In short: very friendly, one for the calendar In full: Although not the 18 miles advertised I'll do it again next year no matter what other runs it clashes with. If the couse does increase in distance us 'shunting engines' at the back will need an extra water stop to keep the boilers going. Date of review: September 16, 2007
In short: Tough, but well worth the effort In full: We had just the right conditions this year, overcast for the first hour or so, while we were climbing onto the Brecon Beacons, then glorious sunshine for the long descent to Merthyr. It it was too hot for the ascent or blowing a gale on top then it could be grim.
The descent is fast but treacherous -- it doesn't do to take your eyes of the track to look at the scenery, he says, speaking from painful, personal experience. Date of review: September 11, 2007
In short: excellent race In full: well worth the 200 mile journey from burnley to do this well organised event. I felt like a local when I finished. Only 16 miles though. Will be back next year .Thanks Alex. What a wonderful pair of mayors. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Spectular scenery though you'll be working too hard to notice In full: Glad to see this event back on the calendar even though it clashes with some other 'big' events. Tough course but well marked, this year's heat warranted a couple of extra water stations and prefer the old cartoon character finshers t-shirt. Great to have tea and biscuits at the start and finish, what more could anyone ask for apart from warmer showers ;-) Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Who put those hills there? In full: really well run race. marshalling and course layout was fantastic - no chance of getting lost or falling off the mountain! the mayor trying to chat with you at the finish when all i wanted to do was sit down was a nice touch. only slight niggles are -1. a map of the course would have been handy. 2. accurate distance- should be advertised as a 16 miler, not 18
also think the race is putting off entrants by advertising itself as tougher than any marathon - i'd be well pleased if i finished my marathons in that condition! Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: A Breathtaking Race Plus Two Mayors for the Pirce of One !!! In full: :-))
Yes, both the Mayor of Merthyr and the Mayor of Brecon starting this one, only the Queen, or Elvis could trump that.
Stunning hard route, magnificent views, just do it next year. 16 Miles this year but apparently will be longer next year. Mountain rescue, plenty of water, well marked course and a nice T-Shirt at the finish. Can hardly critisise the cold showers or lack of ladies showers as I am sure next year the new race committee will have everything ironed out.
In short: a welcome return of this classic run In full: 2007 saw the return of the epic Brecon - Merthyr "Roman Run" which features a testing 6mile/600m ascent up to the summits of the Brecon Beacons followed by an equally testing rough & rocky descent of 2miles, then an undulating 8miles of quiet road in superb mountain and lake scenery. The warm sunshine after the summit made it a long hard slog home but full marks to the organisers for a great event - we were sent off by the mayors of Brecon & Merthyr and personally welcomed home with a handshake from the mayor of Merthyr who somehow beat us all to the finish (maybe that flash Jag had something to do with it). A really great experience & so much better & more inspirational than those big city road runs. Roll on next year! Date of review: September 8, 2007
In short: Great race, Unique challenge In full: I loved it. It's not 18 miles but it's still bloody hard. For a point to point race with the additional task of laying on transport, it's also very well organised. It was hot but there was plenty of water and sponges and a great reception at the end. This is now my favourite race!!! Date of review: September 8, 2007