In short: Excellent organisation as usual In full: As usual the organisation of the race was excellent. The bus transfer works well. Chip collection etc was straightforward. Prefer the rugby shirt memento rather than a medal. Plenty of marshals out on the course. The route is hilly in places, but the last 3.5 miles are mostly downhill.
In short: A wonderful way to end the year - up gentle hill and down dale, a beautiful nip in the air, delightful marshalls and a lovely cosy rugby jumper to warm up in at the finish. Date of review: December 16, 2010
In short: An excellent first half experience In full: As this was my first half and first road race I was very nervous! But the marshalls were brilliant and other runners very encouraging too. A great course and excellent locations for drink stations just didnt like being bused in and out but I can understand why. Will definitely be back next year to improve my time and hopefully not have the leg pain at mile 10 again!! Date of review: December 16, 2010
In short: A beautful and excellently organized event In full: An incredibly well organised event by Bedford Harriers. The generally up first half and down second half gave me a very flattering negative split. The course was slightly long. Very enjoyable and I will be back next year. Date of review: December 16, 2010
In short: Great marshalls, well organised, good value. In full: My first Bedford Half and well worth it. It's not the easiest of courses but it provided excellent training. Well organised and really great marshalling. Especially enjoyed the TA(?) boys at the last water stop barking encouragement! Thank you, I'll be back next year. Date of review: December 15, 2010
In short: The one thing that stands out on the plus side for the event is the organisation. From the welcome pack to the buses to the prizes it is obviously well thought out and much better than other events - Leicester take note!!! Date of review: December 15, 2010
In short: A well organised event and great for runner of all abilities In full: This was my 4th time running the bedford harriers half. The first time i ran it in 2005 (which was my first half marathon), the long incline caught me out and i hit the wall at 8 miles and limped home for the remaining distance (thankfully most of the remaining distance was downhill). I managed a time around 1:40 which i was pretty pleased with for a beginner. I have tried to run this race every year since to guage my progress before the christmas break. Whilst there are certainly flatter half marathons, I somehow manage PB's here. This year i was aiming for a sub 90min and got round in 1:28:21. Top tips for people for running this for the first time: 1. Dont start off too quick. Make sure you keep some in the tank so that you can blitz the downhill sections towards the end (thats my approach to it anyway) 2. Although it feels cold when standing on the start line, dont over-do it with the layers. Every year i seem to end up running in less and less. You soon warm up.
Its a great event and I intend to carry on doing every year. Credit to the organisers and the marshalls. Date of review: December 15, 2010