Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Minithon success at Merthyr Town

It was a beautiful autumn morning on Sunday for the first Merthyr Town FC Minithon. Our club joining FC United of Manchester and AFC Wimbledon in hosting an event to help both Club and a local Charity with the added benefits of a healthy run or walk in our stunning countryside.

Over 60 supporters, players, families and friends were ready at 11am at Rhydycar Leisure Centre to register for the 5km Run, Walk or Crawl.

Brian Flynn, Wales Under-21 Team Manager, was available to greet everyone and was able to have a chat with Merthyr Town Manager Gary Shephard about the team's performances this season in the Toolstation Western League.

Soon it was 11.00am and it was time for Mr. Flynn to start the race, the entrants were supplemented by mascots from Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council plus our very own Shaggy the Sheep.

The course chosen for the event was along the Taff Trail as far as Abercanaid where everyone looped around and returned to the Leisure Centre to collect their Race Certificate and donate their sponsorship.

The 5km race was won by Andrew Murphy. The children's race ended in a dead-heat between Megan Jones and Liam Bodenham, and as for the dog walkers' competition? Well, Phil Mytton and Mally came in first.

The walkers enjoyed the glorious weather and a few even stopped for refreshments in the Llwyn-Yr-Eos pub adjacent to the course.

A big thank you to the Club's Stewards for marshalling the course and also to the local St. John Ambulance for agreeing to attend.

The sponsorship monies are still being donated and further donations can be made via the following link;


Merthyr Town FC has started to plan for next season's event, we hope to see you there!