Oxford Half Marathon

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17/06/2011 at 10:23
There's now a website http://www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk/ with online entry "available imminently"

I think I'll go for it.
17/06/2011 at 13:37
According to the Facebook page, the online entry is now not available until next tuesday.....
18/06/2011 at 10:29
The course now has a course measurement certificate (Oxon 11/156).  The course as measured seems to require far more extensive road closures in East and South Oxford than previously indicated. It will be interesting to see how the local councils react to that. Who can predict their attitude? But it  seems very short notice to organise such a large event  from Somerset without a local organiser. If there is one perhaps they could be identified?
18/06/2011 at 11:17
Until the traffic management plan is agreed I'd be wary of paying out any money
18/06/2011 at 15:40
hi USB... are you going to do this one? id really like to but like you say im hanging onto entry money until its given the ok
18/06/2011 at 18:00
Not sure how it will fit into training or budgetary plans as yet.  Call me a possible
19/06/2011 at 14:04
Still no news on whether the Traffic Management Plan has been approved or rejected? I would guess that there are usually a few amendments required, which in turn will affect the course, which will require more fine tuning and re-measurement to get it up to race distance.

Anyone know how long it typically takes a council to process one of these things?

The thing that is concerning me is that its only 3 months away - I will need to undertake some kind of training schedule which I am reluctant to commence if the race is shelved. There could be a lot of people entering the race not properly prepared.
19/06/2011 at 14:19
you can train for it regardless, if it falls through you will be suitably trained to enter another, plenty of them and Blenheim half is up and running, thats october so you gain3 weeks more training with that.....
20/06/2011 at 10:11
I posed a similar question on the Facebook page, to which the organiser replied.

My questions was: I've read a lot online about this not being confirmed by the relevant governing bodies-is it 100% going ahead?

Here is the response.

Hi Miranda, a few people have tried putting some negative publicity about, more out of jealousy than anything else! The Council and all Emergency Services gave their approval back in March; the Route was officially measured and certified last week and all final Event Plans were received by the Council for final approval a week or so ago, although not originally required until the end of July. We have a fully approved Race Permit to hold the Event. We have some excellent Partners involved with race such as MINI Plant Oxford, Brooks, Oxford Brookes Uni, BBc Oxford, Ozone Health Club, Kassam Complex and Helen & Douglas House - it is just unfortunate that a few 'die hards' got upset about our plans?! this will be a great race for everyone and 99% of people have been great and very appreciative about us staging it (you can't please 100% of the people!).
20/06/2011 at 12:58
I notice that doesn't say "yes" or "the council have GIVEN all final approvals". Given the Sussex Marathon had to change its route late on because of council traffic concerns (as I understand it) I would imagine there is some small risk of the same happening here until every approval needed has been got (aside from Cardiff Half style misadventure). I could have misunderstood though and the council may indeed approve the route & plans without asking for changes.
20/06/2011 at 16:02

this is all getting a bit dithery for me..if they dont give a straight answer soon a lot of people will sogn up for alternative runs that weekend

20/06/2011 at 16:31

It sounds as though they have indeed said how they stand right now.

Councils are rather like hippos, large, difficult to get to move (particularly in the desired direction), bad-tempered, and prone to squashing you first and asking questions afterwards. So you have to have some sympathy for anyone having dealings with them!

24/06/2011 at 23:32
Fido2Dogs wrote (see)

Councils are rather like hippos, large, difficult to get to move (particularly in the desired direction), bad-tempered, and prone to squashing you first and asking questions afterwards.

Fido- are all vegetarians like that?
26/06/2011 at 10:34
Anyone heard any updates on what is going on?

A good trawl through the internet has revealed nothing new. My parents who live near Oxford and listen to Radio Oxford all day and all night have heard nothing since it being announced a few weeks ago.

Only 12 weeks or so to go - that's a lot of organising to do.

Personally I need to make the go/no go decision very soon as this will require me to up my training and change my medication.
26/06/2011 at 15:58
I was interested but will now for go for another event as there is a lot of uncertainty about this event.
26/06/2011 at 18:45

Hi Guys,

The events website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk opened online entries on Friday 24th June, just for your information and closing date is September 11th or when 3000 participants total is reached.

Tells me all I need to know

26/06/2011 at 20:27
Dave Box wrote (see)

Hi Guys,

The events website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk opened online entries on Friday 24th June, just for your information and closing date is September 11th or when 3000 participants total is reached.

Tells me all I need to know


Exactly, it tells you all you need to know and theT&Cs say:

 No refund can be given if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.

I am not commenting on if I think it will go ahead or not, I am just saying that they are covering their backs. Do I think it will happen? Yes. Do I think it will happen as advertised today, same route etc? No.

I drove by this morning: typical Sunday morning, and traffoc was heavy. I can't see the council approving the road plan suggested.

28/06/2011 at 09:58
Interesting that the T&Cs say this, because when asked on the FB group, the organiser (after being asked twice...) said that people would get refunds "If we decided not to stage the event".

Unfortunately anyone who asks this guy any questions gets accused of being negative-I'm not negative, I just want to make sure I don't pay for and train for an event that isn't going to happen....
28/06/2011 at 15:59
If the traffic management plan is not approved or council permission is otherwise denied, that is not the organiser's decision and under his company's terms and conditions he might very well say that refunds are not due. His statement on FB seems carefully worded so as not cover the situation where permission is refused. 
30/06/2011 at 20:14

Hi

My name is Dave Box and I am one of the organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon. Would just want to give you an update on the event. The race is going ahead, we have a permit, the route has been approved, sponsors on board, and we have complied with all regulations and we have been ahead of schedule on this.

Robert has very kindly pointed out that I quote "the organiser claimed he was seeking a UKA licence and they obviously realised he would not get it" which is totally untrue. We do not need a UKA licence as we have an ARC (Association of Running Clubs) permit which is legitimate and at no point did we seek a licence from UKA, lets be very clear on this! I believe,(and this is only my own opinion) that ARC represents "grass root" road running and we are very proud to be associated with them.

To address Miranda's issue, Andy Heyes is also one of the the organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon and when " unfortunately anyone who asks this guy any questions gets accused of being negative" is totally an incorrect statement to make. We would welcome any person to join Oxford Half Marathon facebook and see for themselves this is not the case.  Guys, all we ask is please be careful about making inaccurate statements. Of course, we totally accept feedback both positive and negative as organisers I personally believe you have to embrace this.

If you have any questions, please do contact us at www.oxfordhalfmarathon.co.uk  under the enquiry link and we will answer all questions.

Also thank you for all your comments on this site, really value the feedback. Just to state again the Oxford Half Marathon IS going ahead and online entries opened Friday 24th June and we have already received nearly 1000 entries. Closing date is September 11th or when limit of 3000 is reached. Please be aware of this and we are just so excited about this event, especially with the history of Oxford and for me personally Sir Roger Bannister breaking the mile record in 1954. Hope to see you there,Dave

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