“More than just a running race”: Bedford Run Festival returns with music, food and comedy

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Bedford Run Festival has announced it will return this September with a full weekend of festival fun, proving once again that the event is more than just a running race.

As well as the opportunity to take part in 5k, 10k and half marathon timed races on the weekend of 3 – 5 September, organisers have been working hard behind the scenes to bring an exciting, new, festival programme to Bedford this summer.

The weekend-long line-up is set to include Bedford’s much-loved Taste Bedford plus an open-air cinema, stand-up comedy with comedian Sara Pascoe, live music, a street food market, yoga classes and more.

Live music, comedy, food and fun are all part of this year’s Bedford Run Fest

Russell Park in the heart of the town is the new home of Bedford Run Fest, making it even more accessible to runners and non-runners alike.

Event director, Mark Draper is encouraging Bedfordians to bring as many friends and family members as possible to join in the fun and to celebrate all that is good about Bedford.

“The past 15 months of this pandemic have been incredibility hard for everyone but we are now immensely proud to be able to provide a safe, but fun event that everyone, including people who aren’t running, can look forward to and enjoy later this summer,” said Mark.

“Although the event is focused on running races, this year, more than ever, we have tried our best to create an event that everyone can enjoy.

“It would simply be great to see people safely back together, enjoying themselves and having fun.”

Mark and his team have already confirmed collaborations with Taste Bedford, the Comedy Cow and Sundown Cinemas and he promises there will be even more announcements soon.

“We are excited to be working with Bedford RunFest and the other local organisers to collaborate on an event which really showcases the best of our area,” said Anne Harnan, co-founder of Taste Bedford.

Taste Bedford
Phil Fanning of Paris House in the demo kitchen at Taste Bedford

Since 2017, Taste Bedford has championed local producers, cooks and chefs and provided a platform for makers to meet their customers.

“Over the last year, there’s been a huge resurgence in buying food more locally and supporting independent businesses, so we can’t wait to be back for 2021,” said Anne.

“Our brand new kitchen trailer will host live cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend with chefs on hand to answer your questions and the farmers market returns with a wide range of fantastic produce from breads and preserves, to flowers, cordials and cheeses.”

Anne would love to hear from any local producers who would like a pitch at the festival, so if you’re interested, please email her at tastebedford@gmail.com.

For more information and to sign up for any of the races visit the Bedford Run Fest website.

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