In short: The start was frankly appalling. To be told by the Race Director that the race had started some 2 minutes ago was not really good enough. There were some considerable gaps in marshalling at the end Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Lovely Post-Xmas Run In full: Glorious weather although a little on the chilly side! Well organised, friendly marshalls, nice memento and and a fast results servive via web. Excellent! Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Strange start and poor marshalling...but OK once it got going! In full: I think a start line would be nice as well as an idea about which direction you are going to run in! I also thought the marshalling crossing some of the busier roads left a lot to be desired....but apart from that I really enjoyed the scenery once we left the housing estates! Is there any way the housing estate parts can be removed, it all feels so pointless... Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Once again, an excellent effort from Royston Runners! In full: I'd echo the comment about the 'different' trophies that this race generates. I can store away a medal, I can wear a T-shirt, but I don't know what to do with this type of momento.
Apart from that, this is always a well organised race. Very friendly, nicely challenging, and one of the dozen or so races that I simply 'must' do each year.
See y'all in 2006! Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Frustrating start and end but enjoyable middle In full: It is a shame that the first two miles and the final mile are spent running around the residential streets of Buntingford in order to make up the distance. I would have preferred this run to either be shorter and have a direct route in and out from the start, or longer by removing the residential running and replacing it with two loops of the countryside. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Ideal way to run off the xmas pud In full: The previous comments about the start, are i think a little unfair. The race instructions clearly state that the start is a fair walk from the HQ, and the race director made an announcement to that effect 15 minutes before the off. Many people did indeed miss the start, which was unfortunate for them, but that's the price to be paid for so many runners deciding to huddle in the nice warm HQ till the last possible moment. Delaying the start to let them catch up would have peed off those of us who had already been standing out in the freezing snow for several minutes.
Have to agree though that the route needs some work. The first mile or two, zigzagging through a housing estate, is plain ugly and surely unnecessary. After that though, the country sections are beautiful and certainly undulating! No real killer hills, but plenty of ups and downs.
Must congratulate the local council on gritting all the roads. If they did that especially for the race, they deserve a runners world award, and even if not they deserve thanks for making the footing nearly perfect despite the snow and ice.
Good support and flawless marshalling round the course. Not keen on the trophy but would still recommend this race - it is a nice way to end the year. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Friendly, snowy and fun In full: Full-marks to the organisers for being brave enough to do this race at this time of year. It was snowy and cold and I'm sure a number of people dropped out. The marshalls were friendly and supportive and the snow added to the Christmas theme. The race material made it clear that the start was some distance from the facilities and that runners would be escorted to the start and to allow 15 minutes to get there. As soon as the crowd started to move I just followed... I'll definitely do this one again. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: My first 10 miler so its my PB, thought the Marshalls were excellent, found the course challenging but not impossible and a touch of snow to remind us its Christmas- very festive. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Nice race let down by the start In full: The start was a disaster, didn't even know when I'd got there and was then told the race has started three minutes earlier! So gave up on trying to time it. First couple of miles through a bland housing estate with hairpin bends - they should give this route a re-think for next year! Was really glad to get get out into the country though. Once there I really enjoyed it, especially after half way once it ceased being an uphill struggle - was not expecting so many hills. Like the trophy, makes a nice change from medals or t-shirts. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Fantastic event, can't wait for the next one. In full: Generally I am an average runner, however thought I would try something a bit different. So glad I did, this was a fab race. You begin with a x-country trot, not too challenging and then you mount up for a glorious ride through the woods with some metal tracks muds and some lovely little downhills. Then back to two feet, this time 14 miles on its more of a push. The bike course was challenging but very ridable. There are always the speedy people out front, but there was also some good middle and back field competition. Great for all standards. A must for those with a MTB and a pair of trainers! Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: Lovely scenery, interesting course, pleasantly undulating. In full: The downhill charge at the start was fun, couldn't believe my time for the first mile! Balanced by the uphill finish which needed a bit of energy saving for. Bring your own water for after the finish because it didn't seem to be provided. Date of review: December 27, 2005
In short: I'll be back............ In full: Ok, it snowed, so full marks for letting the race go ahead, on a morning when it was a bit of a gamble with the weather!! I made the start, but the estate road has too much traffic , and worst of all a few cars heading towards the runners moments before the start??? There's got to be a better place to start it in Buntingford??. A few missing mile markers out on the course? ...but excellent marshals and lots of them on a very cold day. Am i the only person who thought the sharp glass thing was awful??? Nice Mars Bar though! Date of review: December 27, 2005