2016 held the second Merthyr half Marathon. In 2015 they had 810 runners for the first run which was nearly halved in 2016 with a total of 443. Overhearing some other runners I think there was a clash with another run and it was Mother’s Day.
I have enjoyed running the Merthyr half two years running. It’s quite a hilly run, mainly on smooth surface with some short areas of trail.
The race starts and finishes at Merthyr college. The course is well marshalled with supporting marshals. Three water stations at aprox 3,6,9 miles.
First half of the race is fairly flat heading down the valleys with some short inclines. At approximately half way there is a tough incline section which also has three tiers of steps which are wide steps that are too wide to be able to stride with one stride.
Once passed this section the course continues with some further short inclines which are balanced with long stretches of flat on the taff trail.
The course finishes by returning back to the college where you have to do two laps of the car park before heading over the finish line.
The race is sponsored by many local businesses and had a previous Welsh rugby star to open the race.
A lovely medal, tshirt and goody bag were gratefully received at the finishing line.
Great value for money.
Note from editor:
Kelly ran a great race to finish in 1.50.34.