As a previous participant of the Bedford half I thought this would be a great event to take part in, and as I was in training for Brighton and MK Marathons I thought 20 miles would be a great distance beforehand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this race as part of my Marathon training. Very recommended if you are doing London, Brighton, Milton Keynes etc. Perfect timing for me too so was great for my training plan.
THANK YOU For organising a really great event. It was well-organised , well marshalled a loveley course and had all the right facilities with "no frills". I said "Thank you" to as many marshals/other volunteers along the course as I could and at the finish - really appreciated.
I found this course lovely and scenic - relatively flat however i was disappointed with the finish - normally you can see the finish line in the distance and have a sprint finish in front of the gathering crowd and friends and family, however here the finish line was tucked away around a small chicane of trees - no idea that i was closeby as minimal signs of the impending finish line - minimal crowds and the mileage was off compared to my garmin watch. You got round the chicane and bam the finish line was there.
Fabulous atmosphere & perfect event to make a pleasant lead up to a long distance race ☺️
I was supposed to run this race but was unable to due to injury. Instead I supported my sister as she ran it and so I have observations about the start, miles 3, 8, 12 and 17 and the finish:
Didn’t realise so much was off-road. Also would have concerns on safety if it has been heavily raining. Overall good training race.
Nice and scenic course, excellent marshalls and feed station volunteers. Not quite sure why there was the need to run around the field at the end, I started to have a sense of humour failure once I realised especially as my GPS watch indicated it was over 20 miles however I will probably be back next year.
Just some of my thoughts, hopefully the negatives can help to make the event even better next year :)
For an established event, let alone an inaugural one, it was the bees knees. Sure they'll be a few tweaks (minor) but the bar has been set very high. The passion and dedication both Andy and Sarah have in organising shines through and makes for a really friendly and enjoyable event. The course is great, who knew Bedford was so picturesque? (I should know better living in MK) this is a must for anyone's marathon training diary or just for those who fancy running 20 miles for the fun of it!
I enjoyed the race but plenty of 'opportunities for improvement' make me sound like a grumpy Victor Meldrew!!:
great course suitable for beginners or seasoned vets. Great opportunity to get your PB on this flat course.
Bedford 20 - Loved it. Great course for a double loop. Well organised. See you next year......
This was my first 20 mile run in the build up to Brighton Marathon this year.
I ran with Redway Runners Zero2hero 17/18 Group. This was the groups first 20 miler, before their marathon in May. The course was mostly flat with a couple of inclines, the pathways were easy to follow. I found it was not muddy as I expected. Well organised with communications and Marshall’s, especially crossing a small road onto a pathway. We loved sports massage company called AMI Clinic. There’s only one small thing that maybe would of worked better, is having the finisher t-shirts nearer to the finish line.
If I ever had to run 20 miles again I’d be back. Beautiful countryside and well organised run. Can’t fault a thing
This was Bedford 20 first year, quite a few changes needed for next year,
Bedford20 was a really well organised event, with a great set of volunteers to help us on our way.