Brackla Harriers

Christmas Pudding Race

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race 2016

This years race was on Sunday 11th December at 10 AM.


Entries opened on Wednesday 5th October at 7pm and sold out within 25 minutes.


Results here

Photos here


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 course here

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.


Here is an interview with the race organiser Keith, after the 2011 race.


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 up until 2014


Oliver Williams Les Croupiers 1.42 (2014)


Sally Wilder San Domenico 2.30 (2014)


Gareth Thomas San Domenico 37.58 (2014)


Rebecca Bennett Swansea Harriers 47.30 (2014)


Huw Jones Celtic Tri 40.15 (2014)


Sally Wilder San Domenico 43.09 (2014)


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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