Race Information - Running GP at Bedford Autodrome - Running GP - Goodwood House, Bedford & Oulton Park Cheshire

Race Information – Running GP at Bedford Autodrome

Bedford Autodrome Races – Sunday 17th October

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.

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

START TIMES:

9:00am – Marathon (6 hour cut off time)
9:15 am – 20 Miles
9:30am – 16 Miles
10:00am – Half Marathon
10:30am – 10k
10:45am – 5k

**ALL RACE PACKS ARE TO BE COLLECTED ON THE DAY**

Race Pack Collection

All entries will be assigned a number. To collect your number you need to make your way down to the collection desks on Sunday morning. It will take around 15 minutes to collect your number. The earlier you get there, the more efficient we will be on the day. You will only need one number attached to the front of your shirt. If you have your own pins then that would be great but we will have supplies if needed.

Your timing chip will also be in the envelope, this needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Please make sure you keep your number on at all times during the race. At the finish you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).

We will have queue markers on the floor, so please ensure when queuing you are 2m from another runner.

When you receive your race packs, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the brief runner information form which can be found printed on the back of your bib. This will help us greatly in case of an emergency!

Collection Times:

Marathon – 7:30-8:30am
20 Miles – 7:45-8:45am
16 Miles – 8:00-9:00am
Half Marathon – 8:30-9:30am
10k – 9:00-10:00am
5k – 9:15-10:15am

SEE ENTRY LIST HERE

TRAVEL

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.

Race Start 

After the warm up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation.

Toilets

There will be portable toilets 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 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.

See course map HERE

Spitting and nasal clearance during the race is NOT permitted.

Refreshments

Runners are welcome to set up their own hydration and fuel stations at the event. We encourage runners to bring their own water in order to minimise litter and to be more eco-friendly. There will be water provided on every lap of the race, and there will also be water available at the finish. We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.

Baggage

We will have a secure area where you can leave your baggage. We recommend you bring as little baggage as possible. Your baggage tag is attached to your race number, you simply tear it off and attach to your bag. To collect, show your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your baggage.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to come along and support runners during the race.

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, Love Corn and Kind Snack bar which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself!

Good Luck with the run from Team ACTIPHACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water with the highest pH in Europe. Through a unique ionisation process, our purified spring water is infused with a blend of electrolytes and supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH9+. ACTIPH is the healthy choice as you restore and maintain your natural balance, enabling you to live life to the fullest and get the most out of every day. All ACTIPH bottles are 100% recyclable and BPA free including the cap and label which makes us unique to other bottled waters and we believe gives us a clear sustainability advantage. Please remember to recycle in a recycling bin after the race. Take your hydration to a higher level and grab a bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line.

KIND® is more than just a name. It’s a commitment: to making snack bars that don’t compromise. Just the very best ingredients. Full of wholesome nutrients. And always packed with flavour. They have kindly donated some of their delicious bars for you all to try after your race! To find out more about KIND and their products, head to their website HERE.  Please be aware this product contains nuts.

Love Corn have kindly provided some post race goodies for you all to try and can be collected from the finish line alongside water, bananas and of course flapjacks! To check out more of their product, see their website HERE.

Tenzing – Official Energy Drink of RunThrough!
Tenzing Natural Energy, Purely from Plants, our plant-based drink is a delicious, healthy alternative to traditional energy powders. It’s THE first energy powder that is 100% plant-based with nothing artificial. See all available products and flavours here.

Runners Need

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At Runners Need we run to feel alive. To leave behind whatever holds us back and find that release, that calm and clarity, that focus. We all know a run changes your day – but it also has the power to change your life. We wish you a great race full of fun and enjoyment. Let’s run together.
If you need a last minute item before the event we are delighted to be able to offer all participants of RunThrough events in 2021 a 15% discount* at Runners Need which can be used in-store with your race entry confirmation or online using the code AF-RT15. T’s & C’s can be HERE.

Macmillan

Make your miles count, and run for Team Macmillan. Click here to set up your JustGiving page and help us do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

RT Kit

If you have purchased an item of RT Kit with your race entry, please head to the RT Kit stall on the day of your race, with your email order confirmation and we will have your item ready for collection!

ResultsResults will be available on www.runninggrandprix.com after the race.

Pictures

We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on Facebook after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.

COVID-19 NHS APP

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

Free lateral flow tests are now being offered by the Government for everybody in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These can even be ordered to your home, further information can be found HERE.

Social Media

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our Facebook @runthroughuk and use the hashtag #RunThroughUK in the build up to the race

Join our group on Facebook, RunThroughUK Chat and talk all things running with us!

If you #RunThroughUK on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!

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 🙂