About Thame 10k Road Race
A fast and friendly 10km race which goes through the centre of Thame out to village of Towersey and back along the traffic free Phoenix Trail.
Thame 10k Road Race is one of Thame’s largest mass participation sports events with over 1000 entrants taking part. CPM have been sponsoring the event since 1994.
The race attracts a wide range of runners from top runners in Oxfordshire competing in the Grand Prix series to many local residents who take part as personal challenge or to raise money for their personal good causes.
Race entries are now open for the 2022 race which will take place on Sunday 26 June 2022.
The Thame 10k Road Race will start at the earlier start time of 9.00am.
- Online entries are via the Run Britain website.
- No entries on the day for the 10km race
- The Thame 10km has grown exponentially over the past few years so the organisers decided to restrict the race to 1000 entrants based on advice from the Police and Athletics Association officials.
Your race number bib with embedded timing tag will NOT be posted to you. Instead, please collect by the race HQ (by the start/finish) on the morning of the race. There will be several helpers handing these out to runners. Please fix the race number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest.
In line with many other races across the UK, the use of headphones is not allowed. The main reason is for the safety of runners as those with headphones are unable to hear the instructions of marshals or traffic.
Unfortunately the course is not suitable for runners pushing children in buggies.
Please do not give your race number to someone else unless you have done it officially before the transfer window closes on 21 June and notified the organisers.
Good to know
- No Dogs on School Playing Fields. As the race is making use of school playing fields, there is a strict policy of no dogs on the fields at the start/finish for runners and spectators.
Supporter / spectator access
The organisers are delighted to welcome spectators to come along and cheer on the runners and support their family and friends along the route on the day.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The Thame 10k Road Race is scheduled to start at 9.00am. Please note that this is an earlier start time than previous years.
The race starts at the Thame Leisure Centre in the center of Thame out to village of Towersey and back along the traffic free Phoenix Trail.
The race starts at the centre of Thame out to village of Towersey and back along the traffic free Phoenix Trail.
From the start, there is 136 metres on grass to the gate by Highfield Close, where runners will be guided onto the main Oxford Road with a sharp right turn. There will be a road closure effective to 9.15am and by then the vast majority of runners will have passed the first roundabout in the High Street where/when the temporary closure stops.
The lead bike will guide runners through the Upper High Street of Thame – be careful with speed humps in the Upper High Street. At Queens Road (speed humps again), then runners turn right into Towersey Road. There is a pedestrian chicane at the end of Towersey Road and then runners cross the traffic-closed ring road to the country lane to Towersey.
In the village of Towersey, the runners turn onto the traffic-free Phoenix Trail to head back into Thame.
There will be one water station on the course unless it is a very hot day. For sure, there will be water at the start/finish area.
Note: the Phoenix trail can be narrow in sections. All runners are advised to keep to the left so there is always a gap on the right to allow faster runners to overtake. If your way is hindered, please shout (firm but politely) that you want to pass on their right.
There will be a road closure of the Ring Road (Eastern ByPass) for the whole of the race as runners cross this twice (on the way out and back from Towersey).
At the top end of the Phoenix Trail, there is a sharp right turn through a narrow chicane onto the path of Hacketts Lane which leads runners back onto the tarmac of Sycamore Road, to Oxford Road, and then back to the Highfield Close gate leading to the finish.
The Thame road race is a fast and friendly 10km race.
You are able to transfer your race entry to another person up Tuesday 21st June. You must email details of your name, race number if known, and details of the new person including name, address, contact telephone, age group, club/team. This information must be sent by email to email@example.com
If you are transferring to person with a higher entrance fee, you must pay the difference either by cheque/post in advance or on the day at the Race HQ desk.
Note: Tuesday 21 June is final date for transfer. There will be no transfers after or on the day!
There is no refund on the entry to the Thame 10km as the organisers feel that the low price compared to for-profit races as well as their policy on transferring a race number to another person (see avove) is a generous and fair one.