon Taf once again on New Year’s Eve.

The popularity of the award-winning event in Mountain Ash, is reaching new heights, with demand for entries in all categories higher than ever before.

One of those people to already sign up to take part is Darryn Lloyd Price, now living in Brisbane, Australia!

The 48-year-old, originally from Caegarw, Mountain Ash, grew up surrounded by the tradition of the Nos Galan Road Races - a love that has never left him, although he is now living thousands of miles away on the other side of the world.

Darryn emigrated to Australia in 2001 but still has family living in Mountain Ash. His father Gary is chairman of the Cynon Valley Indoor Bowls Centre.

This will be his first Christmas and New Year in Wales since moving. “I am so looking forward to it – seeing my family and friends and being a part of the whole Nos Galan experience,” said Darryn.

“I signed up early to take part in the Nos Galan Road Races to avoid disappointment, having been inspired by a couple of friends who have taken up running and competed in various races.

“My brother has also run in a few half marathons and raised money for Cancer Research and is also competing in next year’s London Marathon.

“But my biggest inspiration to take part is my health as I want to get fitter and lose some weight so I set myself a personal challenge to give it a go.

“I have had a knee injury to contend with, but this is on the mend now and I have already started training for the Nos Galan Road Races.

“I have been to the event many times over the years with my family, but only as a spectator – this will be my first time on the other side of the barrier.”

Darryn says his earliest memory of the Nos Galan Road Races was back in the 1970s, when the race course went through the side streets of Caegarw in Mountain Ash.

“I remember fondly standing on the corner of Allen Street and Granville Terrace by the brook, holding my homemade torch that my father had made by nailing an old brush handle to an old tin can and cheering on the runners as they came past,” said Darryn.

“I then remember going around the houses with a lump of coal wishing people a Happy New Year – brilliant memories.”

Darryn arrives back in the UK on December 20 before flying back on January 5. During that time he hopes to meet up with old friends and visit the places of his childhood.

Also competing in the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races will be Joanne Glaettli, age 39, who will be flying in from Switzerland to spend the holiday season with family in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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

The annual event in Mountain Ash on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, is organised by the Nos Galan Committee and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. Online registration remains open but book your place now to avoid disappointment.

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

The fun starts in the town centre at 4pm 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.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Cabinet Member for Council Business and Corporate Affairs, 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 was recently 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 get your applications in early 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.

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