In short: Give 'em an award Runners's World In full: Thanks very much Bedford Harriers. Still my favourite 1/2 marthon in 30 years of road running. As always organisation was exceptional and what a friendly bunch of people you all are from the car parkers to the marshals to the people giving out food,shirts and timing chips. Like I say above - Runners World should give you an award for excellence in race organisation. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Enjoyable if a little congested at the start In full: I enjoyed this race - the scenery and organisation were good although the start was too busy and my first mile was very slow. Almost broke my ankle on a stray rock in the first mile but can't really blame Bedford for that! They ran out of XS and S sized rugby shirts which was annoying as lots of people who ordered a S ended up with M or L (not ideal for smaller girls!) but have to say it is a nice shirt and far better than tshirts for this time of year :-) I would definitely do it again as long as it doesn't get any bigger/busier. The course was very pleasant and second half was easier than the first although I didn't find any part of that hilly. It was a bit too cold to have many spectators out cheering us on which of course always makes a difference to atmosphere but all in all a nice race...now I feel deserving of my christmas pud. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Like an Escher picture. Its a loop course, you end up where you began, having only gone uphill. In full: Okay there is one steep downwards section at about 9 miles, but apart from that it feels almost all uphill, which is very odd. Weather was perfect for me - I like it cold. The course was well marshalled and beautiful, but due to its rural setting, it still doesn't and in fact can't compete with Hastings in terms of support - where the whole town comes out for a HM - including old people who are wheeled out and bang away on saucepans etc. Rugby top is great - although I still like to get a medal to be honest. But a minor minor point. All in all a great race. I will be back. I hope that the 50mph limit on the M1 is gone by next years race. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Really well organised with an enthusiastic and friendly crew of helpers. In full: Every aspect of the race was well looked after - no queues for anything, nice rugby shirt as a momento and an enthusiastic race crew. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Well done for an excellent race In full: Managed to get a all round second best time for Half Marathon, my PB being Silverstone which is 100% flat! hills were fine i managed them well those wednesday evening hill training sessions paid off..Loved it and will deffo do it next year. Well organised too...people should take look at Bedford for organisation. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Great marshalls, good organisation, super event! In full: My first time in this event, my fourth half ever, this was a really well organised race, the course challenging but not too difficult. Bus transfer was good, HQ well laid out and plenty of toilets. I highly recommend this race. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Nice well organised end of year race In full: I guess in an ideal world I'd have been chauffeured to and from my house to the start/finish, with nubile young ladies to rub me down at the end after I ran a sub 1:30. Putting aside fantasy lets see what we actually had. We had - plenty of parking on hard standing. - regular buses to and from the parking to the start. - quick bag storage/chip collection. - good marshalling - a nice rugby shirt memento - plenty of loos. - a course through some of the nicer bits of Beds - the weather playing ball - sausage or bacon butties at the end.
I had a good race, and to be fair, I can't honestly think of anything that could realistically have been done better.
Thank you Bedford Harriers and your marshals for putting it on. Date of review: December 12, 2010
In short: Well-organised and marshalled. Hills, long and slow but surprisingly good for a PB In full: Race info.& No. through in plenty of time with an informative course profile. Well organised buses to the race start. No queues to pick up chip. Great facilities at the start and end. Pretty prompt start time. Super marshalling & really encouraging. I had been a little worried from the profile about a couple of big hill, but they were long and gradual, as were the downhills. A PB and I finally broke 2hrs - will definitely try and make it back next year. Date of review: December 12, 2010