GRC’s husband and wife duo decided to finish the year in style, competing in the prestigious Nos Galan NYE races in Mountain Ash, South Wales. The race which is a NYE party for runners commemorates the life of legendary runner Guto Nath Bran, takes place under the streetlights of the Welsh mining town. Every year a famous sportsman lights a beacon in the town centre and this year the honour fell to international rugby referee Nigel Owens.
The elite mens race saw the return to racing for GB athlete Dewi Griffiths. After 8 months out with health issues he decided to ‘dip his toes in’ to racing again to measure the scale of the task ahead to qualify for Olympics in Tokyo 2020. His time of 15:18, whilst impressive was nearly two minutes off his best but credit to him for allowing lesser athletes to get a good scalp on their record. Andrew Pask in the same race went with the frightening pace, setting a mile PB to start. Thankfully he held on over the 4 lap course to post a new 5km PB of 19:18. The race was won for the 3rd time by Kristan Jones in a time of 14:15 .
Sara Pask, running in the later mass race looked strong throughout. Hoping for a sub 30mins run, Sara kept battling her way through the extensive crowds. After a big kick for the finish she saw the race clock tick past the 30mins but knew that it took some time to pass the start after the gun. Tentatively waiting for the official results, Sara was disappointed to be on the wrong side of the 30mins with 30:09 in her first race over the distance.