In short: Undulating however not to the extent it mashed by quads : -] In full: Overall I had a good morning roving around Bedford and running in this race. The organisation was a bit hit and miss at times (eg. first car park shut wave vaguely in direction of other, bus drop off a fair old hike still to start, hall not big quite big enough to cope with numbers) however at all times friendly and once up and running I enjoyed what was my first half m for 3 years. The scenery passed me by if honest although was aware we were out in the countryside. Last 5k very quick a pleasant surprise. The hot dogs and coffee (at very competitive prices) went down a treat. Neither the medium or large cagule (memento) fitted me remotely so gave them bag; issue with arm length, maybe ind'v to me!
In summary a good race which could become an excellent race in the future. Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: fantastic organisation well run good challenging course In full: Queue to get into hall for chips moved and once inside no problem. Queue for loos not bad although loos and sinks (water) stoped working. Welldone organisors and chearful marshalls. Shame about kagoule - medal would be better. Although I loved the rugby top last year Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: Great, well organised race that provides an excellent course In full: Enjoyable race on a cold windy day - amazing that they managed to organise it so well, with so many people and limited access to the HQ. Fantastic marshalls all round the course. Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: Thanks Bedford - good job In full: First class organisation and great support from the marshalls. Buses & hall were fine for me. Can't understand some of the moans - come on guys - get there early! PB course despite the hilly parts. Date of review: December 13, 2011
In short: Enjoyable rural half marathon made challenging in places with some hills and s stiff wind, great marshalling but would have preferred bottled water instead of plastic cups at the drinks stations. Date of review: December 13, 2011
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