The 2024 Meteor Mile is provisionally scheduled for Friday 30th August at Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton.
Dating back to 2013, the Meteor Mile is a relatively recent addition to the Almost Athletes’ race calendar. Taking place at Gloucestershire Airport, near Staverton, traditionally on a Saturday evening at the beginning of September, it uses the main runway and section of support road, with the runway lights on against the setting sun.
The race had a 3-year hiatus due to both the Covid pandemic and subsequent groundwork and was reinstated in 2023.
The first 300 metres are along the support road before a right turn places you onto the runway itself with a 1k-plus dash towards the terminal. Peeling off to the right, the runners take on the final 200 metres to the Finish, adjacent to the terminal building. Chip timing was recently introduced to the event.
Whilst competitive, the social and inclusive nature of the race is paramount, with children encouraged to take part. Every finisher receives a bespoke medal, and prizes are awarded for the first male and female adult and junior (U15) finishers. As hosts, Almost Athletes also awards prizes to the first male and female club finishers.
The Aviator bar is the venue for the prize giving and is a great place to wind down, refresh oneself and socialise after the run.