Coleg y Cymoedd help light up Nos Galan race

A group of Coleg y Cymoedd staff recently helped save a key element of one of the UK’s most famous road running races, Nos Galan.

The Nos Galan road race committee approached Coleg y Cymoedd to assist in the urgent repair of the torch used at the event after it received significant water damage during flooding in 2019 (prior to COVID-19).

The innovative brains of Engineering, Construction and Creative staff at Coleg y Cymoedd worked extensively over several months to restore the torch to it’s original glory and fit for use.

David Howells, Head of School Engineering said “The team have done a superb job in restoring the torch.  It was in a really bad way when we received it, not working and arrived in multiple parts.  After some planning, the team have developed a brand new torch containing 3D printed parts, an ignition key, branded RCT logo and a wooden storage box for use for many years to come”

Ann Crimmings Chair of the Nos Galan Committee said “A huge thanks to Coleg y Cymoedd for their assistance and saving one of the main elements of the event”

Nos Galan, is one of the UK’s most famous road races, attracting on average nearly 1000 entrants each year from all of the UK. Founded in 1958,at it’s height  it even attracted live BBC coverage as part of it’s new year’s eve celebrations.

Each year, a mystery runner runs the 5k route with a torch (now restored) which takes in the streets of Mountain Ash.

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