Located in a lovely 19th century park to the north of Bedford, this parkrun is popular. The event attracts between 300 and 400 runners each week. The route follows concrete paths that run around the perimeter of the park. The course is two and a half laps of the park, finishing by the old bandstand. Although the course is considered flat, regular participants will tell you that there’s a slight incline for perhaps two thirds of each lap. This makes a difference and I’ve definitely been faster on other, similarly flat, courses.
The fastest runners finish in around 17 minutes, but don’t let that put you off. This is a friendly parkrun where participants are invited for coffee at the pavillion, the park’s coffee shop, after each event. Bedford is well marshalled and has a friendly feel. It’s great for runners of all abilities. Pacers are sometime provided to help those pushing for a personal best. Bedford usually doesn’t start at the stated time of 09:00 because the briefing is carried out a few minutes walk from the start line.