Nos Galan Success!
Nos Galan 2012 was a huge success with a record number of runners of all ages and abilities and thousands of spectators flocking to Mountain Ash to enjoy the annual spectacular.
Olympic and Paralympic sporting stars Dai Greene and Samantha Bowen were the mystery runners at this year's event. Find out the latest news and enjoy our image gallery on the news pages.
Race Results 2012
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 5km 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.