Bridgend AC

Running is a drug…or is it? Lets find out shall we..? :)

We’ve just had the following request:

My name is Gary Woods and I am undertaking a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology within the Ulster University. I would be grateful if male runners aged 18 years and over would consider completing the questionnaire available at the following link.

 I am investigating exercise dependence and attempting to identify factors associated with it (if present). Further details of the study are available within the questionnaire’s opening pages. Many thanks in advance for your time, should you be able to participate.

Sounds interesting

MMTRF – thanks to all BAC and other volunteers

A note from Steve Brace to all those involved in the organisation, support and running of the Merthyr Mawr Trail Race last weekend….


A BIG BIG thank you for your help and support that made the first Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival such a success.

Over 300 seniors completed a challenging course, and whilst not the July summers day weather we envisaged, in retrospect it was ideal for the runners.

On the whole, the event went very well and there is some excellent feedback from runners on the events social media (links below), however there are a things that we need to tighten up on and improve in the future, and great images from the course supplied by our photographers, runners and spectators. If you have any please pass on.

The event could not have happened without you and you all rallied and provided great support to the runners, which is evident in their comments.

The event looked good and had a great atmosphere and the logistics of the car park and event village worked well, and was perfect for the running of the youngsters races around the area.

The venue, course, unique features and setting is the key successful ingredient and we are very thankful for Rory McClaggan of Merthyr Mawr Estate and land owner for his generosity, permission and the work undertaken in many parts of the course, much of which will have gone unnoticed but crucial in the safe running of the event.

Also, thanks are due to ….

  • the NRW (National Resources Wales) who manage the warren re-established some of the paths across the top
  • Penybont Lifeguards for monitoring the Ogmore Estuary, a vulnerable part of the course
  • And St Johns Ambulance, who due to the complexity of the course were distributed at 3 sites and brought in special vehicles; just in case, but thankfully no major problems were recorded.

We would welcome your feedback, good and bad, as we evaluate the event and consider any revisions.

We will be having a review meeting in the next 2 weeks, and would be delighted if you are able to attend. Details to follow.


At this early stage, we are planning on holding the second edition at a similar time next year – early/mid-July, and we hope that we can call on your support again – unless you are planning on running?

Many, many thanks – Steve


MMTRF – only a week to go!

Those of you looking to bring along the family to the Merthyr Mawr Trailing Festival next week (yes only a week to go folks!) – it would be appreciated if you could enter in advance so that we are more certain of numbers on the day….


– thanks all🙂

Senior Summer 3K Handicap – on the “Troes Loop”

Last night saw a good turnout for the Summer 3k handicap on Treoes loop. Thanks must go to Official Route Marker Brace and Timer Davidson for all their help in the success of the evenings event…

Finishing time with actual run time in brackets :
1st Hayley Coburn 13:14 (13:14)
2nd Kris Powell 13:18 ( 11:58)
3rd James Hunt 13:31 ( 9:16 ) Fastest
4th Ben White 13:32 (10:32)
5th Donovan Williams Hale 13:33 (9:48) 2nd fastest
6th Jamie Clode 13:36 (11:21)
7th Greg Newhams 13:40 (10:55)
8th Nick Stocker 13:42 (11:12)
9th Georgie Dando   13:43 (11:28)
10th Gemma Roche-Clarke 13:50 (11:50)
11th Jon Embling 13:56 ( 13:56)
12th Gareth Jenkins 13:58 (11:58)
13th Stephen Summers 13:59 (12:39)
14th Rob Atkin 14:00 (10:00)
15th Kate Roberts 14:01 (10:01) Fastest female
16th Matthew Herbert 14:04 (11:04)
17th  David Carrington 14:10 (12:50)
18th Alan Kerr 14:18 ( 11:18)
19th Gareth Hardman 14:19 (12:04)
20th James Grandfield 14:29 (10:44)
21st  David Murray 14:31 (10:46)
22nd John Morgan 14:39 (11:54)
23rd Evatt Cummings 14:53 (12:38)
Great turnout and good effort by all – handicap was aimed at finsihing around 14 minutes so everyone from 3rd to 21st was within 30 secs –
Stu commented “Apologies to those I got wrong – Hayley Coburn will pay for it next time !

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