We’re back! The Ras is on the horizon so put this date in your caledar – Friday 20 June 2014. This is the day hundreds, no possibly thousands, will run throughout the course of the day in 9 different locations as they pass the baton of the Welsh language from runner to runner, supporter to supporter, first-language speaker to learner, kids to grandparents!
There’s a warm welcome to clubs, societies, schools and businesses to take part. We want to see people from all walks of life, backgrounds, age, languages running in support of Ras yr Iaith. Join us!
This isn’t an ordinary ras – it’s a fun run for the Welsh language based on other successful language fun runs in Ireland, Brittany and the Basque Country. It’s not a competition and you need not run the whole course! Club, societies, schools are asked to sponsor 1km for £50. As many or as few people can run that sponsored km and you can run even further. The language baton will be passed every kilometer. We’ll pass the baton as we pass on the language as the words of our song says.
We’ll begin the Ras in Machynlleth in the morning and finish that evening at Cardigan. Along the way we’ll have run through 7 other towns.
Our intention is to see as many people as possible run in support of the Welsh language, bring our communities together … and be fitter! The profit from the Ras will go back as grants to promote and support the Welsh language in Ceredigion and Bro Ddyfi and Teifi Valley.
Local committees are being re-formed and we’re looking for runners, stewards and drivers … and people to put up posters and signs!
Here’s a rough schedule of the day with contact names.
- 8.30am – Machynlleth (Mererid, Menter Iaith Maldwyn; Bedwyr Fychan)
- 10.00 – Aberystwyth (Jaci Taylor; Jamie Holder, Siôn Jobbins)
- 1.00pm – Tregaron (Dwynwen Lloyd-Llywelyn)
- 2.00pm – Llambed (Phyl Brake, Carys Lloyd-Jones, Rhys Bebb)
- 3.00 – Aberaeron (Owen Llywelyn, Rhodri Francis)
- 4.00 – Cei Newydd (Owen Llywelyn, Rhodri Francis)
- 5.00 – Llandysul (Keith Evans, Cen Llwyd, Pete Evans)
- 6.00 – Castell Newydd Emlyn (Nia ap Tegwyn Menter Iaith Gorll Sir Gâr)
- 7.00 – Aberteifi /Cardigan (Rhidian Evans Menter Iaith Sir Benfro, Rhian Medi)