Social Events

Alchester Running Club organises a range of social events throughout the year. These include summer evening social runs held at local pubs in the area. In previous years, club members have visited Dublin to compete in a race and enjoy a weekend of sight seeing and socialising along with away weekends to Coniston and Hastings. A few of our members will be running the Paris marathon in April 2024.

New for 2023: Winter social runs

Get out your high-vis gear and banish the winter blues! Following the success of our summer social runs, we are going to continue them through the winter months too this year. Our social runs are at a more relaxed pace and offer opportunities to run with different people to usual, and to stay for food and drink afterwards. These runs will replace the regular Thursday night club run on the nights in question, so look out for details in our weekly newsletter, and contact us on social@alchester-runningclub.co.uk to let us know if you want to come along. New members welcome!

Next social run

Date: Thursday 14 December 2023

Start/finish point: The Bure Farm, OX26 3HA

Join us for our annual ‘Jingle Bells’ run, a relaxed tour of the Christmas lights around the residential streets of Bicester. We will all run together as one group with lots of stops to admire the decorations. Dig out your Santa hat and come get in the Christmas spirit!

Meet at 6.50 pm for a 7.00 pm start, or join us afterwards for festive drinks from 8.00 pm.

Annual Awards Night

Our annual End of Season awards celebrate our individual and collective achievements and to recognise those who contribute to the running of the club. We present awards for the Club Championships and ‘members choice’ award categories. The event is subsidised by the club and includes food, drink, dancing, a raffle and the draw for the club entry into the London Marathon (eligibility criteria apply).

Our 2023 awards took place on Friday 10 November at Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa in Chesterton. Thank you to the social committee for all your hard work organising the event.

2023 Awards

The winners for the 2022-23 season were:

Female runner of the year – Stephanie Giles
Male runner of the year – Jonathan White
Most improved runner – Stephanie Giles
Best newcomer – Laura Rundall-Hadley
Performance of the year – Stephanie Giles
Club member of the year – Andy Stickley & Emily Davenall

London Marathon club place ballot – Lee Godber

See our Previous Awards Winners

Ridgeway Relay

We usually enter a few teams for the Ridgeway Relay organised by Marlborough Running Club each June, followed by a dinner back in Bicester in the evening. We encourage members of all paces and levels of experience to take part. It is a great introduction to trail running and a chance to explore some beautiful countryside just on our doorstep.

Find out more

To find out about our upcoming social runs and events, or to make suggestions for future club social activities, please contact us on social@alchester-runningclub.co.uk.