Please note, for previous runners of the event, there are some changes.
The day 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. (Note the 1 mile event is starting 15 minutes earlier than intially planned).
- 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.
Blenheim Palace very kindly allow specatators to accompany participants free of charge. This is an amazing offer. Plus we hope that we will be able to offer a discounted entrace to see inside the palace.
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.
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
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.
Chips for timing the 7k race are on your race number. Please don’t forget it, they are expensive to replace.
Please arrive early to allow plenty of time to park.
Please remember to bring safety pins.
Blenheim Palace is in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and is well sign-posted from the M40 and A44. For sat nav, the postcode is 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 S3 Stagecoach bus service stops just outside Blenheim Palace.
There are no changing rooms or showers at the start/finish but toilets are provided. There will be a water station and there is a café 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.
The Warm Up
There will be warm ups before the races.