Well, the surrounding countryside certainly looked "festive", but there was little chance of any of the runners who took part in this years Festive Half or Festive 10k ever getting a PB.
The snow looks lovely on a Christmas card - not on a race route!
Still, 19 runners took to the quiet paths of John Muir Country Park and the almost as quiet roads around Tyningham to complete the course with as much grit and determination as the council had lavished on their roads.
In the half, the honours went to Ian Sills in 1:34:22 and Megan Wright in 1:36:34.
The 10k was an altogether more social event with the entire field not only starting together but sticking together all the way round. In the end the honours went to Claire Simpson and Ray Harris.
Thanks go to Jim, George and Ian for keeping times, and special thanks to all the marshals and route markers for keeping an incredibly low profile!