Located in a lovely 19th century park to the north of Bedford, this parkrun is popular. It attracts between 300 and 400 runners each week, so it can be a little crowded at the start line. 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. 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. There’s a friendly feel. If you want you can grab a coffee with your fellow runners post run. The event is well marshalled. Additionally a volunteer signs for those who are hearing impaired.
It’s great for runners of all abilities and if you’re looking for a personal best, you might find help on weeks when a pacer is provided. Don’t expect to start at the stated time of 09:00. The briefing is few minutes walk from the start line. Overall, Bedford Parkrun is fast, fun and friendly and is definitely a good candidate for “B” if you’re working your way through the parkrun alphabet.