In short: Not as hilly as expected! In full: Having read reviews and spoken to others who had previously run this, I thought it was going to be really tough but was pleasantly surprised - it's definitely not hilly, just a few undulations - nothing too bad at all! thought the course was pretty dull (roads, pylons, scrubby trees & fields) but seen a lot worse! Great organisation at the start & finish - really well organised! Also loved the speedy results up and the text a few hours later. Great value for money & really well done. I also managed a pb of 1.34 which I wasnt expecting at all, so it's now one of my favourite races ever, haha! Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: WELL OOLD NO CHASNRGANISED,FUN,CHALLENGING,WELL DONE BEDS HARRIERS In full: THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN THIS EVENT DESPITE ITS LOCALITY TO ME,ITS CHALLENGING AND TUFF. HOWEVER BRILLIANTLY ORGANISED DESPITE THE WALK TO RACE HQ,AND I WAS TOLD NO CHANCE OF A PB IN THIS EVENT,BUT I GOT ONE!! WELL DONE BEDS HARRIERS. Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Perfect Pre-Xmas Challenge In full: I've done this once before, a few years back when I was returning from injury. I was badly prepared and didn't enjoy it. I thought it was too hilly.
I was better prepared this time around and didn't really notice any hills at all. Undulating yes, but hills, no. Funny how you have completely different perceptions !
I managed a PB. The last few downhill miles really helped me to get there.
Excellent marshalling, great bus transfer with no queues getting to the start or back to the car park. Food and drinks available before and after for very reasonable prices. Great momento too. Seamless organisation throughout and a joy to take part in it.
In short: Bloomin Brilliant In full: Second time I've done this race and I smashed my target! Perfect sunny weather, lots of friendly marshalls and supporters. Putting the coaches on to ship us all there and back is a great idea and our driver was really friendly. Its a lovely course, and hilly at times but can't fault it at all. The momento bag at the end was a nice idea cus am running out of space for medals. Would recommend totally. Date of review: December 10, 2013
In short: Efficient organisation and a great end of year event In full: Having already taken part in the Bedford Half Marathon three times before, I was confident that the slick organisation and friendly marshalls and other volunteers would make this a great race.
The bus shuttle to the start line from the free car park did not require any wait. Collecting timing chip and dropping baggage for secure storage was done with in a couple of minutes.
Plenty of toilets and gents urinals set up - in addition to those in the schools sports centre changing rooms.
Before the event - cup of tea (50p!) and a banana (30p!). No queue, but I did notice the queue for the food was longer after the race.
Start was on time at 10:00 and plenty of marshalls and a clear PA to ensure that all went to plan.
A crisp sunny day made the undulating course along quiet country lanes all the more enjoyable. There is one stretch along a main road, but the traffic did seem to be considerate and kept a safe distance away (although of course it just takes one reckless car driver to change that).
Plenty of drinks stations. Water from cups. I am sure that I could have had another cup if I had needed more.
Last few miles of the route is largely downhill and makes for faster miles. Final 800 metres on a slight incline back to the school.
Last year there was a perfectly usable rucksack, this year a kit bag. Happy with this as I already have a few running shirts! Date of review: December 8, 2013