In short: very well organised with encouraging marshalls, fairly undulating route In full: Will definitely do this one again, excellent marshalls, plenty of water stops plus the sponges were welcome. Certainly quite undulating so very happy with 3rd faster time, will be back next year Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Beautiful scenery and enjoyed the running on the flat In full: A bit crowded but it was good in the sense I could get a feel of what it is going to be like at the 2006 FLM. Enjoyed the almost traffic free route, only disappointment was the lack of security at the baggage counter. Will do it again. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Hilly, but i dont mind hills!! In full: Well done to the marshals, they did a great job without the jobsworth approach you sometimes get at these events. Nice shirt at the end too! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Pretty route, shame about the narrow paths and where were the marshalls? In full: I've done this race a few times before so knew what to expect. What I hadn't expected however was for my bag to be missing from the baggage area at the end of the run! Whilst I understand about leaving bags at owners risk, if I am going to be charged a £1 I would expect some level of security and not a free for all. What would have been a good day for me was marred by spending an hour trying to track down my bag and half an hour in the police station reporting it! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it, but then did get a PB so would do :-) In full: Excellent race, slightly different course to previous years. The wind on the home bound section wasnt nice, especially in the last two miles each lap, but thats British weather for you. Will certainly return and run this again.
In short: Left on our own ! In full: Overcrowded, impossible to run for first 3 miles, no marshalls on the course, impossible to keep up a constant speed because of the corwd, finish organisation was really poor, had to stop before the end of the race cos of race congestion. For such a 'big event', the org was really poor. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Poor planning for 8 mile race to start before 16mile race which caused bottlenecks between 4 and 8 miles for the faster 16milers. Also poor planning for drinks station massive mudpatch and finally to add insult to injury - NO MEDALS! Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Happy Days....nice and easy for a beginner In full: Great run, only problem was over crowded start line and so subsequently hard to get through the pack for the first 2-3 miles... Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Scenic 20 miler, challenging in the wind. In full: Very pleasant run around the Bedfordshire countryside. Not really 'hilly' but plenty of ups and downs to keep you working. High winds on exposed sections made the 2006 race particularly tough. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Too may people...narrow running lanes In full: Great to experience a flat race at last! Loved the river side section but as others have mentioned, if you want to run fast on the road sections you have to run in the cycle lane and put up with the associated risks. And why do these races insist on distributing water during the race in plastic cups?? Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Lovely city; shambolic organisation In full: Would struggle to find a good word for the organisation of this race. I was one of the many who did not receive their number but no apology, no explanation. Delayed start, faster runeers had to fight past funrunners, dangerous water stations, disorganised finish etc, etc Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Nice T-Shirt, Great course & Organisation! In full: This race was really well marshalled who were very supportive - they were everywhere - "KEEP TO THE LEFT!" I like the idea of having a smaller second lap - it makes it less daunting. I picked up my finisher T-Shirt beforehand which I didn't really want to do as I think it's better to be rewarded after an achievement - I didn't want to be stuck with one that didn't fit at the end, afterall this is 1 running T-shirt that will be worn regularly!
I got just past 18 miles before I had to run/walk the rest - which means I've got 3 weeks to find an extra 8 miles for London (hmmm!). Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Well marshalled. Challenging course. Great to finish. Nice to receive a Polo Shirt instead of a T In full: I like the Bedford Harriers definition of undulating. Well marshalled and very friendly people. Would run again. Polo Shirt makes a nice change. Date of review: April 3, 2006