Bedford Half Marathon

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Join thousands of runners and take on 13.1 miles of traffic-free, stunning Bedfordshire countryside this year! Runners will be welcomed across the finish line in the beautiful Priory Country Park before celebrating in style with live music, food, entertainment and more at our unforgettable post-race party.
Participants
Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun 1st Sep 2019
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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The event experience
Elevation

<5m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Priory Country Park, Barkers Ln, Bedford MK41 9DJ, UK
Start times
Half Marathon:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Bedford Half Marathon
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
£29.00 - £32.00
Route information
This flat course weaves its way around the beautiful, green Priory Country Park.
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What's included
Medals
Tech t-shirts
Race timing
Results SMS service
Flat course
Post-race festival celebrations
On-course water stations, mile markers, music and first aid
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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=201907112000ExternalLink
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.
Event day logistics
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.
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Bedford Running Festival
Bedford Running Festival is 3 days of jam-packed running and tonnes of festival fun! With official race distances of 5k, 10k and Half Marathon along with an open air cinema, comedy club, kids club, street food market, bar, main stage with live music, yoga & wellness classes, running seminars and more, this is every runner’s dream.
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FAQ's
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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Reviews
4.0
15 reviews
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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.
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.
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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!
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Quality medal Massive medalBest 1/2 marathon medal ever it’s on a par wiv a full marathon medal. Bedford bling 🥇.
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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
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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!
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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
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4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The overall experience was very positive. The only areas to improve are:- wider start area as too narrow/ congested- 2 lap causes congestion for passing runners, caused tail backs- rethink water station which due to people stopping caused runners to have to stop and lose 20-30 secs
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed this Half beautiful scenery and very well organized.Course is not easy cause it's multi terrain and with some bridges near the end.
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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
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