Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race

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

Sorry, the deadline to sign up has passed.


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!

Registration details will be put up as soon as they're known. But entries to the race are limited, and registration is frantic on the day they open. Let us know if you want to go NOW, and we'll aim to sign up multiple names on the day!

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!

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 challenge just in itself, but the fun continues with an eventual second long climb, off road rough moorland, and several streams towards the finish!

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!!!”

Date and time

10:00am - 11:30am Sunday, 8th of December 2019

Sign up by 7:00pm on Wednesday 2nd October so we can let Ellen know who to expect.


Merthyr Mawr Village
Merthyr Mawr
CF32 0LS
Wales View Map

What to look out for

Age Restriction

GoodGym welcomes anyone aged 18 or over. If you are under 18 then you will be unable to participate in any GoodGym activity

Make sure you've read our general guidelines for safety when running and at a task.

This event is organised by your Taskforce will not necessarily be led by a qualified GoodGym trainer or run leader. The TaskForce is a group of local runners elected by members in your area. You should feel confident to participate in the event as it is described and you do so at your own risk.


sign in to add a comment

Led by


Running keeps me sane.

Who's going

  • Martin Graff
  • Mike
  • Nic
  • Cardiff runner
  • Cardiff runner
  • Zoey Dee
  • Rick Nugent
  • Sharon Woods
  • Adrian Woods
  • Rhian Price-Jones
  • Liz Davis
  • Stephanie Lubbock
  • Ian Wright
  • Rosie Salvatore
  • Jo Jones
  • Hayley Davies
  • Paul Kehl
  • Darren Raz-Nick
  • Peter Gillibrand
  • Ellen

Share with friends

GoodGym Race team

Want to be part of a more competitive side of GoodGym?

Join the GoodGym Race Team

Merthyr Mawr Village
Merthyr Mawr
CF32 0LS


New to GoodGym?

This is a GoodGym group run, where we run to help a local community organisation and then run back.

New runners are welcome to GoodGym group runs - no one gets left behind. You're unlikely to be alone, hundreds of new people sign up every week.

There's a place to leave bags and a toilet at the start point, all you need to do is bring your trainers. It's free to try - get involved!

Find out more

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more