Organisers of this year’s Bedford Running Festival have hailed the event a success with almost 3,000 runners taking part and then many more joining in with the celebrations across the whole weekend.
Collaborating with other local organisers like TASTE Bedford, Bedford Eat Feast and the Blender music team, the weekend (3-5 September) offered more than just aching muscles and sore feet.
“It was great to see everyone back together again celebrating all the great things Bedford has to offer,” said event director, Mark Draper.
Running events took place all weekend ranging from 5K runs to half marathons and family races. Runners came from near and far, with international entries from the USA and Australia.
The race routes allowed Bedford to showcase what makes our town great from the stunning flowerbeds on the Embankment to the exciting canoe slalom event at Priory Country Park.
Plus the last of Music in the Meadows summer programme on the Victorian bandstand gave some nearby musical encouragement as runners passed by.
On top of this, there were food stalls, live music and a farmers’ market, there was also an open-air cinema, yoga tent, stand-up comedy, plus sponsors and charity stalls in Russell Park.
Anne Harnan from TASTE Bedford agreed the weekend was a stand-out success.
“It was a great place to hold our farmers’ market. We introduced ourselves to many newcomers to Bedford, and the new ‘lockdown’ businesses were able to meet their customers in person.
“Some of our regulars have been networking together and have teamed up for event catering, and others are collaborating on new products together. Bedford’s food scene is really buzzing.”
Bedford Runfest will be back next year 2-4 Sept 2022.