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Bedford Half Marathon

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4.0
15 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FestivalFestival vibes
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
Pam L
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3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a nice course and the event village was a nice area, but instead of holding their hands up to their failings the race organisers closed comments on posts and refused to reply to anyone, either via social media or direct email. It's great to have nice big medals, (although they don't seem to have changed the design much for 2020 from 2019, the earlier ones are nicer) but the number of people who didn't get what they paid for at the end isn't acceptable. You know how many entrants you have, you took their money. Also don't see why the experience of slower runners is secondary to that of faster runners. The course change for 2020 will hopefully eliminate this. … read more
T C
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2.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was poorly organised with directions to car park not very clear. This is very stressful especially if it is your first half marathon. The car park was a 40 mins walk to the actual course. This was not clearly stipulated in the information pack. There were No marshalls directing you back to the car park, so you end up wondering aimlessly for another hour. There were not enough medals, goody bags or t shirts for all runners. This is very disappointing as you pay a premium to enter the race ant payment is for these items. This is an event not designed for beginners and aimed at the elite.… read more
Dana
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This is the 2nd year I have participated (out of 3) and it gets better every year! Three medals for doing 2 events - amazing quality, great course, well worth it!… read more
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This flat course weaves its way around the beautiful, green Priory Country Park.

Pam L
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a nice course and the event village was a nice area, but instead of holding their hands up to their failings the race organisers closed comments on posts and refused to reply to anyone, either via social media or direct email. It's great to have nice big medals, (although they don't seem to have changed the design much for 2020 from 2019, the earlier ones are nicer) but the number of people who didn't get what they paid for at the end isn't acceptable. You know how many entrants you have, you took their money. Also don't see why the experience of slower runners is secondary to that of faster runners. The course change for 2020 will hopefully eliminate this.
T C
Star
2.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was poorly organised with directions to car park not very clear. This is very stressful especially if it is your first half marathon. The car park was a 40 mins walk to the actual course. This was not clearly stipulated in the information pack. There were No marshalls directing you back to the car park, so you end up wondering aimlessly for another hour. There were not enough medals, goody bags or t shirts for all runners. This is very disappointing as you pay a premium to enter the race ant payment is for these items. This is an event not designed for beginners and aimed at the elite.
Dana
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This is the 2nd year I have participated (out of 3) and it gets better every year! Three medals for doing 2 events - amazing quality, great course, well worth it!
Jase
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Quality medal <br />Massive medal<br />Best 1/2 marathon medal ever it’s on a par wiv a full marathon medal. Bedford bling 🥇.
Ian
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A really well organised race and overall event as it encompasses a lot for families etc supporting and for that alone its great. The course is relatively quick and flat - just remember it's call mixed terrain for a reason! Just a shame it's not England Athletics affiliated so doesnt show on your profile or thepowerof10
Kevin
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Being part of the running festival means that there is a great 'vibe' about the event, especially at the finish. The course is good - almost entirely flat and a mixture of tarmac and trails, and takes you through some lovely (flat) scenery. Recommended!
kirsty
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The race its self was good but at time I felt abit sqused in as all the fast runners had to run on the right and us slower ones kept to left so felt at some points I was in the way abit gutted when finished as no goody bag to give .the festival its self was good me and my friend had jerk chicken for after and whent to get cake there was plenty of places to pick for food as well .the bar and food was reasonable price and can pay on card which is handy if not change .the lillte chinos band was good to listen to while having food and chilling .and love the medal the medal
Gavin
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The overall experience was very positive. The only areas to improve are:</p><p>- wider start area as too narrow/ congested<br />- 2 lap causes congestion for passing runners, caused tail backs<br />- rethink water station which due to people stopping caused runners to have to stop and lose 20-30 secs
Sebastiano
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed this Half beautiful scenery and very well organized.<br />Course is not easy cause it's multi terrain and with some bridges near the end.
Chloe
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great feel but took a long time to get in ( and out of car park ) Marshall’s on roundabout would have been better.. meant really we would have missed the start if it hadn’t have been put back.. and LOTS LOTS and LOTS more toilets required!! Far to few for amount of people before a run! Overall great course but maybe just more Marshall’s needed on points and clearer mileage / direction signs
Luke
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2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
On the surface, the Half Marathon & Festival were a great event, with a great festival atmosphere, race village & amazing finisher medal. However, there are a number of elements left me feeling somewhat disappointed on reflection after the event... This may come across as a rant, but the Bedford Running Festival have disabled reviews on their facebook page following some negative feedback, so I feel this is the best place to share!<br />1) NOT UKA AFFILIATED - for a event the size & scale of this, with a claim on the website that the course is offically measured, to find out after the event that it was not affiliated or licensed was incredibly disappointed - this means no times or PBs uploaded to RunBritain or Power of 10. A very basic thing to sort out, considering this race has been licensed in previous years, that was a massive let down.<br />2) No Prize Giving - I came 2nd in the 5k on the Saturday, & was disappointed to find out there were no prizes. Races & events run on much tighter budgets, with considerably less sponsers, & much lower entry fees, than Bedford Running Festival manage to offer prizes for top 3 finishers / age cat winners without fail - so for this not to be on offer, very disappointing.<br />3) Safety on the course - A number of issues here<br />Runners not adhering to the headphone policy: Too many runners using in ear headphones, & as a faster runner i found myself having to scream at some lapped runners who couldn't hear me & were unaware of their surroundings to keep left, to avoid any collisions. I doubt anyone using in ear headphones were disqualified....<br />Large starting waves: The waves should have been smaller & colour coordinated - for runner safety more than anything else, on a narrow start i witnessed a fall & a couple of near misses from runners who perhaps weren't honest with their starting position<br />Positioning of Water Station 2: This was positioned immediately after a sharp turn, on my 2nd lap there were a number of near misses as some runners had stopped for a drink at the water station, leaving runners very little time to react & avoid collisions.<br />Whilst this was a very enjoyable event - some very basic organisation & safety issues were sorely overlooked & mismaaged which have left me feeling overall, disappointed.<br />
Lucia
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This race ticked so many boxes :) A lovely, scenic run through trees, a bit of parkland, round a big lake and then over these little bridges through the park to the finish. Very flat, so not too challenging in that regard, some nice shade on what was a gorgeous day. Excellent organisation, the village was well set out and managed, fantastic marshals, some spots along the route for supporters, and all round had a great atmosphere, I finished with a big smile!
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first half marathon and it was good but a little disappointed. Nice course. Parking was a nightmare as it was a 30min walk to the race!!! The biggest problem was getting back to the car as there were no directions or marshalls. I spent almost an hour trying to find the car park again!! There were no finishers goody bags for slow runners or beginners like me as they had run out despite knowing how many runners they had. They also ran out of t shirts my size!! Really disappointed!!. Toilets were not enough of and disorganised as well no directions or marshalls knowing where the start line was. All in all felt short changed given the cost of entering, petrol and parking!!!!
Ally B
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3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The event vibe was really great, the medal is fabulous and the finish line and goodies were very well received. I found the lack of mile markers from mile 10 (unless I just missed them) really offputting and disorientating as my watch had stopped working. Ruined the race for me sadly as I really struggled to keep focussed at the end.
Tracey
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2017
Best half marathon I have ever done. Atmosphere was great specially at the end. Beautiful weather but shaded as well.</p><p>
4.0
15 reviews
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Race Packs:

