'The Stig' was on hand to help runners achieve their target lap times at Sunday’s (7 October) Running Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome as they put their foot down on a flat and super smooth motor racing circuit.
Located 20 miles east of Northampton, Bedford Autodrome was designed by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and is built for speed. A traffic-free tarmac course was perfect for PBs and this along with support from fellow runners and marshals made it an enjoyable day for all.
Bedford Autodrome is one of three events in the Running Grand Prix series that includes Goodwood Motor Circuit West Sussex and Oulton Park Cheshire. All three involve multiple laps on iconic motor racing circuits and are organised by RunThrough. There was a choice of four distances at Bedford Autodrome – 5K (1 lap), 10K (2 laps), Half Marathon (4 laps) and Marathon (8 laps). The circuit was accurately marked and The Stig plus volunteers kept everyone on course to the chequered flag at the finish.
Martin Millard won the Marathon in 2:51:00; Sai-Yee Lam was the first lady in 3:58:47.
In the Half Marathon, David Ball was first across the line in 1:16:44. Maria Kenny was the fastest female in 1:33:16.
John Uff was the fastest male in the 10K in 34:53; Kym Robertson was the fastest female in 43:18.
And in the 5K, Bertie Tweed was the winner in 17:07 with Amelie Goetz the ladies winner in 21:08.
There was a themed medal, technical T-shirt, water and Epsom salts for every finisher. Next up is the Running Grand Prix Oulton Park on 2 December.