Passing the baton to conduct Welsh Commonwealth relay


Shane Brennan

THE names of over 130 people who will carry the baton in May when the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay touches down in Wales have been announced.

Those given the honour of carrying the baton include many of Denbighshire's and Gwynedd's sports stars and unsung heroes.

The baton relay will be a prelude to one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
It will seen the Queen’s Baton carried throughout the UK on its way to Glasgow for the start of the games in August.

The route of the relay will include a day in Bala for the Urdd National Eisteddfod and will also travel through Denbighshire.

Aled Siôn, Urdd National Eisteddfod Director said: “Seventeen Urdd members from across Wales will be given the opportunity to carry the baton during the third day of the relay in Wales - a truly inspiring opportunity to be a part of this wonderful sporting event. We hope they enjoy the experience of putting Wales firmly on the Commonwealth map, and enjoy some of the lively and colourful activities that surrounds our Welsh language cultural event for young people during Eisteddfod week at Bala.”

One of the bearers is Flint and Denbigh Pony Club stalwart Bethan Lloyd Jones, from Ruthin.

She said: “I am very pleased to have been picked and it was an honour to be nominated. Hopefully this will help to raise the profile of the club and get more people involved as members and volunteers. I will be riding with the baton at the opening of the new bridal path on Moel Famau. But they will be getting in touch soon with all of the details.”

Ruthin is also represented by masters athletics world record holder Ron Bell.
Table tennis stars Angharad and Megan Phillips, from Denbigh, will carry the baton in Denbighshire as well.

Youngsters form a strong contingent amongst the baton bearers including  Bala Town FC academy player Mael Evans and Anna Cooper, of Denbigh Swimming Club.

From Welsh sporting heroes of past and present to inspirational pillars of the community, each baton bearer will have the honour of carrying the baton as it takes its seven-day journey across Wales’ towns, villages and communities.

Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a chance for the whole nation to get behind the team of athletes set to compete for Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just two months later, and it really is an invitation to join us on our journey.”

“By linking athletes and coaches from past and present back to the communities they came from through the QBR, we hope that it will inspire the next generation to believe that anything is possible, and that one day they could be a Commonwealth champion bringing their medals home.”

The Queen’s Baton Relay will be in Bala on May 26 and Denbighshire on May 30 where it will visit Ruthin, Moel Famau and Llandegla.


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