Brackla Harriers

Christmas Pudding Race

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race 2018

Thanks to everyone involved in running the Pudding Race, there are lots of smiling happy faces on race day but also lots of help in the background that folks may not see but are equally as important to the race.

I’m bound to forget someone, but hopefully not.

Thanks to our race sponsors:
Run and Become Cardiff
JCP Solicitors
Brecon Carreg Water
One2One Therapy – Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, Bridgend
Waterstone Homes

Thanks to the following:
The Mclaggan family for allowing us to use the estate
Rory Mclaggan for starting the race.
Natural Resources Wales for working with us to approve a route
West Beacons Mountain Rescue for being there when needed
South Wales Police
All the residents of Merthyr Mawr Estate
Results Base for timing and registration
Dave Frankton (on the top carpark)
Stuart Davidson (race referee)
To every single marshal, most of which are Brackla Harrier members but there are a significant chunk of marshals who are either friends of the Harriers or were indeed once a Harrier themselves, I thank you all very much.

Finally thanks to every runner and supporter for turning up on the day and running, without you we wouldn’t have anything. You are all absolutely amazing. I know I said it a few times but “the things you guys do to get a free Christmas Pudding”.

If you are not currently a member of a running club please look to join one, the friendship and support you’ll get is second to none. If your in the Bridgend area come along and run with us, details of our training can be found on this website.  We would welcome you as much as we did at the Pudding Race.

Congratulations to:
1st Male up the Big Dipper Oli WIlliams (1:36) NEW BIG DIPPER RECORD
1st Female up the Big Dipper Sally Munro (2:12) NEW BIG DIPPER RECORD

1st Male James Hunt (43:59)
1st Female Sian Edwards (48:58)

2nd Male David Lawson (44:58)
2nd Female Helen Marshal (50:34)

3rd Male Lewis Robers (45:29)
3rd Female Sharon Leech (52:58)

1st Male Vet Ifan Lloyd (48:05)
1st Female Vet Sally Munro (54:14)

2nd Male Vet Henry Wright (48:14)
2nd Female Vet Annelise Loveluck (55:11)

3rd Male Vet Alan Davies (49:01)
3rd Female Vet Georgie Dando (55:14)

83rd Male Ceri Shave (59:42)
83rd Female Dawn Hopkins (1:20:39)

121st Male Carson Pryce (1:02:54)
121st Female Natalie Lang (1:28:09)

Brackla Harriers look forward to welcoming you next December to celebrate the 30th year of the event.

Thanks to all
Christopher Jeynes (Race Director)

Results can be found at
Photos can be found (and more will be added) at

A video produced by one of the entrants (Mark James) can be viewed by clicking here


Pudding Race marshals

Any race queries should be emailed to

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.

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 White Rock Runners 1.36 (2018)


Sally Munro Darth Coastal Runners 2.12 (2018)


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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