Wootton Upper School & Arts College, Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedfordshire
MK43 9HT

Bedford Harriers encourages all athletes to enter online.

Entries Now CLOSED






Online entries close midday Monday 27th November 2017 or when race is full whichever is the earlier

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Entries now CLOSED

Online Entries for the 13th Bedford Harriers Half Marathon are open until midday on Monday 27th November 2017

Number Transfer

A number transfer facility will be available until 9:30 am 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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Race Headquarters

The race headquarters will be at Wootton Upper School & Arts Centre, Hall End Lane, 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 arrangements. Roads will be closed in the vicinity of the race, please do not attempt to gain egress to the area or park on the run or coach routes.

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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, 3rd December 2017, from 8.00am onwards. 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.

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Travel information & vehicle parking

Important car parking and transfer information


A new dual carriage way opened on the 1st December 2010 linking Junction 13 of the M1 with the A1 at the Black Cat roundabout just south of St. Neots. This completes the 'dualling' of the A421 for this M1 – A1 link road. It generally follows the route of the old A421 but the new dual carriage way may not be shown on many maps.

The A421 passes just south of Bedford and provides easy access to the race car parks.

Travelling either east or west on the A421 leave the A421 at the Marsh Leys junction; it is signed A428 Bedford and Bromham with local signs for Kempston.

Arriving from the east

Vehicles travelling in a westerly direction from the A1/ St Neots/

Cambridge should follow the local signage for Marsh Leys. The race car park is located adjacent to the Marsh Leys junction at the Argos Distribution warehouse; post code MK43 9AA.

Arriving from the west

Vehicles travelling in an easterly direction from the M1 junction 13 should follow the local signage for Marsh Leys. The race car park is located adjacent to the Marsh Leys junction at the Argos Distribution warehouse; post code MK43 9AA

Arriving from the south

Travelling north on the A6 from Luton at the roundabout junction with the A421 take the first slip road on the left towards Milton Keynes and M1, joining the A421. Travelling west take the very first left slip road which is the Marsh Leys junction and follow the local signage to Marsh Leys as per arriving from the east instructions above.

The race car park will be signed and marshalled from 07:45hrs.


We have arranged free parking for all vehicles at the sites of the Argos Distribution warehouse in Marsh Leys, Woburn Road, Kempston, MK43 9AA. 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.

Coach transfer to the Race HQ & return

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 800mts from the race HQ.

Transfer back to the car parks will begin at 12:00hrs and run continuously until 14:30hrs

Coach set down and pick up points are the same; junction of Cause End Road and Bedford Road Wootton.

When boarding the coaches please fill from the rear in order to facilitate prompt departure; coaches will depart when full.


Car Parking, Coach Route, Set Down and Pick up Location

Click on above link for maps to car parks, coach route & set down/pick up point.

Race assembly, start and finish

Runners are requested to assemble off the road in the designated area at the front of the school at 9:45am. Please assemble by your estimated time board. Marshals will walk all runners to the start. The race will start at 10:00am on Hall End Lane. The finish will be in the school grounds.

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Prizes and trophies

Presentation of trophies will be at 12:30pm in the Race HQ.

Trophies will be awarded as follows:

• First five men & First five ladies

• Age category trophies, one per age group, Male vets 35 to 70+ in 5 year increments. Lady vets 35 to 70+ in 5 year increments.

Trophies limited to one per person except winning team members.

• Men's & Ladies' Team prizes, 3 to score men's team, 3 to score ladies' team.

• Men's & Ladies' Vets Team prizes, Mens 40+ 3 to score, Ladies 40+ 3 to score.

• £50 (£100 if course record broken), will also be awarded to the first male and female runners; other cash awards will be available. Awards will be made on "Gun start to chip finish basis"

Winning teams calculated on cumulative race position, gender relative.

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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 :

Previous years' results

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 20092008 2007 2006 2005 2004

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SMS Text Results

Where a mobile telephone number has been provided, the participants 'Gun' Start to 'Chip' Finish time will be sent immediately after the end of the race. This time should be considered as a provisional time only

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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 hereCounty 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 will close at 9:30am prompt.

