Bedford Harriers AC

St Johns

Bedford Harriers encourages all athletes to enter online.


Race Number & Timing Chip will be available for collection on race day,Wednesday 25th July 2018 from 5.30 onwards.
Entries will be available on race day subject to race limit and late entry desk closing at 7:00pm

Postal entries are still welcome however, there is no financial advantage to a postal entry, entry fees are the same whichever method is used.

Race Number and Timing Chip
Your race number and timing chip will be available for collection from the Race Headquarters on race day, Wednesday 25th July 2018, from 5:30pm onwards. Your timing chip 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 and timing chip, complete your details on the reverse of the race number, attach your race number to the front of your running top and your timing chip to your running shoe. Ties for the timing 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.

Race Headquarters
Band Stand, Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford MK40 2JZ


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Race Location
Race Location and Bedford Area

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The course consists of two and a half clockwise laps of Bedford Park using the footpaths with a downhill finishing straight. ARC race permit number 18/195. ARC rules will be applied. Course measurement certificate 12/270
Course Map
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Race Limit
The race has a limit of 500 competitors.
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Entries on the Day
Entries on the day will be permitted subject to the race entry limit not having been previously reached. Entries on the day will close strictly at 7:00pm, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Cost of Entry on the Day: Affiliated £10, non Affiliated £12.
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Closing Dates
Online entries - 20th July 2018
Postal entries – 19th July 2018
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Online Entry List
Please advise us of any corrections by 20th July 2018.  
Click to view Entry List Entry list

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Vehicle parking
Car parking is in the Pilgrim Centre off Brickhill Drive, post code for satellite navigation, MK41 7PZ There are 250 marked bays, please park within the marked bays. There is a very short walk to the race HQ along footpaths from the car park and the route will be signed. Car park map

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Travel Arrangements
By car.
From A6 (travelling South, turn left into Roff Avenue then Park Avenue., HQ about half way along.
From A421, take northern exit onto A4281 to Kimbolton Road, continue to traffic lights, turn left into Park Avenue.
From A428 continue through town centre to Kimbolton Road, continue to traffic lights turn left into Park Avenue.
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Public Transport

Bedford Park is situated just to the north of the centre of Bedford approximately 30 minute walk from the Bus Station and Train Station.

Alternatively taxi services are readily available.

Bedford is served by East Midland Trains, & First Capital Connect Trains please contact the operators for timetable information..

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Number Transfer

A number transfer facility will be available until 7.00pm on race day. An entrant is permitted to transfer their place to a replacement runner.
The procedure on race day;
Replacement runner collects the race number for the original entrant, (name and first line of the address for the original runner is required to collect race number.)
Replacement runner completes an entry form (available on race day.)
Replacement runner tenders both completed entry form and race number to the Number Transfer desk in the Race HQ.
Replacement runner receives new race number.
No dialogue will be entered into if these conditions are not met. Any Runners found to be wearing an ‘illegal’ number will be disqualified and their details reported to the appropriate governing bodies. This may result in disqualification from future events. 

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  No secure or staffed baggage available. Baggage is left at owners risk.
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Race Assembly and Start
Runners are requested to assemble at the start area, at 7.15pm for a prompt start. The start is approximately 10 minutes walk from the race HQ. The course is not suitable for wheelchair competitors. Late starters will not be permitted to start the race.
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Race Timing
Your timing chip and securing wire twists will be available for collection on race day attached to your race number. Please attach the chip to your running shoe as per the illustration below.*Use only the wire twists provided*Do not secure using your shoe laces *No chip = no time* The chip supplied is 'live' and does not need to be further activated or processed. The chip, as you cross the finish line, triggers your time and number recording. After crossing the finish line please move through the finish funnel as quickly as possible removing your chip prior to exiting the funnel. Please do not re-cross the finish line as this will interfere with the recording .Chip Timing will be gun start to chip finish.Official race times will be 'gun' start to 'chip' finish.

Attach chip to shoe

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Race etiquette
The course will be well marshalled. Please follow any instructions the Marshals' give. Keep to the left hand side of the path; this will allow faster runners to pass on the right. However, members of the public (and dogs) may be visiting the Park so runners are kindly requested to be aware of their presence.

GEL/ENERGY BAR WRAPPERS PLEASE dispose of the wrappers from these products responsibly. Bins are situated around the course and at the finish.
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Headphones, Earphones and similar equipment
Bedford Harriers, along with many other race organisers, has endeavoured to persuade runners not to wear headphones, earphones(including bone conducting head/earphones)* or similar equipment during races. These efforts have failed and consequently we have no alternative but to adopt a strict disqualification practice for any runner seen wearing headphones, earphones (including bone conducting head/earphones)* or similar equipment.*Medical or prescription device to aid hearing excepted. In respect of this 2 ½ lap race it is important that runners can hear the verbal warnings and instructions issued by race marshals in respect of lapping by faster runners and when to turn for the finishing straight.
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Medical Attendance
Will be provided by St. John’s Ambulance. Should you need assistance please contact the nearest Marshal who will contact St John's.
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Water Stations
A water station will be available at the finish area.
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A race memento will be available to all finishers as they leave the finish area.
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Race results will be displayed on notice boards inside the race headquarters as soon as possible after the race. Results will also be available from the Bedford Harriers website :
Bedford Harriers
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 Prizes and Trophies
The awards ceremony will be made in Bedford Park at around 8.30pm at the Bandstand near the finish area.

