Race Information – Bedford Autodrome Running Grand Prix

Bedford Autodrome Races

Sunday 23rd October 2022


Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2YP

If using the app What3Words, use the words ///confusion.actual.fancy for exact event village location.

(When you arrive, please look out for & follow signs to the Autodrome for parking & the event village).


Start Times:

9:00am – Marathon (6 hour cut off time)
9:15 am – 20 Miles
9:30am – 16 Miles
10:00am – Half Marathon
10:30am – 10k
10:45am – 5k

Race pack Collection


All entries will be assigned a number at registration.
To collect your number, make your way down to the collection desks on Sunday Morning.
It will take around 15 minutes to collect your number, so please arrive early.

You will only need one number attached to the front of your shirt.

Your timing chip will be attached to the bottom of your race bib and needs to be attached to your shoe as per the instructions on the back of the chip. Please make sure you keep your number on at all times during the race.

At the finish, you can dispose of your chip (we do not need to collect them back).

Collection Times:

Marathon – 7:45-8:45am
20 Miles – 8:00-9:00am
16 Miles – 8:00-9:00am
Half Marathon – 8:30-9:30am
10k – 9:00-10:00am
5k – 9:15-10:15am

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!

Race Start

Each race will have a warm up in the event village 15minutes prior to the race start time.
After the warm up, estimated finish times will be called to the starting pen where our marshals will guide you into a start formation.

During the race

The entire course is on the Motor Circuit itself. There will be marshals all around the course as well as distance signs and arrows.

The Miles for the Marathon, 20 Mile 16 Mile, 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. 20 Mile runners you are looking for signs counting down from 19 to 1 miles to go. 16 Mile runners you are looking for signs counting down from 15 to 1 miles to go. Half Marathon runners you are looking for signs saying 13 miles to go down to 1 mile to go.

There will be red KM signs from 1-4 for the 5k and 1-9 for the 10k.

The laps required for each race distance are detailed below:

Marathon – 8 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)

20 Mile – 6 laps  (+ mini-lap at the Start)

16 Mile – 5 laps  (+ mini-lap at the Start)

Half Marathon – 4 laps (+ mini-lap at the Start)

10k – 2 laps

5k – 1 lap

All distances other than the 5k & 10k will have an out and back section at the start of each race before completing the laps stated above.

Please discard any water bottles or rubbish during the race within the litter zone.


After the race

Do NOT stop within the finish area. Please continue through the finish until you pass the medals and are in an open space.

There will be sealed ACTIPH water bottles at the finish for each runner to collect along with your medal and Love Corn which will be laid out on tables for you to help yourself.


Address: Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford MK44 2YP

If using the app What3Words, use the words ///confusion.actual.fancy for exact event village location.

Please arrive early as the car park is located in the paddocks a short 10minute walk away from the event village.

By car

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.

Please ensure you are looking out for and following all signage & marshal instruction to get you parked as quickly and safely as possible.

You can see more details on how to get to Bedford Autodrome HERE.

By rail

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

By bike

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.


There will be portable toilets available within the event village.


Please limit the number of belongings you bring to the event. The car park is located close to the event village, we therefore recommend leaving any belongings in your car.
There will be an informal bag drop area within the event village for runners who need it.
Your baggage tag is attached to your race number, you simply tear it off and attach to your bag. To collect, show your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your baggage.


There will be a water stations on the course. which you will pass on each lap of your race, please help yourself to this. You are also more than welcome to leave any gels, or your own drinks here or with a marshal should you choose to bring your own hydration and aids.

There will also be a bottle of Actiph water waiting for you at the finish line.

We recommend staying hydrated in the lead up to the event.



Results will be available on www.runthrough.co.uk after the race.


We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race, which will be made available on our photos page after the race.


Event T-Shirts

A comfortable, sweat-wicking fitted T shirt made for your daily workouts.

 This will probably be your favourite fitted activewear top made with a soft and lightweight polyester fabric, this T-shirt is made to keep you comfortable and  fresh on your run.

Warrington T 2

If you have purchased an event T-shirt with your race entry, please head to the RT Kit stall on the day of your race, with your order confirmation and we will have your item ready for collection!

If you’ve not pre-ordered a T-shirt, but would like to purchase one, these are available HERE.

Social Media

For updates leading up to the race, please check out our on Twitter @runthroughuk use the hashtag #Runthroughuk in the build-up to the race.

If you want to talk all things running before and after the event join our RunThrough Chat group on Facebook.

If you #Runninggrandprix on Instagram with your race day collages, the best ones will feature on our page!


Spectators are more than welcome to come along and support runners from the event village. Please be aware that spectators cannot walk around the inside of the circuit itself. Please also note that there are no dogs permitted at the venue except guide dogs (which must be kept on leads at all times)

RunThrough Kit

Powered by RunThrough, RT Kit provides the level of quality and style in its running clothing that you’d expect from a brand that has become synonymous with running over the last decade.

If you have purchased an item of RT Kit with your race entry, please head to the RT Kit stall on the day of your race, with your email order confirmation and we will have your item ready for collection!