Brackla Harriers

Christmas Pudding Race

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race 2017

This years Pudding Race will take place on Sunday 10th December at 10 AM

Entries will open on Wednesday 4th October at 7pm

Pudding Race entry link

Click this link to go to results base to enter, entries will not open until 7pm on the 4th October and you’ll only be able to register runners in batches of 2.

We are excited to announce that we will be running a new route this year. It will still include all the features you’ve come to love about the Pudding Race. We’ll still start and finish from the carpark.

This is due to the fact that there will be improvement works at the treatment plant and therefore we will be unable to run that part of the course.

More details will be released about the new route in due course but the terrain will still be varied, the length will not change (well given the terrain it may vary a little) and most importantly mulled wine and mince pies will still be available on the course.


logoWe are very pleased to confirm that Run and Become will once again be a sponsor of our race.  Our relationship with Run and Become dates back for more than a decade.  Run and Become have always been keen to be involved with the race including members of their team entering and running in the event.  With shops in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff they have the capitals well covered.  They offer a huge range of running footwear and accessories with a Natural Gait Analysis offered with footwear.  Visit

JCP Solicitors Logo (Left) (Blue and Gray on White)We are delighted to have confirmed JCP Solicitors as a sponsor for 2017. As the title sponsors of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, they told us they jumped at the chance to sponsor such a sought-after race following their recent merger with Glamorgan Law (our 2016 sponsors). They will also be providing a bottle of champagne to first male
 and female to reach the top of the big dipper, subject to them completing the race. JCP Solicitors have offices across South and West Wales including Cowbridge, Pontypridd, Cardiff and Caerphilly and are proud to be part of the communities in which they are based.  Visit for further information

Don’t forget race entries open on the 4th October 2017 – Be quick to click!


2016 Results here

2016 Photos

Start and finish photos


Big Dipper photos


Top of the valley


Water crossing


Other photos from the 2016 Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race


Any race queries should be emailed to



2016’s event was kindly sponsored by

with many thanks to the McLaggan family for allowing this special event to take place.

Mince Pies, Mulled wine, sweat, sweets, smiles and encouragement also provided!

Your entry ensures we have all aspects of the course covered in the event of an incident (Mountain Rescue)

Event parking is also included.

We are always on the lookout for new members so please do contact us if you enjoy running with like minded people and are interested, please talk to us on the day or before via the contact details on this website.

Map of the traditional course here

Please note the 2017 route will be different

Sat Nav users: nearest postcode is CF32 0LS

This will get you to Merthyr Mawr village, continue through the village and marshalls will guide you to the parking fields.


Race Overview

The Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race is a challenging multi-terain six mile race.

Steve Ovett and JPR Williams are just a few of the legendary athletes who have used the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend as a base for their training and especially the highest dune, the mother of all sand dunes, the highest in Europe, known to one and all as “The Big Dipper”. Running up it is a harsh challenge just in itself, but the fun continues with an eventual second long climb, off road rough moorland, and several streams towards the finish!
Welcome to the Pudding Race, an annual Christmas tradition that draws runners from far and wide to compete in a truly memorable race, guaranteed to test every muscle and sinew in your body!

Race History

The Pudding Race was started in 1990 by Bridgend AC who organised the race for 10 years, handing over to the Brackla Harriers Club in 2000. The original race route took in the stepping stones by Ogmore castle, a route abandoned after heavy rain submerged the stones in year 2!

Read a review of the race here. Helpful advice for the Bridgend area here.

Comments from previous years runners…

“Ran my first pud run today and thought I’d just say how enjoyable an event it was. Superb friendly organisation and lots of fun. Thank you to all involved in running the event.” GC


“Just like to congratulate you on a wonderful event this morning. I think we had 38 Penarth & Dinas Runners enter, not sure at the moment how many of us turned out but it looked like loads, and everyone that I have spoken to has said how much they enjoyed the race, but also commented on how fantastic the organisation was and how brilliant the marshals were all over the course, especially those in the tricky locations. Well done to Everyone at Brackla Harriers. Clem (Chair – P & D Runners) ”


“Cheers one and all for a superb 2012 Pudding Race – my first, and one of the hardest I have done all year, but worth the slog!!!”

Course Records


Oliver Williams Les Croupiers 1.42 (2014)


Sally Wilder San Domenico 2.30 (2014)


James Hunt Cardiff ACC 35:09 (2016)


Lizzie Wrath – Team Bath AC – 41:36 (2016)


Andrew Tuckey – Bridgend AC – 36:39 (2016)


Michelle Weaver – unattached – 42:55 (2016)


We discourage the use of personal stereos/ipods for your own safety. All entrants run under BAF rules, compete entirely at their own risk and the organisers accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury, however caused.

Please note there will be a one way system in operation to exit Merthyr Mawr when you leave.

When you come out of the one way system onto the A48 please turn left only and follow the road down to the next roundabout where it is then safe to return in the opposite direction if needed.


One way traffic system to exit merthyr mawr village



The Pudding Race is supported every year by the kindness of the Merthyr Mawr Estate, with the support of the Mclaggan family. The Brackla Harriers would like to thank the Mclaggan family, and all the residents of Merthyr Mawr for supporting the race since 1990.  


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