Race Information - Bedford Autodrome - Sunday 18th October 2020 - Running GP - Goodwood House, Bedford & Oulton Park Cheshire

Race Information – Bedford Autodrome – Sunday 18th October 2020

Bedford Autodrome Races – Sunday 18th October 2020

Address: Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2YP

(When you arrive, please look out for & follow signs to the Autodrome for parking & the event village).


9:00am – Marathon (6 hour cut off time)
9:30am – 20 Miles
10:00am – 16 Miles
10:30am – Half Marathon
11:00am – 10k Wave 1
11:30am – 10k Wave 2
12:00pm – 5k

**Please note that due to COVID restrictions, these times may be different to what you have previously seen advertised**

Check wave and start time on the entry list HERE.

Please note: you will be set off in waves based on the estimated finish time entered at the checkout.  

As you will be aware the event has been modified to ensure we can adhere to social distancing and the guidelines issued by RunBritain and UK Sport.

Please familiarise yourself with the measures that will be in place at the event HERE.

Thank you for your cooperation with the new regulations in place at the event, these are necessary to ensure a safe environment and mean that we can continue to provide race opportunities.

If you have been in an affected place, been in contact with someone with coronavirus or had any symptoms in the last 14 days please refrain from attending the race. For further guidance please visit the NHS website HERE

Race Packs 

All entries made on or before Thursday 8th October will be sent race packs in the post.

If you DO NOT receive your pack by the end of the day on Friday 16th October please get in touch and let us know at [email protected]

You will not be able to run without a race number and chip.




If you have COLLECT next to your name on the entry list, your pack will be waiting for you to collect from the event village before your race.

To collect your number you need to make your way down to the collection desks at the following times:

Marathon: 7.45am-8.30am
20 Mile – 8:00am – 9:00am
16 mile – 8:30am – 9:30am
Half Marathon: 9:00am – 10:00am
10k Wave 1: 9:30am – 10:30am
10k Wave 2: 10:00am – 11:00am
5k: 10:30am – 11:30

Please give yourself plenty of time to minimise queuing on the day.

If you received your pack in the post you do not need to go to the information or collections desks.

Race Start 

Runners will be set off 4 at a time (2m apart), every 10 seconds.

Our marshals will be on hand to guide you into the start area and ensure social distancing so please make sure you listen carefully to MC instructions and we will get you started as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please listen closely to all marshal instructions and remember to keep a safe distance from the runners around you.

As you can imagine, it will take longer than usual for everyone to cross the line and start their race, so we thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience with us on the day.


Address: Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford MK44 2YP

(If using the app What3Words, use the words confusion.actual.fancy for exact event village location)

By car

Bedford Autodrome is located approximately 10 miles North of Bedford town centre and 20 miles East of Northampton.

Please note that the postcode MK44 2YP will not take you all the way to the event village. Once you reach the postcode destination please look out for and follow the signs to the Autodrome for parking & the event village.

Please ensure you are looking out for and following all signage & marshal instruction to get you parked as quickly and safely as possible.

You can see more details on how to get to Bedford Autodrome HERE.

By rail

Nearest station: Bedford

Bedford train station is around 20 minutes from Bedford Autodrome. Trains from London leave from either St Pancras or any Thameslink station approximately every 20 minutes.

Local Taxi numbers:

  • A1 Stretch Limos – 08001 832525
  • AtoB – 01234 211111
  • AGS Cars – 01234 340900
  • Calloway Cars – 020 7183 2872
  • Chryslux Executive Travel – 01234 357465
  • Executive Drive – 0208 950 4591
  • Town and Country Cars – 01234 213030

By bike

Bedford Autodrome is easily accessible by bicycle and there will be bike racks available at the venue for you to lock up your bike during the race.


There will be portaloos available within the event village. Lining up for these loos will be socially distanced.

Hygiene Stations

There will be multiple hygiene stations around the event village and start/finish area for all participants to use throughout the event. These will have hand sanitiser, tissue and bins for the disposal of any tissue or litter.

During the race

The entire course is on the Motor Circuit itself.

We will have distance markers throughout the course and plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish.

The Miles for the Marathon, 20 Mile 16 Mile, and Half Marathon distances will be marked out with countdown signs of how many miles you have left until the finish. Marathon runners you will see signs counting down from 26 miles to 1 mile to go. 20 Mile runners you are looking for signs counting down from 19 to 1 miles to go. 16 Mile runners you are looking for signs counting down from 15 to 1 miles to go. Half Marathon runners you are looking for signs saying 13 miles to go down to 1 mile to go.

There will be red KM signs from 1-4 for the 5k and 1-9 for the 10k.

The laps required for each race distance are detailed below:

  • Marathon – 8 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)
  • 20 Mile – 6 laps  (+ mini-lap at the Start)
  • 16 Mile – 5 laps  (+ mini-lap at the Start)
  • Half Marathon – 4 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)
  • 10k – 2 laps
  • 5k – 1 lap

All distances other than the 5k & 10k will have an out and back section at the start of each race before completing the laps stated above.

Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.


There will be a limited amount of water provided on every lap of the race, and there will also be water available at the finish. In order to avoid congestion on the course, we recommend brining your own water and staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.


There will no formal baggage drop within the event village. Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event and if possible leave anything in a car.  This is in order to reduce contact between runners and staff.


Spectators are not permitted within the event village area and will be asked to leave if present. We are sorry for the inconvenience but due to our COVID-19 protocols in place at the event we need to limit the people attending the event to be participants only.

After the race

Do NOT stop within the finish area. Please continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.

There will be sealed ACTIPH water bottles at the finish for each runner to collect along with your medal, t-shirt and Kind Snack bar which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.

We ask that once you have collected your medal, t shirt, snacks and water to leave the event village as soon as possible to avoid groups congregating within the event village.


We recommend downloading the NHS COVID-19 App onto your phone if you haven’t already before the race. Find out more HERE.

If you had any further questions please take a look at our COVID-19 specific FAQ’s page HERE or contact us by email at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Running GP Team 🙂