Torchwood and Dr Who star joins in Queen's Baton Relay

Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017
BBC pic of Gareth David Lloyd

Gareth David-Lloyd

Newport actor Gareth David-Lloyd is no stranger to Dr Who and Torchwood fans for his portrayal of Ianto Jones.

And Gareth is joining in the celebrations in the city next month when we play host to the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

He will be joining a host of local people who will be parading the Baton through Newport on the morning of Wednesday 6 September.

Among the Baton bearers is Howard Mason, 51, the event director for Parkrun Newport, a well known and respected member of the running fraternity in the city having set up Caerleon Running Club in 2003.

Fellow runner Christopher Davies, 60, has been a member of Lliswerry Running Club for more than 25 years and is a Welsh Ambassador for Parkrun which now stages 23 weekly events across the country.

Newport Social Cycling Group founder John Wheat, 50, is a qualified British Cycling Ride Leader and leads his group of more than 300 volunteers to support cycling events locally and across Wales.

Gareth Bailey, 40, is Newport Gwent Dragons representative volunteering in the Dragons Community Department. Gareth broke his neck and was rescued by air ambulance, now fully recovered he devotes his time to fund raising and volunteering.

Newport City Councillor Tracey Holyoake represents the Pillgwenlly ward having been elected to office in May this year. Cllr Holyoake is a member of the Pill Millennium Centre Trust and sits on several committees.

Mary Trenfield, 56, was one of the first Breeze Champions to be trained in Wales in 2014 and now leads bike rides for women, inspiring them to get on their bikes at weekly rides around the city.

Identical twins Michael and David Knight , 61, have volunteered for Newport Cricket Club for more than 40 years their hard work and dedication is a tribute to the club still existing today.

Several younger members of Newport Harriers Athletic  Club will also be proud to take part in the Baton relay, the youngest being 15-year-old Isabel Davies who competes in all sprint events and holds the club record at 300m for the under 17 age group.

Another club member is Charlotte Mitchell, 16, who competes in pentathlon competitions and has represented Wales and Welsh Schools at sporting competitions.

Kellen Jones, 17,  joined the Harriers as a javelin thrower and has since taken up multi events and holds a Welsh record and is ranked first in Wales as a decathlete.

Hannah Morgan, 20, is a keen hammer, discus and shot athlete holding the club record with the hammer and is still taking part in athletic events while attending university.

Tyler Williams, also 20, is a keen sprinter for the club and has participated in Welsh schools events and is also continuing to participate in athletics while studying at Cardiff University.

Phoebe Russell, 20, is a member of Lliswerry Running Club and Newport East Wales Triathlon Club, having started her running career at 15 and triathlons in 2012. She has won her age group twice at the Llanelli triathlon, competed in seven trialthlons, three Aquathons and has completed five half marathons.

This event is being hosted by Newport City Council in partnership with Newport Live and Newport BID.

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