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Bedford Harriers Half Marathon

Wootton, Bedfordshire

Bedford MK43 9HT, UK

Sun 01st December 2019

Starting at 11:00

1 race


Organiser's Description

Rural, road half marathon, accurately measured & certified to IAAF standard. Highly rated by previous competitors, Bedford Harriers are once again running this popular event. Expect friendly marshals, great organisation, an "undulating" course and a free memento for all finishers. Excellent value for money at £23 affiliated. Competitors must be 17 or over on race day


  • Individual Entry

    17yrs and Over

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    £25.00 CLOSED


  • Individual Entry

    17yrs and Over

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    £25.00 CLOSED
What's Included

Race memento to all finishers

Incorporating Bedfordshire AAA County Championship

Cash prizes, age group and team awards

Course records: Male - Paul Martelletti 1:07:53 2009Female - Tracey Morris 1:16:36 2005

Chip timing start to finish

Secure baggage

Course measurement certificate no. 15/449

Showers and changing facilities

Hot & cold refreshments

Sports Hall Race HQ that can accommodate all runners

Medical provision

How To Get There

Race Headquarters:

The race headquarters will be at Wootton Upper School & Arts Centre, Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedford MK43 9HT however there is no competitor parking in the locality. Please use the competitor parking and transfer facilities as detailed in Travel information & vehicle parking.

Roads will be closed in the vicinity of the race, please do not attempt to gain access to the area or park on the run or coach routes.

Follow Post Code MK42 7PN

Travel information & vehicle parking:A dual carriage way links junction 13 of the M1 in the west with the A1 at the Black Cat roundabout in the east. This dual carriageway passes just south of Bedford and provides easy access to the race car park. Leave the A421 at the Marsh Leys exit and follow signs for A428 Bedford/Bromham and local signs for Kempston. Free vehicle parking has been arranged at the Woburn Rd Industrial Estate; follow Post Code MK42 7PN for satellite navigation purposes. The car parks will be signed and marshalled from 07:45hrs. Please park as directed by marshals. Vehicle owners/drivers/passengers are advised that vehicles and contents are left at the owners/drivers/passengers risk and that the race organisers and other third parties will not be liable for losses or damages whatsoever.

Competitor Parking & Transfers

Free coach transfer to the race HQ will begin at 07:45hrs and run continuously until 09:20hrs. Coaches will be waiting immediately outside the parking area and will set down close to the Race HQ.Transfer back to the car parks will begin at 12:00hrs and run continuously until 14:30hrs, coaches will be waiting at the at the set down point for the return to the car park..When boarding the coaches please fill from the rear in order to facilitate prompt departure; coaches will depart when full.

Headphones Etc

Headphones, Earphones and Similar Equipment:

Bedford Harriers, along with many other race organisers, has endeavoured to persuade runners not to wear head/earphones (including bone conducting head/ear phones)* or similar equipment during races.

These efforts have failed and consequently we have no alternative but to reluctantly adopt a strict disqualification practice for any runner seen wearing head/earphones (including bone conducting head/ear phones) or similar equipment. In respect of this race it is important that runners can hear the verbal warnings and instructions issued by race marshals.*Medical or prescription device to aid hearing excepted

Race Day Information

Race Number and Timing Chip

Your race number, timing chip and baggage label will be available for collection from the Race Headquarters on race day, 1st December 2019, from 08.00. Your timing chip and baggage tag will be attached to your race number and collection points will be in alphabetical order by surname. Please arrive in sufficient time to collect your number, timing chip and baggage tag, complete your details on the reverse of the race number, attach your race number to the front of your running top, your timing chip to your running shoes and baggage tag to your bag; please remove any old number tags to avoid confusion. Ties for the running chip will be in the envelope containing your timing chip. Please display your race number on the front of your running top; please do not fold, cut, or mutilate your race number and secure with a safety pin in each corner - remember to bring safety pins.

Race FAQs - Please Read

Race Packs

Race packs are no longer mailed to participants. Participants collect their race packs on race day, thereby saving fuel and resources that would otherwise be used to deliver them. This also saves on postal charges which helps to maintain lower entry fees for participants and generates additional surplus for the benefit of the event charities

Course Measurement:

2019 and issued by the Association of UK Course Measurers; certified accurate using IAAF procedures.To view the Course Measurement Certificate click here

Risk assessment:

To view the Risk Assessment document click here

Are you fit to run?

It is the participants' responsibility to ensure that they are physically fit to run and have adequately prepared themselves. To visit Runners' Medical Resource website click here

Pre & Post Race Massage:Race massage provided by Sports Massage Bedford Pre & post race bookings taken.E-mail:

Sports Kit Shop:No Limitz Sports will be offering a range of running related merchandise including shoes, clothing, nutrition products and sundry items. Visit No Limitz website;

Road closure:

There is no access to the Race HQ even for dropping off or collecting runners. Please do not cause obstruction or congestion by attempting to access the Race HQ area. See below for drop off & collection point avoiding the Race HQ and the run course.

Drop off & Collection points:A drop off and collection point is situated at the junction of Cause End Rd and St.Marys Rd, Wootton. Please do not attempt to gain egress to the Race HQ grounds by car as the roads will be closed. The drop off & collection point is 2-3 minutes walk from the race HQ and will be signposted.To view the Drop off and Collection map click here

Time limit:

13.5mins per mile. The sweep vehicle travels at a pace of 13.5 minutes per mile and any runners slower than 13.5mins per mile will be politely requested to withdraw, transport back to the Race HQ will be provided.


Reducing our carbon footprint, decreasing waste and improving sustainability

Since 2010 all Bedford Harriers events have utilised Ipico reusable timing chips. These timing chips are used repeatedly, only requiring replacement when not returned by a participant.

Timing chips are secured to runners’ shoes with 100% biodegradable Kraft paper-covered wire twist ties. At the end of each race the biodegradable wire twists are removed and collected for composting.Additionally, any race entry pack not collected has its wire twist ties recovered and they are used at the next Harriers event.

Race packs are no longer mailed to participants. Participants collect their race packs on race day, thereby saving fuel and resources that would otherwise be used to deliver them. This also saves on postal charges which helps to maintain lower entry fees for participants and generates additional surplus for the benefit of the event charities.Un-issued race packs have their contents removed and the envelopes are recycled.

Baggage tags are manufactured from recyclable card with sisal string ties. Baggage tags are recovered from any un-issued race packs and over-stickered ready for use at the next Harriers event.

All finishers will receive a useful & practical 100% cotton towel in recognition of their efforts. The race organisers are aware that some participants will appreciate a commemorative race medal. In accordance with the race sustainability policy participants can purchase a medal made from a sustainable wood source.

Technological advances mean that drinking cups supplied for use at water stations are manufactured from biodegradable PLA bioplastic that can be recycled or composted.

Water stations require a tremendous amount of water to keep runners safely hydrated. Each water station requires 205 litres for each pass of the water station.Runners have a right to expect that water supplied is of potable quality and uncontaminated. Water is provided in recyclable 5 litre bottles. The empty bottles are recyclable but have also been used to construct a greenhouse at a local school.

Hygienic rubber gloves for use at water stations and in food handling & preparation are supplied in cardboard cartons of 100. To avoid unnecessary waste, gloves are repacked (in a hygienic environment) into reusable zip-lock plastic pouches in pairs of 10 per pouch.The cardboard cartons are recycled.

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