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Heyford Airbase Runway Races - Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Family Mile

£8.50 - £29.75Free injury protection
Event summary

Speed around this unique Cold War venue at the Heyford Airbase. The flat and traffic-free courses will provide an option for everyone, taking athletes along the disused runways of the Cherwell Valley airbase. Come for the historic surroundings or for the great race day atmosphere.

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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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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Jun 17 2022

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
Half Marathon
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022

Run 13.1mi

£29.75
10k
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022

Run 10km

£21.25
5k
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022

Run 5km

£17.00
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What people think
3.8
14 reviews
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Route was all set up so you won't go wrong with distances, plenty of Marshall's and two pit stops for refuelling with water and jelly babies… read more
l cooper
Star
2.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great venue but was totally disappointed that the Junior race had started earlier than advertised with our two children being really upset as they missed their first ever run and had raised money for Charity. I was also gutted that the course was 500m short for the 10k, especially as I was running a personal best. I feel like an amazing venue was ruined by poor organisation: shame.… read more
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Decent flat course. Tough going without any crowd atmosphere but you know to expect that beforehand. Little disappointing that the race didn't measure a full 13.1 mile half marathon distance as you don't sign up for a 12.87 mile race. Overall a good event that I would do again.… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
When will results be made available at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Race results will be posted live onto the Race Organiser and where possible, times will be printed and handed out at the race.… read more
FAQ
Will there be a bag drop at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Yes there will be a bag drop, but please bring as little as possible to help with space.… read more
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Yes there will be toilets.… read more
Route description
Route description

RAF Upper Heyford has over 100 years of history and was a prominent airbase during the Second World War and the Cold War. Racers will be able to immerse themselves in the history of the venue, as they are flying along the old runways.

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.

Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Route was all set up so you won't go wrong with distances, plenty of Marshall's and two pit stops for refuelling with water and jelly babies
l cooper
Star
2.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great venue but was totally disappointed that the Junior race had started earlier than advertised with our two children being really upset as they missed their first ever run and had raised money for Charity. I was also gutted that the course was 500m short for the 10k, especially as I was running a personal best. I feel like an amazing venue was ruined by poor organisation: shame.
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Decent flat course. Tough going without any crowd atmosphere but you know to expect that beforehand. Little disappointing that the race didn't measure a full 13.1 mile half marathon distance as you don't sign up for a 12.87 mile race. Overall a good event that I would do again.
Beth C
Star
3.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Well organised but 10k course was around 250m short. It went wrong somewhere between 8 and 9km. Also had to wait at the 5km mark for the poor lad to pour us individual cups of water. He had none ready. I had been hoping for a PB and 30 seconds makes all the difference.
Joanne G
Star
3.7
Did the 5k in 2019
My daughter took part in the Wheelchair 5k race. she was one of several wheelchair competitors. We were astounded to find that there were no accessible toilets. Could this be addressed for future race meetings?
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first ever half marathon and I throughly enjoyed. Perfect for first timers. Will be back next year 👏🏻
Helen L
Star
1.3
Did the 10k in 2019
No atmosphere at all. Very boring and dull course. No one monitoring bag drop, bags left on wet ground underneath poor gazebo. Bag soaked by end of race. No differentiation in medals for the 3 different distances. 7 toilets for the whole event, queues too long. One coffee can at the end. Really poor event for the price.
Stuart W
Star
3.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Had a great morning running, but frustrated that the courses all came up short - the 10k course was about 9.7k, and I know there were similar issues on the half marathon course.The junior race (which my daughter ran) also started 15 mins earlier than the published time - it started at 9.30, but the website said 9.45 (and the confirmation email received last week said 10.00).A good day on a good course, but slightly tainted by organisational issues.
Laura d
Star
4.0
Did the 5k in 2019
For was quite hard and a bit pot holed. Atmosphere was good. Disabled parking not very clearly marked.
Star
5.0
Did the 5k in 2019
I was really impressed by the organisation, friendly team and course... I really enjoyed the finish 😂. There was something for everyone. Thank you so much
Star
4.7
Did the 10k in 2018
Nice flat fast course great for my first 10k
Star
5.0
Did the 5k in 2018
It was exactly as advertised, flat and fast
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
It's hot, very little shade, nice and flat, so bring sun cream.Bring music if your running alone as the 2nd lap once the 10 and 5k have finished it's quite lonely.It's was my 1st 1/2 marathon.
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
A very well organised race, only issue is that it can get a little lonely out running, the support at the start and finish was superb, the marshals along the course were awesome, and kept you motivated.
3.8
14 reviews
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Logistics and schedule

09:00 Family Mile start time

09:30 Wheelchair Half Marathon, Wheelchair 10k and Wheelchair 5k start times

09:45 Half Marathon, 10k and 5k start times

13:30 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

  • 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.

  • The 5k races are open to entrants aged 11 and over on race day.

How to get there

Upper Heyford Airfield (disused), Upper Heyford, Bicester OX25 5HA, UK

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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.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
When will results be made available at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Race results will be posted live onto the Race Organiser and where possible, times will be printed and handed out at the race.
FAQ
Will there be a bag drop at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Yes there will be a bag drop, but please bring as little as possible to help with space.
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Yes there will be toilets.
FAQ
What prizes will be on offer Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
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 (excluding the Family Mile).
FAQ
Can I wear headphones at the Heyford Air Base Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Junior Race?
Noise cancelling headphones are not allowed at this event. The organiser discourages the use of regular headphones however they are allowed and it is recommended you set your volume low so you can hear instructions from marshals.
Booking related questionsDo you have a question about bookings, cancellations, or refunds?
Half Marathon
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£29.75
10k
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£21.25
5k
9:45am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£17.00
Wheelchair 5k
9:30am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£17.00
Wheelchair 10k
9:30am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£21.25
Wheelchair Half Marathon
9:30am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£29.75
Family Mile
9:00am Sun 19th Jun 2022
£8.50

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