In short: a great local 10k & much better value than most big city events In full: this was my 2nd time at the MP10k and despite a dreadful personal performance - 3min slower than last year - it was a really good occasion. The organization was impeccable and the crowd was friendly. Given that the course goes through what is probably the most abused post-industrial landscape in the entire UK, it was remarkably scenic. It was virtually all off-road on the Taff Trail cycle route which made for a more relaxed feeling than roads. Full marks to John Diffey and colleagues at Merthyr police and I definitely plan to be back next year. Date of review: August 22, 2010
In short: Call the Police...speed trap! In full: First time I have run this one since 2005, they have changed the course since then which is now along the Taff trail and is a shorten version of the San Domenico 20 mile which I am well familiar with having run in it on now less than three occasions.
The course itself is fast predominately flat with a few "bumps" one problem is the immovable bollards littering the course and if running in a group or like me run with head down could cause problems.
The area the race is set isn't the most scenic of places, parts are reminiscent of the Chatsworth estate in "Shameless" but in all fairness to them the locals did come out and support the race and there was good support at the finish line.
There was a good turn out and a mixture of both club and fun runners. The marshals and St John's were extremely vocal along route and nice number of water stations.
The goody bag at the end contained a nice medal mars bar and bottle of Brecon Carreg all for £7 what a bargain!