• The club was formed in November 1985 by a small group of local runners
  • They were based at the Heath Sports Club in Royston which at the time was run collectively by the local sporting clubs
  • They signed up c60 members at the start
  • They formed a committee – Fred Wilding was the first Chairman with Dave Evans taking over later in the decade
  • The Buntingford 10 race was adopted by RR in its founder year and still exists today as the clubs premier event

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The 1990’s

  • After a short period at the Meridian School the club established a permanent base at the Heath Sports Club, which had now been taken over by the Snowden family.
  • The club grew its membership to around a 100 members
  • Many of the clubs runners were now taking part in the London Marathon and other races across the country.
  • The club had a distinctive red kit with the RR logo which is still used today
  • Chairmen/Chairwomen during this decade were Mark Sutherland, Wendy Jones, and Kevin Dixon
  • During this decade the club took over the towns annual 10k race from Meridian School
  • In 1996 the first ‘Long Short Relay’ was held. A jointly organised race with the Metro’s Running Club and run from Pinner in North London to Royston . The race was formed in memory of Clive Long who was a member of both clubs. It is still in existence today but only as an in house event around the villages of Royston due to police restrictions on the old course.
  • Many Royston Runners were gaining accolades for their achievements. One of the most notable was in 1999 when Royston Runner Brian Willis won the daunting Severn Sisters Marathon in under 3 hours!

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The 2000’s

  • Membership of the club grew steadily during the decade
  • A new kit was launched moving to a black colour with a distinctive red chevron design
  • In 2001 the 10k race was moved to a run from the Heath to Therfield and back but had to finish in 2006 due to the Police restrictions on road closures. It was replaced by the Harvest Trail which is now in existence today as a half and quarter marathon.
  • In 2007 RR were on of the inaugural clubs to for the ARC (Association of Running Clubs) and are still affiliated to this day
  • Chairmen and Chairwomen during this decade included Janette Thomas, Malcolm Hall. Richard Dajda and Maurice Hill

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Current Decade:

  • The club has now grown to a membership of over 200 and is well established as one of the sporting institutions in the Royston area
  • As well as the ARC the club has also affiliated to EA (England Athletics)
  • The Harvest Trail was changed from a 10 mile into a half marathon trail run and along with the Buntingford 10 are the two annual iconic running events for the club
  • Pete Worsey took over as Chairman in 2012
  • It celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a black tie ball at the Heath and recently it’s 30th birthday with a summer party at the same venue


Here’s to the next 30 years!