Oxford Half Marathon
Sun 13 Oct 2024 Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

Oxford Half Marathon

Runners will enjoy the fast, flat and beautiful route through University Parks and the historic Oxford City Centre whilst celebrating running and movement with entertainment and cheering fans!

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  • Sun 13 Oct 2024
University Parks, Oxford

Oxford Half Marathon

09:30

FREE-£47.92

Age 17 & over

  • 13.1 miles road running

Overview

Celebrate running, movement, and the Oxford community with entertainment and cheering fans at the Oxford Half. One of the must-do UK half marathons, with unforgettable views of historic landmarks, great PB potential, vibrant atmosphere and inspiring charity runners too!

Highlights

  • A must-do UK half marathon

    Aim for a PB in this prestigious city, whether you're a first-timer or an improver.

  • Architecture, waterways, universities

    Beautiful, historic course from start to finish which gets rave reviews every year.

  • Well-supported with great atmosphere

    The locals come out in droves to cheer you on to the finish line!

  • Event village
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Wheelchair users

Wheelchairs

Wheelchair entrants are permitted at the Oxford Half. Hand cycles, however, are not permitted and all wheelchair participants must be self-propelled without support.

If you meet the elite qualifying time and are also taking part in a racing wheelchair, then you will start at the front of the race, shortly before the main field. If you are taking part in a day chair then you will start the race at the back of the main field.

Disabled participants

If you are a visually impaired runner or your disability and/or medical conditions means that you require a guide runner/assistant, then please contact the organiser for advice. Guide dogs are not permitted at the Oxford Half.

  • Bag storage
  • Changing facilities
  • Entertainment
  • Paid parking
  • Park
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

University Parks
South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3RF
UK

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

Route overview

The run starts right in the heart of the university town at Trinity College, before passing through the pleasant village of Old Marston. Next, you'll cross the River Cherwell and start making your way back to the city passing Lady Margaret Hall followed by a sprint finish through Radcliffe Square.

Oxford Half Marathon route map
OXFORD HALF MARATHON ROUTE MAP
Flat, fast, traffic-free and great for a new PB.

Cut off time

There is a race cut-off time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Carbon neutral
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

This event positively contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Summary

  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water

What's included

  • Goody bag
  • Medal

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising support

Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event and much more.

Benefits of running for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and Olympic champs.

  • Branded running kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.

  • Support on the day

    When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!

  • Post-race recovery

    Refreshments and an indulgent post-race sports massage are often provided by charities for their runners. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.

What are charity places?

Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general/ballot entries are closed.

Running a half marathon and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Social welfare

Victim Support

Where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£350

Cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer

Raise awareness, fund research and save lives.

  • T-shirt
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£300

Hospice

Sue Ryder

Giving people compassion and expert care to help them live the best life they can.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Training plan
  • Training guide

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£200

Cancer

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Offering support, advice and information to UK families affected by retinoblastoma.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£31.20

Fundraise
£300

Mental health

Mental Health UK

Helping people with mental health problems have a better life.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£250

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£300

Cancer

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Pioneering new cancer treatments to create a future beyond cancer.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£10.40

Fundraise
£200

Free sign up Homelessness

Missing People

The only UK charity that reunites missing children and adults with their loved ones.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group

Sign up
FREE

Fundraise
£300

  • Age 17 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Race pack by post

Charity places are available from free plus sponsorship target.

Entry fees

Early bird registration fee

£47.92

Entry fee

£0.00

The course is brilliant: fast, fairly flat and beautiful, combining sections around the colleges with spells in the suburbs and countryside. There are a lot of spectators to cheer you on, so there's a definite buzz during the run itself. The race village is pretty good, with lots of choices of places to eat and drink. Brian H

Great race with lots of support on the course! Violet C

A great event that deserves the hype and build-up it gets. Andrew T

5th year running the Oxford Half and it was amazing as ever! Abby D

Would thoroughly recommend this Half Marathon. Mike E

Reviews thanks to RaceCheck