The Griffin Mill Merthyr Half Marathon 2019

16 January 2019

by: Aislinn Millichip

Merthyr Running Club is delighted to announce that its official sponsor for 2019 will be local multi-franchise car dealership, Griffin Mill, for the second year running. The Griffin Mill Merthyr Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 24th March, so please keep your fingers crossed for some dry weather that weekend! Merthyr Running Club would like to thank Griffin Mill for their support towards this event and are extremely happy to have them on board again. With the support of Griffin Mill, we are able to make this year’s event really special and are looking forward to working together to make the event a huge success.

Mark Pardoe, Managing Director at Griffin Mill, commented: “We sponsored the Merthyr Half Marathon for the first time in 2018, and the energy we felt on the day from the competitors and supporters alike was nothing short of amazing, and for that very reason we are delighted to sponsor the event again this year. As a local dealership that has serviced the area for over 55 years, we feel it’s important to get involved and show our support in local events in the community – and what better way than to sponsor the Griffin Mill Merthyr Half Marathon? We are really looking forward to what is going to be another fantastic event, and wish all of the people taking part the very best of luck!”

The route of the Griffin Mill Merthyr Half Marathon will stay the same this year following the huge success of last year. The run will start at 10am at Merthyr College and will head towards the historic Trevethick Trail for six miles, before returning back up the Taff Trail and back to the college – so our runners will have a picturesque backdrop to get them through the gruelling 13.1 miles. Once at the finish line, all participants will be awarded a medal and goodie bag. T-shirts will be given out at the registration desk, enabling the runners to wear them during the event.

On the day, there will be a Race Village and we are inviting local businesses and charities to get involved and to support the event. If you think you can help or would like to know more, please email us on info@merthyrhalfmarathon.co.uk. Merthyr Running Club are also pleased to announce that they are launching a Junior Running Club. Please see our Facebook page for more details – facebook.com/groups/MerthyrRunning/.

The deadline for entries to run the 2019 half marathon is Wednesday 20th March. Entries can be made in advance only and places are going quickly – so don’t miss your chance to sign up if you haven’t done so yet! We’re inviting beginners to join us in this run too, and Merthyr Running Club can help you to train for it. We run three times a week and have specific half marathon training runs planned for every Sunday in the run-up to this event, so do get in touch if you would like to take part but need support with your training. Whatever your running ability, we can help.

We are also inviting supporters of all ages to come along and cheer on the runners. There will even be a Children’s Fun Run before the main event, and children can enter on the day, so this really is an event for the entire family.

What did the organisers say?

We are extremely excited about this year’s race and are determined that this year will be the best yet, with the help of main sponsor Griffin Mill and our other local supporters. The team is putting in lots of effort to make this event different, so expect some surprises in store as you run around the route. Our water stations are being supported by the local gyms in the area – they will be competing with each other to create the best one, with runners able to vote for their favourite at the end. 

It’s a very proud day for Merthyr Running Club and we want to appeal to everyone in Merthyr Tydfil and the local area to come along and support what is going to be a brilliant day.

Our aim is to encourage all runners – no matter what their level of ability – to come along to our fantastic town and experience a half marathon that will be extremely well-supported.

We hope to see you there!