Over the past 18 months we have been working closely with Oxford City Council, Public Health England and all necessary agencies, to plan how we can host the Oxford Half this year on Sunday October 17th, in a safe and responsible way.
We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Oxford to run with us and have developed a plan that will allow the event to take place, with all participants given a little more time and space to be comfortable at all times. As always, the safety of our runners and everyone involved in our event remains our number one priority.
Therefore, there will be some additional measures in place at this year’s event. Please read all of the below important information and follow all instructions.
We advise that you do not run if you are unwell, have an injury or are not comfortable running at least 8 miles.
The race village is located in Oxford University Parks, with the start line a short walk around on Broad Street. The race village will open at 07:30 with the Half Marathon starting at 09:30. Remember, in order to keep roads clear for the main event, there will be a number of road closures and diversions in place from 07:00.
Scroll down for all the info you need on key timings and how to get there.
With thousands of runners taking part in the half marathon this year, all runners will be given a window in which to arrive at the event. This will allow you plenty of time to drop your bag off, meet your friends, limber up and get settled. Don’t break a sweat before the race has even started – please allow plenty of time to get to the start! See the table below for your arrival time.
To ensure that the Oxford Half this year will be a COVID-secure event for the thousands taking part, we will be staggering the arrivals of participants to the event over a longer period of time. The race will start at 09:30, but please take note of the times below for you to be in your allocated start pens, as shown on the front of your race number.
Arrive to the event at
Time you'll move to your start pen
Time you must be in your start pen by
Approximate time you will cross the start line
Start Pen A – D
07:30 – 08:15
09:30 – 09:45
Start Pen E – F
08:00 – 08:45
09:45 – 10:00
Car / Park & Ride
If you are planning on driving to the event, we strongly recommend you use the Park & Ride services operating from 06:30 at the Pear Tree, Redbridge, and Thornhill sites. Purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day. See here for more information.
It is approximately a one-mile walk from Oxford train station to the Race Village. Trains will be running to normal Sunday timetables so please check before you travel as there are a limited number of services that arrive in time for you to get to the race start.
COMING FROM LONDON? Please note, the earliest London service into Oxford does NOT arrive in time for you to start the race. If travelling from London, we strongly recommend arriving into Oxford on Saturday 16th, or using the Oxford Tube (see below).
The Oxford Tube runs from 05:25 with services departing London Victoria and arriving into Oxford Gloucester Green Bus Station. The Oxford Tube will also be running extra buses on the 06:25 service, which gets into Oxford at 08:03. These are likely to be busy and may reach capacity - services are based on a first come, first served basis. We suggest you arrive early, and aim to board at the start of the route at Victoria Station.
Please note: Purchasing a ticket in advance for the Oxford Tube doesn't guarantee a seat on a specific service if that bus is then full - please check the timetable here.
For those travelling from the local and surrounding area, we recommend using the local bus services to access the event. All bus companies will be operating their normal Sunday services, though may be subject to diversions and extended journey times due to the road closures in place for the race.
A limited amount of event-specific bike racking will be available on Parks Road, outside the gated entrance to the Race Village. There are also plenty of bike parking facilities available in Oxford City Centre, which should be used if you plan to cycle to the event. In all cases, we recommend you lock your bike to the racking. Bikes are left at the owner’s risk and should only be left in designated areas. Please note that bike racking facilities in Broad Street will not be available on race day.
Baggage facilities will be available in the race village for all runners. Any bag dropped at the bag drop must be a maximum of 45cm x 45cm x 25cm (normal backpack size). Larger bags, holdalls and any size suitcase, will not be accepted. Random bag checks will also be in operation on event day by our security team – please follow all instructions if asked by one of our team.
At the bottom of your race number are two tear-off tags. The bottom tag attaches to your bag and is your baggage label. The top tag is your reclaim tag– keep this attached to your race number throughout the run and have it ready to hand to the baggage staff to collect your bag quickly after the race.