In short: Enjoyable race once you're up onto the Hog's Back In full: Climb for the first 3 miles then you can almost relax for the rest of the race. Pleasant scenery despite the freezing fog and icy roads! Will be back... Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Excellent, fab and a special race. Absolutely loved it. In full: I am falling in love with hills. As a slower pace run it is great to pass people on the hills, and I was chuffed witht the fact that I ran it all the way. Also was only 3 and a bit mins from a PB. Marshalls great, tee-shirt fab. I am counting the days till next year! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Does what it says on the tin. A real 'Fun Run', something to do at the weekend. In full: Could complain about a few things but this isn't supposed to be a race so it would be terribly unfair of me to do it. A good laugh on an 'interesting' course. Main shame about all the road works, but in a way made it even more comical. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Lovely weather, great scenery, and excellent organisation (as always) by Bedford Harriers In full: Last race of the season for me, and although not a PB, I knocked 3 minutes off last year's time on the same course, which I'm really pleased about.
Beds Harriers events are always well organised, well marshalled, and very friendly events, and this was no exception. Even the weather was well organised this year !
In short: my first half marathon :) In full: Very pleased to have completed my first half. It was tough, especially at the end where the village seemed to go on forever. The start was odd - there didn't seem to be a 'proper' start - I was just suddenly aware that everyone was running ahead of us. Marshals great, lots of water, and good to have somehwere warm to be before and after the run. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Well organised and marshalled, overall a very good event In full: A good course with some testing hills, notably the steady climb from 4 to 6 miles. It is helpful to start slowly and make up time on the last 4 miles. The race was well organised and marshalled and the warm up session before the start was a nice feature. There was a bit of traffic to contend with at one or two points, but it is always encouraging (and satisfying in a smug way) to be able to keep up with a few (admittedly slow moving) cars. Would definitely do this one again, hopefully the weather will be as good next year. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Cracking Race - Cracking weather - Great fun In full: A superb fast race in the beautiful black country. A good mixed ability field, gently undulating course, well marshalled. Superb weather made this race one of the best I've been to this year - and a fitting end to my personal running year - well done to the organisers!!. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Total ascent 225 metres, mostly in 1st 4 miles with one steep climb of 60m up to the highest point at 4 miles. Glorious scenery helps you forget about the climb. Recommended. 1lb Xmas pud well earned! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Lovely, undulating, rural course. Small field with good running company. Great support. In full: Torrential rain over the previous 24 hours did no-one any favours. The climbs in the middle section were dreadful, with so many muddy lagoons on either side of the road that single-file traffic was the only way up, and you couldn't overtake. But the rain held off during the race itself, and the course was delightful - as was the medal, soup and conversation thereafter. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Bedford Harriers are an enthuiastic Lot - and it Shows! In full: a Good, well organised race, I would have liked the chip timing to record the start time as well as the finish time, Official times only really work for those at the front (the minority) but its a small thing really. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Hilly! In full: Start & finish on running track is good. Didn't like having to run in single file on busy roads. I got something from the bushtucker trial in my goody bag! Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Came to this race hoping for a PB and I wasn't disappointed. In full: Location is in a lovely rural setting, the brass band playing was a nice touch at the start/finish. Changing facilities are very good and the after race showers were hot and very welcome. The course profile made the hills look like Ben Nevis but wern't as bad as first thought although the one at 3 miles is a good short steep one. Nine miles is where the long welcome descent starts although the hill at 12.5 is an unwelcome end to the race. Race marshalls were very vocal, was loads of them and very efficient. Overall excellent race. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: This is a nice challenge in a friendly pleasant environment. In full: I had a good day, the course was not flat and the last 4 miles in are all down hill, allowing for a strong finish. Well organiaed race that felt fairly safe. Getting in and out was easy and I never queued for anything. Date of review: December 11, 2005
In short: Festive Fun In The Sun In full: Exccelent race and organisation - Good course with a few hills ( especially between 7-8 miles) Nice goody bag too! Plenty of foumites in attendance too. Date of review: December 11, 2005