Matthew Hickman

CARDIFF, United Kingdom
Member since Jun 2018

My Completed Races

Cardiff Epic Trail 10K
Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Challenging, beautiful, unforgettable

This is a race you won't forget in a hurry. 

From undulating fields, bogs, rivers, and the small matter of seemingly endless sand dunes, this race has everything covered. 

The Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival has a festival vibe in the truest sense of the word. There was such a great family atmosphere, food vans, cider/beer vans, and live music to boot. 

The race goodie bag (which you got at the start of the race) didn't disappoint either. One of the best I've had. The only thing missing was a finisher's medal.

Absolutely loved it and I'll be back next year. 

Posted on 17.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


A brutally epic, scenic, unforgettable 10k

I've done a few trail races this year and each one has its own uniqueness to it, and this one was no exception. 

Cardiff Epic Trail certainly lived up to its name. With the glorious backdrop of Fforest Fawr as the setting for this race, runners were shaded by the trees as they wound their way along the route. This was a welcome relief from the oppressive. 

With lovely, long sections of winding downhill trails you were lulled into a false sense of security and it was easy to forget that as far as trail runs are concerned, what goes down must come back up again. And up we went. Up, up, up and up some more of the most brutal hills I've tackled on a trail run. We're talking stopping for breath, bent double, wondering whether you have the strength to go on. 

But with a name like Cardiff Epic Trail, no one ever said it was going to be easy. After all, flat is boring, right? 

Really impressive medal and a great welcome at the finish line where you were greeted with bottles of water, as many sweets as you could shove down, and a medal placed around your neck by the local Police Community Support Officers. All in all, a great experience. 10/10 would run again. 

Posted on 10.07.18