The race headquarters are at Lincroft Academy, Station Road, Oakley, Bedford, MK43 7RE. There is no
competitor parking at the race headquarters, please see ‘Vehicle Parking’ below. Roads will be closed in the vicinity of
the race, please do not attempt to gain access to the area through the road closure or park on the run routes.
Travel information & vehicle parking:
Oakley is situated 3 miles north of Bedford just off the A6.
Travelling from M1 (north) - At J14 follow the A509 onto A422 towards Bedford. At Bromham pick up local signs to
From M1 (South) – At J13 follow the A421 and exit at the Marsh Leys Junction signed A428 Bedford & Bromham.
Follow local signs to Bromham and then to Oakley.
From A421 East exit at the Marsh Leys Junction signed A428 Bedford & Bromham.
Follow local signs to Bromham and Oakley.
There is no parking at the rear of the race headquarters. Please do not park in the residential streets, use
only the designated car parks.
Participant parking is situated at Highfield Parc Industrial Estate Oakley. The nearest post code
is MK43 7TA; what3words, ///lodge.speeded.chaos
Travelling north on the A6 from Bedford please take the second exit signed for Oakley and follow the Car Park
Travelling south on the A6 towards Bedford please take the first exit signed for Oakley and follow the Car Park
Please DO NOT park in front of the race headquarters in Station Road or at the road junction with Reynes Drive and
Please ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DELAYS. The car parks will be signed and marshalled from 07:00
Please park as directed by marshals. Vehicle owners/drivers/passengers are advised that vehicles and contents are
left at the owners/drivers/passengers risk and that the race organisers and other third parties will not be liable for
losses or damages whatsoever.
Bedford is served by Thameslink Railway and East Midlands Trains. Please contact the operators
for timetable information. There is an infrequent bus service to Oakley. Alternatively, a taxi service is available at the
station for the 3 mile journey.
Coronavirus Covid-19 spread prevention measures:
All Government and NGB guidnace, rules, restrictions and statute will be followed. Precise requirements to be
published closer to race day and all participants, volunteers, event officials, sub-contractors and the like will be advised
Race assembly, start and finish:
The start of the race is in a playing field 350mts from the race headquarters. Start will be at 09:30 sharp and runners
are requested to assemble adjacent to their predicted finish time signs. This is a chip timed event from the start,
therefore there is no benefit in standing at a faster predicted finish time, you only inhibit faster runners.
The finish is in the school grounds at the front of the race headquarters. The course is not suitable for wheelchair
competitors. Late arrivals will not be permitted to start the race.
Medical assisstance will be available should you require any medical assistance, both mobile and at the finish. All
marshals will have mobile telephones and emergency 'phone numbers should you need to summon medical
assistance. If you feel unwell at any time during the event please make yourself known to marshals whilst on the
course, or to the medical service providers if you feel unwell before or after the race. If you feel unwell between
marshalling points please ask another runner to summon help on your behalf.
Litter drop zones
A litter drop zone will be available at each water station. Each litter drop zone will start
50mts before the water station and continue until 50mts past the water station. There
will be signs to indicate the start and finish of the litter drop zones. Please do not drop
litter outside of these zones.
Yellow litter buckets
Outside of the litter drop zones, please dispose of all litter in the yellow buckets
stationed at all marshal positions.
Please keep to the left side of the road unless directed otherwise by race marshals. Marshals have no power to stop
or direct traffic therefore all runners are responsible for their own safety. Please do not wear head/earphones, as you
will not be able to hear marshals' safety instructions or other warnings.
Headphones, Earphones and Similar Equipment:
Bedford Harriers, along with many other race organisers, has endeavoured to persuade runners not to wear
head/earphones (including bone conducting head/ear phones)* or similar equipment during races.
These efforts have failed and consequently we have no alternative but to reluctantly adopt a strict disqualification
practice for any runner seen wearing head/earphones (including bone conducting head/ear phones) or similar
In respect of this race it is important that runners can hear the verbal warnings and instructions issued by
*Medical or prescription device to aid hearing excepted.