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
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.
We are once again looking for an enthusiastic and energetic team to join us for this year's Bedford Running Festival!
There are a range of roles to choose from across the weekend; from supporting and cheering our runners at either the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon, to being part of our open-air cinema, yoga and wellbeing areas.
To join the team for this year, please follow this link: https://www.bedfordrunfest.co.uk/volunteer
Is the course measured?
The course will be measured and verified by Association of UK Course Measurers.
Is the race officially timed?
Official times will be provided by our timing company and will count for your new PB!
How old do I have to be to run?
17 years old or older on race day.
Is there a cut-off time?
No! All levels of ability are welcome.
What’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
Questions & answers
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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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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! 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. 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. 3) Safety on the course - A number of issues here 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.... 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 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. Whilst this was a very enjoyable event - some very basic organisation & safety issues were sorely overlooked & mismaaged which have left me feeling overall, disappointed.