Runways, Gazelle helicopters, hangars, jeeps and trucks might not be the normal things you would expect to encounter during a race but all of the above and more await at next Sunday’s (20 March) Heyford Park Airbase Races in Oxfordshire.
Covering distances of half marathon, 10k and 5k, the event’s location is a disused Cold War airbase, decommissioned in 1993 and never been open to the general public. Runners will therefore be given a unique opportunity to experience what occurred behind the wire. Many of the huge hangars and bunkers remain in place, and large areas of the base have been untouched, giving a somewhat apocalyptic feel to the site.
Set in the beautiful Cherwell Valley countryside, the three routes all utilise the base's Runway, RAF Taxiway and NATO Taxiway and, as such, are seriously flat, offering a great PB opportunity. Competitors can also expect to see the old air base fire engine and a couple of old USA army jeeps and trucks.
Whether for history buffs, runners seeking a course that offers a high PB potential, or those preparing for a spring marathon, the Heyford Park Airbase Races looks likely to be a memorable one to have on the racing CV.
More information on the races, plus registration details, is available on organisers Purple Patch Running’s website.