In short: Venue too small for the number of runners In full: Pros:
Great route, enthusiastic marshals, nice memento, adequate number of water stations.
The venue seems too small for the number of runners. Chaos in the main hall before and after the race, long toilet queues in bitterly cold wind, baggage drop-off looked like a scene from Schindler's List.
Half-mile walk to and from the bus stops - why couldn't the buses drop off and pick up at the school?
Would prefer bottles instead of cups! Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Well Orgainised and Run In full: I Arrived at the competitors car park at around 8-20am was soon on a bus and to the venue, there were some queues for toilets, chips and bagage drop off, they moved quickly and considering the volume of people I felt it worked well, the bag drop off was getting busy and the people operating it came outside to collect bags to relieve the wait. It was my first half marathon and the course had some climbs but also some downhills in the right places. All in all a wonderful first experience. The only improvement I would make is water in bottles instead of cups, but then I am not sure about how viable that is from a cost point of view. Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable race In full: My second time at this event. The organisation was very good, if a bit chaotic in the main hall. The wait time for timing chip, baggage and toilets were not as bad as imagined when looking at the queues. Nice work by all volunteers. Marshals around the course were encouraging and attentive. Water was handed out efficiently. No goody bag. Cagoule was OK, but personally preferred previous years sweatshirt. Unless I missed it, there was a lack of signs to bus pick-up point. Also, I didn't realise that there were two bus drop-off's, which was confusing because I couldn't see a thing out of the bus windows. Overall, only minor gripes in an otherwise excellent, well organised race. Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Well organised. Good facilities. Lovelly marshals. Challenging course. In full: Really fantastic Marshals. Well organised. Only a short queue for the loos. Challenging course but a cracking December race. Highly recommended. The storm jacket momento is a really nice touch too. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: Excellent Race In full: I arrived at 0840 and didn't have to queue for anything other than the toilet which was no more than a few minutes. Got my jacket, timing chip and baggage sorted with no delay. Straight into a hot shower after the race, no problems.
Didn't use the buses this year but they seemed to be running perfectly as well.
As usual, I can't fault the organisation of Bedford Harriers and they are a rival club!
Keep it up guys! Date of review: December 11, 2011
In full: First time here and really enjoyed the course. I'm not an experienced runner but didn't find it too tough. Well organised and marshalled - there were queues for chips pre-race, but they moved quickly and not much of a hardship. Date of review: December 11, 2011