Oxford Half Marathon

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06/06/2011 at 14:47

thanks for that info David N..i too i think will hang on a little longer until things are sorted a bit better....im just down the road from Oxford and thought itd be a really popular event but like you wondered how the roads would cope with such large numbers on the day....well, we will sit and wait...

hi mothrunner, sorry to hear you are injured, hope it improves quickly, are you doing any other local races soon ?

06/06/2011 at 21:48

The sceptic in me has also dented my initial excitement and enthusiasm so I too will hang on until there's more information. Obviously some of you have good contacts in the running world and it does seem strange that these people have not been brought on board as they will need to muster an awful lot of volunteers and goodwill from somewhere. I would have thought that the organisations involved will have done some due diligence before lending their names to this so lets hope our concerns are unfounded as I feel it has the potential to be a great event. 

Having done the Reading HM and seeing the pride it gives the locals I would love this to be replicated in the county that I'm proud to come from so really hope it happens and is successful.

06/06/2011 at 22:20
heard ad on local radio this evening
06/06/2011 at 22:23

I can't think of another HM in Oxfordshire

Is there one?

06/06/2011 at 22:30
Susiebe, there's the White Horse Half, which is in the Spring. There's also Adderbury in July, but that's off road so isn't an 'official' HM.
06/06/2011 at 22:40

Thanks mothrunner

I will take a look at the White Horse Half but just goes to show that Oxford would be a popular place for a HM.I hoped that there might be a HM option at Abingdon and sent them an email last year but they weren't keen to have a HM alongside the marathon.

Saying all this I'm doing Berlin(my second marathon ater doing Brighton in april)on sept 25th but really hope tht Oxford HM goes ahead as think it would be great.Good to see that the course goes down Morrell ave as its quite a climb in the opposite direction!

06/06/2011 at 22:42
Susiebe - White Horse is a great HM, very flat and a good one for a PB as long as it's not too windy.  You have to get in early though, it normally fills up by Christmas as there's quite a small entry limit.
06/06/2011 at 23:00

There is also a Half Marathon at Blenhiem Palice in october this year

Latest word on the street is that the race is being licences by the runaway group called ARC (nothing to do with Alchester Running Club)these guys also give our permits and race licences but are nothing to do with Run Britain or UK Athletics.

Have looked on the web site of ARC but it is not showing a race permit for this event!!!

07/06/2011 at 00:20
susiebe1 wrote (see)

I can't think of another HM in Oxfordshire

Is there one?

You've just missed the Otmoor Challenge last Saturday which is a half(ish) marathon, but off road and definitely not PB material.  But it is"unique","individual", "one of a kind"...and worth doing for the experience and scenery. And then there's the Henley Half.

It would be difficult to have an Abingdon 1/2 on the same day as the full marathon because of the looped course.  I think they need over 100 marshals just for the current race, so another course on the same day would stretch things abit

08/06/2011 at 13:29
I have just spotted that it does have a permit from ARC.  See here. Clevedon AC are the organsing club, so they should be able to get everything right.
08/06/2011 at 14:26

I'd would have thought it would need measuring 1st but perhaps it is a requirement for UKA but not ARC- but who wants to run on a short/ long course.

Like I said last week, its very kind of the folks in Somerset to set up a new race for runners in oxfordshire...

08/06/2011 at 16:22
It is a requirement for an ARC permit that the course is measured by a qualified measurer. An appointment has been made with a measurer to measure this course very shortly.
08/06/2011 at 17:11
So how come its got a permit already if it hasn't been measured yet?
08/06/2011 at 17:39

Old Shadowfax

See Clause 10 in the Permit Application Process which is displayed on the ARC website

"Provided an appointment for measurement has been made, the permit may be issued in advance of the completion of the course measurement. "

08/06/2011 at 18:22
I think all we really need to know is  , is it going ahead ?
08/06/2011 at 19:25
I hope it does come off - Oxford is one place I would love to run. And their proposed course looks good.

However, living in Oxford for many years, they will also need the buy-in from the Universities who still think its 1711 and are able to pull all sort of archaic strings and levers to prevent things from happening. My dad says they have already killed off the chance of the route going through Christchurch meadow.

I note there is no information of this on the Kassam Stadium website.

I also note that in the terms and conditions there is this clause: "No refund can be given if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond our control." Whilst that is probably in the Ts and Cs of most races, I think I will wait a bit longer before parting with my cash. I hope we get some good news soon.

08/06/2011 at 19:47

Looked at hte wbsite and you can find the website owner's address and if you google this it is listed under South West atletics and Avon.

Cross Country Coordinator

Andy Heyes
Perth Villa, 10 Marine Parade
Clevedon   BS21 7QS

01275 340247


08/06/2011 at 20:35
Andy Heyes is also mentioned by name in this article here in the Oxford Times. Similar news items on the BBC. There is also mention of "an" Andy Heyes in the Oxford University Cross Country Club, which might explain why someone from Clevedon wants to arrange a run in Oxford.


So it looks like Andy is a decent experienced club runner rather than the head of some quick-buck company, so this is starting to look very promising indeed.
09/06/2011 at 00:30
Watching with interest.
09/06/2011 at 09:19


I'm keeping the date free for now......

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