Prizes and awards will be made on ‘gun’ start to chip finish basis.

Trophies will be presented to the first three men and the first three ladies.

Age category prizes will be presented to the first male and the first ladies in the 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 & 70 age categories (only one prize per person).

Mens & Ladies Team awards (three males per team -three females per team) will also be presented.
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 Bedfordshire County Championships
All qualifying entrants are invited to compete in the Beds AAA County Championships.
For qualifying conditions please click here: County Championships
Entry to the Bedfordshire County Championships is either on the day or as an option at the time of your online entry. If you wish to enter on the day please register at the County Champs desk in the Race HQ. Registration for the County Champs willclose at 7:00pm prompt.
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''No Litter' Policy
Please do not drop litter. There will be waste bins at the finish area.
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Are You Fit to Run
It is the participants' responsibility to ensure that they are physically fit to run and have adequately prepared themselves.
The website provides some guidance on these aspects and we strongly advise participants to visit this website.
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Contact us


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Changing & Showers
Changing & showering facilities will be available in Robinson Swimming Pool, which is located in Bedford Park at the junction of Park Avenue & Foster Hill Road and at Bedford International Athletic Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford. The Athletic Stadium is a five-minute drive to Bedford Park (or around a 15 minute run). The map gives the location of both Robinson Pool and Bedford International Athletic Stadium. (Race Location and Bedford Area)
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Race Permit

This event has an Association of Running Clubs Race Permit, number 18/195

Race Permit

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Course Measurement

This event has a Certificate of Course Accuracy, number 12/270 dated 10th March 2018 and issued by the Association of UK Course Measurers using IAAF procedures

Course Measurement

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Liability insurance cover is provided by virtue of the race permit issued by the Association of Running Clubs

Liability Insurance

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Data Protection and Privacy Policy

Data collected : First name, Gender, Date of Birth, Email address, Mobile phone number, Landline number, Postal address, Club name, Team name, Next of kin contact data, Race memento size.

Purposes for which the data is used.
The data collected by Bedford Harriers AC as you register and pay for this event will be used for the purposes of administering this event only. The collection of personal data is considered legitimate in order for us to be able to ;
1. produce and publish an entry list.
2. provide you with a race number and timing chip you with race data.
4.text and/or email you with race result.
5. produce and publish a race results list that will contain only such personal data as is necessary to provide meaningful results. The result list will include an individuals first and last name, gender, age group,race time , race position, gender position, age category position, club/team, and the calculation of team awards.
6. Mail awards and other prizes.
7. Mail race mementoes.

Sharing of data

Bedford Harriers AC undertakes not to share your personal data with any third party except for the necessary and legitimate purpose of; compiling results, e.g. where a race timing company is given necessary data to be able to produce a results list providing paramedic or emergency services with relevant data in an emergency situation It should be recognised that, once published, race results become public knowledge and are widely accessible.

Storing of Data

Data supplied will be securely stored for 6 years and then securely discarded. Published race results will be stored in perpetuity. Individual’s rights Upon request Bedford Harriers AC will provide a record of an individual’s data stored by Bedford Harriers AC provided production of satisfactory evidence of the individual’s identity is received. The individual has the right for data to be amended or deleted. Any request for provision of data, amendment to data or deletion of data to be completed within 30 days of the request.
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Terms and Conditions

Entrants will be asked to accept the following Terms and Conditions when registering for the race. ‘Please accept my entry for the Bedford Harriers Doug Anderson 5K 2018. I accept and acknowledge that my race number and timing chip will be available for collection on race day only and I do not expect to receive any information by post. I will be 15 years or older on race day and medically fit to compete. I accept that I enter at my own risk and that the organisers will in no way be held responsible for any injury, accident, loss or damage that may arise before, during or after the event as a consequence of my participation in this race. I consent that my details will be used for the purposes described in the Bedford Harriers entry on the Data Protection Register. I will abide by the ARC Rules of Competition. I accept that there will be no refunds under any circumstances. I further agree that, in accordance with the organiser's instructions, I will not wear ear/head phones(including bone conducting head/earphones)* during the event and furthermore will park only in the designated race car park/s and or parking areas as detailed on the race website. *Medical or prescription device to aid hearing excepted,
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