Bedford Harriers Oakley 20 Sunday 29th March 2020
At a glance:  Start time - 10:00 Entry limit - 1,000 Entry fees - £33.00 affiliated £35.00 unaffiliated Iconic Oakley 20 hoodie race memento to all finishers Incorporating Bedfordshire AAA County Championship Age group and team awards Course records: Male - Matthew Janes 1:48:10 2009 Female - Philippa Taylor 2:07:49 2011 Chip timing start to finish Secure baggage Course measurement certificate no. 17/452 Showers and changing facilities Hot & cold refreshments Sports Hall Race HQ that can accommodate all runners Medical provision
The course: A measured, undulating, rural country road course around the villages to the north of Bedford. Unsuitable for wheelchair athletes. 4 hour time limit. Course map, click here Course marshals: The course will be marshalled by Bedford Harriers volunteers, who are renown for high energy support to all runners. Marshals will move around the course based on runners pace at not less than 12 minutes per mile. The sweep vehicle also travels at a pace of 12 minutes per mile and any entrants running at less than 12 minutes per mile will be requested to withdraw and be transported back to the race headquarters. Water stations: Located at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17 and 19 miles Facilities: Course maps, toilets, changing, hot showers, hot & cold drinks and snacks, secure baggage storage, and pre & post race massage will all be available at the race headquarters. Baggage storage is at owner's risk. Toilets: Ample flushing portable cabins will be situated at the front of the race headquarters. There are also a small number of toilet cubicles in the changing rooms in the race headquarters. There are toilet facilities at 12 & 19 miles on the course, directly outside the race headquarters; there are no toilet facilities at the car park in Highfield Road.   Race Memento:
Bedford Harriers AC
Promoted and organised by Bedford Harriers AC, a not-for-profit volunteer organisation
The Oakley 20 hoodie will be available to finishers only and will be available for collection from the race headquarters after the completion of the race.  You will need your race number to collect your hoodie.  When you register for the race, you will be asked to select the size of hoodie you require.  When you collect your hoodie, you will be given the hoodie of the size you chose at registration only.  No dialogue will be entered into on the subject. If you decide you require another size hoodie, neither the Oakley 20 organisers or Bedford Harriers are able to source another size.  For registrations after 8th March 2020 it will not be possible to select the desired size of hoodie. We will have a selection of the iconic hoodie sizes available and do our utmost to accommodate all finishers with the appropriate size.
Oakley 20 Cancelled To all Oakley 20 entrants Thank you for entering Oakley 20 2020 and it is a real shame that we have not been able to put the race on this year, it is however clear the decision to postpone was the right one. Since postponing, we have been working on what happens next. In some respects that has been made easy for us as Lincroft Academy, our HQ, refused to accept any bookings until at least its return sometime after Easter. We would really need to start the preparation now to have everything in place for September 2020, therefore there is no point preparing without the certainty of a HQ. We have decided, therefore that there will be no Oakley 20 in 2020, but we look forward to Oakley 20 in 2021. All entrants have three choices: 1. Defer entry to 2021 2. Request a refund of 80% of the entry fee – while we were able to mitigate some expense, others we could not and as a not for profit organisation we have shared a proportion with each entrant. 3. Relinquish your entry fee to help Bedford Harriers cover all the sunk costs associated with the race and we could not mitigate – to which we thank you. All entrants have received an email today explaining these options, the process and timescales to decide and to respond to the email so that we can close out your chosen option. If its not in your inbox, please check your spam. The Oakley 20 2020 hoodies were never printed; therefore, they do not exist, which is a shame. I would like to thank all entrants for your patience on this matter and hope to see you fit and well in March/April 2021. Chris Capps Race Director