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Oxford Half Marathon FAQs

Oxford Half FAQs 2023 

 

 

Race day 
Where does the Oxford Half Marathon start and finish? 

The Oxford Half Marathon starts on Broad Street and finishes on Parks Road. The festival village is located on Oxford University Parks. 

The 2022 race started start at 09:30 on 16 October 2022. Particpants could arrive any time from 07:30 on race day, we split runners into two arrival groups. 

  • Group 1 - 07:30-08:15 

  • Group 2 - 08:00-08:30 

There is a race cut-off time of 3 hours and 30 minutes, after this time we will need to give Oxford their roads back! 

*Please note all race times are for the 2022 event and the 2023 race times are yet to be finalised. 

 

What time should I arrive? 

The event village was open in 2022 from 7.30am and all runners arrived between 07:30 and 08:45, having been split into 2 groups based on your estimated finishing time to ease congestion at key points.  Group one will be asked to arrive between 07:30-08:15 and group two will be asked to arrive between 08:00-08:30. 

*Please note all race times are for the 2022 event and the 2023 race times are yet to be finalised. 

 

What is the best option for parking in Oxford and travel to the start line? 

Due to the parking restrictions within Oxford City Centre and limited train services that arrive in time for the Race Start, the use of Oxford Park & Ride is recommended to help your day run smoothly. 

All Park and Ride tickets can be purchased directly through Oxford Buses or via RingGo on their website or app. The RingGo app* can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

The event day-specific timetable varies depending on the car park you choose, however buses will start around 06:30am on Sunday 16 Oct. We recommend using the Pear Tree (app code - 551003) or Redbridge (app code - 551004) sites as they have the most frequent services.

We strongly recommend getting to the Park & Ride as early as possible to beat any queues and to get to the start line in plenty of time for a smooth race!

Check out the bus timetables here.

*Using the app can help avoid queues on race morning at the on-site pay & display machines.

*All above Park & Ride information is from the 2022 event. The details for the 2023 event are yet to be finalised. 

 

Is there bag drop for the Oxford Half? 

Yes - there will be a space to store your bag whilst you run. You will receive your race number in the post if you purchased race pack postage, which will also contain your bag label and bag collection tab.  

Please visit the bay that corresponds to your race number. Please note that any bag dropped at the bag drop must be a maximum of 45cm x 45cm x 25cm (normal backpack size). Larger bags, holdalls and any size suitcase, will not be accepted. Random bag checks will also be in operation on event day by our security team – please follow all instructions if asked by one of our team. 

The Race Day Guide will be available in the week leading up to the event, it will also be emailed to all runners prior to the event.   

 

Are there changing facilities at the Oxford Half? 

We usually have a limited amount of changing space available for runners to use at the Oxford Half, which will be located close to the bag drop area.   

The Race Day Guide will be available the week prior to the event and emailed to all runners!  

 
 

Oxford Half Race Pack 

What is in my race Pack? 

 Your race pack will contain: 

- A race bib with a unique runner number and the chip which records the runner's time. 

We are encouraging participants to try to keep and reuse items such as safety pins from event to event. As a result, we are no longer sending out safety pins in our Race Packs, reducing the environmental impact of our event and as part of our broader sustainability manifesto. Please do your best to bring some with you on event day! 

For anyone who is unable to bring your own safety pins, we will have areas within the festival village to collect some. 

 

 

Oxford Schools’ Challenge 

 Can we bring parents as well as teachers to help out with supervising? 

We understand it’s difficult to bring enough teachers to supervise, especially for large schools. We do allow parent helpers; however, the school is responsible for vetting and recruiting trusted adults to assist with supervision.  

 
Can I add more students after the deadline? 

 While we don’t ever want a child to miss out, we have to monitor capacity to keep children safe and we need to ensure we order enough medals and t-shirts for all participants. Therefore, we cannot guarantee we will be able to accept entries after the deadline for the 

 Oxford Schools' Challenge. Please drop us a line to find out if we can allow late additions. 

 

Can schools bring helpers along? 

