Oxford Half

University Parks, Oxford

Organiser's Description

Get your party hats out to celebrate the 10th edition of the Oxford Half! 2020 ballot applications for individual participant and group entries are open now! Successful ballot applicants will be notified in March 2020 to purchase their places.

The fast and flat route kicks off from Oxford City centre and takes runners through the pristine, winding streets of historic Oxford, passing through Old Marston village, the River Cherwell, and Oxford University’s impressive Lady Margaret Hall.

Whether a seasoned veteran, or a newbie to the race, join us for a weekend of celebrations and running in the city of dreaming spires. Live music, local bands and DJs will be on course to motivate trailblazing participants all the way to the finish line.

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Ballot applications are opened to the public. Register now to be in with a chance of securing your place in the Oxford Half on 11 October 2020. Successful ballot applicants will be notified in March 2020 to purchase their places.

First Round Invites

2 March 2020

The first round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.

Second Round Invites

11 March 2020

The second round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.

Not only will you be able to bask in the glory of completing the Oxford Half, you will also receive a finisher shirt, a medal, race photos, a tote bag and swag from our partners, as part of your entry.

Race Pack: Your race pack will be posted out to you a couple of weeks before the event. This will include your race number which has the timing chip built into it.

In our race against waste, the race village will be open on Saturday for participants who choose to pick up their race packs. Whilst there, you can expect live music, sporty contests (game face at the ready), and free goodies from our partners ahead of race day.

Finish Times: Accurate race finish times and full results will be posted on the Virgin Sport website shortly after the race has finished. If you provided your mobile number when signing up you’ll also have your personal time texted to you shortly after crossing the finish line.

Use of headphones: The organisers strongly suggest that runners do not wear headphones during the race to ensure that they can hear other participants and any safety announcements from race marshals. With plenty of spectators and a fantastic atmosphere you'll definitely be missing out too!

University Parks, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RF

Due to the number of spectators, runners and road closures for the event, the organisers recommend taking advantage of the park and ride services located around Oxford's ring road, which have regular bus services to the city centre/

Please note that separate charges apply for both the car park and bus journey.

Bicester park and ride - OX26 1BT Near Bicester Shopping Village. Off the A41 on B4030 Vendee Drive roundabout, Kingsmere (S5 bus).

Oxford Parkway park and ride (formerly Water Eaton) - OX2 8HA North of Oxford and next to Oxford Parkway train station, 12 minutes from the city centre (500 bus).

Pear Tree park and ride - OX2 8JD North of Oxford accessed from the A40, A4260, A34 and M40. 12 minutes from the city centre (300).

Redbridge park and ride - OX1 4XG In the South near the A34 from Abingdon, Didcot and Newbury. 10 mins from the city centre (300).

Seacourt park and ride - OX2 0HP Located off the A420 from Swindon and Bath, to the West Oxford on the Botley Road (number 400 bus).

Thornhill park and ride - OX3 8DP Located off the A40 and M40 to the East of Oxford, about 15 mins from Oxford city centre (400 bus).

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Reliably good, scenic and fast Half

The weather this time was something completely special and unique, so let's take it away from the equation. Generally, I’m happy how the race was organised. With about 7000 participants running, Virgin Sports did a good job keeping the race safe and providing water & electrolytes on the course. The course was quite flat, maybe a bit too much packed into the same streets, with dual-way running. I think my only concern is, since the race village was in the park and it was raining cats & dogs, the entire territory around tents was wet and muddy. Even with gravel covered pathways, it was barely possible to get in or out without collecting the mud on your feet. Thinking out loud, some recycled plastic/rubber mats could to the job, if properly placed on the pathways… But I get it, maybe it was hard to predict & plan such things in advance. Same as with the transportation: when you put thousands of people into a small historical city, you'd obviously expect some heavy traffic & delays.

Vladimir Salin / Dec 04, 2019

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