Please note, for previous runners of the event, there are some changes.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive in plenty of time. We are expecting many more runners than in previous years, which means you need to allow time to get on site, park, and for the warm up which will last for 10-15 minutes.
The events will start at 10.15 am with the 1mile race for under 15s. Parents can watch children run and participate in the 7k and 4 mile events.
- This will be followed by the 4 miles and 7k main race at 11.00 am
- The 4 mile and 7k race will start and finish from the same point at the request of our timers.
- This means that the 4 mile and 7k routes will not be the exact distances, but a bit further.
Entry to Blenheim Palace grounds
Your run number will allow you free entry into the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Please make sure that this is visible to the stewards on the gate. Accompanying spectators will also get into the grounds free.
There is plenty of free car parking.
Blenheim Palace very kindly allow spectators to accompany participants free of charge. This is an amazing offer. Plus we hope that we will be able to offer a discounted entrance to see inside the palace.
There are no changing rooms or showers at the start/finish but toilets are provided. There will be a water station on route and at the end, although you are also welcome to bring your own water bottles.
There is a café at the Pleasure Gardens for refreshments before/after the run. Parking is available within Blenheim Palace grounds and free of charge.
Supervised bag storage is available on the course for the donation to Youth Challenge Oxfordshire.
Can I Bring My Dog?
Dogs are allowed on a lead.
The results will be available on the day as your cross the finish line and then updated as required.
Results will also be published on this website and on the race director website.
Medals and Prizes
All finishers will receive a medal. Trophies will be awarded to first male and female in each race, and for team, and school. team. Prizes will be awarded on gun times. Both gun and chip times will be published on the website.
After the Event
You are welcome to enjoy your surroundings at Blenheim Palace and stay for a picnic or visit the cafes for refreshments.
Note: last year, some of our participants and specatatos suffered from Blandford fly bites. The fly tends to be a problem during May and June, and our earlier date could solve the problem. The fly tends to bite below the knee and the best deterrent is to cover up. This isn’t practical when running, but it is worth considering for after the event and spectators.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PZ
Eight miles north-west of Oxford, on the A44 Evesham Road, Blenheim Palace is well signposted from major routes around Oxford city and junction 9 of the M40. For Sat Nav use the postcode OX20 1PP.
Please enter the grounds via the Hensington Gate, which is on the A44 as you come into Woodstock from Oxford. For public transport, there are regular trains and coaches to Oxford, and the bus service stops just outside Blenheim Palace.
Travelling to Woodstock from Oxford
The Stagecoach S3 bus runs up to every 20 minutes from Central Oxford. It stops at Oxford Rail Station and Gloucester Green bus station arriving right outside the Palace Gates.
The new Stagecoach 7 service similarly departs from Central Oxford calling at Oxford Parkway. The number arrives outside the Palace Gates every 30 minutes throughout the day.
The Oxford Bus Company also runs regular 500 service connecting Oxford city, the railway stations in the city centre and Oxford Parkway with Woodstock.
Travelling to Woodstock from London
Take the Oxford Tube from Central London and change at Gloucester Green bus station in Oxford to our S3 service or connect to the number 7 from George Street. Ask for an Oxford Tube Connector ticket and your local bus fare is free.
For more information see the Stagecoach website
Train stations include Oxford, Long Hanborough and Bicester. Trains run regularly to these stations from London Paddington and Marylebone respectively. Call 08457 484950 for up to date train information, or visit First Great Western or Chiltern Railways.
Woodstock is connected to Oxford via the National Cycle Network #5 route. Visit the Sustrans website where you can see the cycle route maps in
Chips for timing the 7k race are on your race number. Please don’t forget it, they are expensive to replace.
Please remember to bring safety pins.