In short: Wet, tough, muddy and wet ( I know I said that already but it was so wet I thought I'd say it twice) In full: A well supported but tough challenge. This is certainly not for the faint hearted but then you wouldn't consider it if you were would you!? Some comments are against the organisation of the event. I think it was as well organised as it could be. The weather was appalling and this made the going very tough (felt like a 56 mile long assault course) but the support given was warm and genuine and each checkpoint was met with encouragement from the support crew. If you like to test yourself and fancy a difficult ultra then do this. You do need to follow a map, you will be knackered, it is a long way and you might get lost - but isn't that the point? Date of review: October 8, 2008
In short: windy, hilly - fantastic In full: Very well organised. Very freindly and encouraging marshalls. Drinks every 3 miles or so and a good atmosphere at every step! Thanks to Bedford Harriers for another great race. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Well organised, friendly race In full: A very well organised race.
The (many) marshals were all very supportive and they provided plenty of encouragement to everyone.
A very nice course - the hills aren't as bad as they look in the profile and due to a fast last few miles a PB is definitely achievable - I managed to knock a minute off. The long, steep downhill section, whilst making the pace nice and quick was a killer on the old knees! Well positioned water stations and great support from bystanders almost all of the way round - thanks to everyone for braving the cold!
A few people were disappointed at there not being a delayed start (closures on the M1 meant some runners arriving late) - but when you have almost 1,500 people stood in the freezing cold waiting to start a race what can you do – I don’t think it’s fair to criticise the club for starting on time.
One car park was quite far away (south ?)– but the closer one was still pretty empty when I arrived at 9:40am so it wasn’t a problem and the ½ mile to the start line was a nice little warm up!.
Running bag/water bottle were a great memento - it's hard to use a medal for anything but I'll certainly get use out of these.
Hats off to Bedford Harriers and see you all next year!
In short: Narrow and twisty. In full: Narrow course with quite a few bottlenecks. Need to be right up front if you want any chance of a PB. Poor organisation at the start/finish meant a slow start and for some people a VERY slow finish (having to que BEFORE crossing the finish!). Good value for money and good atmosphere. Shame about the weather! Date of review: May 22, 2006