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And this will be my first half!
Race HQ is my old school. My old PE teachers would be very surprised indeed to see me about to head out for a 13 mile run.
This is usually our club !/2 Marathon Championship so have done it a few times. Quite a nice race; undulating with a fast descent at about 11 miles. There is a short section along a fairly busy main road otherwise quite rural. The car parks are at least 15 minutes walk from race HQ and can get quite boggy if wet (as it was last year) making getting out at the end of the event rather challenging unless you have a 4WD. Changing, bag drop and toilets can be quite busy so make sure you arrive in good time...
Best of luck!
Oh dear. Am scared now. My memories of Bedford from when I was young is that it was flat flat flat. Didn't know I'd signed up for hills! Eek.
Be afraid, be very afraid!
Seriously, it probably isn't as bad as I made out, I would not be going back again if it was, but it certainly isn't flat.
No one has mentioned the brass band playing Christmas carols at the start.
Have done this a couple of times, a few smallish hills with a nasty one right at the end.
Hi Nick. A few steady climbs, nothing too steep.
The brass band playing Christmas Carols. There, I've mentioned it.
Thanks all for the overview of Bedford. I am looking forward to it now - good luck with your training and any other races you are participating in. I am running the Ricky Road Race - a good 9 miler tomorrow. Hope it doesn't rain too much.
It's quite a nice run and not a bad mornings entertainment. It's even fab in the rain and wind.
But if you fancy a shower after, go home and use your own. They also do a 20 mile in Marchish for aspiring FLMers. Nice course, Still haven't figured what came out of the showers, but it wasn't warm water or clear.
It will be my second half, my first being Silverstone earlier this year! Sounds as if it will be very different to the track! Good Luck everyone!
Thanks - will have to grab a cab!
There seems to be a variety of opinions about the hilliness of the course. Has it changed alot over the last few years or something?
Could anyone let me know the mile location(s) of the biggest / steepest hills? and also the longest distance of any gradual inclines? What is the toughest section of the course?
I'd like to get an idea of when to use up my nutritional hill combat.
Robejo - been the same course for a while. It changed about 4 years back as it used to be the other side of bedford at Great Barford but the bypass ran across the course. They could have gone back but I think the other facilities eg.. changing / showers / hall/ parking are much better at Wootton.
I can't remember if there is a profile on the Bedford Harriers website. Would have to think where the hills are. However I would say that personally I don't think it is THAT hilly. I don't like huills but always run a reasonable time here.
It is certainly downhill from about 9.5 miles until the last half mile where it does go up an incline for a while before going down again for the last 200M.
So hill nutrition about 4 miles I would say to get your through to 9.
Is this suitable for a frist 1/2 marathon?
Iam running 20-25 miles a week. I wasplanning to wait until next year before having a go,but want to get on with it.
Run a couple of 10K is the last month, running 9-10 miles each weekend
Andrew. I am no expert but I would suggest that this seems to be as good a half marathon as ever!! Go for it and enter............
I began in 2002 with 5kms then went onto 10kms and thought that I could never manage a half marathon. I have been entering and achieving half marathons for the last 3 years. I aim to get round and my best time on the hilliest of courses has been 2.5 hours.
If you can run 10miles easily in one go I would say you are ready for a half marathon - you find the stamina to pull 3 miles more.
If you don't fancy this one enter Silverstone - great organisation, superb atmosphere. 3 times round but different areas of the site so you don't get bored and although open and exposed, not hilly. Prepare for the elements, 3 years ago there was hail the size of satsumas - I am not exagerating!!!! Last year was too warm but you can never really please a runner.....................
Thanks, you have talked me into it!
I can manage 10 miles on a fairly flat route around 1 hour 40 mins, so maybe it will be ok. Just worried about the hills!