Bedford Harriers Half-Marathon

Anyne running Bedford

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14/10/2008 at 18:03
Hi This will be my last half of 2008 - running Stevenage and GU Canal in Oct/Nov. Can anyone share the delights ahead having not done this one before?????
15/10/2008 at 20:34

And this will be my first half!

Race HQ is my old school. My old PE teachers would be very surprised indeed to see me about to head out for a 13 mile run.

16/10/2008 at 13:12


16/10/2008 at 18:33

This is usually our club !/2 Marathon Championship so have done it a few times.  Quite a nice race; undulating with a fast descent at about 11 miles.  There is a short section along a fairly busy main road otherwise quite rural.  The car parks are at least 15  minutes walk from race HQ and can get quite boggy if wet (as it was last year) making getting out at the end of the event rather challenging unless you have a 4WD.  Changing, bag drop and toilets can be quite busy so make sure you arrive in good time...

Best of luck!

17/10/2008 at 17:10
My memory from last year is of bloody great hills, rain, puddles, cold and more rain.  And lots of mud in the car park making exiting the field interesting.  It is great that there is the school for you to change in, makes hanging about so much easier when you can do it in the warm.  I have not entered yet but am pretty sure I will do so.

If this works, there should be a link to a map with an elevation (click on the button next to “map”).
17/10/2008 at 17:26

Oh dear. Am scared now. My memories of Bedford from when I was young is that it was flat flat flat. Didn't know I'd signed up for hills! Eek. 

17/10/2008 at 20:02

Be afraid, be very afraid!  

Seriously, it probably isn't as bad as I made out, I would not be going back again if it was, but it certainly isn't flat.

17/10/2008 at 21:00
It's not as hilly as Marlow.I will be running it and then going to work at 2:00
17/10/2008 at 21:19

Hi Straitjkt.

No one has mentioned the brass band playing Christmas carols at the start.

Have done this a couple of times, a few smallish hills with a nasty one right at the end.

17/10/2008 at 21:31
Just entered this one, roll on xmas carols for all.
17/10/2008 at 21:33

Hi Nick. A few steady climbs, nothing too steep.

The brass band playing Christmas Carols. There, I've mentioned it.

19/10/2008 at 07:36
Just entered Just a case of the 200+ mile round trip on the day to worry about
19/10/2008 at 21:49
Gosh Dave A. Always amazes me how far people are prepared to travel for races. My parents live in Bedford so it's easy for me to combine with a visit home - would never occur to me to travel so far otherwise.
20/10/2008 at 20:33
It looks like a good race, hopefully has PB potential, and it's a nice day out if nothing else
20/10/2008 at 20:34
Plus, from a logistics point of view, setting off at 06:30 on a Sunday morning, it's only a 2 hour drive away max
21/10/2008 at 14:36
Anyone able to give a comparison to Keyworth? I'm from Notts but I fancied a change this year so have signed up for Bedford.
25/10/2008 at 13:40

Thanks all for the overview of Bedford. I am looking forward to it now - good luck with your training and any other races you are participating in. I am running the Ricky Road Race - a good 9 miler tomorrow. Hope it doesn't rain too  much.


27/10/2008 at 23:03
yes I'm convinced too! perfect race prep in the lead upto FLM... thanks guys
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27/10/2008 at 23:42

It's quite a nice run and not a bad mornings entertainment. It's even fab in the rain and wind.

But if you fancy a shower after, go home and use your own. They also do a 20 mile in Marchish for aspiring FLMers. Nice course, Still haven't figured what came out of the showers, but it wasn't warm water or clear.

28/10/2008 at 07:04
Marmite - I think it's much flatter than the Turkey Trot though it was a couple of years ago that I did Bedford I remember it as mostly flat, unlike the memories of last year ay Keyworth. 
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