Alchester Summer 5k

Wednesday 14 August 2024

The course is fast and flat. It takes place around the village of Marsh Gibbon. The Alchester Summer 5k is part of the Oxfordshire Grand Prix Series.

All enquiries should be made via email to


£12 affiliated / £14 unaffiliated

Registration via the Run Britain website

Maximum 250 places available.

Cash entries may be available on the night (£14 / £16) if the race is not sold out.

Update 9 July


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Thank you to Adrian Lambourne for providing the parking.

Check out their tasty fresh milk at the Milk Churn, Townsend Farm, Marsh Gibbon, OX27 0EY.

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The 5k will start just outside the Marsh Gibbon Cricket Club at 7pm.


A flat 5k race on country roads around the village of Marsh Gibbon.

The course is one anticlockwise small loop and then a big loop with the finish on the grounds of the Cricket Club. It is accurately measured and will be marked every kilometre. You must follow the instructions issued by the Race Officials and keep to the left hand side of the course unless directed.

Alchester 5k Course Map

Alchester 5k Course Map (click to enlarge)


Your race number can be collected on the day from 5.30 – 6.40pm at the entries desk at the Cricket Club. Your number must be secured to the front of your running vest. Please ensure that you complete the back of your race number with your name, emergency telephone contact number and details of any medical condition which will need consideration should you be taken ill.

If you feel unwell before the race or have not been well for a few days prior to the event please do not start the race.

Your race number is not transferable.


If you feel unwell during the race please stop at a marshalling point so that the Marshall can immediately request first aid cover and minimise any delay in you being attended to.


Race administration including entries on the day up to 6.40pm will be based at Marsh Gibbon Cricket Club.


Parking is ONLY available in the designated car park. Please follow car park signs and the directions of the Marshalls when parking. All cars must be parked by 6.40pm.




Kit may be left in the Cricket Club but this is entirely at your own risk.


Toilets will be available at the Cricket Club, please respect the Cricket Club and village and only use the toilets provided. There are changing rooms although we would recommend you come ready changed.


The Cricket Club bar will be open, before and after the race. Please do support the Cricket Club. Water will be provided to runners after the race.


All spectators are welcome. Please ensure that you keep clear of the runners at all times and keep yourself safe on the course.


Updates will be provided on the Club website and Twitter. In the unlikely event that the race needs to be cancelled, entry fees will not be refunded.


We (Alchester Running Club) reserve the right to cancel, delay, modify or postpone the Alchester Summer 5k due to circumstances outside our reasonable control. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, adverse weather, health and safety risks, withdrawal of the race permit or instructions or guidance from the emergency services, central or local government. In such circumstances we reserve the right to retain all or part of registration fees. We would endeavour to inform entrants as quickly as possible of any such changes.


The results will be available on the evening of the race:

 Alchester 5k 2023 Results


The presentation of the prizes will be at the Cricket Club which will be as soon as possible after the completion of the Race and hopefully no later than 8.15pm. No competitor may win more than one individual prize.


Course records:

Men: Matthew Lock 15.29 (2023)

Women: Charlie Arnell 17.00 (2023)


Photographs of the race will be taken and may be used for publication on our website, or by the press. By running you accept this. If you do not wish your image to appear as a significant part of any photograph published, you should put a bold red cross across your race number. Felt tip pens will be provided at the Race HQ for this purpose. If you wish to withdraw permission to use any images of you after the race, please email us with your race number.

Please credit the relevant photographer if you wish to share any photos, and tag us on @Alchester5k on any social media posts.


For enquiries please contact:

Andy Reading 10km

The Andy Reading 10k has not taken place since 2019. Please watch this space for any updates.

The Andy Reading Memorial 10km Road Race is hosted jointly by Alchester Running Club and Bicester Athletics Club and is held in memory of Andy Reading, a former member of our Club.

The course is a flat 10km on local roads around the village of Chesterton, near Bicester, and the route takes in RAF Weston on the Green. The race starts and finishes at the Bicester Sports Association HQ in Chesterton. The postcode for the venue for ‘sat nav’ is OX26 1TE.

All queries should be directed to: