Social Events Archive

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.

University Parks parkrun, Oxford


Oxford University Parks parkrun � Saturday 9th July

Join us on July 9th at Oxford University parkrun at “The Parks� – After the run we will go to a local cafe for a drink.  For those that fancy the train goes at 07:39 from Bicester Village station.  The park is just over one mile from Oxford station so a slow jog or walk will get you to the start in plenty of time.  Alternatively the bus drops you very close. 

We�ll meet at the start from 8:45.

Social Run


Social Run – Thursday 16th June – Great Western Arms

The next social run is this Thursday at the Great Western Arms, Aynho (OX17 3BP).  The run is 6.2 miles or if you prefer there’s a walk-jog option available. If anybody wants to lead this group please let us know.

If you plan to attend, please email so we have a rough idea of numbers.

The run is focused on social so no pb’s, just a good opportunity to run somewhere different and have a chat. The route is mixed with canal footpaths gravel tracks and a small road section.

We will be going for a drink afterwards in the pub where we have reserved an outside area.

Please car share where possible, arrive at 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start.

Please note this will replace the usual Thursday club session.

Social Run


Social Run & Club Marathon Draw � Thursday 12th May

Please note this will replace the usual Thursday night club run.


We will be running from the The Akeman Inn Kingswood HP18 0QJ. The run is approximately 6 miles mainly on road with a couple of off road sections (road shoes are fine).


These runs are very relaxed, we run in groups of similar ability and the focus is social not speed.  We will go for a drink where we make the draw for the Alchester London Marathon place. 


Please let us know if you intend to join us so we have an idea of numbers. We will make a reservation with the pub so we can sit together. We are not organising food but the pub is serving so feel free to make your own arrangements on the night.


There is plenty of parking at the pub.


We will start running at 7pm prompt so please arrive at 6:50pm. Bring some spare clothes and some money for a drink.


Please let us know you�re coming by emailing email

Jingle Bells Run 2021


Watch this space…

Join us on Thursday 16th December at 7pm (instead of our normal club run).  We will be doing a social run together and visit the delights of Bicester’s Christmas lights! 

Who knows, there may even be a mulled wine en route or a drink in a pub after. Please join us for a bit of festive fun.  Santa Suits / Christmas fancy dress encouraged!  We will send out a separate email next week with more information.

Summer BBQ


Alchester Summer Social BBQ – Launton Arms – Saturday 18th September 3pm

Looking forward to seeing you all.  We kick off at 3pm closely followed by food, awards and pub garden games.  If you didn�t sign up feel free to come along for drinks.

Launton Arms

52 West End, Launton, OX26 5DG

Social Run – Preston Bissett


Social Run – Preston Bissett – 12th August 2021
Just a reminder we are meeting at Preston Bissett for a social run.  If you want to join us and haven�t signed up feel free to just come along.  We will start running at 7pm sharp so please get parked up and meet at the back of the pub no later than 6:50pm so we can get into groups.  There is parking at the pub and the recreational ground. They are 100 metres apart.

Pub details

The White Hart

Pound Lane

Preston Bissett


MK18 4LX

The route is a mixture of road, gravel paths and bridleways.  Road trainers are recommended.

Drinks and food available at the pub afterwards.

The Social Committee

July Social Run


The second social run of the year will take place on Thursday 1st July in Lower Heyford. We will start running promptly at 7pm so please meet outside The Bell pub at 6.50pm so we can sort running groups.

We will run 10k on canal paths, bridleways and roads followed by drinks at the pub.

We have reserved tables in the beer garden.  If you’re interested in food please reply to this email with requests (menu attached).  You will need to place orders on the night.  Your reply is to give the pub an idea of numbers so they can stock up accordingly.

For those that haven’t been to one of our social runs before, the aim is to have a run and chat. There is no pressure on speed.

We will use the July online booking form when published, alternatively reply to to confirm your booking.

Usual rules apply, please remove your name and let us know if can no longer make it.

The current weather forecast looks good but please consider old or trail shoes and bring a spare set of clothes to keep warm after!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 1st July at 6.50pm.

Please note there will be no official club training session from the sports centre on that evening.

For further info please reply

The Social Committee

June Social Run


The first social event of the year will take place on Wednesday 2nd June in Fringford. We will start running promptly at 7pm so please meet on the green outside the village hall at 6.45pm so we can get people into groups and give instructions.

We will run 10k mainly off road and end up at The Butchers Arms for a drink and a catch up.

We have reserved tables outside for a group of 30. Unfortunately due to limitations of 6 we can’t use the inside of the pub as a group. We usually ask the pub to arrange food but on this occasion we aren’t so if you want to eat you will need to arrange this yourself on the night. Bring on the requests for bowls of chips!

For those that haven’t been to one of our social runs before, the aim is purely to have a gentle run and a chat. There is no pressure on speed.

