In short: Enjoyable ramble through woods and ploughed fields. In full: Glad I kept up just enough with people in front not to lose my way. Route is a bit convoluted. Very detailed route notes provided but quite difficult to run and follow the notes at the same time. Longest run I have done to date. Started flagging a bit at 15 miles - very glad to see the last water stop (yes, stop in my case). Chomped on a Mars bar and grabbed a mitt full of jelly beans. A couple of miles later I felt much better and sped up continually towards the finish. Judging by the lurid stains still on my hand after a few washes, I think that the burst of energy might have been due to hyperactivity caused by the colourings in the jelly beans. Thanks to the Dunstable Runners for a great day out, very good organisation, the certificate and the insulated mug - a good momento and useful too. Date of review: September 16, 2009
In short: Tough event with its own character - loved the day and will be back for more in 2010. In full: Hilly? Yes - 6 miles generally upwards, then lots of down with some short, sharp hills towards the end. Great scenery.
Trail shoes might be more comfortable on the stony trail sections but my squidgy-soled road shoes were OK.
Very friendly event, water stations every 3 miles. Support was sparse but enthusiastic.
For registering on the day the pre-race info. was a bit thin, but everything worked well. You didn't need to register first to be able to take the bus from Merthyr to Brecon, but obviously it helps the organisers to know hown many people they need to move.
Weather in 2009 was overcast and cool - just right. It's the Brecon Beacons so it could have been much wetter.
The Mayor of Merthyr handed out the T-shirts at the finishing line. There was tea/coffee, sandwiches and biscuits available after the race and there are good changing and shower facilities.
Would recommend this to anyone who likes hills or who wants a change from running on 2-dimensional terrain. It was a memorable day out and I look forward to running again next year. Date of review: September 6, 2009