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.
Our members also organise many informal activities on our facebook group
, which you are welcome to come along to – no need to join straight away, come and see if you enjoy it first.