Alchester Summer 5k

Wednesday 14 August 2024

Entry for the 2024 race will be on-line via the Run Britain website.

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


Wednesday 9th August 2023 saw us host our annual Alchester 5k race. This was the second year of our new super flat, fast course in the village of Marsh Gibbon. We were delighted to sell out, with Alchester members bagging the last two places on the night.

Out of the 250 entries, we had 211 runners with lots of PBs. The course record was broken by Matt Lock (15.29) and Charlie Arnell (17.00). It really is a PB course! Well done to all the Alchester runners, with James Wright and Amy Concannon our first finishers. Congratulations to everyone who ran – check out the results.

We have had lots of great feedback, especially for our incredible marshals. A huge thank you to all of you, your family and friends for giving up your time and for going all out, encouraging and motivating the runners. We couldn’t put on the race without you!

“Just a quick email to say how fab all the marshals were on Wednesday. Every single one of them had words of encouragement and it was greatly appreciated. Thank you for putting on such a good, friendly race.”

“Thank you for keeping me motivated to keep going. Please say thank you to the marshals. They were very encouraging.”

“Your marshals were ace! Heaps of them and great traffic controls. Thanks to all of them!”

“Thank you for organising the race. There were a lot of people at our club who loved the flat fast route.”

A massive thank you to Andrew Stickley and Antony Giles who took the day off to set up the course. Thanks also to Steph from Perspective Images for the photos, Adrian Lambourne from the Milk Churn who provided the car park, and to Marsh Gibbon Cricket Club for the venue. Finally I want to say a huge thank you to the race committee: Andrew Stickley, Mike Fisher, Emma Nelson, Rachel Bowen, Alan Bowen, Danny Buttress, Emily Davenall & Lewis Long. I think we can safely say they did a brilliant job!

See you on 14th August 2024 for next year’s race!

Alchester Summer 5k Race Director


Please enter online via the Run Britain website.



Thank you to Adrian Lambourne for providing the parking. Please check out their tasty fresh milk at the Milk Churn, Townsend Farm, Marsh Gibbon, OX27 0EY.

For more information see their social media pages:

The Milk Churn – Instagram
The Milk Churn – Facebook

Milk Churn Logo

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: