FAQS

BEDFORD20 Finishers

Q. How old must I be to compete?
A. Runners must be at least 17 to run 10-mile and 18 years to run 20-miles on the day of the event.

Q. Can I make a change to my entry?
A. You can make changes to your entry until 28 February at midnight by logging into your account.

Q. What footwear should I wear for the races?
A. The course is multi-terrain with about 80% on cycle paths with some gravel paths and the remainder on the canal towpath. We recommend you wear your normal running trainers. Runners should expect some uneven paths.

Q. Can I raise money for charity?
A. Of course, you are also welcome to raise money for a charity of your choice by asking people to sponsor you for the race, in which case you will need to contact your chosen charity for a sponsor form or to set up an online sponsorship page. Our charity partner is Willen Hospice, so please consider fundraising for them.

Q. Are the races suitable for beginners?
A. Yes, this is a predominantly flat course and suitable for beginners.

Q. Can I transfer my place onto someone else?
A. Yes, you can transfer your place to someone else until 28 February at midnight. You can make the change [ HERE ]. Once the new runner has registered, signed the waiver, and paid the entry price the original entrant will receive a refund minus a £5 admin fee. After this date, the Race Packs will be prepared and posted and no further changes or refunds can be made by us.

Q. Can I enter on the race day?
A. No, we are not taking on the day entries in 2021.

Q. Can I run with someone else’s number?
A. No. Any runner found running with a number in another runner’s name or without a valid entry will be disqualified and may be banned from future events. This is in accordance with UKA guidelines.

Q. Are there drink stations?
A. There will be three self-service water stops offering water in paper cups.
Water Stop 1: approx mile 3 and 13
Water Stop 2: approx mile 6 and 16
Water Stop 3: approx mile 10 and 20

We do advise that you bring your own water.

Q. Is there a cut off time for finishing the race?
A. The time limit to complete the 20-mile race will be 5 hours. This is based on 15 min/mile pace.

Q. When do I receive my race number?
A. You will receive your race number and race instructions by post approximately two weeks before the event.

Q. I purchased an iTab, when will I receive it?
A. Your iTab will automatically be posted to you after the event. You do not need to do anything.

Q. Can I enter from overseas?
A. We often welcome runners from overseas to our races. You may enter online, however, you must give a UK address so that we can post your race pack.

Q. Is the race distances exact?
A. The race is being run under UKA rules and has permits from the Trail Running Association. The course is approximately the distance stated or slightly longer. This also assumes that the runner is following the race line at all times.

Q. Can I wear headphones?
A. We do not recommend the use of personal MP3 players on the course as you need to be aware of other runners and to hear marshals instructions. If you do wear headphones then it’s at your own risk.

Q. I haven’t got any safety pins?
A. Safety pins will be available at the Race HQ.

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