Oxford Town and Gown is the oldest run in the Town and Gown series. It started in 1982 as a fun run and it now attracts up to 5,000 runners every year – including serious athletes, fun runners and club runners.
The 10k run takes you along a City Centre closed-road route that finishes in the University Parks. This route is unique and scenic, which makes it perfect for all runners. You’ll find beginners taking on their first 10k race, and more experienced runners, hoping to beat their personal bests.
If you’re wanting to run your first, your fastest, or your most orange 10k yet – this is the race for you.
All proceeds from the Town and Gown series support the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK – the charity bringing together the 70,000 people living with more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and -wasting conditions.
The 2019 event route is likely to be the same as in 2018 pending confirmation.
The start will be on South Parks Road, which is a five-minute walk from the Event Village. There will be signage from the Event Village as well as announcements on the PA.
The finish is in University Parks, going into the Event Village where runners will be cheered by crowds and the event compere.
The route takes you on to Oxford High Street and round the back roads of many of Oxford’s historic colleges. As you loop around the closed roads and soak up the atmosphere of the crowds, you’ll enter University Parks for the final 3km of the route. After running along the River Cherwell, you’ll finish your race in front of the Event Village and Cricket Pavilion.
Road closures will start to come into force from 8.00am on the Sunday morning and remain in operation until 12.00 noon. The majority of the affected roads will be on a rolling closure system (i.e. will reopen as soon as the last runner has passed and it is safe to do so) apart from Parks Road, which will remain closed for the duration of the event.
The roads affected are listed below.
Bradmore Road, Blackhall Road, Broad Street, Catte Street, Cornmarket Street, Crick Road, Keble Road, Fyfield Road, High Street (except buses and taxis allowed in both directions using Stop/Go Traffic Management), Holywell Street, Jowett Walk, Longwall Street, Magdalen Street East, Mansfield Road, Market Street, Museum Road, New College Lane, Norham Gardens, Norham Road, Parks Road, Queens Lane, South Parks Road, St. Cross Road, Turl Street.
To coincide with these closures, parking in the certain residential parking bays will also be suspended.
Parking bays suspended from 00:00-12:30 on Sunday 13 May.
Parking bays suspended from 18:00 Saturday 11 May until 12:30 on Sunday 12 May.