School helpers are welcome to join, but every teacher and helper must register online for the Schools' Challenge. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt which grants entry to the Schools' Challenge area within the Schools Challenge venue. We cannot allow entry to anyone without a t-shirt so we can ensure the area is safe and secure for our schools 

 

 

Oxford Half 2022 Ballot Draw 

Why am I being redirected to LET'S DO THIS when entering the Oxford Half 2022 Ballot? 

LimeLight Sports Club has partnered with 'Let’s Do This' to take on the Oxford half Ballot entries for 2022.  

When you enter the Oxford Half Ballot, your entry information and payment is processed by 'Let’s Do This' and passed securely to LimeLight Sports Club. Your bank statement will show 'Let’s Do This' against your event entry, and you will receive a booking confirmation email from 'Let’s Do This'. Once you are entered, all event communication will come from LimeLight Sports Club and the Oxford Half team. 

 

I have just entered the ballot draw, when will I be charged? 

When you enter the ballot, you are asked to submit payment details to cover the entry fee (plus any optional merchandise or donations).  

You may need to authorise this payment, if requested by your bank, in order to complete your entry. However, no funds will be taken from your account at the time of entry. It is important that you have the necessary funds available in your account at the time of the ballot draw.  

If you are successful in the ballot, the total amount is then deducted. 

If unsuccessful, the amount will be released back into your account.  

If you made a donation during the registration process, this amount is deducted even if you are unsuccessful in the ballot. 

 

The card I used to enter the ballot is going to expire before the ballot is drawn, how can I change my card details? 

Once you have entered the ballot, you cannot update your card details. To enter using a valid card your ballot entry would have to be withdrawn so you can go and re-enter with a new card. Please contact support@letsdothis.com if you wish to withdraw from the ballot. Please include your name, date of birth and post code so the team can locate your entry.  

Please note, you cannot withdraw any entries once the ballot has been drawn. 

 

How do I know if I have been successful in the Oxford Half 2022 Ballot? 

All entrants of the ballot will receive an email once the ballot has been drawn confirming whether they have been successful or not, so please keep an eye on your junk folder as it can often find its way there.  

 

I have been successful in the Ballot, what happens next? 

If you’re successful in the ballot you are automatically allocated a place and are bound to the event terms and conditions. We will be in touch via email over the next few months with lots of pre-event information. We can't wait to see you at the start line!  

 

I have been unsuccessful in the Ballot; how else can I secure a place? 
If you have been unsuccessful in the ballot, you can still secure a place through one of our registered charities. You would need to contact the charity directly to see if you can secure one of their places. the full list of charities can be found here.  

 
 

Registration 

How can I check if I'm registered? 

You can check you've registered for any of our 7 Orignal events through our Limelight Sports Club website. Our 7 Original events are; London Triathlon, Blenheim Palace Triathlon, London Duathlon, Etape Caledonia, Hackney Half, ASICS London 10K and Oxford Half. 

When you completed your registration and purchased your entry you should have received a confirmation email from us containing all the details of your event booking including your booking reference.  

1. Go to https://run.limelightsports.club/events and click 'Get Tickets' on the event you have registered for. Then click 'My Event Dashboard' on the top banner (located in the top right-hand corner). Here use your LimeLight Sports Club account email the booking reference from your confirmation email to sign in.   

2. When signed in, you will see your event dashboard which displays all your relevant event information.  

From your Event Dashboard you can 

  • Access details for your upcoming event 

  • Access your team dashboard if you are entered into a team relay 

 

Why do I need a LimeLight Sports Club account? 

We have created our own platform for participants to register for our events. All our 7 Original events require participants to create a free LSC account to complete your event purchase and registration, similarly to that of other registration platforms.  

Your LimeLight Sports account gives you access to: 

  • Your My Event Dashboard to stay connected with the event that you've registered for 

  • Access details for your upcoming event 

  • Access your team dashboard if you are entered into a team relay 

  • View and edit registration information such as your address or emergency contact information 

  • Set up a JustGiving account for fundraising  

 

How do I edit my registration details? 

Editing your registration details, including predicted finish time, and race pack delivery address is easy through your Limelight Sports Club account. 

1. Go to https://limelightsports.club/events and click 'Get Tickets' for the event you have entered.  

2. Once on the event-specific page, click My Event Dashboard (top right). You will be prompted to use your email associated with your Limelight Sports account and the booking reference from your confirmation email.