Participants in the Bedford Half Marathon have the option to either have their race packs posted to them, or they can collect it from Race Pack Collection before the race on race day. The pack contains your race number, timing chips and safety pins.

How to get there

Priory Country Park, Barkers Ln, Bedford MK41 9DJ, UK

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Parking:

Parking for the event will be limited so please allow time to get from the town centre to the start. For the best parking suggestions please see: https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/carpark/river\_street/mk40/bedford/?arriving=201907111800&leaving=201907112000

Bus:

The Bus Service 4 between Bedford Town Centre and Goldington, via Wendover Drive, stops close to the entrance to Priory Park. Approx. travel time is 10 mins.

Train:

Bedford is just 35 mins from London by train! Bedford train station is on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to the East Midlands. For more information call +44 (0)8457 484950 or visit the National Rail Journey Planner.

Cycling:

There are various options to park your bike securely and we advise local runners to avoid cars. Secure bike parking will be provided inside Priory Park.

Frequently asked questions
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Is the course measured?
The course will be measured and verified by Association of UK Course Measurers.
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Is the race officially timed?
Official times will be provided by our timing company and will count for your new PB!
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How old do I have to be to run?
17 years old or older on race day.
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Is there a cut-off time?
No! All levels of ability are welcome. What’
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s on at the festival?
Bedford Running Festival is 3 days of jam-packed running and tonnes of festival fun! Find out more at: https://www.bedfordrunfest.co.uk/festival
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Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 1st Sep 2019
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