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sahara‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done’ Team to take on 100 mile run challenge across the Sahara desert

The team will attempt to run a marathon a day for three days in 40 degrees heat with no access to running water and carrying a stretcher in case of emergency 



volunteers photoMerthyr’s first triathlon for beginners was a huge success – and the date is already set for next year

Competitors swam 16 lengths in Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, did a 9k bike ride on the Taff Trail and completed a 2k run in the town.  The triathlon, which was aimed at beginners, set the task to competitors of swimming 16 lengths in Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, a 9k bike ride on the Taff Trail and a 2k run in the town on the morning of Sunday, September 27. 



sarah draper & julien macdonaldMerthyr Tydfil is set to host its first ever triathlon

The organiser of the Merthyr Half Marathon has revealed exciting plans for the next sporting event coming to town later this year – a triathlon for beginners.  Following the successful half marathon, which saw around 1,000 runners take to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, Sarah Draper is organising a triathlon for September 27, to get local people on their bikes and into the water. 




When Sarah Draper took up running in 2006, little did she know that nine years on, she would have her own her own fitness-coaching company, have set up a hugely successful running club, won a prestigious IWA Sports Award and completed an Ironman. 



half marathon runnersAll you need to know to get set and go for this year’s Merthyr Half Marathon

Around 1,000 competitors are getting ready to race the first Merthyr Half Marathon for more than 20 years next weekend.  The race on Sunday, March 22, has been organised by Merthyr Running Club and will be the first time since the 1980s that a half marathon has been held in the town. 



sarah runningMerthyr Half Marathon: Get ready to get set and go for the first time in more than 20 years

A half marathon will take place in Merthyr Tydfil next year after the town’s running club confirmed it will be hosting the event.  Hundreds of people have already signed up for the 13.1 mile race – which will take place on Sunday, March 22. 



sarah draper triathlonA gruelling sea swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon… how businesswoman Sarah tackled the Ironman challenge

A Merthyr businesswoman has become an iron woman after completing one of the world’s most gruelling triathlon challenges in just over 16 hours.  Mum of two Sarah Draper, 39, took part in Wales’ Ironman in Tenby – renowned as being one of the toughest courses, with a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride climbing to 8,000 feet and a gruelling 26.2 mile marathon to finish. 



Sarah-Draper1Active Merthyr mum Sarah wins top sports award at prestigious ceremony

An active mum-of-two has run off with a sporting accolade a prestigious awards ceremony.  After giving birth to her second son eight years ago, Sarah Draper took up running and soon after began building up a fully-fledged running club.  Now the club is a resounding success, with 16 qualified coaches training budding athletes and those looking to keep fit.