In short: Big improvements on next year. Issue with turn needs sorting In full: Good mix race with Luton Hoo scenery and some through town centre. Radically altered course from last year improved the road closures needed. I didn't see irate drivers this year, unlike last year, but there are some idiots around. Track start is nice and you have half a mile on an eight lane track. However the HQ room is small and toilets probably not enough for this. The short turn up the Hoo was a problem, the map on the website didn't show the exact point so didn't know if it was right or wrong until ran 4th mile in 2.5 mins. Basics of race are right though. Date of review: October 27, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere and very friendly. Well organised In full: Very pleasant run on a boxing day morning. Over the fields and if it was summer would probably get a higher scenic rating. Would need snow to make it nicer in December :-) Very friendly. Sort of a run for the village plus guests. Parking can be a challenge but having said that they make a lot of effort and its not really a problem Date of review: January 23, 2009
In short: Always enjoyable race, generally scenic although there is a main road section.,. Weather can be windyh In full: Always enjoy this run. Seemed a bit lower on numbers this year and it was a bit windy, although the heavy forecast rain didn't really appear. Well organised, including road closures, although this year there was a strange decision to site the St John's Caravan and ambulance on the road just after the start, forcing a narrowing of the field while it was at its biggest. They could have put the caravan under the motorway on the pavement section near the band ! Goody bag is good value (bag itself plus t-Shirt and Tea Towel - no mug this year or if there was I never saw it. I also got a mention for my birthday Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Good event, well organised and great scenery and something for the whole family In full: Good event this. The course is really good and although undulating is still quite fast. The course is on the Woburn estate so not a lot of spectators but a good size field makes up for that. Also you can take the family to this one and they get something out of it as well. Date of review: March 4, 2007
In short: Bloomin' hard but in a very good location and with great organisation including chip timing and hot food at the end. In full: Campbell Park is a great location for a race. It is challenging though with hills and a brook and when it is wet can get very muddy and indeed boggy. Also slippery down the hills. You'd want to wear trail shoes. In fact I was glad I wore spikes. The organisation included sticky numbers, chip timing and hot soup at the finish.
Only organisational improvement I could think of was to marshall the turn up to the Belvedere. The preceding marshall did advise to run up to the tapes and then turn but most seemed to ignore this and turn up earlier at an angle Date of review: December 18, 2006
In short: Well Organised, Friendly and scenic run In full: Bedfordshire has a fine selection of road races, many put on by the local clubs. Biggleswade AC does a great job. Marshalls friendly and effective (no problems at road crossing) as you would expect as a number are RW forumites as well ! Sometimes get hugs from the water marshalls :-)Decent goodies, very good price and if only they could have prevented the gale in the finising quarter mile, it would have been perfect ! Not an easy race but well worth doing Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Good race for people wanting to run off-road and not in club cross country In full: This is an open multi-terrain (actually cross country) race. Good organisation although the rain all-night rendered the field car-parking unusable so it was a bit interesting but they managed. THE hill was also even more slippery than normal. However very pleasant run through woodland and park and the commentator keeps the spirits up at the end. Also with a choice of 5, 10 or 15km it gives scope for everybody, from the beginners at 5km to the people in marathon training at 15km. Well worth giving a try. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Tough Marathon as the undulations seem more like hills on last lap ! However outstanding organisation and big field of 600 Runners. Also the Relay offers another perspective on the race In full: One of the best organised races in a mix of town and country. Three laps is not to everyone's taste and it can be quite a tough run with some longish inclines. Water and Isotonic stations and plenty of parking plus close to train station.
The three laps offers a relay option for a team of three and this also means more company on the road for the marathoners although need to show discipline on your pacing and not chase somebody only doing 8.73 miles ! However all relay runners are clearly identified to avoid confusion. Date of review: December 6, 2005
In short: Scenic and well-organised. A great addition to the local race scene In full: Very well organised in the 10.9 although there was a problem in the shorter race apparently. Small numbers due to first race. This is a very scenic race on the outskirts of Luton and all off-road (apart from 500M down a very quiet country lane cul-de sac.
Only two suggestions for improvement. Advertise it a bit more Get the council to open the gate near the end (must haev keys in the sports centre. It is slippery to climb over the round metal bars with muddy shoes and the person behind me ended up flat on the floor. Date of review: October 31, 2005
In short: Flat early season run. Fairly scenic given no leaves on the trees In full: This should be a PB course. Never worked out that way for me until this year. The weather was ideal though. Well organised and marshalled, can be tight for parking space Date of review: February 1, 2005