As it happened: Day three of Queen's Baton Relay in Wales

Key points

  • The baton has spent the day at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala
  • Bala was day three of the baton's journey around Wales
  • Baton bearers included former 400m athlete Iwan Thomas
  • Thomas said it was an 'honour' to carry the baton
  • The baton also visited different stands around the site
  • It will travel to Carmarthenshire on Tuesday

Live text


  • David Dulin 
  • Brendon Williams 
  • Gemma Ryall 

Last updated 26 May 2014


Good morning and welcome to the start of the third day of our coverage of the Queen's Baton Relay. The baton is spending the day at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala and we have Brendon Williams following it. Please send us your pictures of the baton via email, Twitter and Facebook.


The baton has arrived in Bala. Can you spot it? some of today's baton bearers are here to welcome it along with Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde and Mistar Urdd, the festival's mascot.

Baton arrives in Bala


The Urdd Eisteddfod is one of Europe's largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 100,000 visitors each year.


Chris Jenkins, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, has said the Urdd is the "anchor point" for the entire baton relay in Wales.


Brendon Williams, BBC News

Thousands of people are here already - the Urdd competitions started at 07:45 BST. The baton has been paraded with the 19 bearers, which include former world and European 400m champion Iwan Thomas. The official relay is expected to start at 10:45 BST, where the baton will form part of the opening ceremony.

TWEET 10:35

BBC Wales' Claire Summers tweets: We've arrived in Bala at the Urdd. @Iwanrunner ready to start the baton relay.

Iwan Thomas with Mister Urdd


Brendon Williams, BBC News

The baton is on the stage at the Urdd as part of the official opening ceremony. We're expecting the baton on the field any minute but there are no crowds here waiting for it. We're wondering if people know it's about to come through.


And off we go with the relay.


The baton is being clapped and cheered as it's paraded around the maes. Sports volunteer Laura Davies, 19, from Rhyl, takes her turn to carry the baton.

Ellie-Haf Thomas

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Morys Gruffydd, one of the Eisteddfod organisers, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for us as an organisation to support the Welsh team. It's also great for our members who are carrying the baton."

Morys Gruffydd