About MDC

Clwb Rhedeg Mynyddwyr De Cymru
Welcome to Mynyddwyr de Cymru (MDC), the largest and friendliest Mountain Running Club in South Wales.

 

The club was formed after the first Llanbedr to Blaenavon fell race in 1980, and from humble beginnings we have grown to be very successful – but still retain that ‘small club’ feeling.

 

Non-Welsh speakers may wonder about the English translation of ‘Mynyddwyr de Cymru’. It means ‘Mountaineers of South Wales’ and is pronounced ‘Mun-uth-io-r duh kumm-ree’. Yes, there will be a spelling test… or, like many people, you can just use ‘MDC’.

 

Runners meet and run across South Wales, though we have a particular fondness for the Brecon Beacons National Park. Members also regularly take part in fell, mountain and hill running events all over Wales and abroad, including the infamous Transfan! Fell running is the club’s main activity, but members are also cavers, climbers, cyclists, kayakers, and much more.

 

Club members are prolific race organisers, and are always looking for volunteers to marshal – it’s a great way to see what fell running is all about and meet club members. MDC enters Men’s and Women’s teams into many local races, as well as events further afield such as the FRA Fell Relays. Look out for posts on facebook, and you’ll find the race calendar on the WFRA website. The team kit is White, Green and Red… or Grey, Green and Red if you’ve ever worn it for more than one race.

 

From April to October we train weekly on Tuesday nights and usually finish with a meal and a pint in a local pub. During the winter months this becomes a fortnightly meet for a run in the dark. For details see our list of Training Runs.

 

Our members also organise many informal activities on our facebook group, which you are welcome to come along to Рno need to join straight away, come and see if you enjoy it first.
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meet the committee
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The President (and kit man)

John Aggleton

John is the figurehead on the prow of the good ship MDC. He's also the man to go to if you want an MDC vest. This year he's raking in the prizes in the MV60 category, so is currently awash with socks and cheap bottles of wine. Just don't ask him to make a speech...

Contact John
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Men's Captain + Newsletter Editor

Matt Stott

Matt is the Men's Captain for MDC, leading by example one pounding descent at a time. When he's not ripping it up at the front of the race, Matt is also the Newsletter editor, so if you have anything you'd like to share with the club, get in touch with him here.

Contact Matt
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Women's Captain

Katie Roby

When she's not running big long races in Europe, Katie's fixing bodies at her physio practice in Brecon. If it's long and arduous, expect to see Katie leading from the front...

Contact Katie
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Membership Secretary

Gary Davies

When he's not running, mountain biking and kayaking across entire countries with his adventure racing team, Gary is the person to talk to for all new MDC members.

Contact Gary
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Run co-ordinator

Marcus Pinker

With an international-standard orienteer to navigate our Tuesday night runs, you can be guaranteed to run through the gnarliest batch of brambles, scrambles and mud to be found in South Wales.

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Pub co-ordinator

Martyn Driscoll

We found Martyn running in the dark on the Garth, and he now finds our pubs for us. Every week, the MDC Tuesday night run ends up in a pub, and it's Martyn's job to find us the cheapest curry and best pint the hills can offer.

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Welfare Officers

Mark Saunders and Alice Bedwell

Mark and Alice are the MDC Welfare Officers. If you need some help, get in touch...

Contact Mark and Alice
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Treasurer

Andy Blackmore

With the MDC membership fee fixed at £5 per annum, it's Andy's job to count the coppers, and tell us how little we have each year.

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Website

Oliver Lamford

Ollie looks after the website. If there's anything up with it, or something you'd like to add, get in touch.

Contact Ollie