In short: Well organised countryside race but underlating verging on hilly! In full: Nice well organised countryside half along mostly traffic free roads with lots of marshalls. The relatively small field can result in gaps between runners so a bit of a time trial feel.
The route is underlating verging on hilly - my garmin recorded 670ft of climbing - so not the easiest place to PB
Entry fees went towards Hospice hence my comment on value
Probably would run again if not clashing with other events Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: One the best in the country In full: Another great Worksop Half. Whilst not entirely flat the profile prevents starting too fast and gives a great boost in teh second half and many record PBs here. The organisation was second to none and the goody bag very good value.
Even the weather was just about perfect this year
Will be back in 2012!1 Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Recommended .. A rare opportunity to run a fast 5 miles In full: A good course starting and finishing on a closed road leading to a sports field, with the rest of the course on quiet well marshalled roads. Gently underlating rather than flat but potential for a good fast time.
Very well organised - lots of parking and well signposted from a few miles out.
Nice tee-shirt and goody bag with results posted early in the evening. Personally I would have preferred a 10am rather than 10.30 start to allow more time for non-running activities later in the day but a minor quibble I have about most events!
Recommended and will def look for this race again next year.
As a suggestion to the organisers how about making it 8km to make it more unique? Date of review: August 1, 2011
In short: Really liked the 9am start ... why can't more races follow the example!! In full: Only entered on the final days before cut off but good communication from organisers. Well signposted with lots of parking. Good route through the army base and quiet country roads. Last 3.5 miles downhill to the finish so made for a good run-in.
Really appreciated the 9am start. Was back home in Peterborough by midday - a nice change from 11am starts and the race seeming to take over the whole day. Perhaps a lesson for other events
Would recommend to others looking for a friendly half Date of review: June 13, 2011
In short: Down hills more than make up for up hills !! In full: Second time i have run here and run another good time. Agree with others that the donwhills, especially the last three miles, more than make up for the uphills. Difficult to pick fault or make suggestions for further improvements but I guess the organisers will not rest on their laurels!
Entering is difficult due to early and rapidly filling entry but the easy transfer makes getting a late entry relatively easy. Other races coudl learn from this, although I am not sure how much effort this involves
In short: One of the best ... In full: Not the easiest of courses but I have one of the runs of the year. The organisation, atmosphere, and the run through Clumber Park inspire good times. The downhill last mile also helps! Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Recommended .. ideal preparation for Sping marathons In full: Organisation very good. Lots of marshalls & plenty of water stations. I arrived early so no problems with car parking. I ran the last mile as warm up so knew what to expect but a re-think of the last mile / finish would be worthwhile. Hoody a nice change and a nice colour - will definitely get used. Highly recommended as part of build up to a Spring marathon or simply a race in itself. Well done Bedford Harriers Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Mud, cowsh!t, hills, streams & more mud! Wear old clothes and lace up your shoes very tightly! In full: Almost five miles of mud, cow-sh!t, streams, hills, and more mud! What more can you ask for. Turn up, pay your 4 quid and run. A remarkable event given that almost 1200 took part this year. After a period of dry weather, heavy overnight rain soaked the fields used for car parking and the course so conditions were difficult and the run through the River Dove harder than usual. How the organisers manage to cope with the numbers and the logistics is amazing. No real frills here, ie no t-shirts, no medals, etc and results only for the first few finishers but a certificate handed out at the finish gives your position. Wear old clothes and tie on your shoes very tighly! Date of review: November 4, 2009
In short: Great autumn race with PB potential In full: A little hilly in early miles but nothing to be unduly worried about, especially with the last mile being downhill. Number collection on the day was no problem. Roads mostly completely closed off & Clumber Park looked great in the sun. Will be back & recommend to others Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Well organised pre-London event. Gives confidence that training has gone well. Course is hilly and largely traffic free. Will include Bedford in my Spring marathon training again IF I decide to run another after London!! Date of review: March 20, 2005