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Commonwealth Games Baton Relay set to visit Pontypridd in September

  • By James Payne
  • 13 Mar, 2017

Team Wales announce Pontypridd to be part of Commonwealth Baton Relay

Some exciting news for the town as Team Wales have announced that the Commonwealth Baton Relay will visit Pontypridd on Day 2 (6th September), as part of a four day nationwide tour. More details of where the Relay will take place in Pontypridd will be released nearer to the date.

Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, made the following statement:

“We’re extremely proud to announce this route today. Team Wales brings together all those competing or supporting our athletes to perform to their absolute best at the Commonwealth Games. This inclusive Relay will give everyone that can’t make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.

“As the Baton travels through Wales, our aim is to celebrate our rich and diverse heritage, culture, language and landscape on an International stage. The first day of the Welsh route will see the Baton setting off from Swansea, travelling to our sponsor CGI’s offices in Bridgend and on to Barry Island and Butetown in Cardiff.

“Day 2 takes us from Newport to Monmouth School, The Royal Mint in Llantrisant and ending up in Pontypridd. We head north for the third day, from Brecon to Rhayader, stopping at Llanidloes High School and Primary School and Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown before heading through Welshpool and Theatr Clwyd in Mold.

“Finally, we head west and celebrate more of the beauty, culture and adventure we have to offer here in Wales: from Zip World in Blaenau Ffestiniog we then visit Yr Ysgwrn, Hedd Wyn’s childhood home in Trawsfynydd, before travelling through Dolgellau, Portmeirion and Porthmadog to the Baton’s final Welsh destination of Pwllheli.”

If you have any ideas or suggestions for an event that you would like to see take place in the Town Centre in the build up the Baton Relay coming into Pontypridd, then please email

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