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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Queen's Baton relay heads for county

The countdown has begun ahead of the Queen's Baton Relay's visit to Denbighshire later this month - with last minute arrangements being put in place to numerous events arranged to mark this historic occasion.

The Baton is visiting a handful of counties in Wales as part of its journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, with Denbighshire having the honour of being the final leg of the Baton's journey in Wales.

Residents and visitors to Denbighshire are encouraged to support the Baton's visit and to attend events being held in Rhyl, Ruthin, Moel Famau and the final event at Coed Llandegla (Oneplanet Adventure site).

The baton relay routes and associated events are:

Rhyl Harbour  (9am-4pm)
The baton is welcomed into Denbighshire during the official opening of Rhyl Harbour.  At the beginning of the event, families will be able to enjoy a festival of colour and activities, including face painting, a treasure trail, bouncy castle, food, demonstrations from rescue services, kite surfing, watersports on Marine Lake and so much more.  For further details visit .  The baton  will be present between 9am and 9.30am.

Rhyl Harbour to marsh tracks baton relay (9.30am-10.00am)
Eight local baton bearers, Sioned Terry, Michael Kitchin, Nathan Montgomery, Callum Perrin, Jamie Turley, James Morgan, Tracey Jones and Gerallt Allen will carry the baton between the two Rhyl events. Starting from the harbour at 9.30am, around Marine Lake to promote water sport activities, over the railway footbridge and along the countryside services path at Glan Morfa and into the Marsh tracks cycling centre on Marsh Road.

Marsh Tracks, Rhyl,  (10am-4pm) Free BMX and Road cycling bike hire and coaching, mountain bike track open as usual. Street games activities such as  football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, athletics, dance and more! Test your power against Team GB cyclists scores on the watt bikes leader board and recuperate with FREE drinks supplied by Asda (until stocks last) and food available to buy on- site from the taste academy, Rhyl. The baton will be there between 10am and 11am.

Moel Famau (12 noon – 4pm) The baton arrives on horseback, walking groups will relay the baton to the peak of Moel Famau, come and join in and see the views across the Clwydian Range whilst listening to a live band performance at the summit too! Fell runners will take the baton back down. The baton will be there between 1pm and 3pm.

Ruthin Family FUN day, Cae Ddol and The Centre, LL15 1LE (12-5pm) An afternoon on activities for the whole family. Come down to Cae Ddol and join in and watch the battle of the bands, local sport fixtures, bouncy castles, face painting and sporting taster sessions from local clubs such as rugby league, netball, athletics, football, fun fitness boot camps, tennis, golf and bowls.  The baton will be there between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Coed Llandegla Forest (9am – 8pm), Oneplanet Adventure site Fun open day for mountain bike enthusiasts, all mountain bike tracks open as normal. Go-Race events organised by Welsh Cycling throughout the day, test your power against Team GB cyclists scores on the watt bikes leader board. Live music and entertainment from 6pm for the official baton handover event. The baton is there between  5pm and 6pm.

Jamie Groves, Denbighshire's Head of Communication, Marketing and Leisure, said: "We are really looking forward to a memorable day when the Baton finally arrives in the county. Events to mark the occasion have been months in the making and we are encouraging people to get out and support the Baton's visit.

"We hope the event will encourage people to consider getting involved in sports and activities and that it leaves a lasting legacy for people's health and well-being.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase Denbighshire as a county to host major events, as well as promoting Denbighshire's unique mix of coast, country and historic towns."

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