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Funeral of Nos Galan Road Races founder to be held

The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races will be held later today.

Bernard Baldwin was born in Barry in 1925. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Bernard Baldwin MBE, who died earlier this month at the age of 91, started the race in 1958 to celebrate the life and achievements of 18th century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân.

Over the years the race has had various formats and originally took place at midnight, but the current race is held in the evening of New Year's Eve and takes in three circuits of Mountain Ash, starting in Henry Street and ending in Oxford Street by the Guto Nyth Brân statue.

Bernard Baldwin was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2014.

Mr Baldwin was awarded an MBE in 1971 for his services to British athletics and in 2014 was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in recognition of the legacy created by the race.

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Cyclist Owain Doull ruptures appendix ahead of World Tour debut

Cyclist Owain Doull's World Tour debut was delayed after he suffered a ruptured appendix in Australia.

The Team Sky rider was set to make his debut in cycling’s top tier as the 2017 season began in Adelaide.

But, the Cardiff born rider was in hospital having sat out of The Tour Down Under's traditional prelude race.

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The 23-year-old's team initially reported his absence was due to to illness, but he confirmed the full extent of his problem on Twitter.

“Not exactly how I pictured making my WorldTour debut, but when you appendix ruptures there’s much you can do,” he said.

Last year, Doull was riding with Bardley Wiggins' team, which supported his track ambitions that culminated with a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.

READ MORE: Team Sky sign Welsh cyclist Owain Doull after Olympic gold success

Ched Evans signs 12-month extension with Chesterfield

Ched Evans playing for Chesterfield in November Credit: PA

Ched Evans has signed a 12-month extension to his contract with League One club Chesterfield.

The striker joined the club in summer 2016.

I'm really pleased to have got this sorted out.

I want to play well and score as many goals as I can between now and the end of the season to help us get out of the relegation zone.

– Ched Evans

Evans, 28, has scored seven goals in 21 starts so far this season.

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