The award-winning Nos Galan Road Races are held in the small ex-mining town of Mountain Ash, attracting over 1,700 competitors each year, and a staggering 10,000 spectators. But due to COVID restrictions, the continuation of this beloved Welsh tradition steeped in legend has been put at risk.
Our documentary follows the stories of two resilient Welsh families, as they seek to put a challenging year behind them by running in the first-ever ‘virtual’ Nos Galan Road Race. But, without the crowds there to cheer them on this year, they’ll have to dig deep and remember their reasons for running if they hope to finish the race and add their names to the Nos Galan legend.
It’s a film about the importance of relationships during a time of isolation. It’s about standing up to those who say, ‘you can’t’. It’s about pushing the boundaries of what the world says is within our reach. And, it’s about the legend of a scrawny Welsh man with a funny name, who’s speed and tenacity captured a nation’s imagination and the world’s attention.
Genre: Documentary, Short
Writer/Director/Executive Producer: Lewis Carter
Producer: Kate Beasley
Editor/Cinematography: Joe Griffiths
Cast: Sali Thomas, Alan Griffiths, Lyn Thomas, Nancy Thomas, Simon Golding
Music: Thomas Kavanagh, additional music – Aderyn’ by Casi Wyn
Camera Assistant/Drone Pilots: Ceri Holland, Leigh Stephens
Location: Mountain Ash
Story: Follows the stories of two Welsh families, as they seek to put a challenging year behind them by running in the first-ever ‘virtual’ Nos Galan Road Race.
Length: 18 mins
Format: MOV, MP4
Date: 31st December 2020
Won (Best Documentary):
– SeeMôr Short Films Festival, Anglesey
– Wales International Film Festival
– The English Riviera Film Festival
– Copper Coast International Film Festival
– Kino Short Film presents “The People’s Film Festival”
– New Age Cinemas & Scripts
– Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
– UK Monthly Film Festival