In short: Nice race, but before and after (parking) could be better In full: The race is nice, not too challenging (climbs are not too steep and the end is mainly downhill and flat with the wind likely to push you as well) in a typical middle-England countryside. People are friendly and it is mildly competitive with a fair amount of clubbers and enthusiasts. Organisation (of the race) is very good and although there are a few queues for bags, chips... they move quickly. Would do it again if it wasn't for the awful parking arrangements. The coach that picks you up leaves you another mile walk away from the race HQ and on the way back it stops several times with no information given whatsoever about where you are and if you should get off here or there. took me 50 minutes to get back to my car after getting off at the wrong spot! Fix the parking and I'll come back otherwise I might not bother... Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: Challenging race, very good organisation and marshalling In full: Interesting course with lengthy uphill sections followed by some fast downhill. The level of organisation was generally first class, and the atmosphere was friendly. The bus transfer to and from the car park turned out to be very efficient.
The venue was a cramped for the number of runners involved (I am thinking of the school hall and the baggage collection) - could this be spread out a bit more? There was no goody bag: some other reviewers liked the cagoule memento, but I found this a bit disappointing. However these are minor gripes for what was a very good race. Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: A great race organised by the Bedford Harriers In full: A really nice race, good mix of abilities and a great race to finish the year. There were lots of marshalls at the start and all the way around the course who were very supportive, so thanks goes out to you. A couple of up hill sections and a great down hill at 9 ish miles. I will try and do this again at some point as I was impressed with the whole feel of this race. Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Lovely half-marathon In full: A lovely way to end the year with a warm glow. Despite the grumps I didn't have any problems at all. No queues for stuff, bus transport worked brilliantly, the walk from the bus drop off to the school wasn't too taxing, loads of loos, the timing pens all seemed to work ok, nice memento, plenty of water stations, loads of cheery marshals and a truly undulating course in a pretty area. Obviously a lot of care and attention had been put into the race, some of it at great cost to the event to ensure everything went smoothly. And it worked, definitely one to put in the calender.
In short: Great race, loved it! In full: Super organisation, lovely momento, great facities (no queues for Ladies Loos - marvellous!), fab marshals, lovely course, clear instructions. Brilliant!!! Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Well organised race, with pb potential In full: There was a but of a queue upon arrival for timing chips, but this actually moved fairly quickly and was no problem, had no other problems with baggage or loos. Little bit of a walk to the school from the drop off point but hardly a cause for complaint. I thought the whole event was well organised.
The course itself was mildly challenging, a few inclines but nothing too tough, and of course a few quicker downhill sections to compensate, especially from 9 to 10 miles.
I took over a minute off my PB so it is possible to achieve some good times. Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Excellently organised half- lovely marshalls In full: Superb organisation, loads of loos, huge number of smiley encouraging marshalls. Very welcome downhill section at 10 miles to speed the legs up, but the very slight incline upwards to the finish (which I swear wasn't there when I walked to the start) hurt. Results posted in the hall immediately was a very welcome touch. Date of review: December 12, 2011