This web site contains details of running races
that are near Oxfordshire.
Berkshire and Buckinghamshire;
some parts of
Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Northamptonshire and Wiltshire;
and a few places that are further afield.
Some of the races are road races, whereas others are multi-terrain.
Ultra races, fell races, duathlons, triathlons, adventure/colour/mud/obstacle races, time-based events, events in the dark and Race For Life events are not included.
Most of the races that are listed are open to runners not attached to a running club,
i.e., club-only and invitation-only events are not usually included.
The main web page on this web site is the
future races page,
has a table listing races that are near to Oxford.
However, several things appear on this page before the table.
Usually this web site does not provide the actual entry forms but instead it links to the web pages that a race organiser provides or to web pages that others provide that give the information.
The future races page has a search for race button
with a box alongside.
If you type the name, the location or the date of a race
(or a part of the name/location/date) into the box,
and then click the button,
only races that match what you've typed will be listed.
A date has the format
So into the box you could type
If you are a geek, you may be interested to know
that the box may contain a regular expression.
The preferences area has a set of checkboxes that enables you to restrict the races to distances that you choose.
The preferences area also has two drop-down menus labelled select a home and select a distance. If you wish, choose a home, say Oxford, and choose a distance, e.g., 80 miles. If you do this, a new button labelled show races up to 80M from Oxford will appear. If you click this button, the table of races will only include those races that are up to 80M by road from Oxford. The details about these races will now also include how far the race is from Oxford and have links labelled OS (Ordnance Survey), OpenStreetMap and Google. If you click one of these links, you will be taken to a web page that has a map showing a route to the race and a table giving a description of this route. The route is provided using software from Routino and data from OpenStreetMap. This is being provided on an as is basis: I'm unable to handle queries about the route that has been chosen!
Once you have chosen your preferences, you can hide the preferences area by clicking the button labelled hide preferences area.
A cookie called
distances is used to record the settings of
the checkboxes for the lengths of races if any of them is unset.
it would be set to
"00100000" if you only wish to see 10K races.
A cookie called
home is used to record where you regard as
home and how far you are willing to drive to a race.
For example, it would be set to
"Oxford,80M" if you only wish to see races that are up to 80 miles
If you do not use a feature, its cookie will not be created.
Both cookies are stored as a persistent cookie. There is more about cookies at the www.allaboutcookies.org web site.
Each race listed on the
future races page
This can be used to import the race into
a calendaring program such as
Important changes are made available through twitter at
This web site is regularly maintained,
and I try to provide information
future races page
as soon as it becomes available.
Although this web site was only created recently (February 2014), a parallel web site (www.northeastraces.com) has been in existence since 2001.
Everyone makes mistakes. So occasionally there are errors on this site. I fix them as soon as I become aware of them. My biggest nightmare is getting the start time wrong and people saying that because of me they arrived too late for a race. I don't think this has ever happened. The other worry I have is getting a closing date wrong. However, if you use this site, it is up to you to find out whether the information provided here is accurate.
If you find information on these pages that is wrong
or you find details about a race that is missing from these pages,
please email me. Thank you to those people that have already done this.
Also use that email address if you want to send me praise! Thanks.