The Drop | Oxford
Sun 4 Feb 2024 Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

The Drop | Oxford

We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?

2 races

  • Sun 4 Feb
  • Entries closed
  • #1 of 2
Up & Running Oxford, Oxford

10 Miles

09:00

£42.40

Age 18 & over

  • 10 miles multi terrain running
  • Sun 4 Feb
  • Entries closed
  • #2 of 2
Up & Running Oxford, Oxford

15 Miles

09:00

£42.40

Age 18 & over

  • 15 miles multi terrain running

Overview

The most adventuresome race in the UK.

Limited to 70 places only.

We put you on a bus... We blindfold you... We take you to an unknown location... You have no tech, no map, no watch, no idea where you are... Will you make it back to HQ or be lost for ever?

  • No map
  • No GPS
  • No route
  • No help
  • No compass
  • No watch

Rules

The following will get you disqualified:

  • Using a GPS device

    Recording your progress is acceptable, but the device you use will have to be sealed in the emergency bag which will be supplied and sealed by the organisers. 

  • Using a map

    Other than any given to you by the organisers. 

  • Using transport

    Using anything except your own two legs to get you to the finish.

  • Breaking the seal

    Breaking the seal on the emergency bag

  • Missing cut-off

    Cut-off time is 4 or 5 hours depending on which distance you choose.

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Newcomers
  • Teams

Timetable

  • 08:15 | Registration

    Sign in at the desk on the day. Collect goggles, race number, safety pins etc. Complete a form with emergency and contact details.

  • 08:50 | Board bus

    Be ready to jump on the bus 10 minutes before leaving. Event briefing on the bus.

  • 09:00 | Bus leaves

    When you are on the bus place any tech, watches, phones etc in your sealable bag and place in your back pack.

  • 09:30-10:15 | Run begins

    Depends on the exact location of the drop.

Kit list

There are several things you will need on the day to help you to perform your best:

  • Warm clothes

    For pre-post event, these can be left at the event centre.

  • Bag

    No bigger than 75cm x 48cm x 104cm - the same size as a shoe box. 

  • Race numbers

    Attached to your race top or race belt, and any medical conditions clearly written on the back of your number (race numbers and pins are collected at registration). You will need to show your race numbers for the duration of the event.

  • Photo ID

    A photocopy or photo of your passport or driving licence.

  • Waterproof jacket

    Not a log flume poncho or super market fashion jacket, it has to have a waterproof membrane with taped seams.

  • Waterproof trousers

    Good quality as per the jacket.

  • Foil blanket

    For safety.

  • Whistle

    3 long blasts is the emergency call.

  • Phone

    Fully charged and working.

  • GPS tracker

    Supplied at registration and returned at the finish.

  • Money

    There are no water or feed stations and you may pass a shop. Plus money for a beer or two or three afterwards.

There will be spot checks on the day. Anyone who does not have the mandatory kit or, in the organiser's opinion, is not prepared for the weather/event will not start.

Female entrants

This event works with She.Races to help make it more inclusive and remove barriers to participation, including:

  • Making sure where possible there are separate ladies and gents toilets and changing facilities
  • Anonymised results and start lists which means anonymous names can be created for the live tracking 
  • Feminine hygiene products available

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Paid parking

Event HQ

Up & Running Oxford
106 London Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX3 9AJ
UK

Paid parking

Parking is available in the town centre. Please park sensibly near by. Preferably arrange to car share.

By rail and bus

There are great links - leave the car at home and join the team for a drink after!

A friendly, unique challenge - check out the feedback!

Did the 10 miles The Drop. Loved it: challenging, hard but loved it. Sabrina D.

Great event and well worth a try for a new adventure! Lots of good communication before the event and friendly, slick registration on the morning. Fun event that you won't find elsewhere and genuinely exciting to have no idea where you're going to end up and how you're going to get back! My family and friends enjoyed "dot watching" with the constant updates from our GPS tracking devices vs. other participants on the online map. It was so exciting to not know whether we were front of the pack or coming in last until we got to the end. Looking forward to taking part in the next one :) . Bekki W.

Great event concept even if you do know the local area. The coach will try and deceive you even if you know the roads so you have no idea where you are dropped! Great event mug at the end. Liam S.

The Drop was great fun! Well organised, unique, welcoming, good atmosphere before and after. The memento was good--nice to get something other than a medal or a t-shirt. I would definitely go again! We did the 10-mile event and ended up running about 22km all in all. We though the navigation might be difficult for us, not being as familiar with the outer parts of London, but it was doable enough without any catastrophic wrong turns(!). Aoife M.

Races at event

  • Sun 4 Feb
  • #1 of 2
Up & Running Oxford, Oxford

10 Miles

09:00

£42.40

Age 18 & over

  • 10 miles multi terrain running
  • Sun 4 Feb
  • #2 of 2
Up & Running Oxford, Oxford

15 Miles

09:00

£42.40

Age 18 & over

  • 15 miles multi terrain running