RUNNING GRAND PRIX AT BEDFORD AUTODROME – SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2018
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:
Half Marathon: 8.45am – 9.30am
10k: 9.15am – 10.00am
5k: 9.30 – 10.15am
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 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, and there are pens available at the registration desks.
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.
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.
Marathon @ 9:00am (Please note a 6 hour strict cut off)
Half Marathon @ 10:00am
10k @ 10:30am
5k @ 10:45am
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 GU Energy, the official nutrition partner of the Grand Prix series, with energy gels for you to grab on each lap if you need that extra boost!
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+.
During the race
The entire course is on the Motor Circuit itself.
The Miles for the Marathon 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. Half Marathon runners you are looking for signs saying 13 miles to go down to 1 mile to go.
There will be kilometer flags from 1-4 for the 5k and 1-9 for the 10k.
We will have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish.
Marathon – 8 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)
Half Marathon – 4 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)
10k – 2 laps
5k – 1 lap
All distances will have an out and back section at the start of each race before completing the laps stated above.
There are multiple points around the race track to watch the runners and cheer friends and family on during their races!
There will be hot food and drink available throughout the day within the event village.
You will be able to grab your well earned medal and limited edition Running Grand Prix T-shirt at the finish line along side post race goodies including epsom salts to help with your recovery from Westlab Salts.
Results will be available on www.RunningGrandPrix.com after the race.
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.
For updates leading up to the race, please check out our Facebook @RunningGrand Prix use the hashtag #RunnningGrandPrix 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!