The Race Organiser : Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races
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Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races

Next Race: 19/06/2021 + 1 other

Heyford Airbase, Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, BICESTER. OX25 5HD

Race at the base this summer and take on one of the longest runways in Europe!

Set in Oxfordshire's beautiful Cherwell Valley, this deserted Cold War airbase opens its gates for a challenging weekend of running and cycling.

Enter the duathlon on Saturday 19th June and run, bike, run your way to the finish line over a Standard, Sprint or Super Sprint distance.

On Sunday 20th June, the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Family Mile will see you flying around the airfield like the buzzards that now rule the idle landing strips.

With over 100 years of history, this formidable site will capture your imagination - watch out for props from Hollywood blockbuster World War Z which was filmed at the base, an encounter with an escaped zombie is sure to get you a PB!

Pancake-flat, traffic-free and with the wind at your back, you’ll bomb along the runways and taxiways of one of the oldest airfields in the world at the Heyford Airbase Duathlon and Runway Races.


Further details will be communicated by email in the week leading up to each event.


Entry on the Day will not be available at these events.


With the exception of the Family Mile, these events will be Licensed with the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and UK Athletics (UKA).


Event Schedule


Saturday Duathlon

Enquiries: 8:00.
Start Times: Between 
9:00 - 11:00. Allocated with respect to estimated finish time (prioritising quicker times) and communicated prior to the event by email and/or SMS, these times may be subject to change.


Sunday Running

Enquiries: 7:30.
Start Times: Between 
8:30 - 11:00. Allocated with respect to distance and/or estimated finish time (prioritising longer distances/quicker times) and communicated prior to the event by email and/or SMS, these times may be subject to change.


COVID-19 Mitigation


These measures, together with other Covid-related requirements at our events, may be subject to revision in response to any change in the current public health guidance issued by the government or regulatory bodies.


NHS Test and Trace will be in operation at our events. Participants will be required to complete a health declaration prior to arrival and to check-in where possible using the NHS COVID-19 app (available to download in advance for iOS or Android). Any information obtained will be held for 21 days after an event only and will not be used for any other purpose. Participants may not be permitted on site if they fail to follow this process, the full details of which will be communicated in the week leading up to an event.


One-way navigation and social distancing signage will be present on site to facilitate adherence to official guidance. Queue markers must be observed at all times and sanitisation stations used as frequently as necessary.


Unless there have been any changes following communication of the final pre-event information, there will be no event briefing on the day. Participants should read the communication thoroughly to familiarise themselves with the event details.


Participants will start individually at 10-15 second intervals to maintain social distancing, with a recommended 15-minute arrival window allocated and communicated prior to the event. Participants from the same household/bubble will be permitted to start together (if participating in the same distance/category) and should follow the relevant instructions to arrive and/or start at the later of any times communicated (if different). Whilst running, participants should only overtake when there is enough room (at least 1m) to do so.


Once finished, participants should continue moving and follow signage and marshal directions to keep the area clear for other finishers. Any post-event rewards (medal, water etc.) will be self-service (following hand-sanitisation) to ensure there is no contact amongst staff and participants.


Participants are asked to review the UKA Participant Code of Conduct prior to their arrival.


Event Details


The Course is flat, contained within the closed airfield and suitable for participants of all abilities.


Bib Numbers (and bike stickers where applicable) will only be available for collection at each event, participants should not expect to receive anything by mail.

To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should remain visible at all times. A timing chip is attached to the back of the bib and should not be removed.

Participants in the Duathlon will also be provided with an ankle tag and neoprene strap which must be returned on completing the event.


Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of each event.


All finishers will receive a Medal on completing their event and, subject to a competitive field of participants, Prizes will be awarded to the top three places overall - and the top place in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) - for both females and males at each distance. Winners will be notified by email by the end of the following week. This does not apply to Fun/Family Runs or Junior Races for which alternate prizes/rewards may be offered.


Marshals will be present on the course throughout each event.


Course Markings, including arrows, tape, and distance markers, will be visible on the course where necessary.


Pacers will not be offered at these events.




Photography will be provided at these events, a link to which will be available on our website and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of each event.


Suitable Medical Cover is provided at our events in case of a medical emergency. Participants must provide, during registration, details of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities, medication, or allergies that may be relevant in the administration of any medical assistance. Participants should also provide the same information on the reverse of their bib number (where applicable) prior to starting their event, marking a large, red X (or other contrasting colour, using the pens provided at registration) to the front of their number to alert the medical provider to any such information.


Bag Drop will be available at these events. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, participants can leave essential belongings with us while they run using the tear-off baggage strip on their bib. They can then present their number after the event to retrieve their item(s).


Water Stations will be available on the run routes approximately every 5K.


Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available around the start & finish area/lap point for use throughout each event by both participants and spectators.


Refreshments are expected be available throughout each event from a local vendor.


There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at these events.


Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.


Other Information


As UK Athletics licensed events, the pushing of persons in any device is prohibited under the UKA Rules of Competition (including, but not limited to, a Wheelchair, BuggyPushchairStroller or similar) in the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Such devices are permitted in the Family Mile only.


As part of our ongoing COVID response, to ensure the opportunities for social distancing are maximised, Spectators will not be permitted at these events.


Participants must not be accompanied by a personally owned or controlled Dog during an event. Entries may be accepted from participants with medical assistance dogs, subject to them being correctly registered and identifiable as such, and subject to prior approval by the Event Director.


These events are suitable for Wheelchair UsersParticipants wishing to compete with specialised equipment are asked to contact us before entering to ensure we can accommodate any additional requirements.


Noise-cancelling Earphones/Headphones are prohibited and, whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones for those competing in running events, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a low enough volume that instructions from marshals and/or other event officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.

The use of Earphones/Headphones is prohibited for all Duathlon participants throughout the event.


Although these events take place at a private venue, participants should remain vigilant of each other, spectators, marshals, and any other persons at all times.


With respect to a Time-Limit for these events, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreement, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the courses and/or start/finish areas at approximately 13:30 (Saturday) and 14:00 (Sunday) to facilitate our departure from the premises by the agreed times. If participants are unable to complete their event by this time, they may be asked to end their participation early.




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Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races Jun 2021

  • 19/06/2021, 09:00 - 09:45

    Duathlon - Standard

    10 Kilometres 40 Kilometres 5 Kilometres £0.00 - £60.00
  • 19/06/2021, 09:45 - 10:30

    Duathlon - Sprint

    5 Kilometres 20 Kilometres 2.5 Kilometres £0.00 - £55.00
  • 19/06/2021, 10:30 - 11:00

    Duathlon - Super Sprint

    2.5 Kilometres 10 Kilometres 2.5 Kilometres £0.00 - £50.00
  • 20/06/2021, 08:30 - 08:50

    Family Mile

    1 Mile £10.00
  • 20/06/2021, 09:15

    Wheelchair Half Marathon

    13.1 Miles £0.00 - £35.00
  • 20/06/2021, 09:20

    Wheelchair 10K

    10 Kilometres £0.00 - £25.00
  • 20/06/2021, 09:25

    Wheelchair 5K

    5 Kilometres £0.00 - £20.00
  • 20/06/2021, 09:30 - 10:00

    Half Marathon

    13.1 Miles £0.00 - £35.00
  • 20/06/2021, 10:00 - 10:30


    10 Kilometres £0.00 - £25.00
  • 20/06/2021, 10:30 - 11:00


    5 Kilometres £0.00 - £20.00



Further details with respect to planning your journey and available parking facilities will be communicated prior to the event to all-pre-registered participants.