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Transponder(CHIP) Timing -Start and Finish

Your timing chip and securing wire twists will be attached to your race number and available for collection on race day. Please attach the chip to your running shoe as per the illustration below.

•Use only the wire twists provided•

Tie chips to shoe

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 start and finish lines, 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. Timing is both 'gun to finishing chip time' and 'chip start to chip finish'.

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Contact us entry secretary: 01234 307013

Race director: 01234 742507

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Race massage provided by Sports Massage Bedford Pre & post race bookings taken.


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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;

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Medical attendance/emergency:

First Aid will be in available should you require any medical assistance, both mobile and at the finish. All marshals will have mobile telephones and emergency 'phone numbers should you need to summon medical assistance. Additional emergency communications facilities will be provided by Raynet, they will be positioned at every water station and in the chief marshal's vehicle and the sweep vehicle. If you feel unwell at any time during the event please make yourself known to marshals/Raynet whilst on the course or the first aid providers if you feel unwell before or after the race. If you feel unwell between marshalling points please ask another runner to summon help on your behalf

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Litter drop zones
A litter drop zone will be available at each water station. Each litter drop zone will start 50mts before the water station and continue until 50mts past the water station. There will be signs to indicate the start and finish of the litter drop zones. Please do not drop litter outside of these zones

Yellow litter buckets
All marshals will have yellow litter buckets; please dispose of your gel wrappers and empty drinks bottles in thebuckets provided if you need to dispose of litter outside of the litter drop zones.

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Race etiquette

Please keep to the left side of the road unless directed otherwise by race marshals. Marshals have no power to stop or direct traffic therefore all runners are responsible for their own safety. Please do not wear head/earphones, as you will not be able to hear marshals' safety instructions or other warnings.

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Drop off & Collection points

A drop off and collection point is situated at the junction of Cause End Rd and St. Marys Rd, Wootton. See attached map. Please do not attempt to gain egress to the 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. Map


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Water stations

Water stations will be at 2.5, 5.5, 8.25 and 11 miles.

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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 Runners' Medical Resource provides some guidance on these aspects and we strongly advise participants to visit this website.


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Accommodation & public transport

Accommodation - visit - for on the course accommodation.There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in and around Bedford, further information can be obtained by contacting the Tourist Information Office on telephone no. 01234 718112 or by e-mail  Accommodation information is also contained at the following website;

Bedford is served by Thameslink Railway, East Midlands Trains and London Midland, please contact the operators directly for timetable information. From the centre of Bedford to the race HQ is approx. 6.5 miles. Bus services are infrequent.

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Race Entry List

Entry list

Please click on above to view the latest entry list. Please check your details and advise us of any corrections by midnight on Monday 27th November 2017. Email

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Course maps, toilets, changing, hot showers, hot & cold drinks and snacks, secure baggage storage and massage will all be available at the race HQ. Baggage storage is at owner's risk. Pre and post race massage session available.

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30 flushing portable cabins will be situated towards the rear of the race HQ. There are also a small number of toilet cubicles in the changing rooms and in a block on your right as you approach the rear of the race HQ. There are no toilet facilities at either of the car parks or on the course itself.

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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 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 or similar equipment. In respect of this race it is important that runners can hear the verbal warnings and instructions issued by race marshals.

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Race Memento

This year's race memento is a long sleeve technical top available to finishers only. The race memento will be available for collection from the Race HQ after the race, not before. You will need your race number to collect your memento.

click to see T Shirt

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Race Permit

This event has an Association of Running Clubs Race Permit, number ARC 17/406. ARC Rules will be applied to this event.

Race Permit

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Course Measurement

This event has a certificate of Course Accuracy, number 15/449 dated 3rd June2017 and issued by the Association of UK Course Measurers using IAAF procedures.

Course Measurement Certificate

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


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Risk Assessment

The race Risk Assessment is continuously reviewed.

Risk Assessment Document

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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 Half Marathon 2017. 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 17 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 organisers' instructions, I will not wear ear/head phones(including bone conducting head/ear phones)* 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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