Purple Patch Running : Heyford Airbase

Heyford Airbase

Get an insight into what went on 'Behind the Wire' at Oxfordshire's most formidable Cold War Airbase.

Set in the beautiful Cherwell Valley countryside, the three routes all utilise the base's Runway, RAF Taxiway and NATO Taxiway and are therefore pancake flat, traffic-free and pretty much PB guaranteed!

Choose between the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon - all equally good for those venturing into racing, moving up a distance or just trying to improve times.

Something for the whole family and a safe environment for spectators with refreshments and plenty of history around you!

Multi-sport weekend at Heyford Airbase

The running festival is part of a multi-sport weekend at Heyford Airbase over 20/21 June. The day before our running events; on Saturday 20 we are holding the Heyford Duathlon, ideal for total beginner or experienced competitors. Choose from either the sprint or standard distance:

  • Sprint distance: 5km run; 20km cycle; 2.5km run
  • Standard distance: 10km run; 40km cycle; 5km run

Find out more here.



The event will take place at Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 5HD. Approximately 9 miles from Junction 9, and 4 miles from Junction 10 of the M40, you will see signs to the race once you have reached the village of Upper Heyford. Please note that we will not be using the main entrance to Heyford Park, you will need follow the signs as instructed until you reach the Race Car Park entrance.

You are required to display a car pass in order to gain access to the Airbase which will be emailed to you prior to race day. Please ensure that any spectators arriving in separate cars also display a copy. Follow the Race Car Park signs and park only where directed. Do not drive anywhere else on the base and be aware that this is a restricted access location and certain areas are available only to us, and only for the race!