Parliamentary candidate, Stephen Kinnock, is helped to beat cystic fibrosis by taking part in the Beast of Bryn on Saturday 31 May.  The annual fundraiser took place in Bryn, Port Talbot and comprised of three separate runs: a fun run, a 6.8 mile run and the challenging 15 miler.  Stephen, 44, who will be standing in the Aberavon constituency in the May 2015 general election, took up the challenge to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition that causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.  Only half of all people with cystic fibrosis live to celebrate their 40th birthday.  The Trust works to develop better treatments and invest in cutting edge research to ensure that people with cystic fibrosis can live longer, healthier lives.
Stephen, who divides his time between Port Talbot and London, says he’s keen to support such a worthy cause:  “Shaun Tobin, Graham Roland and their team have created this fantastic iconic fundraising challenge.  Shaun’s son has cystic fibrosis and I am only too pleased to do what I can to support him and his family by raising money.
“I ran the 6.8 mile course. It was tough with some steep sections, but the landscape's fantastic – simply stunning.  I’m a South Wales boy, and it really brings out the patriot in me when I take in those views over the valley. It was a lovely day out and all for a good cause. It was good to enjoy a pint at the end to celebrate finishing the run!”
Carolyn Holt, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Fundraising Manager for Wales says this event is special particularly as the Trust is marking its 50th year :  “I’d like to thank everyone who supported this great event.  This year sees the 50th anniversary of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, but we’re not celebrating but redoubling our efforts!  The average life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis is 40.  With fundraising events like this one we can fund research into better treatment for those with the condition.  We are committed to improving the lives of those with cystic fibrosis so that they can see their 50th birthday and beyond. ”
To sponsor Stephen visit: . To donate via text message, please text SKSA 65 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.   Money raised will enable the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to invest in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments and, ultimately find a cure. It will also provide support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and help the Trust to drive up standards in medical care.

Hello Paul, I ran (and walked a bit!) in Bwystfil y Bryn on Saturday and I just wanted to let you know that I thought it was a fantastic event. It was such a challenging route but the support from everyone was amazing. It was really well organized and the atmosphere was great. I will wear my t-shirt with pride!  Best wishes
Meinir Jones
another amazing race day organized by graham and sean- 3rd year back and have to say this is by far the best race I have ever done. The community spirit, the organization the weather [well done boys fair play lol] the support and sponsorship....and of course the race itself- loving the course markers- marshaling and volunteers- all with a smile- and most with a beast mark on their faces. I will most definitely be back next year- DIOLCH !! 
Stark Raving Bones
 ditto..absolutely loved it,and will be back next year 
Paul Grainger Jones
 Still pissed that Graham arranges the race while I'm working! 
Hazel Yarranton-Wheeler
 I will do it again next I can do a better job of myself!!!
I wanted to say a huge thank you to all who worked so hard on Saturday. It was my first Beast of Bryn but I'm sure not my last. Brilliant.   Maria

Thank you ever so much for your positive feedback, it is greatly appreciated by all the volunteers who help to put on this event.
We all look forward to seeing you again next year.
Thank you,
The Team


Hi Graham,
Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for all your hard work with the Beast of Bryn, we are so chuffed to receive that much money, you wouldn't believe the difference it makes to a small charity like ours.
Mary and I really enjoyed Saturday night, gutted we couldn't stay longer, hope the rest of the night was a success and you managed to relax and have a few well earned pints!
Anyhow, will leave you in peace, sure you are flat out busy, catch up soon...And thank you again, we are really please you continue to support us at NPT Mind.
Best Wishes

  Message to Aneirin Karadog @ HENO (S4C) Once again a big thank you for giving up your time yesterday to help us promote our event. It was really nice to see your family coming along to our village. Having S4C cover this event really shows what the TV Channel thinks about local communities trying to put themselves and their country on the map. I hope you liked the national anthem being sung it put a lump in my throat I can tell you! Thanks again Nei,
Take Care  All,  Graham at BWYSTFIL Y BRYN.
From Aneirin Karadog--Subject: RE: Bwystfil y Bryn
Graham, diolch yn fawr for your kind word of appreciation. It was an absolute and genuine pleasure once again to be in bryn on Saturday.  I must congratulate you on holding and running an ever smoother and slick event which does so much for its participants, spectators and the village and surrounding area.  Llongyfarchiadau! Yours and Shaun's hard work is clearly paying off and you even arranged the perfect weather this time round! 
I hope you do not mind, but I passed on your kind e-mail to my colleagues and producers at Heno this morning and they then forwarded it to S4C’s head of commissioning, Dafydd Rhys,who then passed it on to the chief executive of S4C,Ian Evans.  I just want to tell you that from what I have heard they are very happy that you feel that S4C is fulfilling this potential of giving a voice to wales communities. 
A pleasure as always, hope you enjoy the piece I filmed.  I had to whittle it all down to 4 minutes so some people couldn’t not be included, but I have done my best to fit in as many contributors.
Cofion cynnes, Aneirin.      

Richard Walton---Bryn Beast made an impression on my boy didn't stop talking about it, wouldn't let his medal, go already nagging to do it next year and wants a pair of running trainers! Cheers pal lol gutted we couldn't stay longer.

 Eamonn Kirk- Beast of Bryn : Many thanks for a great race last weekend. A few of us from Swansea Harriers came down, and we intend to bring some friends next year. Thanks again, Eamon

Lowri Morgan Jones 
Thanks Graham, i can only apologies for not being a part of the race - one of the downsides of working in sport .., working weekends. However, I can honestly say that it is a fantastic event compared to all other events that i have raced in - (maybe not that many!) but I do say, hand on heart, that it is a pleasure to be a part of Bwystfil y Bryn! As I said on TV the challenging course, the camaraderie and the organization makes it one of the best! So, congratulations to you both. Really well done. Some of these races can be quite elitist / cliquish but that's not true about Bwystfil y Bryn and that is what makes it so special!   Thank you again for your kindness Lowri

Meinir Jones re. B.R.A.G / Bwystfil y Bryn
Fantastic event Graham Rowland many thanks to all that made it possible and for the amazing support of Bryn
residents. I thoroughly enjoyed once again and will definitely be back there in 2014!!! Diolch !

Sharon at MIND-
 RE:Beast of Bryn, Hi Graham,
 Hope you are having a well deserved rest after all your hard work with the race!
 What a great day, with a good turnout, we had a few enquiries as to what we do here at Mind, and gave quite a few leaflets away, so all good...Just wanted to say a huge thank you from all of us here at NPT Mind, we really do appreciate the hard work and efforts you put in to ensuring our charity benefits from the day...
Best Wishes Sharon 

 Gerwyn Evans, Sketty To: Shaun Tobin, Graham Rowland
Hi both. Can I thank you for an excellent superbly organised day Saturday. I'm still on cloud nine after completing the 6.8 miles. It was one of the best feelings I've ever had and wish I had taken running up more seriously when I was younger. I came in 66th and my son 36th. Not bad for a 57 year old I suppose. Enough about me.
You both deserve huge credit for organising such a brilliant event. I cant wait for next year and will do the 15 miler plus I've got in sight your Richard Burton 10k in November. The whole day went like clockwork in my mind from registering at the community centre where there were wonderful photos of Bryn in its prime to the 1 mile for youngsters through to the main event. Brilliant. The route was breath-taking from the turquoise lake to overlooking Bryn itself and the reception crossing the finishing line brought tears to my eyes. I felt so proud-even prouder for my son in his first run' like this.
Keep up the good work.good luck to you. You thoroughly deserve all the accolades coming your way.
Diolch,  Gerwyn Evans, Sketty