RUNNING GRAND PRIX AT BEDFORD AUTODROME
Sunday 22nd March 2020
The event village will be open from 7:45am
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)
9:15am – 20 Mile
9:30am – 16 Mile
10.00am – Half Marathon
10:30am – 10k
10:45am – 5k
All race packs are to be collected from the event village on the morning of the event!
The event village opens at 7.45am. You are free to come collect your race packs from this point onward. However the ideal race pack collection times would be:
20 Mile – 7:45am – 8:45am
16 mile – 8:00am – 9:00am
Half Marathon: 8:45am – 9:30am
10k: 9:15am – 10:00am
5k: 9:30am – 10:15am
It will take around 15 minutes to collect number and drop your bag off. 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 and chip on at all times during the race. At the finish you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).
When you receive your race pack, 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, and there are pens available at the registration desks.
We will have a secure area where you can leave your baggage. We have tear off baggage labels at the bottom of your race number that can be attached to your bag. To collect, all you have to do is hand over your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your belongings.
There will be a water station on every lap. There will also be a fuel station powered by VitaSports, with energy gels for you to grab on each lap if you need that extra boost!
You will also be able to grab your bottle of ACTIPH at the finish line. ACTIPH Water is the UK’s first alkaline ionised bottled water. Through a unique ionisation process, purified water and a blend of electrolytes are supercharged to create a smooth and clean tasting alkaline water with a pH of 9.0+.
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.
There will be portaloos available within the event village.
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 blue 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
There are multiple points around the race track to watch the runners and cheer friends and family on during their races!
*Please note that spectators will not be able to enter after 11:30am*
There will be hot food and drink available throughout the day within the event village.
Results will be available on www.RunningGrandPrix.com
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.
Address: Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford MK44 2YP
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.
You can see more details on how to get to Bedford Autodrome HERE
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
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.
For updates leading up to the race, please check out our on Facebook page @RunningGrandPrix in the build-up to the race.
If you #RunningGrandPrix on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!