On New Year's Eve, Grantham Running Club's Andrew Pask competed in the prestigious Nos Galan Races in Mountain Ash, South Wales. The event which commemorates the life of legendary runner Guto Nyth Brân who died tragically during a race in 1737 draws athletes from across the UK and 10,000 supporters to the streets. Each year excitement builds for the arrival of a mystery runner who’s always a famous person from the world of sport. This year there were two - former Wales rugby captain Colin Charvis and former world champion boxer Nathan Cleverly were given the honour. After the children's races, torch lighting ceremony and fireworks Andrew Pask in the elite race was anxious to get the 19:00 start underway. In a national standard field, Andrew finished the three lap 5k race in 132nd with a time of 20:00.
Speaking after the race he said ‘As always it was a privilege to line-up in such a high quality, national standard field. It was tough and I had given up hope of hitting my target of a sub 20min race until I saw the race clock on the finish straight. I raced to the line narrowly missing my target by 1second.’
Andrew then sportingly joined his sister and over 1,000 other for the mass race running exactly the same course.