Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races

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Take on the Heyford Duathlon & Runway races around one of the UK's most prominent Cold War airbases. With a variety of distances available this event is great for athletes looking to try something new. Come for the interesting surroundings or for your unique finisher's medal.
Participants
Standard Duathlon, 5k, 10k, and 5 more
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Calendar
Sun, 19 Jun 2022
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Upper Heyford, United Kingdom
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3.2
(8 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Upper Heyford Airfield (disused), Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5HA, UK
Start times
Sun, 19 Jun 2022
Standard Duathlon:
8:45am |
5k:
9:45am |
10k:
9:45am |
Half Marathon:
9:45am |
Family Mile:
9:00am |
Wheelchair 5k:
9:30am |
Wheelchair 10k:
9:30am |
Wheelchair Half Marathon:
9:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races
Standard Duathlon
Running
10km
Bike
40km
Running
5km
£65.00
5k
Distance
5km
£20.00
10k
Distance
10km
£25.00
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£35.00
Route information
Duathlon Standard
10k run, 40k cycle, 5k run
The route will take place within the RAF Upper Heyford airbase. This was a prominent airbase during the Second World War and the Cold War and racers will be able to immerse themselves in the history of the venue.
Given the nature of the venue, this race is entirely flat and racers will have the chance to set a quick time in this great setting. It is a brilliant event for athletes of all ability. Experienced athletes can enjoy the flat terrain and set a fast time, or anyone new to the sport can take on their first mutli-sport event.
Runs
The Half Marathon and 10k routes follow a similar course along the disused runways within the airbase. Both courses are lapped and distances will be clearly marked throughout. The 5k route will once again take participants throughout the historic airbase, with only a few minor changes to the course.
All routes will be flat and within the closed Airbase meaning all abilities of runners are welcome to join this fun and friendly event. And with a Family Mile also available, this event really is a day for the whole family.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Chip-timed event
  • Well marked and marshalled course
  • Water stations
  • Prizes for top finishers
  • Toilets
  • Bag drop
  • Event photography
  • Medical cover
Train
How to get there
Upper Heyford Airfield (disused), Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5HA, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
By Car
The Airfield is situated 7.5 miles north west of Bicester, and is easily accessible from the M40.
Parking
There is likely to be parking available on-site, instructions regarding parking and planning your journey will be communicated prior to the event to all pre-registered participants.
By Train
The nearest station is Heyford Railway Station, which is around a 10 minute drive to the venue.
Event day logistics
08:45 Standard Duathlon starts
09:00 Family Mile starts
09:30 Wheelchair races start
09:45 Runs start
12:30 Event ends
Please arrive early, allowing plenty of time to register and get ready for your race.
Race Pack
Contestants will collect their race pack on the day when they register.
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 17 on race day to take part in the Standard Duathlon, and you must be at least 15 to take part in either the Sprint or Super Sprint Duathlon.
The Half Marathon races are open to entrants aged 17 and over on race day. The 10k races are open to entrants aged 15 and over on race day and the 5k races are open to entrants aged 11 and over on race day.
Race Rules
This event is licensed with the British Triathlon Foundation and participants must follow these rulesExternalLink.
The Race Organiser
With an inventory of over 150 events each year, the Race Organiser is one of the most prominent event organisers in the country. Whether it’s running, cycling, or swimming events, TRO have succeeded in creating a community of all abilities, who come together time-and-time again to enjoy their shared passion. Their events are widely renowned for exceptional organisation and great marshals who will ensure that you have a truly amazing experience come race day.
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FAQs
When will results be made available at the Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races?
Race results will be posted live onto the Race Organiser and where possible, times will be printed and handed out at the race.
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Will there be toilets at the Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races?
Yes there will be toilets at the start/finish area.
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Will there be a bag drop at the Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races?
Yes there will be a bag drop, please bring as little as possible to help with space.
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Can I wear headphones during the Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races?
No, headphones are not allowed for any of these duathlons.
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Will there be prizes available at the Heyford Airbase Duathlon & Runway Races?
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.
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Reviews
3.2
8 reviews
Star
1.0
Did the race in 2022
Event cancelled without any notification. Only found out when I arrived to the airbase.Checked website in the morning but no information about the cancellation.Very disappointing customer relationship.After his, I hope the reason is trua and indeed the company went under.Would have been easy to at least make a FB post or advertise it on the website..Would have saved lots of travel and related costs.Will avoid this organiser in the future!!!
Olly Button
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1.7
Did the race in 2019
Fairly well organised event however the course was completely soul destroying!!! Considering the amount of space available on the air base i don’t understand why we had to run and cycle in such a small area and just up and down. The runway that was used for part of the cycle was like riding on cobbles and far from suitable for road/race bikes (i think my mountain bike would have been better). Also being present for the 5k/10k/1/2 marathon day and seeing how much of the air base was used for their run routes why couldn’t they be used for the duathlon??? Unless the course is changed dramatically i willnot be returning next year. Also over priced for for the lack of course.
S Poole
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3.0
Did the race in 2019
Transition was on a really stoney part of the track. There were plenty of smooth parts. If the transition area is that stoney a mat should be laid.
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5.0
Did the race in 2018
Never been to Heyford before but boy-o-boy was this a ripper. Great day, great atmos, great fun all around- 10/10 would recommend to a friend
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3.7
Did the race in 2018
Not gunna lie, this one did not get on with me. I don't think it was anything particularly to do this the organisation as I've been to their events before and loved. Just not my day I think!
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3.7
Did the race in 2018
It was good but was a bit of an odd course to run along side bit like that. Kind of nice to do something very different though
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3.7
Did the race in 2018
Found the whol thing quite tough, was just a bit too long for me and I wan't trained well enough - my fault
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4.0
Did the race in 2018
Thought this was all great fun, spent a long time during the year working up to this one, was tough but worth the wait!
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Rachel Le Comber
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Hi Laura! Are you wondering on how big the event will be? I think it says in the overview the capacity is 200! Hope that helps :-)
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