OUOC invites you to the sixth Oxford City Race to be held on Sunday 27th October 2024. Details can be found below.

Following the success of CUOC’s Cambridge City Race last year it’s OUOC’s turn to organise the event in Oxford. With a permissions spreadsheet that runs far into the double digits you will experience the streets of Oxford along with departmental areas and up to TEN colleges, eight of which have never featured before! The courses will begin in University Parks and the event is not one to be missed.


Entries will be available on SiEntries (link to follow soon). Entries close on October 20th, there may be an opportunity for late entry depending on map numbers, if so it will be at a £2 surcharge. There will be no entry on the day.

Fees: Senior: £15 | Senior Non-BOF: £17 | Junior/Student: £6 | SIAC Hire: £2 (Lost dibbers will be charged at £65)

Assembly and Travel

The assembly will be in the University Parks, ///:best.prep.needed, Oxford (map to follow). Toilets are available in the park as well as a bag drop. There is minimal parking in central Oxford thus we encourage everyone to use the Park and Ride or the train.

If arriving by train: Book a ticket to Oxford (not Oxford Parkway), exit the station towards George Street, walk along Broad Street and then turn left up Parks Road

If driving from the North: Travel to Peartree Park and Ride and alight at Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, then walk East

If driving from the East: Travel to Thornhill Park and Ride and alight at Queens Lane, West. Walk East along the High Street, turn left up Longwall Street and follow St Cross Road North

If driving from the South: Travel to Redbridge Park and Ride and alight at Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, then walk East

If driving from the West: Do not use Seacourt Park and Ride. Instead follow the ring road to Peartree or Redbridge Park and Rides. There are long term road works by the train station which will leave you a long walk otherwise!


A standard seven courses are available, the distances are TBC but will be in line with British Orienteering Guidelines. Course 1 is the longest while courses 6 and 7 are for juniors. Courses 1-5 feature multiple major road crossings which will not be marshalled. These courses have been planned to cross major roads diagonally and roads are typically quieter on Sundays but you will still need to take extra care. Under 16s MUST enter on course 6 or 7 which will not cross roads. Junior courses will still be technically challenging and they will leave the park to visit a college or two – they are comparable in difficulty to an Orange course. While Oxford is a very flat city all courses feature stairs.

Start Times

Starts are scheduled from 10:00-12:30 on two minute intervals. We can release more start times if needed. Courses close at 14:30 by which point all competitors must have reported to download. Note that the clocks change on Sunday morning.


Organiser: Harry Stuart
Planner: Jean-Luc Portner
Controller: Ben Green, TVOC
Mappers: Bob and Pattie Beresford (TVOC), Harry Stuart

If you have any questions please contact us at cityrace@ouoc.org.uk. See you in October!