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 Please note, for previous runners of the event, there are some changes.

The day will start at 11 am with the 1mile race for under 15s, which will have a separate start point for the main race. Parents can now watch children run and participate.

  • This will be followed by the 4 miles and 7k main race at 11.30 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.

Course Routes

Course route

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PZ

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By Car

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.

By Bus

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.

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

By Train

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.

By Coach

Regular services run from Victoria Coach station in London to Gloucester Green, Oxford. Visit Oxford Tube for and Stage Coach Bus for details.

By Bicycle

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.

 

Arrival time

Chips for timing the 7k race are on your race number. Please don’t forget it, they are expensive.

 

Please arrive early to allow plenty of time to park. We suggest you should be on site by 10 am.

 

Please remember to bring safety pins.

 

Directions

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.

 

Facilities

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.

 

Bag Storage

Supervised bag storage is available on the course for the donation to the Nasio Trust.

 

The Warm Up

The warm ups are being led by Rachel Masser of energi training bootcamps.

Warm up for the 1 mile race will begin at 10.40.

Warm up for the 7k will being at 11.15

 

Prizes

There will be prizes for each of the following categories in the 7k race: 1st male and female, 1st male over 40, 1st female over 35, 1st male over 50, 1st female over 45, 1st male over 60, 1st female over 55, 1st boy and girl under 15. Plus first team and first school team.

 

In the junior 1-mile race, there will be trophies for: 1st boy and girl under 9, under 12 and under 15.

 

There will also be a prize for the 1st wheelchair/ buggy.

 

There will also be a team prize for the four fastest times for a team.

 

Course

The run starts and finishes at the Pleasure Gardens. The 7K (4.25 mile) course is off-road, using tarmac paths, and trails including a lakeside section. As part of the course is not on tarmac and includes a few stiles,

The 4 mile course for wheelchairs and buggies follows most of the 7k route, but avoids the off road section.

 

Other information

For further information go to the web site at www.blenheim7k.co.uk or email enquiries@blenheim7k.co.uk

 

Results

The results will be available from www.shoot4goal.com on the course and on the web site www.blenheim7k.co.uk. And posted to Facebook. We look forward to seeing you and hope you have a fabulous day.

 

Afterwards

You are free to visit the café at the Pleasure Gardens and enjoy the grounds. Entry to the Palace and formal gardens is additional. Or visit the picturesque Woodstock, for shopping, cafes, pubs and restaurants for more information see the web site www.wakeuptowoodstock.com

 

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