Brackla Harriers

Christmas Pudding Race

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race 2018

Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the pleasure in announcing the date for the 2018 Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race will be Sunday December the 9th.

Entries will open at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd October, follow this link

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Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race 2017

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
One2One Therapy – Physiotherapy & Sports Injury clinic Bridgend
Waterstone Homes (

Thanks to the follow:
The Mclaggans 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
ResultsBase for timing and registration
The guys and gals helping vehicles who had become stuck in the car park.
Stuart Davidson (race referee)

Wild Trail

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 at  We would welcome you as much as we did at the Pudding Race.


Brackla Harriers look forward to welcoming you in December.

Thanks to all
Christopher Jeynes (Race Director)



Results can be found at

Some photo’s can be found at

More photo’s can be found (and more will be added) at

Race day winners are:

First up the Big Dipper
Male – Alex Ducket
Female – Sally Wilder

Senior male
1st James Hunt Cardiff AAC 45:28
2nd Will Munday Swansea Harriers 47:31
3rd Robert Adkin Bridgend AC 47.58

Senior Female
1st Laura Clements Team Cranc 54.29
2nd Danielle Phillips Parc Bryn Bach 56.52
3rd Rebecca Bennet Swansea Harriers 58.57

Vet Male
1st Paul Lewis Wuss Tri 46.28
2nd Richard Wilder San Domenico 51.47
3rd Niki Puleio Ogmore Phoenix Runners 52.28

Vet Female
1st Sally Manroe unattached 55.58
2nd Vicki Jones AVAAC 55.55
3rd Sharon Leech Carmarthen Harriers 57.52

Team prizes
Male – Cardiff AAC
7th Martin Pacoe
14th David Mort
17th Phillip Tugwell
24th Andrew Wilkinson

Female – Bridgend AC
82nd Catherine Stevens
103rd Gemma Roche Clarke
104th Georgie Dando

Great achievements all round.


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

Hi Res - Waterstone #2DAAFF - Built for Life
2017 welcomes Waterstone Homes to being a sponsor of our race.    In the last few years, Waterstone Homes have created more than 500 homes across South Wales and the West of England. Waterstone Homes is forever evolving by listening and working with specialists to react to changes in lifestyles.  Waterstone Homes “Built for life”.  Visit for more information



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

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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