The current weather forecast looks good but please consider old or trail shoes and bring a spare set of clothes to keep warm after!

There is parking at the pub and in front of the village hall.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 2nd June at 6.45pm.

The Social Committee

Easter Treasure Hunt 2021


Alchester Anniversary Family Day


You and your family are invited to the Alchester anniversary family day on Saturday July 20that the Black Bull Launton.

The day will commence with a 20km run/relay at 13:00hrs. You need to complete the 20km in teams of 2, 3 or 4 runners. Don?t worry about finding a team this can be arranged on the day. Feel free to encourage the whole family to run.

We have exclusive use of the garden and a large grassed open space next to the garden. This is where you will find our very own master Baker turned master chef for the day Mr Mike Fisher. Free food and a free drink will start from 15:30hrs.

In order to help us with food quantities could you please let us know how many will be coming (husband/wife/kids/mum/dad etc).  If you have any special dietary requirements could you also let us know.

There are several ways to enter:

  1. Follow thislink;
  2. Email
  3. Scan the QR code in thisflyer

Summer Social Run


10km run from the Red Cow, Chesterton, 7pm start followed by pub grub and drinks.

£7.50 for basket food.  Please let us know if you require food.  You are also welcome to come along and run without the food option. If you are intending to come, please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Please contact

End of Season Party & Awards 2018


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Annual Summer BBQ


This will be held on Saturday July 14th at The Black Bull, Launton.

This invitation is open to all members, partners and children.

Arrive from 1pm,  food to be served around 3pm.

There are two aunt sally lanes and an outside bar so the usual fun and frolics are guaranteed.

It�€�s a social event without any running so leave your trainers at home and come for a burger and a few beers !

Please reply to this email to let us know if you are coming.  The more the merrier !

Where:-               The Black Bull Launton, 52 West End, Launton, OX26 5DG,

When:-                 July 14th 2018

Time:-                   Meet from 1pm food to be served around 3pm

Cost:-                    Food is free, you pay for your own drinks.


Duns Tew Social Run


We held our second social run of the year on Thursday June 21st from the beautiful village of Duns Tew.

The six mile route was a mixture of tracks roads and bridleways departing from The White Horse Inn.  Thanks to Jon Burgess for planning the route.

This was instead of usual Thursday night from Bicester Sports Centre.

Where:-               The White Horse Inn, Duns Tew, OX25 6JS,

When:-                 June 21st 2018

Social Run Otmoor


Venue : Otmoor Nature Reserve

Otmoor is a haven for wildlife in the heart of Oxfordshire. The visitor trail leads you alongside an expansive floodplain grazing marsh, home to wading birds and wildfowl year round.

Hedgerows, bustling with warblers and songbirds, and the rustling reedbed add to the immersive experience of being on the “moor”.

You have an option of 4.5 miles flat around the Reserve (65% grass fields/ grass track/35% hard smooth track) or 6.5miles which includes 1mile downhill (start) then around the Reserve and guess what ? 1 mile back up HILL at the end ! (25% road 25% hard smooth track 50% grass)

Meet Abingdon Arms Beckley �€” car share wherever possible (use social media to buddy up) as spaces limited in village OX3 9UU

After the run, the pub will provide homemade burgers /wedges and salad (veggie version available if pre ordered ) �€” If it�€�s a nice evening (odds on now it will be ) the view from pub garden is amazing

Bring tracksuit bottoms to cover up legs if you think yours may frighten the locals

Please reply to this email to let us know if you are coming , partners welcome   either running or supporting or drinking (it’s a social)  �€” We need to let pub know numbers so prompt replies appreciated

This will be instead of usual Thursday night from Bicester Sports Centre

£10.00 per head if you require food

Meet 6.45pm for a grand depart at 7pm

The Social Committee

(Don’t wear shiny new trainers you are VERY  likely to get wet feet)

Jingle Bells Run


Jingle Bells run on Thursday 21st December with drinks at Brewers Fayre after.

Email if going for drinks to ensure enough space is booked.

First Social of 2017


Hi everyone. Hope your running and other activities are going great. Just a quick food update on the First Alchester Social run of the 2017 season on Thursday 18th May at Red Lion Stratton Audley ( but no doubt you already know that part.. all going to plan). Food will be very nice indeed. Frank the Landlord has advised that it will be.

Cottage Pie
Vegetarian Lasagne
Garlic Bread.

(if anyone has any special dietary needs can you drop a line to

Frank the landlord wants to look after us so is also leaving the marque up for our use in the Beer Garden at the Red Lion.

A few of our stalwart members have already been out running the recon last night and all looks good. Further course checks will be undertaken across the MultiTerrain 5.5k and 10k ish course before our social.

Unfortunately We could not get our friend Mo as our mystery guest but we have found a mystery sponsor for some spot prizes!

So if you have not yet confirmed your attendance can you please let us know by emailing Have a great weekend all .