In short: A run in the snowy countryside, what could be better In full: Like most I managed to miss the start, but that isn't the otganisers fault! I left the hall when the masses did....too late it seems. I loved the course, love going up hills, hate going down (I'm hopeless!). Will be back next year. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Above average race in terms of PB potential In full: Nice course and location, good parking. Nice and fast course just last 200 meters uphill. Not to keen on finish arrangments though, had to queue too long to get to t-shirts and no water either on the course or at the end. Overall good race worth turning out for just need finish sorting a little. Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Great view overlooking the sea and the island of Arran In full: Well organised and a great day for a run. First time I have done this race, will do it every year from now on. Oh and helps the hangover enormously. see you next year and maybe for the duatnlon in April ? Date of review: December 28, 2005
In short: Did I say never again? In full: ... well maybe just after I finished, and the pain of the 3rd long climb of steps was an all-too-fresh memory, but at least I ran all the steps and made up an extra couple of places for 10th overall. Lovely clear crisp day, beautiful scenery - well organised Burnham Joggers. Date of review: December 28, 2005
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