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How old do I have to be to take part in the events?
  • Junior Run 3k is open to those aged between 9 and 15 years old
  • Town and Gown 10k is open to those aged 16 years and older
I am 16, can I run in the Junior Race?
  • Unfortunately no, the Junior Race is only open to those aged between nine and 15 years of age.
What time does the 10k race start?
  • The Junior Race starts at 9.30am.
  • Wheelchair athletes will start between 9:45 and 10:55am
  • The main 10k race will begin at 10.00am.
  • Allow at least 20 minutes to reach the start. The information point and bag store will close 30 minutes before the race starts.
Where do the races start?
  • For 2017 the race start has been moved onto South Parks Road opposite Rhodes House. After the warm up, runners will be led out of Keble Gate entrance to University Parks to join the start funnel. The Race Day compere will facilitate this, so please do listen carefully to these instructions. 
  • To ensure that the faster runners are near the front, time-boards will indicate where you should stand at the start. Please try to make sure you start from the appropriate position.
Where does the race finish?
  • All races finish on the Path in front of the university Cricket pavilion. For 2017 to improve the finish experience we have removed the section that was previously on the grass to make it more accessible and a better runner experience for all.  
  • Once you have crossed the finish line we’ll hand you a goody bag with your race medal and race T-shirt.
  • View our new 10k route!
  • View our new Junor 3k route!
How many water stations will there be on the route?
  • There will be two water stations on the route. The first one will be at 4k in Bradmore Road and the second at 7k along Riverside Walk in the Parks. A further water station will be situated in the Finish area. Advanced warning will be given 200m before you approach each of the water stations.
  • Please make sure you are properly hydrated before the race and, in the event of warm weather on the day, make sure you drink sufficient water at each station. We recommend bringing water with you to drink throughout.  
Can I run with my music?
  • Runners are recommended NOT to wear MP3 players or iPods while they race, for their own safety and the safety of fellow runners, marshals and officials.
Will there be photographers on the course?
  • Yes, there will be official photographers along the course and at the Finish. Please view our photos page for more info on these.
Chip timing
  • Leading chip timers HS Sport will be timing the event.
  • You will have a chip in your race number that will time your run from when you cross the start line and finish line.
  • Results will be veiwable on our results page.
What should I do if my race pack doesn’t turn up?
  • If you signed up on or before Tuesday 25 April and have not received your pack by Monday 8 May, please email: townandgown10k@musculardystrophyuk.org. We will need to reissue you a new number and you will need to collect this from the Event Village from 8am on race day. 
I registered after Tuesday 25 April, where can I pick up my race pack? 
  • Please come along to the Registration point at the Event Village in the Oxford University Parks, between 8am and 9:20am. Please allow enough time to do so as there will be queues. 
What if I can’t take part, can I transfer my place to someone else?
  • Please note that runners are no longer able to transfer their place. Should you do this without the authority of the race organisers, your results will be disqualified. 
Where will the results be published?
  • Those who have provided their telephone number on entering will receive a text message after they finish. Preliminary results will be displayed on the day near the information tent. 
  • Full results will be published within 48 hours after the race.  These will be available here on our charity’s website www.townandgown10k/results 
Will prizes be awarded?
  • Yes. There will be a prize-giving at 11:00 on the stage in the Event Village in University Parks, near the commentator stand.
  • All finishers will receive a commemorative medal, which they will find in their goody bag.
  • Trophies will be presented in the following categories:
    • Junior Race:
      • Junior Race overall - 1st 2nd and 3rd
      • Girls First in the folloing ages groups: 9-11, 12-13, 14-15
      • Boys First in the following age groups: 9-11, 12-13, 14,15
      • Schools - Fastest Team and Biggest Team
    • 10k race:
      • First three Men and First three women
      • First Male in the following ages groups: Under 40,  40-49, 50-59, Over 60.
      • First Female in the following age groups: Under 35, 35-44, 45-54 and Over 55.
  • If a race winner/top three runner is a veteran, they will receive the greater value prize and the other prize will be offered to the next finisher.
    • University / College - Biggest Team


Event Village

Will there be changing facilities?
  • Yes. There are separate marquees for male and female changing facilities. There will also be an information and enquiry desk in the Event Village. 
Will I be able to store my bag?
  • Yes. There will be a supervised kit bag store area where bags can be left at your own risk.
  • Your welcome pack includes a baggage label for your bag should you wish to use this facility.
  • Please write your race number on the luggage label and attach it securely to your bag before presenting your baggage to the storage area. If you do not have a number on your bag, we cannot store it.  You will be able to reclaim your bag on presentation of your race number after the race. We will not hand bags over if you cannot produce the correct number. 
  • You are limited to 1 bag, no larger than airplane hand luggage, per runner.
Will there be any refreshments?
Yes, there will be refreshments available to purchase in the University Parks. More information can be found on our Event Information page.

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