Make Nos Galan The People’s Choice!
The world-famous Nos Galan Road Races has been shortlisted in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.
Organised by WalesOnline, the Council’s annual New Year’s Eve’s celebration in Mountain Ash has been shortlisted in the Best Events category.
The People’s Choice Awards recognise the ‘cream of the crop of the best in Wales.’
The six categories are Best Restaurant, Best Bar/Nightclub, Best Pub, Best Café, Best Family Attraction and Best Event.
Voting is open to the public.
Vote for the Nos Galan Road Races
What A Night At The Races!
It was a year of ‘records’ at the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races - with one race record being broken on the night , one equalled, and the most competitors ever registered to take part. Read more
Mystery Runner Revealed
Former Olympic, Commonwealth and World athlete Colin Jackson CBE is the 2015 Nos Galan Mystery Runner. Having attended the Guto Nyth Bran Memorial Service at St Gwynno's Church, he made his way down the hillside into the town centre. Read more
Nos Galan Support Runners 2015
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee is delighted to announce the two Support Runners for the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races.
Steffan Dylan Jones and Bethan Haf Philips will be running alongside the Mystery Runner. Read more
Weather For New Year's Eve
The latest weather forecast we have received indicates that the rain and hail seen earlier this afternoon (New Year's Eve) will pass by late afternoon. The evening is set to be cold but mostly dry.
Results and Photographs
Results and photographs will be uploaded on to our Facebook and Twitter page as soon as possible after the races. Happy New Year.
All Roads Will Lead To Mountain Ash
With over 1,500 people taking part in the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races, it looks set to become the biggest event in its long and illustrious history.
An estimated crowd of around 10,000 spectators are also anticipated on the streets of Mountain Ash on Thursday, December 31, for what will no doubt be the biggest New Year’s Eve street party in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Motorists heading to the event are advised to arrive early, well ahead of the start times.
A free Nos Galan Park and Ride service will once again operate this year. A shuttle bus will run every 10-15 minutes, from 3.30pm until 9.30pm, on December 31.
The Park and Ride facility is located on the A4059 AT Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, New Road, Mountain Ash, CF45 4DG.
The bus will leave Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, with drop off and return collection from the bus stop opposite the Aberdare Hotel, Ffrwd Crescent, Mountain Ash, CF45 4AB. This location is within walking distance of the town centre.
Motorists are advised to follow the road signs to the Nos Galan Park and Ride facility.
For the duration of the event, Oxford Street, Mountain Ash, will be closed to all traffic, with road diversions in place.
There may also be travel delays at Perthcelyn, Llanwonno Road, Cilhaul Terrace and High Street as the Mystery Runners and Support Runners make their way down the hillside into the town.
For all your latest news and updates visit www.nosgalan.co.uk and follow Nos Galan Road Races on Twitter and Facebook.
Race Packs will be sent out
Thursday 10th December
Entry to Nos Galan 2015 Is Closed
Entry to the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races is now closed after a staggering 1,600 have registered to take part in the annual event on New Year’s Eve.
Adult 5k Fun Run Almost Full
With the Elite race already full, all other races are now also almost at their capacity! There is less than 60 spaces now left in the Fun Run and the Childrens' races. So register soon to avoid disappointment.
Elite Race Already Full
With eight weeks still to go, the Elite Race at the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races is now full.
A staggering 325 Elite runners will be taking part on New Year’s Eve - the biggest field in the history of the event.
Limited spaces still remain in the 5k Adult Fun Run and Childrens’ Races, but the advice is register online very soon to avoid disappointment.
Demand for race places this year is greater than ever before. There will be NO race registration on the night.
Nos Galan News: Registration for Elite Race closes 3pm today (Friday 6 November 2015)
Don’t Miss Out
More than 1,200 people have already signed up to take part in the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races – an amazing 10 weeks before they get under starter’s orders on the night.
Demand for places at the Council’s world-famous event has been greater than ever this year as more and more people are registering for the races weeks in advance.
A Very Different New Year’s Eve
Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? How about joining more than 1,000 other people taking part in a world-famous road race in south Wales?
The award-winning Nos Galan Road Races are held in the town of Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taf, and not only attract over 1,000 competitors each year, but also a staggering 10,000 spectators turn out to cheer them on.
Still Time to Enter
More than 500 people have already registered to take part in the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve – have you?
