Ras yr Iaith Grant – 45 groups win grant from 2016 Ras


45 community groups and organisations all over Wales have received a grant to strengthen the Welsh language within their communities thanks to money raised in Ras yr Iaith 2016.

The second Ras yr Iaith (Race for the Language) was held between 6-8 July 2016, raising over £14,000 to strengthen the language in our communities. Hundreds of people ran through 25 towns and villages between Bangor and Llandeilo, uniting the nation with ‘Baton yr Iaith’, the language baton.

Raising the profile of the Welsh language, promoting healthy living and strengthening our communities, Ras yr Iaith is held every two years. As well as raising the profile of the language by organising such a race, Ras yr Iaith also distributes grants of up to £750 from the profits created through the race to groups and organisations that promote and use the language. Full story.

Day 1 Area (Gwynedd and Conwy County):
Menter Iaith Bangor
Dawns i Bawb
Partneriaeth Ogwen
Ymgyrch Llanrwst
Y Dref Werdd
Ysgol y Moelwyn
Clwb Rygbi Merched y Bala
Urdd Meirionydd
Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau
Cylch Meithrin Dysynni

Day 2 Area (Ceredigion):
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch
Dolen Teifi Llandysul
Eisteddfod Castell Newydd Emlyn a’r Cylch
Theatr Troedyrhiw Llanbed
Cylch Meithrin Talybont
Fforwm Ieuenctid Ceredigion
Cylch Meithrin Aberystwyth
Geidiaid Aberteifi
Merched y Wawr Castell Newydd Emlyn
Clwb Hoci Llandysul
Clwb Ffermwyr Ifanc Trefgaron
Cantorion Aberystwyth
Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron
Gŵyl y Cynhaeaf
Cylch Meithrin Pontrhydfendigaid
Eisteddofd Tregaron
Merched y Wawr Mynach
Gŵyl Nol a Mlan
Cylch Meithrin Felinfach

Day 3 Area (Pembrokeshire and Sir Gâr):
Cylch Meithrin Dinbych y Pysgod
Merched y Wawr Ffynonygroes
Eisteddfod Crymych
Gŵyl y Gwter Fawr Rhydaman
Dawnswyr Penrhyd Rhydaman
Ysgol Dyffryn Aman
Cylch Meithrin Llanybydder
Pwyllgor Shwmae Sir Benfro
Clwb Ieuenctid Glanaman
Urdd Port Talbot
Gŵyl Hanes i Blant
Ysgol Bro Ingli
Ysgol y Preseli
Cylch Meithrin Drefach Felindre


RAS YR IAITH IS BACK! The Second run for the Welsh language will be held 6 – 8 July 2016. We’ll run through 25 towns and villages carrying the baton of the Welsh language from north to south, from Bangor to Llandeilo.

Become a part of this big, inclusive, positive and healthy run for the Welsh language. We’re open to all – Welsh speakers, learners and those who support the language.

Day 1 – Wednesday 6 July: Bangor, Bethesda, Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst, Blaenau Ffestinog, Y Bala, Dolgellau, Machynlleth.

Day 2 – Thursday 7 July: Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Lampeter, Aberaeron, New Quay, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn, Cardigan

Day 3 – Friday 8 July: Crymych, Narberth, Tenby, St Clears, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Brynaman, Llanymddyfri, Llandeilo

Become a part of the Ras by running, sponsoring, stewarding or supporting us along the route. Have a look at our route and who is running and sponsoring a km.

Ras 2014

The first ever fun run for the Welsh language, Ras yr Iaith (the language run),was held on 20 June 2014 and it passed through 9 towns in one day on Friday 20 June 2014. And thanks to the support we’re able to give money from the profit made back as part of £4,000 grant to promote the Welsh language!

● 9 Towns in 1 day
● 1,000 runners
● 117 sponsors of km
● 150 stewards
● 2,000+ supporting the Ras along the streets and in the opening and closing ceremonies
● Twitter – reach over 3 days: 16,900+ accounts and 27,000+ impressions

Ras yr Iaith – the race for the language – was simply a relay fun run for the Welsh language. We passed on the language language as we passed on the baton.

Castellnewydd Emlyn - croesi'r bont

The run started from Owain Glyndwr’s parliament building in Machynlleth and ran through the town centres of Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Lampeter,  Aberaeron, New Quay, Llandysul, Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan. It wasn’t a competition – the winner was the Welsh language and the communities along the route as we celebrate our language, improve our health and bring people from all backgrounds together.

Important Stuff!

- Who’s running and sponsoring – have a look who’s support of the Welsh language in your area!

- The Ras Route – when and where will the runners be?

- Want to run, steward or help? Phone 01545 572350 or email post@rasyriaith.cymru 

Here’s the song especially composed for the Ras by Dewi ‘Pws’ Morris.

There’s more about the song and the words here

What is Ras yr Iaith 2016?

Ras yr Iaith will follow in the footsteps of other successful language runs in Ireland, Brittany and the Basque Country. It’s now time for all of us in Wales who support our language (whether we speak it or not) to run for our language too.

Join us! Run a kilometer or more; sponsor a kilometre in the name of your business, club, school or society. Help us as stewards, drivers or by distributing posters. Organise events along the route. But more than anything, join in the fun as we see thousands of people old and young; Welsh speakers, learner and non Welsh-speakers; town and country and from all backgrounds, run for the Welsh language.

Let us celebrate that the language which has been here since before the Roman invasion is ‘yma o hyd’ (still here)!

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Derbynwyd cefnogaeth arbennig i’r Ras gan: Fentrau Iaith Gorllewin Sir Gâr, Penfro, Maldwyn, Conwy a Dinefwr a hefyd mudiadau Hunaniaith, Y Dref Werdd, Canolfan yr Urdd Glan-llyn a’r Sesiwn Fawr.