In short: Nice in parts but too risky in others In full: The marshals friendly bunch hall quite busy as said at the start. Buses ok but a bit of a walk. Worse things for me (And this was not a cheap race) Momento was fine if you are XXL with the arms the length of a 5 year old. No fruit or bottle at the end. Cups of water!! come on we had to stop to drink. Running on busy roads :-( The last one being the worst very risky running on the road with lorries and buses passing from behind (yes running with the traffic) I'm sorry but for me I can't see how they can get away with it someone will get killed!
Won't be back disappointing after reading the reviews on here I thought this would be a good one. Date of review: December 22, 2011
In short: Cold, crisp, well organised, not much support, good way to end the year In full: Great use of a free and efficient park and ride system to keep the local area free from congestion. Nice cagoule as a momento but would have happily exchanged that for a few BOTTLES of water (not cups) and a banana at the end.
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