In short: As usual the sun came out for Merthyr Mawr In full: As ever, this was a cracking good race. Weather and other conditions perfect. The sand dunes were hellish as always, the 3 deep pools we had to wade through near the end were icy - as expected! Only down side is that this race is becoming a victim of its own success. It's got too big, and I'm not sure a village the size of Merthyr Mawr can cope with th influx of traffic. Some more planning is needed - either limit the numbers drastically to perhaps 400, or try to encourage those attending to ensure there is at least 2 people in each car. That tiny lane to the village can't accommodate the level of traffic we saw today. Otherwise excellent as usual Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Exactly as advertised - fun, challenging in parts and an Xmas Pud at the finish. In full: The first time I've done this one - right at the end of my first year of serious running - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My son too who also ran it for the first time. Very friendly crowd, good value and inclusive of newcomers.
In full: Fantastic December day. The course had varied terrain (tough, tougher and toughest). The option of water, sherry, mulled wine and mince pies was a lovely touch at approx half way, pity I didn't stop and induldge! Marshalls were plentiful, friendly and very encouraging. A great race. Will definately return next year. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Unmissable. In full: Ah, the mighty Pudding Race. Such fun. Thanks to the nice people at Brackla for organising, and for thoughtfully arranging for perfect weather. See you next year. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Thought I was flying up sand dune at the start then all of a sudden it hits you, thank god for slight congestion at top for a breather. A well organised run in glorious Welsh countryside. Highly recommended. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: A great race, extremly difficult but "fun" and friendly. In full: This was my very first race and what a way to start - with a run up Europe’s biggest sand dune, I thought it would be ok after that but it gets harder with a 1 mile run up the side of a mountain (maybe some would call it a hill but it was definatly a mountain to me!).
I was apprehensive going in as it was my first race as I mentioned earlier, I knew it was going to be a tough run but more so because I don't look like a runner so I figured I'd be looked down on by the more serious runners but it couldn't have been further from the truth, the organisers and other runners were extremely supportive and friendly.
This isn’t a race for the feint hearted and probably not the best for newbie’s to get started on but if I could do it then there is no reason why anyone else couldn’t but if you do follow my footsteps then please please please, do plenty of practice on hill running. Date of review: January 31, 2009