Experience the Heyford Park Airbase 10K - fast, flat, fantastic! The route utilises the Airbase's runway, RAF taxiway & NATO taxiway and is therefore pancake flat, traffic-free, and pretty much PB guaranteed!
This is a race for every ability, whether you are aiming to set a new PB or improve on recent race times, competing against your club-mates, venturing into racing for the first time or stepping up a distance.
Get an insight into what went on 'Behind the Wire' at Oxfordshire's most formidable Cold War Airbase, set in the beautiful Cherwell Valley countryside.
Where: Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 5HF.
Pricing: £20 Unaffiliated, £18 Affiliated, £0 Gold Members.
Entry on the Day: Subject to a £3 surcharge (cash only, subject to availability).
Registration: From 08:30 to 09:30.
Race Numbers: For collection at registration on the day only, numbers will not be posted. To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided at registration, your number should be visible at all times. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your number and should not be removed.
Route: The route is entirely on tarmac (disused runways), free of traffic and suitable for runners of all abilities. Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.
Spectators: Very spectator friendly, with refreshments available.
Licensing: This race will be registered with the Association of Running Clubs (ARC).
Pacers: Pacers will not be offered at this race.
Bag Drop: Whilst we would recommend bringing as little as possible, you can leave your belongings with us while you race using the tear-off baggage strip on your race number, collecting after you finish by presenting your race number.
Toilets: There will be temporary toilets at the start/finish.
Race Marshals: Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race.
Distance Markers: The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and distance markers where necessary.
Water Stations: There will be water stations along the course at (approximately) every 5km point. Water will be provided in recyclable plastic cups.
Post-Race Goodies: All runners will receive water and snacks on finishing the race.
Refreshments: Pre/Post-race coffee and refreshments available.
Changing/Showers: There will be no changing or shower facilities at this race.
Lost Property: 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.
Results: Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and, where possible, timing print-outs will be available at the race. In all cases, results will be communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of the event.
Medals: All finishers will receive a medal on completing the race.
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females. Where possible, we will endeavour to present individual race prizes as soon as confirmed on the day.
Directions: The event is held at Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 5HD. From the M40 this is approximately 9 miles from Junction 9, and 4 miles from Junction 10. You will pick up signs to the race once you have reached the village of Upper Heyford. Please be aware that we will not be using the main entrance to Heyford Park, so follow signs until you reach the Race Car Park entrance.
Parking: You will need to display a car pass in order to gain access to the Airbase which will be emailed to you prior to race day. Please ensure that any spectators arriving in separate cars also print a copy. Follow the Race Car Park signs and park only where directed. Do not drive anywhere else on the base and please remember that this is a restricted access location and certain areas available only to us... and only for the race!
Buggies/Pushchairs: This race is suitable for runners with buggies/pushchairs. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer, start at the back of the field and be vigilant of other runners overtaking during the race.
Wheelchair Users: This race is suitable for wheelchair users. You may be asked to start at the front of the field 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time and be vigilant of other runners overtaking during the race.
Earphones/Headphones: Noise-cancelling earphones/headphones are prohibited and whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones at this event, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a minimum volume such that instructions from marshals or other race officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.
Event Time-Limit: Whilst there is no strict time-limit for this race, 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 registration/finish area after approximately 3 hours to facilitate the removal of all equipment from the premises by the agreed time.
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