Oxford Town and Gown 10k

Muscular Dystrophy UK has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Oxford Town and Gown is the oldest run in the series. It started in 1982 by local runners as a fun run to raise funds for muscular dystrophy and still to this day all profits from the race go to Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK).

2021 will be the 40th race for the run which now attracts up to 6,000 runners every year – including serious athletes, the casual runner and fun runners. The unique route is the only closed-road City Centre 10k in Oxford with a glorious stretch along the River Cherwell and finish in the University Parks. In 2019, the run was awarded Best 10k in South England by the Running Awards.

An unfortunate consequence of the event date change is that we are having to remove the Junior 3k. We are working on alternative dates for the Junior 3k and will provide a further update soon.

All entries for 2021 will be secured with our covid policy, for more information visit our FAQ section further down the page.


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This year, the Oxford Town and Gown 10k is taking place on Sunday 27 June 2021 (postponed from its original date in May). We made this decision with the health and wellbeing of everyone in mind, in light of the current COVID-19 situation.

We’re working with event and safety specialists to plan a COVID-secure event, even if we’re in tiered restrictions. Over the next few months, we’ll let you have more information on this and how it will affect the running of the day.

We want to reassure you we’re working with event and safety specialists to plan a COVID-secure event, even if we’re in tiered restrictions.

Some of the things we will look to implement include a reconfigured the route so there’s less congestion, staggered arrival and introduced pulse starts over a much longer period of time.

Entries for the 2021 will also be capped at a lower total compared to our usual capacity and entries will close weeks before the event. There will be no entry on the day.

Over the next few months, we’ll let you have more information on further measures and how it will affect the running of the day.

All entries are also secured by our new policy, whereby in the event of cancellation due to Covid-19 your entry will roll over to our 2022 event, and if you cannot make this date you may request a refund or to donate you fee to Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Once you’ve finished the race, we’ll give you a goody bag with your medal and some free product samples.

Entry fees no longer include an event T-shirt, but these are available to purchase on entry and will also be on sale on the day of the event.

The Event Village is in the University Parks, OX1 3RF, near the cricket pavilion.

It’s where you can have your registration queries answered, use the toilets or buy food and drink.

The Event Village is also where the race warm-ups and presentations take place.

Timings for the 2021 race are to be confirmed and may be amended to allow for a COVID-secure event. We will update this section as we get closer to the event. Our event will be contained to the time frames below.

8am – Event Village opens

1pm – Event Village closes

The 2021 route is to be confirmed. The roads will be very similar as shown in the 2019 route, however there will be changes to ensure it is a COVID-safe event. Examples of measures we are working on include, route reconfiguration, a pulse start system and removal of water stations. There are further measures which we will release closer to the event.

One thing is for sure, our route takes you on a scenic tour of Oxford City Centre, round the back roads of many of Oxford’s historic colleges and famous landmarks. After coming off the roads you'll enter University Parks, running along the River Cherwell and a finish in front of the Event Village and Cricket Pavilion.

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All race packs will be sent in the post before the event to the address provided on registration. You Race Pack will include your running bib, which will have the timing chip fixed onto it.

There will be no Race Pack collections on the event day.

If you give us your mobile number on entry, you’ll get an SMS with your chip-time shortly after you finish the race. All chip-timed results will be available on www.chiptiming.co.uk after the event.

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