In short: An Off-road race..with a road element.. not an easy one.. In full: I've done this race 3 times now (at least).. its far from easy.. but it has a great atomsphere.. you run the first 6 more or less up hill then have some very rapid down hills from then on... Half way is 7 miles(per most peoples time..)..
In 2011, the weather was not at its best.. but the race was well orgnaised certainly enough water stops.. you get clapped by orgnaisers( every runner) that enters the hall at the end..
As its a point to point race.. you take the bus from 10am to start at 12.. there is some waiting around..
The race has a fair mix of runners a few fast ones.. but as its off road and you have injury risk.. it tends to keep a fair few of those away..
In short: What a challenge but well worth it be back next year In full: Starting in Brecon then right up over the Beacons into Merthyr Tydfil, hardest 16 miles you could wish for but support,organisation and wonderful scenery make it all so worthwhile. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Great race, challenging & hard work! In full: Steep hill climbs for first 6 to 7 miles as you head up into the Brecon Beacons. Roman Road section is difficult as stony, uneven and slippery. Once back on the road it's undulating with a steeper section in the last mile to finish at Cyfartha Castle. Well marked and marshalled, excellent provision of St Johns Ambulance and Mountain Rescue. Welcome tea & sandwiches, mars bar, biscuits provided afterwards.
It's tough but well worth doing. Not one for beginners though. Only downside, no trophy and rubbish cotton t-shirt. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Great race and really friendly people In full: Did the Roman Run for the first time this year. Its tough, the first six miles are a combination of hills and fell racing. But the decent towards Merthyr is great, the marshals are really helpful and friendly and a very good atmosphere at the end. Very good preparation for a marathon Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: a race i will never forget!! In full: what a fantastic race. Organisation was superb and race measured exactly 16 miles to the garmin. A very testing route but great camaraderie with the fellow runners. Free hot drink and sarnies at the finish. Couldn't have asked for more. Well done Merthyr Tydfil! Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: The hardest race iv,e ever taken part in. In full: What a fantastic run well organised good value and what away to see our lovely welsh countryside, the marshalls were brilliant they stayed and looked after every runner not only the fast guys. The Mayor was at the finsh to congratulate every runner from the winner to the last person, what can i say but a brilliant day Thank You. Date of review: September 23, 2008