There is still time to sign up in all race categories, but hurry and do it soon to avopid disappointment.
Race Begins To Enter!
The wait is over - online registration has opened for this year’s world-famous Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash.
This year marks the 57th anniversary of the New Year’s Eve event - and entering is now easier than ever before, as more and more people are using the online registration form.
Training For The Big Night
Why not get in shape for the 2015 Nos Galan Road Races in the warmth and comfort of one of the Council’s nine leisure centres and swimming pools? From weights to running machines, your local leisure centre is waiting to greet new and established Nos Galan Road Races competitors.
Find out more about the Council’s leisure centres and swimming pools and the Leisure for Life membership
Oh, What A Night!
Thousands of people of all ages flocked to Mountain Ash town centre on New Year's Eve 2014 to enjoy a fun-filled family event packed with legends and mystery, athletic prowess, community spirit and a sporting hero.
Over 1,500 professional and amateur runners from across the UK - and even the world - took to the streets of the popular town centre, following in the legendary footsteps of Guto Nyth Bran, for whom the races honour. Reputedly the fastest man in the world in his day, Nos Galan celebrates the sporting heroics of Guto, who is buried in the churchyard of the nearby St Gwynno's Church and whose spirit is said to be seen running the streets of Mountain Ash at night.
Enjoy the picture special from 2014
For those who did not want to take part in the actual races, there were also fireworks and a fun fair, while town centre shops and businesses take advantage of the atmosphere and open late.
A key draw of the evening is the arrival of the celebrity mystery runner. They make their way from the graveside of Guto Nyth Bran, carrying the Nos Galan torch, into the town centre to start the proceedings. Accompanied by local sporting inspirations as support runners, the mystery celebrity runner again is on hand to inspire younger residents to follow their sporting dreams.
The Mystery guest runner at Nos Galan 2014 was Wales rugby star Adam Jones. Find out more.
He was supported by father and daughter Jeremy and Rebecca Horton, of Aberdare.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: "Nos Galan is a flagship event for Rhondda Cynon Taf and it continues to go from strength to strength every year.
"It is considered by professional and amateur runners from across the UK as one of the key races of the running calendar and we are proud to welcome runners from across the country to Mountain Ash every year. Testament to this is the fact Nos Galan was named Fun Run of the year in the 2014 UK Running Awards and has been shortlisted for the same accolade in 2016.
"Our aim is to celebrate the local legend of Guto Nyth Bran and put on an event that not only attracts sporting talent, but puts Mountain Ash on the map. We have certainly done that again for 2014.
"What is particularly pleasing to see is how runners of all ages and abilities get involved and young residents are being inspired to be on their marks and start running."
Nos Galan is Best Fun Run in UK!
The Nos Galan Road Races is officially the Best Fun Run in Britain!
The world-famous annual event, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee, took the top accolade at the 2014 UK Running Awards, held at St Paul’s in London.
The award was presented to Cllr Ann Crimmings, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf and chair of the Nos Galan Committee, by multi-million selling classical singer Laura Wright, who went on to sing on BBC TV during the London Marathon on Sunday.
Organisers say the ‘Best Fun Run’ category at the 2014 UK Running Awards was the most competitive of them all.
Nos Galan - A Very Different New Year's Eve
The Nos Galan Races commemorate the Welsh runner Guto Nyth Bran and his legendary athletic prowess. Held annually on New Year’s Eve in Mountain Ash, in the Cynon Valley, South Wales, the Adults' and Childrens' Races follow a route around the town.
Each year a famous sports personality, whose identity is kept secret until the night, takes part in the races - and this year will be no exception.
To take part in this year's Nos Galan Road Races, you can do so by applying online today or register in person on the day.
History of the Famous Races
Stories of Guto Nyth Bran include how he could catch a bird in flight, and how he once ran to Pontypridd and back - about seven miles - before the kettle boiled. Throughout his life, he contested many races and took on many challenges, but because of his continued successes, his challengers became fewer and fewer.
When he was 37, a challenge came from the ‘Prince’ of Bedwas to run the 12 miles from Newport in Monmouthshire to Bedwas Church Caerphilly. Guto easily won the race, but the celebratory ‘slaps’ on the back proved too much for him and he died in the arms of his sweetheart, Sian o’r Siop.
His body was taken to its final resting-place in the graveyard of Llanwynno Church near Mountain Ash.