THE 36th ANNUAL OTMOOR CHALLENGE
Saturday 6th June 2015
The Otmoor Challenge is, as the name implies – a challenge.
The half–marathon route consists of 6 miles of country roads and just over 7 miles of off road sections comprising stiles, ploughed fields, footpaths, bridleways and one demanding hill at Beckley, and circumnavigates Otmoor, a large RSPB conservation area, via 7 villages - historically described as "The Seven Towns of Otmoor".
The event comprises two main competitions, the half marathon walk starting from 9.00am. (with a short 5 mile walk option) and the massed start run at 2.00pm.
HALF MARATHON COMPETITIVE RUN
FACT SHEET FOR RUNNERS
The course is set around the roads, tracks and footpaths of Otmoor, an area of outstanding beauty to the north-east of Oxford. Virtually equidistant from the centres of Oxford and Bicester, Otmoor enjoys unique flora and fauna and a long history dating back to Roman Britain. While some runners may be oblivious to these surroundings, the event attracts serious athletes from all over the UK. The Challenge starts and finishes on the playing field at Horton-cum-Studley (OX33 1BF in your satnav) where a traditional village fete is an added attraction for friends, family and your supporters while you are on the Run. There is ample free parking.
The good news is that the first 11 miles are virtually flat. The course begins with a mass start of all runners on the playing field, and then has a short 400 metre road stretch before entering a track. This then leads across fields on footpaths , followed by farm tracks before rejoining the road near Murcott. Runners then have a fast road run through the villages of Murcott, Fencott, Charlton and Oddington before a mix of tracks and road to Noke and then a road climb to Beckley with a steep upwards track and a welcome downhill footpath through fields and woods to rejoin the road for a final fast mile back to Horton cum Studley and the finish line. The course is clearly marked in miles and drinking points are at all checkpoints. First Aid/ paramedic ambulances are available on the playing field and around the course. Refreshments will be available on the field from 10.30 a.m. We award a medal to the first 350 runners home. The rest of the field will be awarded a tracksuit badge.
The Otmoor Challenge is a competitive, timed run for individuals and teams. It has a massed start at 2 p.m. for all registered runners aged 16 years and over. Rules and conditions for runners are displayed at Registration and below.