The Thame Urban Race is no ordinary run. It offers a unique outdoor challenge, with a twist, that will test body and mind whilst delivering an innate sense of discovery and fun on foot!
What exactly will this involve?
The first twist is that we put on several different courses and you can choose which option best suits your fitness level and outdoor ambitions. Think running, jogging or walking. Add in some simple navigation to keep you nice and focused and then select from the seven routes available.
Plan your route carefully and use your endurance and navigation skills to emerge victorious. The route you take is up to you. How long you take is up to you.
You'll be given a map at the Start and this will show a series of checkpoints. You then head off and find all the checkpoints on your map, registering them with a timing chip we'll lend you. The checkpoints could be along paths, alleys, hidden on trees, around the historic centre, the intricate Lea Park estate, or the Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve. There'll be plenty of people racing around in all directions around the town (but you can't follow them as you won't know which course they're on...) The courses are designed to challenge your navigation, with natural traps and dead ends to avoid. This is urban orienteering, but not as you know it ;-)
Come along any time between 09:30am and 11:30am and we'll get you started. Staggered starts (1min apart) are used and you can start a course any time up to midday. Courses close at 2pm. £16 entry on the day for the long courses, or just £8 for the short ones. You can enter as a team/pair, or as a single runner. Whilst orienteering is normally a solo sport, we're happy for people to team up!
Race HQ and registration is at Thame Town Hall, High Street, Thame, OX9 3DP. There is lots of parking in the centre, which is currently free on Sundays. We're grateful to Thame Town Council for their extensive support and to our generous race sponsors.
The courses are mainly on urban paths, with some grassy areas too, so trainers or trail running shoes are ideal. A compass may be handy to bring, but we can always lend you one if needed.
We'll also have junior and family courses too - so bring the family! Courses will range from 2k up to 8k plus (although those are straight line distances between the control points and you'll run further).
Photos courtesy of Steve Rush.
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