Ras yr Iaith Welcome Ceremony at Cardigan

In the brilliant sunshine on Cardigan Quay the first ever Ras yr Iaith came to an end at 7.30pm Friday 20 June 2014.

The Ceremony was led by Siôn Jobbins, the Ras yr Iaith Chair who thanked all those who had played a part in making the Ras such a success – the runners, sponsors, stwards, local coordinators, Dyfed-Powys Police and the people along the route who gave words of encouragement to the Ras and runners.  Siôn said he believed the Ras had a message to the wider Welsh language movement;

“Together we are strong. If a lot of us give a little of our time we can accomplish great things,” he said.

The Ras message, which had been carried inside the Baton by the runners from Machynlleth to Cardigan was recited by Ceri Wyn Jones. The message was in the form of an ‘englyn’ a Welsh strict meter poem composed by Ceri who is a Chaired and Crowned Bard at the National Eisteddfod.

Dafydd Iwan Cei Aberteifi

The crowd then heard words of welcome and support for the Ras by the Mayor of Cardigan, Cllr Graham Evans and the leader of Ceredigion County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn. Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris who had played such an important and inspirational part in the Ras as the cheerleader in the Ras Van also spoke.

Words of encouragement and experience were given to the Ras by Marcas Mac Ruairí on behalf of the Rith, the Irish language run. Marcas had travelled to Wales especially for the event and took part as a runner in Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan.

The ceremony was brought to a rousing close by the great Welsh language campaigner and singer, Dafydd Iwan. He sang ‘Yma o Hyd’ and the ceremony was concluded by the singing of the National Anthem.

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