Sunday, December 14, Bedford
What is it?
What do Paula Radcliffe and Terry Waite have in common?
The correct answer is that they were both born and bred in Bedford, the traditional home of one of the last half-marathons of the year.
The race starts just outside town and does the best thing possible by heading even further out into the Bedfordshire countryside and scenic villages, for some great rural-running. After a short descent at two miles, the route heads through Wilden, Ducks Cross and Coxford, before heading back through Colmworth.
It’s a flat, out-and-back course, so a PB is certainly attainable. However, as with all races - and most things in life - there’s a catch, or at least some sort of sting in the tail. In this case, it’s a short yet steep climb and an agonising u-turn with the finish line insight.
The race has steadily grown over the years and will boast a 1000+ strong field.
What the organiser says:
“You will definitely be made to feel welcome and all levels are catered for.”
What RW says:
“The atmosphere is second to none and the brass band really adds to the occasion.”
What you say:
Spans: “I did this one last year and did a five minute PB and I'll be there again this year. The hill on the way back is a bit of a killer, but apart from that it is a great course.”
Turbodicky: “Just got my number through and I'm so excited as this will be my first race! Everybody wave to number 178 as you pass me.”
Watch out for:
The Bedford Town Brass Band will give the race a festive touch, pumping out Christmas carols at the start and finish.
AAA County Championships and Fun Run.