Cwmbran has a very active population; rambling, rugby and running are all very popular activities. The region hosts numerous running clubs, and one of the best known is the Griffithstown Harriers who, despite their name, are based a short distance away from Griffithtown on Edlogan Way, Cwmbran.
They meet regularly at what used to be the Girling Club. Girling-Lucas first came to Cwmbran just before the Second World War; they were attracted by huge investment that was being pumped into this New Town, as well as generous government grants, to help the area regenerate.
During the war their factory made gun turrets for the Lancaster heavy bomber, providing employment for about 5,000 people. After the war their commitment to Cwmbran continued and they opened what was possinly Europe's biggest school for apprentices.
They were generally recognised as a good employer and were committed to the health of their workforce, providing playing field facilities and encouraging their employees to join sports clubs. It is hardly surprising that there is so much enthusiasm locally for the Griffithstown Harrier's running activities which span a wide spectrum from easy country run so challenging fell running.
The Harriers were first set up in 1983 and they not only have regular competitions of their own but they also participate in a number of local leagues too.
Their members are not necessarily super fit athletes though! They welcome new members of any standard who wish to run with them and training is available for members who wish to take advantage of it.
Like most sports clubs there is an active social side as well. Members can meet every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as on social events.