In short: Well organised seasonal year end run with lots of atmosphere and worth looking forward to. Challenging but attractive rural route after the initial 'around the houses' Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Dashing through the snow... In full: I've been reading the comments below from people who didn't manage to get to the start on time and must say that I don't understand the problem. It clearly stated on the race literature to allow 15 minutes to get from the hall to the start, and before this the race director came into the hall with a megaphone to warn us we had about 7 minutes left in the warm, and to start thinking about leaving for the start. By my watch the start was a couple of minutes late anyway, so I can only assume that many people who missed the start must have been huddling in the hall waiting for the snow to stop. It isn't as if they weren't warned!
Apart from this I found the course surprisingly tough - although my own run was very poor I appreciated the scenery once outside the town, and cannot fault the enthusiastic marshalling in very cold conditions. The trophy made a nice change from the usual t-shirt or medal, and as soon as I have a nice fireplace it'll have pride of place!
Looking forward to having another crack at this, better prepared, next year. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: An enjoyable and challenging way to wake up after the Christmas slumber! In full: Missed the start like so many others but then I was cowering in the hall waiting for the snow to stop (like so many others). Once we were in open country it was lovely, the hills were challenging but not impossible. Well marshalled - and a nice trophy at the end. Oh, and a PB for me! I'll be back.... Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Run, beer, hot mince pies. In full: An off road run, pretty competitive at the front, very supportive for those of taking it a bit steadier! A bottle of "Boxing Day Runner" beer for each finisher. Hot mince pies, tea and much friendly banter at the end. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Arrive as a tourist, leave as a local. In full: A nice short, friendly, and well organised run to blow out the Christmas Day lard. The organisers made the runners feel very welcome with plenty of hot tea and mince pies after the race. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Beautiful scenery except the estate bit In full: All the people that have whined about the start should read their instruction sheets next time, i only arrived at the car park 5 minutes before the start due to bad driving conditions, and managed to park the car jog to that start AND start on time, so where were all the late comers? come on guys be reasonable the organisers cant be expected to walk you to the start as well. Anyway i agree with the comments about the estate start, not very nice. But once into the surrounding country lanes & villages it is very picturesque. I personally love this run,the time of year, the fresh crisp air and the chance to blow away the cobwebs from the festive season is most welcome. Cheery and polite marshals help no end.Top marks guys! Date of review: December 28, 2005
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